Working the Engels: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Working the Engels

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Though watching Andrea Martin is enjoyable, Working the Engels wastes her talent with groan-worthy gags and lackadaisical writing.

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Episodes

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Air date: Jul 10, 2014
2
Air date: Jul 17, 2014
3
Air date: Jul 24, 2014
4
Air date: Jul 31, 2014
5
Air date: Aug 7, 2014
6
Air date: Aug 21, 2014
7
Air date: Aug 21, 2014
8
Air date: Apr 30, 2014
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Air date: May 7, 2014
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Recently widowed family matriarch Ceil Engel bands her dysfunctional brood together after the death of their breadwinner father, who they discover when Series 1 of the sitcom begins left them with $200,000 of debt. To stay afloat, they go to work at his storefront law firm, despite the fact that only youngest daughter Jenna (Kacey Rohl) has any actual experience as an attorney. With no money to hire a qualified staff, her eccentric relatives will had to do: Sister Sandy (Azura Skye), a former pill popper-turned-life coach, becomes the receptionist; bad-boy brother Jimmy (Benjamin Arthur) takes on the role of investigator; and the slightly narcissistic and overly dramatic Ceil works as the firm's paralegal. Martin Short, Eugene Levy and Scott Thompson make guest appearances and Jason Priestley directs four episodes.

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Critic Reviews for Working the Engels Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (13)

It's a real pleasure to see [Andrea Martin] back on the small screen in Working the Engels, a less-than-ambitious sitcom that shines every time she makes an appearance.

Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Watching Levy and Martin rekindle the spark of their SCTV days is especially a treat, a feisty back-and-forth that harkens back to a time when viewers had to wait until after the 10 o'clock news news to find out if Canadians could be funny.

Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Just watch these able actors work. They are the show.

Jul 9, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The situation and characters are uninspired and generic, and the execution is half-hearted. It will inspire no more laughter in viewers' homes than it did in the writers' room and on the set.

Jul 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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It brims with energy, gives Martin something reasonably gainful to do, marks Rohl as a promising, appealing comedic actress and has enough decent gags to make a case for itself.

Jul 3, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Though the series may have some passing connection to Arrested Development in terms of setup, it isn't able to capture the depth or tone or charm that elevates a comedy out of just being mediocre to being something really great.

Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

If you like watching Martin go way, way over the top - and, in all honesty, I do - then you might find something here to enjoy.

Jul 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Working the Engels... treats both viewers and its characters like braying morons.

Jul 10, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Nothing about Engels works: the tired premise, the strained performances, the empty abyss of silence into which the groaning jokes dissipate.

Jul 9, 2014 | Full Review…

The show never allows itself to stand down from ill-fated, continuous attempts at heightened hilarity.

Jul 6, 2014 | Full Review…

After Arrested Development, the wild and crazy antics of the rest of the Engel family are incredibly uninspired and unfunny.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

All the actors on the show are appealing and have good comic timing; the problem is, they're called upon to act like frantic sitcom characters, spitting out weak jokes at a machine-gun pace, rather than real people. What a pity.

Jul 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Working the Engels: Season 1

  • Feb 07, 2016
    Love this show. If you like breaking… Shameless things that have a wry crazy off the wall sense of humor with great writing then watch this. We loved it. If your a prude you won't.
  • Jul 20, 2014
    Working the Engels generates some chuckles throughout, but does not have a good enough plot to draw in any viewers.

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