October 31st, 2011
11:23 AM ET

What's the verdict?: 'Allen Gregory'

Fox's new half-hour animated comedy "Allen Gregory" is perfectly titled, because the series star, a beyond-precocious 7-year-old of the same name, is the reason to keep watching.

The series, co-created by and starring actor Jonah Hill, made its debut Sunday ahead of another smart-mouthed kid, "Family Guy's" Stewie Griffin. The basic premise is that Allen Gregory's dad has fallen on hard times and needs his (maybe-straight) life partner Jeremy to get a job instead of home-schooling Allen Gregory.

That means Allen. G (as we'll call him) has to brave the halls of public school, along with his adopted Cambodian sister, Julie (Joy Osmanski).

Hill provides the voice for the fast-talking, snotty, and yet insecure elementary school student, who seems to be channeling his best impersonation of a talent agent. He refuses to call his teacher (voiced by Leslie Mann) anything other than her first name, Gina, and also isn't afraid to call her a "train wreck" under his breath before he bulldozes over whatever argument she offers.

His poor dad Jeremy and sister Julie are also hit with the brunt of his sarcastic wrath, although we see where Allen Gregory gets it from in the premiere - his other dad, Richard, is just as rudely snobbish.

We also got a glimpse of Allen Gregory's fantasy about his 60-something principal, which was a little unnerving to watch, but did offer a laugh. At one point, he asks her the most preposterous question: "Is it just like, a complete mess down there?" To which she responds: "I'm going to level with you - it's like post-Katrina."

Allen Gregory's habit of having sushi with wine for lunch and his haughty sense of self-importance don't make him a member of the popular crowd, and critics are about as charmed by Allen Gregory as most of his fellow students.

USA Today writes that Allen Gregory is a "total irredeemable brat" in an animated program that's "gross, ugly, viscous and stupid," and without enough laughs to matter. The New York Daily News inquired if no one in Allen Gregory's new school knew how to spit in his sushi roll, finding him more annoying than "the trust fund brats on 'Gossip Girl' or '90210.'"

The Washington Post critiques that "Allen Gregory" is "a coy but limp attempt" at adding to Fox's Sunday line-up, and that all one can hope for the title character is that he'll "meet some horrible demise."

But for me, Allen Gregory's awfulness is also part of his charm - especially when you see that his attitude could very well be a cover-up for a desire to be liked. A 7-year-old's sarcasm I can take, but I did find his father, Richard, to be far less funny. There's also the question of whether Allen Gregory's witticisms at adjusting to public school can sustain an entire series, because I'm sure there are only so many times I can laugh at another Gina, Jeremy or Julie put-down.

What about you? Do you think Hill's "Allen Gregory" has potential to stay afloat?

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  3. John

    The worst show ever created! Jonah Hill is disturbing.

    January 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chunli1245

    Allen Gregory has all the tools to be a hit. But sadly fails to know how to use them

    December 6, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. meka

    Please bring Bob's Burgers back. This show is awful. I watched it more than once to give it a chance, and still bites.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ugh

    Allen Gregory is total crap. I would rather sit through a sode of Family Guy that is 89% Conway Twitty than watch Allen Gregory for 1 minute. Seriously.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Edward

    It's my theory that Fox promotes pointless, laugh-free pap like AG and Bob's Burgers in order to make The Cleveland Show appear funny by comparison.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Bob's Burgers is a clever kind of funny, like South Park. To get the jokes, you have to get the references.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Veronica

    I thought it was hilarious

    November 27, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christob

    Watched 2.5 episodes and gave up. It is pure garbage; a mean, ugly, vulgar, utterly predictable show full of unpleasant characters in crude, hateful stereotypes. None of which is funny. The opening credits and music sequence are the ONLY good thing in the show, and that ain't anywhere near enough.

    November 27, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bondo

    This is the worse show to ever air on television.

