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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. …
… 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
Oct. 2, 2007, 2:53 a.m. CST
...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
starring AL Qaeda.
Oct. 2, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST
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
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
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
That sounds kind of perverted.
Oct. 2, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
Still does it for me.
Oct. 2, 2007, 8:09 p.m. CST
...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
in a haze.
Oct. 2, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST
Oct. 2, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST
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
But too bad this whole episode was about a toaster.
Oct. 2, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
...is fucking Rebecca Romijn.
Oct. 2, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST
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 hate his fucking face.
Oct. 3, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST
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
by The Colonel
Also, why am I posting about this dreck? Anyone?
Oct. 3, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST
This show is not that bad. I mean seriously!!
Oct. 3, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST
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
SUCK IT, SAPES!
Oct. 4, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST
will get ratings on week 1. Tell me they're all doing great on week 5, and I'll care.
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