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

Air date: Jul 10, 2014

A family are forced to band together to keep their heads above water when their father and breadwinner passes away, leaving them all in a mountain of debt.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2014

Jimmy is eager to help Jenna out after she takes her first case as head of the family law firm. Unfortunately, he creates more of a problem by sleeping with their opponent. Meanwhile, Sandy stages a symbolic funeral for the "Old Ceil."

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Air date: Jul 24, 2014

'Jennas Friend'Jenna's Friend: When Jimmy gives their grandmother's ring to a stripper, Jenna is forced to intervene to get it back and makes an unlikely friend in the process.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2014

Jenna is asked by a former client to handle an important merger on his behalf, but has difficulty completing the task thanks to Ceil. Meanwhile, Jimmy tries to keep Sandy calm after she's served with divorce papers.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2014

'Meet Irene Horowitz'Meet Irene Horowitz: Jenna is offered a posh, new client. Ceil and Sandy start a dessert company.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2014

Ceil gives online dating a whirl; Jenna deals with self-doubt after delivering a motivational talk to students at her old high school.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2014

Ceil is desperate for an image makeover after learning from her next-door nemesis that the Engels are known as the "crazy family" in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Jenna wants to save a roti restaurant from closure, but is at a loss as to how to do it.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2014

Jenna takes a case for a camp counselor whom she admires without knowing that she's totally wacky. Meanwhile, Sandy is in a rush to work the last steps of AA and earn her one-year sober chip.

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Air date: May 7, 2014

Sandy and Ceil crash Jenna's book club and convince the members to read a steamy erotic novel that they secretly wrote; and Jenna represents a coffeehouse owner in a dispute against his former business partner, who also happens to be his ex-girlfriend.

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Part 1 of 2. Jenna helps neighborhood café owner Jonny defend himself against a lawsuit filed by a big corporate coffee merchant, who happens to be represented by Jenna's old boss Charisse. Meanwhile, Ceil's mysterious past is uncovered by her children.

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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…

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…

Just watch these able actors work. They are the show.

Jul 9, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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