    November 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. strider

    You know a show is bad when the ads are very brief references. i just watched a commercial for animation domination, i laughed so hard when i saw this. They described the other shows, but when they got to allen gregory it was just "then after an all new allen gregory" said so fast that if you weren't paying attention you'd miss it. fortunately it looks like this show is only a half season show, on the latest cancel or renew list bob's burgers is supposed to come back mid season. hopefully they become a full season show after this year and they cancel AG. now i'm usually a pretty lax guy when it comes to humor, i can find anything funny. But i couldn't even get through 1 episode of allen gregory it's just pretentious dreck, that really shouldn't have been allowed to be created.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave Smith

    I don't know who J. Hill is and don't care. I do like almost every animation on Fox and Adult swim plus South PArk of course but this was just bad. Just no one to care about and just bad writing. Lets hope this dies a quick death adn is replaced by some unknown animator with a great idea just looking for a chance..and he hires H. Jon Benjamin

    November 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bret

    Please cancel this show during the next commercial break. I literally walked away from my television in the middle of trying to give this steaming pile a fair shake to get online and find somewhere I could beg to have the airwaves freed from this animation abomination. It's obviously aimed at an older audience, as most of the "humor" would be over a child's head, but that same "humor" is more of an insult to a viewer's (this viewer's anyway) intelligence, than it is comedy. The jokes are predictable and poorly delivered, the entire 21 minutes becoming little more than one long run-on paragraph of bad one-line puns. At least coming online to get that off my chest saved me from another segment. Now I'm off to let my remote save me from the rest.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hunter

    This was horrible. Hill should stick to reading the jokes, not writing them. Completely hard to follow, especially if never seen previous episodes, boring and tasteless.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason S

    This show is like Bobs Burgers, crap. What a piece of garbage. The people who think that this is comedy have something wrong with them and need to be terminated immediately.

    November 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. mike

    Cancel it cancel it cancel it how many times do I have to say it b4 u do it?

    November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. suzyhalmark

    I agree wholeheartedly, this show SUCKS, horrible, not funny

    November 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tim

    I gave it a chance and watched a few episodes and I've decided that the show just isn't funny. I'm going to have to say Pass. Bring back Bob's Burgers; it wasn't the greatest but it was way better than this one.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  19. Cierra

    Hey I liked this show...I really really like this show I think its funny as hell.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  20. DBM

    what a piece of S**t show. Watched the first episode, tried to give it a chance, will not get that 30 min. of my life back. I would have to be held against my will to watch it again.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  21. davo

    Watch Allen Gregory again or get a root canal, I'd have to pick root canal. I tried to watch this show twice. Just not funny, painful to watch. Watching a dog turd dry in the sun would be better than this show.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Garfus

    Seriously? This show was made by conservatives, and either way.. is total crap.
    I couldn't get through the first 10 minutes of either episode, and I really tried. I want to like this show, but it's bad.
    No.. not bad... HORRIBLE. it won't last. (thank goodness) or maybe it will last. Just look at glee. (barf)

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Laura

    This show was just plain awful. I didn't laugh once.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  24. Echohawk

    This show is just awful beyond reason. If you want to watch a smart animated comedy your better off watching tim and eric awesome show.

    November 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Craig

    Hopefully, in the next episode Allen Gregory and father will falll into a meat grinder. Allen Gregory is the wrost show on the Fox Sunday night line up.Bring Back Bob's Burgers.

    November 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Deb

    I thought Bob's Burgers was the worst show ever. I stand corrected.

    November 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dave

    Not only did I hate this show (literally the worst thing I've ever watched) I now hate Jonah Hill, I thought for a minute he was kinda cool, and relatively funny (although no comic fatty genius), but now I will always remember that it is his fault that this awful, show existed. I will not watch anything with Jonah Hill for the rest of my life, and yes I hope they show more episodes of the Family Guy, Simpsons, or American dad, or I'm tuning out of Fox cartoon Sunday for good.

    November 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bam

    I thought it was completely heinous. I threw up in my mouth a little, and I can't believe they would put it anywhere near the Simpsons or Family Guy, I will never watch another show, and for the love of God cancel it quick! Double up on the Simpsons or Family Guy Fox, you're killing me here!

    November 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bahram

    If this was Iran, everyone who had anything to do with this show would be killed. Why can't we have justice???

    November 3, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  30. AMM

    it is not funny nor amusing...wait wrong time slot...no NOT funny...it is degrading, offensive on soo many levels, it made me think of watching Family Guy or American Dad which I detest also...it was the worst 5mins of tv I have watched in a long time...hmm...did I say I eally dislike this disgusting piece of animation...

