'How to Be a Gentleman' a major disappointment
September 30th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

'How to Be a Gentleman' a major disappointment

With CBS' new comedy, "How to Be a Gentleman," you have a cast best known for appearing in series like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Entourage," "24," "Flight of the Conchords," "NewsRadio" and "Kids in the Hall."

So it can't miss right?

Sadly, Thursday night's series premiere was the biggest letdown of the fall season so far, and a waste of what on the surface appeared to be the perfect companion to "The Big Bang Theory."

David Hornsby ("Sunny") created the series and stars as the aforementioned gentleman, Andrew, who meets up with personal trainer Bert ("Entourage's" Kevin Dillon), in an update on "The Odd Couple" (which "2 Broke Girls" has already done with more success this season).

I don't think I laughed once as Bert taught David how to go from being a gentleman to being a man.

The most laughs here actually come from Dave Foley as Andrew's boss, especially when he's talking about the horrible circumstances their magazine is facing with a grin on his face (and then there's that dyed hair scene).

Mary Lynn Rajskub and Rhys Darby, two of my favorite actors ever, ought to be hysterical as Andrew's sister (similar to her role in "Punch Drunk Love") and brother-in-law, but they only elicited a few laughs.

The culprit here is the writing - it's just not up to snuff. When Bert punches Andrew in the arm because, "You were being you," we know it's supposed to be hilarious because the audience laughter tells us so, but it's just not.

Sadly, this looks to be this year's "Running Wilde." Even so, with that timeslot, it could hang on for a while.

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  1. mikeTV

    sigh, these reviews are terrible, this is a great show with a very talented cast. what the critic and posters don't seem to get is, THIS IS A PILOT, the pilot has to lay a lot of story and set up introductions to characters. Rhys Darby? the guy is brilliant in flight of the concords, so is Dave Foley and so is Hornsby in Sunny. This is a great cast and i loved seeing Dillon doing some comedic stuff

    This show should only get better. Big Bang theory was ROASTED by critics when it first came out. Critics just don't get it. They should just stick to their cancelled shows like Arrested Development.

    This is a great show and people should give it a chance. Despite what dim critics say.

    October 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    I still do not believe he (Hornsby) got Emily Deshancel pregnant...... Besides being much smaller than his wife......
    He is a lousy actor.

    October 1, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    almost turned it off 10 mins in, stayed with it and gave it the benefit of the doubt, not sure it will make it, seemed like the writers just don't
    get it. maybe next week will be better. I will give it another try.

    September 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sylvia

    We changed the channel in the middle of the gym introduction scene..soooo bad.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Running Wilde

    When you compare it to most shows on network tv today, the show rocked. I liked it enough to want to see more.

    Really hope they get a chance to find an audience instead of instant death by some network chimpanzee

    September 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kathi

    I gave it about 5 min. then turned the channel.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Aw too bad. you should have stuck around, it really picked up. Dillon was hilarious. that's the problem with today's mentality. every body is so ADD with Twitter and everything else, nobody has any patience any more. This was a great show with an amazing cast. Dillon was hilarious and so was Rhys Darby. Loved Foley too. looking forward to next week.

      October 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. this show is unwatchable

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmv2Rqm5poE&w=640&h=390]

    September 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yeah

    this show smells. like dooodooo !

    September 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Observer

    More liberal tripe. Not worth my time.

    September 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TV Guy

    Saw it. Was not impressed. Seemed forced to me.
    Would rather watch Seinfeld repeats or some Curb You En.....Something light, but well written. No soup for you!. Mulva? Festivest. The Manzeer or The Bro. The Puffy shirt (10 years later...you now what I'm talking about.
    How you doowin?!?

    September 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      I disagree. it was a pilot. all pilots are rough. this is a great show with a great cast. Rhys Darby is hilarious. Foley is great from Kids in the Hall and Newsradio. There is so much to like here and has so much promise. I feel like the leads had great chemistry.

      Really enjoyed it, it should get better and better.

      October 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ok

    I didnt watch it. I dont know.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • BFD

      The show was so boring that Kevin Dillon's character was the most entertaining thing about it. That says volumes.

      September 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |

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