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Masterminded by “Kids in the Hall” player Bruce McCulloch, “Carpoolers” is a sitcom about four guys who commute to work together. It stars Jerry O’Connell (“Crossing Jordan”), Jerry Minor (“Life With Louie”), Fred Goss (“Sons & Daughters”), Tim Peper (“Guiding Light”), Allison Munn (“What I Like About You”) and Faith Ford (“Hope & Faith”). It is the least funny, most annoying sitcom of the fall season. Even the viewers who complain most adamently that reality shows are crowding scripted fare off the air may run screaming into the arms of “Kid Nation” after sampling this misery. USA Today gives it one star (out of four) and says:
Is ABC trying to kill the sitcom? … The show is so painfully witless and dull, your daily commute may begin to seem entertaining in comparison.…
The New York Times says:
… it is hard to see how “Carpoolers,” a new comedy created by Bruce McCulloch, might have made it onto the air. The show, which begins tonight on ABC, deploys a single camera, a format that seeks to elevate sitcoms to the sensibility of film. (“Malcolm in the Middle,” for example, used it too.) But here it feels self-aggrandizing. “Carpoolers” cannot maintain the cool distance that its visual style implies. …
The Los Angeles Times says:
… A low-rent "Big Shots," "Carpoolers" doesn't have enough edge to be offensive. It just isn't funny. Which is a problem, you know, for a comedy. …
The Washington Post says:
… has a certain loopy cuteness to it, but the show lacks a beating heart, some strong central figure to care about and root for. … it's nothing to vilify, but not really TiVo-worthy either.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:
… a trip to skip. …
The Boston Herald says:
… destined for the breakdown lane. …
Boston Now says:
… opens with a great scene - taking a familiar joke and pushing it even further - but alas it's all downhill from there. …
Variety says:
… shockingly dull and unfunny … as unlikable as the guys are in "Big Shots," "Carpoolers" takes it one step further with a team of dullards commuting to a random office in L.A. This sitcom is a Sigalert in progress. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… the equivalent of a breakdown in the HOV lane. … The best thing in the show's favor is its single-camera style and a cast that knows its way around a punchline, though these are few and far between. In general, stories are contrived and exaggerated, and they fail to deliver even a mild comedy payoff. … "Carpoolers," a clunker of a comedy, is stalled in the fast lane. …
8:30 p.m. Tuesday. ABC.

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  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:51 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega


  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST

    It amazes me...

    by FreeKill

    ...that some of these shows even make it past the idea stage. It just goes to show you how truly disconnected the big television studies are from their audience...

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by MC-909

    starring AL Qaeda.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    So bad you'll long for public transportation!

    by Yeti

    And anyone who's suffered on the TTC in the northern parts of Toronto will atest, that's pretty damn bad.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST

    No matter how bad this does...

    by BizarroJerry

    Jerry O'Connell still gets to have sexual relations with Rebecca Romijn. Why does that upset me so?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    BizaroJerry - It shouldn't!

    by mbeemer

    Take solice in the knowledge that she's gettin' it on with *someone*. A woman that hot should not be celebate. It's against nature!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    '...into the arms of “Kid Nation” '

    by tonagan

    That sounds kind of perverted.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    ABC should stick to chick shows

    by Jor-El23

    not that I'll watch those but it seems to be working for them. More chick shows, less bad sitcoms.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by BizarroJerry

    It seems like the only network that can get out a decent sitcom or two is NBC. Even if you don't like a show like 30 Rock, it's gotta be better than this crap. And I'm only basing this on the commercials I've seen, where one would expect some of the best jokes in the show would be displayed. Maybe CBS has some sitcom that's good, I don't know. As far as I can tell, Two and a Half Men is just a few funny lines and sexual innuendos wrapped around a crappy center. I mean, the CW even has a pretty good show in Everybody Hates Chris. But "Cavemen", and THIS show back to back? They are gonna have one terribly hour of TV.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by Bloody Jay

    Yeah... I went there.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Bad Sit-com vs. Reality show?

    by Napoleon Park

    Why would I even be aware of the alternatives when this crap is on opposite "Bones"?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I still haven't forgiven Jerry O'Connell for

    by Larry of Arabia

    Tomcats, or Kangaroo Jack, or Joe's Apartment. He sucks the funny out of everything in a 10 foot radius.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Faith Ford

    by tonagan

    Still does it for me.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Rather bland...

    by Darkman

    ...for something from a former Kid in the Hall (Bruce McCulloch). The lead guy's layabout retard son needs to go. <br><br> Best bit: Scott Thompson as the a-hole rich carpooler.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    I thought the show was pretty funny...

    by JKrow21

    in a haze.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Reaper Talkback

    by jimbojones123


  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    in 'maxim' (or fhm or stuff.. or one of them)

    by soup74

    jerry o'connell compared this show to "the office" meets "arrested development"....heh. good luck there, jerry.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I want this show to work for some odd reason.

    by kikuchiyoboy

    But too bad this whole episode was about a toaster.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    It blows my mind that the fat kid from Stand By Me...

    by Osmosis Jones fucking Rebecca Romijn.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    I made it through all of Cavemen...

    by INWOsuxRED

    and still turned this off. I like Bruce and Jerry Minor from Mr. Show and Trigger Happy, and I still didn't last half an episode.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I also hate Jerry O'Connell

    by INWOsuxRED

    I hate his fucking face.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    You're all crazy! BEST NEW COMEDY!

    by Spastic Jedi

    This has been the best sitcom of the new season! I don't think any critic even actually watched it, all they complain about is the in car camera? Seriously? If that is your complaint then you didn't watch it. I totally vote Marmaduke as the seasons best new character, I challenge all of you to watch this new show and prove me wrong! There is no other character new to television that can top a man child with no pants raiding the fridge in the middle of the night for two half gallons of milk and a bundle of celery! You just can't top that as far as comedy goes. I had low expectations and when the show was over it had me voting for it for best new show of the season! It has a Napoleon Dynamite type of humor to it, in my opinion.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Why Is Jerry O'Connell Doing A Jim Carrey Impression?

    by The Colonel

    Also, why am I posting about this dreck? Anyone?

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    not that bad!

    by rockness

    This show is not that bad. I mean seriously!!

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Napoleon's review from Jump The Shark

    by Napoleon Park

    "Carpoolers" is about four guys who drive to and from work together. There's insecure neurotic guy with attractive wife and adult son, who makes a lot of money but worries that other people are making more. There's recently divorced depressed swinger guy whose wife took everything but his collection of phone books and a chair, apparently. There's black guy who apparently owns the car, and there's new trying to fit in guy. Faith Ford from Murphy Brown, Norm and Hope & Faith is about all this has going for it. The first episode was about a toaster. No, really. One star out of four, and that's for the funny-ish slacker son's inability to wear pants, either for an online job interview or when walking around outside. (Could be worse. I was already composing a "Crapulartastic" review. "It's no coincidence that the first four letters of the title "Carpoolers" are an anagram for 'crap..." and so on. It's not THAT bad... not quite that bad...)

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    CAVEMEN and CARPOOLERS did great in ratings!

    by SnapT


  • Oct. 4, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    all the hyped new shows

    by INWOsuxRED

    will get ratings on week 1. Tell me they're all doing great on week 5, and I'll care.