    November 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jh

    This is the absolute worst show I have ever seen. It was vile, appauling and morally offensive. I felt physically ill after a few minutes of watching. What really irritates me is that this cartoon is on at 8:30, just in time to make sure that litle ones would get a chance to view. I can only imagine how many parents were not paying attention and let their kids watch this thinking it was just another cartoon. Of course, that was obviously intentional on the part of the network.

    November 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BML

    Meh. I just thought it was dumb. It's no Simpsons or King of the Hill. Everything animated is trying to be those or Family Guy. I just don't like the new animated shows. I stick with the classics.

    November 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. RL

    Ditto to JL. Watched the first 5 min., if that, and was so turned off by how bad this show was I changed the channel never to return.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Afrobeaver

    I tried to like it, but found it to lack any entertainment value. It doesn't mesh well with the rest of the Sunday line up.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  35. LOTEBfm

    I didn't watch the show, but I want to echo some of the above sentiments, "Bring back Bob's Burgers!" I do know THAT show is funny.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dave

    Two thumbs way down. I'll never watch another episode.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  37. Leda

    What happened to Bob's Burgers? My husband and I loved that show!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  38. Comic Book Guy

    Reading these comments was 1000 times funnier than this horrible show.

    Worst animated show EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  39. Funny but not

    Watching Quagmire's sister get hit in the face by Jeff was funnier than this show.

    November 2, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  40. gabrcroi

    horrible, just plain bad. fox has been struggling with cartoons recently, with bobs burgers, this and the Cleveland show (though that is getting better). im gonna say that this has a month tops, which im happy with as long as they dont bring back bobs burgers.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ben

    Replace Allen Gregory with Bob's Burgers! ASAP! Allen Gregory should be cancelled as fast as possible. It's terrible.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  42. cl

    Wasn't expecting anything special, but I loved it. Especially Jeremy- feel so bad for the guy, and I'm totally eager to get to hear more of his back story.

    And huh, all the bad reviews are really reminding me of Bob's Burger's first reactions. 'crappy animation, vulgar, stopped watching after the first 5 minutes', yadda yadda... I know it took me a few episodes to start liking Bob's Burgers, and judging by most of the comments here it's grown on a lot of us. Who knows, maybe in a few weeks Allen Gregory will be more popular.
    Plus you have to take into account that this is just the pilot. Even the American Dad pilot was pretty weak, and that's my absolute favorite of the Sunday lineup.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  43. The Clintidote

    What do I think? I think it's a piece of crap and gave up on it before the mid-show commercials.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  44. PZ

    Fox forgot the funny. I watch the Sunday night animation block to have some laughs before the grind of a new week starts. Allen Gregory was, for me, completely devoid of humor and I stayed with it for the full half hour. None of the characters had an iota of likability. (Fox also seems to have forgotten that if viewers don't like the characters in a show, they won't be inclined to spend time with those characters week after week.) What really threw me, though, was Family Guy's domestic abuse episode. NOT FUNNY. It was, for the most part, grim and depressing. I have heard Seth MacFarlane is tired of doing Family Guy. If so, this was a great first step in killing it off.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  45. coolhandluke

    This show is guy garbage being shoved down our throwts. No funny at all and again bring back Bob's burgers.
    guy crap is what Allen Gregory is

    November 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jason

    This show is absolutely terrible! They should just let Seth MacFarlane make another show, he already controls most of the Sunday lineup anyways.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  47. San Jose

    I watched it and laughed a few times. It's one of those shows that I'd watch if nothing else was on, but I definitely wouldn't DVR it. I'd probably give it a C+.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. fallout boy

    this show sucked ass i changed the channel within the first five mins and went back after it was over hopefully fox will hurry up and yank it

    November 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Just Rockwell

    I liked the Allan Gregory show and I like Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. These are just adult cartoons. I understand if people don't get the humor or think it's not funny, it's just their opinion. It's an hour and a half of adult entertainment that ends when I turn the channel. I dont understand why people are so upset in these comments???? It's only a cartoon!!!

    November 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Karen

    It was plain shocking...I LOVE family guy...and honestly even the family guy this week I thought was a little much...what is it with shows now that think they need to shock you as much as they can get away with...This show is just a waste of time and needs to stop...Fox..stick with Cops...it's about all you have left...

    November 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jo

    I thought it was hysterical! I had tears. The scene where he's fantasizing about the principal was disturbing...buuuut that didn't stop me from laughing uncontrollably. 🙂

    November 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. John-John

    First, this show was horrible. In fact, it was unwatchable. Yet, I was patient and I sat through this torture. I told my 25 year old son by the last commercial that this show will probably not get a second episode.

    For those of you who like this? What the hell is wrong with you?

    There will always be the contarians, hipsters and pseudo-sophisticates who will say this is funny, brilliant and original.

    You are self-deluded.

    This was crap. The characters unrelatable...the jokes seemed to be Hollywood insider crap... the premise is stupid... the animation was uninteresting (is that a word?)...

    The only thing that was worse than this 30 minutes of agony are the comments of approval from people who don't realize they don't know what is funny.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isla

      I love the pretentiousness of the characters and setting, which anyone living in a cultured city could tell you is much more relatable than some white-trash family living in the suburbs. And, since it's apparently an indicator of how intelligent I am, I watched Arrested Development when it was on air, own all three seasons, and am even watching "In God We Trust" as I type this, so yes, I appreciate/recognize comedy. As for other comedies, if you found the Principal scene disgusting, there's no way that you can tolerate South Park; if you think The Simpsons is comedic gold, then surely you must prefer lazy and overt jokes; and if you thought the animation sucked, then I'm sorry for all the trouble you must have with the vast variety of animation styles that have been ruining esteemed animated films for decades.

      November 3, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • RickJames

      @ISLA Allen Gregory and Arrested Development??? Really??? If anything you just proved that you have bad taste.

      November 28, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  53. Michael

    This show was the most unfunny show I've seen in many years. It was just terrible. On the other hand, Bob's Burgers might be the funniest sitcom on the air today. Even the reruns are better than 90% of anything else on.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  54. mdubbs

    Some of you saying that "watching 5 mins of this was the worst 5 mins of my life" must have some pretty interesting lives. Or you're all just extremely boring individuals...

    November 1, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  55. jose pazmino

    you haters make me mad! its a freaking cartoon. do you want another family guy show? allen gregory is new and fresh and i laughed watching it. please dont make them cancel this great show! jonah hill keep doing what you doing!
    great job!

    November 1, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      "Haters"? I'm thinking "people of good taste". There is nothing fresh or new about this, it is simply awful. Terrible unlovable characters with no redeeming features, dull dialog, meandering plot, really poor animation, what's to like?

      November 1, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  56. JP

    Worst show of the 21st Century. I won't be watching FOX next Sunday in protest, and I grew up watching the Simpsons.

    November 1, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  57. ShawLaw

    I absolutely loved this show! It caught me by surprise... OMG! The kid is soo very twisted and wrong. When he fell in love with the principal... Phil Collins music in the background... I need this in my life! Can't wait for the next episode... Like someone said, you either really hate or really love it! I'm a real F4L!

    November 1, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  58. Sherri

    I thought it was boring. The kid is an insufferable brat. I could not stand him. I watched the entire episode, but it was a waste of my time. I have no plans to ever watch it again. My husband left the room. None of the characters are really likable, even the ones who are not as bad as the main character. That's half an hour I'll never get back.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  59. hoggerlogger

    Worst show ever... remove it and put Bob's buger back

    October 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. bellyflop

    It really is garbage... remove it and put Bob's Bugers back.

    October 31, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  61. bgdrewsif

    Watched the entire lineup of animation on FOX last night... Allen Gregory was TERRIBLE... I also vote to bring back Bob's Burgers.... that show took a while to grow on me but I learned to love it... this show... I literally wanted to throw up during the part with Allen and th Principal when he was massaging her nasty varicose body... I was eating then... ugh

    October 31, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  62. fox comedy fan

    Complete waste of my time. Had high hopes, sadly not what I expected. Made me uncomfortable like a foreign film. I truely hated this show so much that I sought out an avenue for my opinion. Have never posted like this before. Sorry Jonah, bad bad pilot. Will not give a second chance.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
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  64. Katherine

    I typically enjoy Adult Swim shows, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, South Park, etc, but I really thought Allen Gregory was crap.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Kyon

    It was crap. Simply crap. I had no problems with the gay parents, but that old lady scene just ruined it. I only watched it because the teacher, Gina was a beautiful drawing.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  66. stix69

    this show sucks kill it now

    October 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  67. aarom e.

    i think the show sucked big time i dont like shows that have gay dudes in it, that show wont last very long.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Sean

    Hated it. Actually had to change the channel 20 minutes in because it was so bad. Bring back Bob's Burgers!

    October 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  69. w114nrs

    I am a huge fan of the Simpsons and family guy, but this was horrible. The formula is add shock, add a whiny 7 year old, subtract humor = allen gregory. Doesn't merit a second chance and will probably be cancelled tomorrow.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Guy

    It was absolutely hysterical and way better than the other Fox animated shows that I once loved and have long since peaked. Seriously, does anyone who doesn't have time to watch 5 hrs of TV a night still watch new (non-Halloween) Simpsons episodes? It fits in perfectly with Fox's other (once) dark comedies. AG is blatant rip-off of old-school Stewie which is why I probably enjoyed it so much. BTW, half of the commentators are illiterate which probably explains the mixed reviews.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Alex

    When you look up Johan hill on IMDB in a couple of years you are going to see this show to his credit and be like – Allen Gregory, that's right he did the voice for that piece of S**T cartoon.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Tom

    Simply disgusting. Way beyond the pale of acceptable comedy(?). Stupid beyond belief - Horrifically unrealistic trash!

    There is nothing even remotely redeemable.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Owl3

    It was terrible!!! Not just the gay characters but every one of the characters talks as if he is gay.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  74. bob

    Yawn. And the animation is crap. It makes one wonder what other awful shows didn't make the cut if this is the best thing that Fox came up with. There isn't a single character that you feel any connection with, even the straight-gay dad pep talk was flat like last week's beer.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penn and Teller fan

      Sadly we may never know. Hell, for all we know. Fox may have passed up a show, that was actually funny to green light this.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  75. matt

    This show was total crap. I hope Jonah blows out his brains with a shotgun.

    October 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      I can find the number of a good therapist in your area if you need to vent out all that hate & frustration.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bort255

      matt that was hilarious... Chad you are gay

      November 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  76. matunos

    I saw nothing compelling in the many many commercials for Allen Gregory that I suffered through (on the contrary, it seemed repellant), and now that its premeired, I haven't heard anything to dissuade me from that judgement. My prediction: hasty cancellation.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Mikey

    treehouse of horror was awesome again – Kang and Kodos always have tomake an appearance

    Allen Gregory is a one note show and will end sooner rather than later – different but doesn't really fit with the 2 hour animation block on Fox – feels like more of an adult swim type show (for aquired tastes)

    Bob's Burgers I think will be back as the keep trying out mid-season fill ins like Allen Gregory. Burgers is far superior show, far funnier. With any show, while the main characters are important, its usually the supporting characters that allow the show to sink or swim, and Bob's kids are just hilarious at every moment

    Some shows need to grow on you though, for example The Cleveland Show. Cleveland was the most annnoying of the four friends on Family Guy but his show is awesome and consistently funny and most of the time funnier than Family Guy (however, i'm still confused why Cleveland's son used to be a hyper skinny kid and is now slow and fat. I must have missed that episode)

    Anyway, Archer and South Park crush all the fox shows now in terms of hilarity, but you guys really need to get off the Simpson's sucks bandwagon – sorry, Its great every week, and in re-runs, and on the movie screen. You all must be like 16 years old and don't underatnd cultural capital

    October 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Penn and Teller fan

    This show sucked! I wan't offended by anything in it, but how could I? All of the jokes were lame as hell. I hope Jonah Hill takes the time to read some of these things, so he will know that he failed.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      So you go for the shock factor. You better catch this, it's another witty joke going over your head. Wait, I just farted. Bhahahaha. You got that right? Cause nobody has ever farted before.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 31, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Stephanie

    It was awful, and not funny. I don't understand how I could "learn to take a joke" I wasn't offended by it, I just thought it was ridiculous. And it actually made me hate Jonah Hill.

    I'm not an uptight person at all and love to laugh...this was just, stupid and unfunny

    October 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  81. tj

    We get it fox you want to keep the creators of the Simpsons and Seth Macfarlane ( the creator of family guy, the Cleveland show, and american dad) on there game by threatening them with a new show on sunday's but this is a complete failure of a show that is obviously driven by a moronic comedy star who obviously lost any talent to make us laugh with his weight loss. This show will go on the monumental pile of shows that fox tried on sunday's and failed.

    October 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  82. ruggertree4

    I thought it was hysterical! I dont look at a cartoon to give me meaning in life, but to make me laugh. And this one has succeeded. More than likely Fox will drop it and it will move over to FX, either way I hope it stays!

    October 31, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  83. kuksup

    We could barely stand to watch the first 5 minutes. IT WAS CRAP!

    October 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Jack

    Please, Please, Please. Allen Gregory is one of those sad shows that should only last a single episode. One and done. After the first episode there is nowhere else to go. About bringing back Bob's Burgers? No! Bob's Burger gave me heart burn with a dash of existential angst. It would be best for Fox to just leave that hour long time slot vacant and not show anything (oh wait, it was only 30 minutes–it just seemed like an hour).

    October 31, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  85. ED

    I didnt care for it. The humor was really lacking. No jokes about dooodooo or diarreah. No fudjpackin jokes, etc. The writers need to go back to comedy school.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Hahahaha. Yeah, you actually had to have some wit upstairs to get the jokes.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      ummm.. the show was one long poo and gay joke... were you watching 60 minutes by mistake?

      November 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  86. jess

    thought it was hilarious. people need to take a joke.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Erock76

    I really liked it. Guess it's one of those things that you either get or you don't. Looking forward to the next one.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Stunned

    I tried, I really tried, I could only last about 10 min. That was one of the worst ten min of my life, I do not even want them back... I just want to forget it ever happened.

    I really did try, I love animation, I love Jonah Hill.

    Really? NO ONE in Johan's life cared enough about him to pull him aside and point out how god awful this is? Is that really all that is around him a bunch of yes mean and liars? really? I feel a a pain in my soul that this is what the world has come to.

    Please bring back Bobs Burgers, I would even sit through color bars for a half hour over this pathetic garbage.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stunned

      Sorry "yes men" not yeas mean"

      October 31, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      See, now this is how we're all different. I could not even watch Bob's Burgers I was so not able to stand the artwork. I wanted to, people said it's funny, I just could not. And I NEVER liked Jonah Hill's stuff til it came out of Allen Gregory's mouth. Now I get it, but it still isn't funny to me til AG says it. Weird.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Todd

    Not funny at all. Agree with the commentor that said bring back Bob's Burgers. Also, the Simpson's is no longer funny at all. I thought the treehouse of horror episodes were always good, didn't even crack a smile last night watching it. Time for that show to end.

    October 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Beth

    This cartoon sucked, I watched five minutes and changed the channel! hopfully it will be off the air soon!

    October 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Allen Gregory

    This was the worst show I've ever seen. Bring back Bob's Burgers! Seriously... during one scene, were they trying to make a hero out of someone who admitted to being straight, leaving his wife and kids, and being seduced by a gay guy? Was this supposed to be brave?

    October 31, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Brave? Au contraire! Jeremy is a case study of one who loves too well, doomed by his own nature to be with whomever loves(needs) him the most. His genuine desire to be a loving good parent, his true concern for his obnoxious little boy... I think he will be the emotional anchor of this show.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mdelissa Dinger

      PLEASE BRING BACK BOB'S BURGERS!!!! That Allen whatever the hell it is, is nothing but a means for (very) quickly changing the channel to anything else! I have been hoping they bring back Bob's Burgers because it was extremely funny..And why on earth are the lusy Simpsons still on?? Haven't we all had more than enough of that drival!?

      November 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Virginiaca Hastings

    Am I really the only person who found this show absurdly hilarious?

    October 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Virginiaca Hastings

      and for that matter, how can THIS be called vulgar and tasteless when last night's Family Guy was a a 26 minute long domestic violence joke? How was that even aired? THAT was disgusting.

      October 31, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Agreed!

      I agree completely- I found it hilarious! I loved Allen Gregory and his sister and Jeremy, although I do agree with the writer of the article that his dad's pretentiousness may grow old quickly. But I thought it was fabulous and hope it gets picked up for the full season and many more! It's also animated so much better than Family Guy & Simpsons (which, I will be the first to say, are among two of my favorite shows... I am not putting them down at all, and this show will need work to be as funny as them, but it's on the right track, and the animation is great and crisp!)

      October 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jess

      loved it.

      October 31, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      I agree! I'm surprised by all the bad reviews. I thought it was hilarious! Much funnier than anything else on Fox last night. Cleveland Show was pretty funny though. Disappointed in Simpsons Treehouse of Horror and Family Guy really missed the mark. Usually love Family Guy but last night...not so much.

      October 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dumblondphish

      My husband and i both though it hilarious. yes it is absurd and pushes the boundaries, but there is nothing else like it on TV and the comedy was fresh and unexpected

      October 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katherine

      I thought it was just awful, and Virginiaca, I was really hoping it wouldn't be. I love good witty, edgy, absurd, or dark humor as much as the next guy, but this had no uniqueness, nothing I hadn't seen before. I found it pretty dull and humorless.

      October 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      No, you're not the only one who thought it was hilarious! I laughed through the whole thing!

      November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolthewholeepisode

      I also found it hilarious, and I'm sure the more episodes shown the funnier it will be. Right now it isn't perfect but I have a feeling everything will even out and settle with time. I don't remember the first episode of Family Guy or South Park being perfect either.

      November 4, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Corey

      My friends & I LOVED this show! It is definitely not for those with a boring, run of the mill sense of humor. I hope it stays on for years to come! I can't get enough of that kid.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • chlasf13

      This is the best, most clever animated series in a very long time. Everyone is so used to "dumb" television that when they run into something that is genuinely funny they don't see it. The Cleveland Show and Bob's Burgers are nothing compared to Allen Gregory and both get renewed while Allen Gregory gets cancelled. People that say this is disturbing. Watch any other animated series on FOX and you will see that American Dad, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers are all disturbing but IT IS CALLED COMEDY! Of course they don't really support a seven-year-old drinking alcohol at elementary school and wanting a relationship with his 68-year-old principal.

      January 23, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  93. A Noun


    October 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  94. awful awful awful

    One of the worst pieces of crap I've seen on the tube. Unlikable characters, flat jokes, "shocking" for the sake of being "shoking".... Ugh, I give this another week or so before it's yanked from the schedule – tops.

    October 31, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  95. David Morin


    October 31, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  96. Fritz

    I always wondered if Fox secretly hatred laughter, too. Now I have my answer.

    October 31, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  97. Observer

    More liberal garbage from hollywood. No wonder our society is going south so fast.

    October 31, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      According to you everything is liberal garbage. Why don't you move to another country then? Or do you just enjoy posting on every board with the same complaint?

      October 31, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny


      Why don't you give the 'liberal' thing a rest?
      You don't ever make a point.
      You don't ever make sense.
      You don't ever comment on the story at hand.

      You just grind your idiotic axe.
      Take it someplace else.
      Nobody here wants to be bothered with your nonsense.

      October 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      Liberal garbage? Its FOX.

      October 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • JL

      The first 5 minutes of the show turn me off switched stations, never to return.

      November 1, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Was that a review? Because if it was, I missed it.

      November 1, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • maximus

      If this stuff is liberal, wouldn't it be going north instead of south? Isn't south more related to conservatism?

      November 1, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      This country has been conservative for over 50+ years and you think the liberals ruined the country? Go read a book or something.

      November 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      I knew as soon as I saw that this was a CNN link it would be filled with brain damaged butthurt conservatives turning everything into an excuse to whine about liberals. Won't click anything from this site again. Btw, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan are the same awful person.

      November 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Wha????

    Vulgar, senseless, insult to anything even remotely called "comedy."

    October 31, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tara

      You said it, brother!!! when I first saw the trailer I thought the writers were inspired by the character of Niles Crane of Frasier, and were out to make a series about a genious, worldly, witty, wunderkind trying to make it in second grade but yuck, you need a pooper scooper to get this thing off the sidewalk.

      November 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Tasteless, vulgar and not funny at all. Fox 5 is allowed to air this garbage at 8:30p? Thank God I was watching The Simpsons with my children when this piece of garbage show came on next. I turned it off after 5 minutes. Seriously considering blocking channel 5 after that one.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheston

      This show does not fit within the Animation Domination of FOX Sunday's. I am sure there is a fan base out there for this show but I am not one of them. If we are looking for an animated filler between the Simpson's and Family Guy I would probably recommend random Animaniacs Reruns rather than this. I am searching for the humor but I am lost. Don't try to help me find it... I have lost interest other than to voice my meager opinion.

      November 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Wow, this has got to be the worse thing I have ever seen on Fox. We have been tuning out recnetly. Forget the debate about it being a liberal message, it is just NOT FUNNY!!!

      November 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |

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