What Make The Critics
Of CBS’ New Sitcom ¡Rob!??
A new sitcom from a bunch of SNL vets, including writer Lewis Morton (“NewsRadio,” “Futurama,” “Big Lake”), writer-actor Rob Schneider and producer Adam Sandler (“Rules of Engagement”), “¡Rob!” is about a non-Latino who marries into a huge Mexican-American family. Claudia Bassos is hotter than Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria combined. Cheech Marin is in this too, as is ubiquitous El Paso native Lupe Ontiveros.
... lame and tin-eared. ...
... the fusty banality of the dialogue and the hoariness of the characters. “Rob” is so retrograde and unimaginative that it makes Mr. Schneider’s 1996 sitcom “Men Behaving Badly” look sophisticated. ...
... weirdly offensive to just about everyone, especially comedy lovers. ...
... needs to evolve into a smarter, less formulaic show before it's worth watching. …
... The humor in "Rob" is broad, occasionally rollicking, not very clever or sophisticated, but some of it works well enough to keep the show going, especially since it shares the hour with "Big Bang Theory" …
... mediocre ... CBS has churned out yet another lowest-common-denominator sitcom. …
... there's hardly a moment or performance in Rob that doesn't reek of the leftover and the second-rate. ...
... the show's ethnic stereotypes are less offensive than its triteness …
... The only explanation for Rob is that CBS executives simply are not paying attention anymore. Perhaps they believe -- with history as a sorry-ass guide -- that whatever they throw on the network will succeed, no matter how poorly executed. It's the only reason anyone could have read the Rob script and thrown money at it for a filmed pilot. … …
8:30 p.m. Thursday. CBS.
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Jan. 12, 2012, 11:24 a.m. CST
Anything on CBS usually WILL succeed, no matter how fucking terrible it is.
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST
Happy Madison productions has been in the shitter for quite some time now.
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST
I have no wish to find out how utterly awful such a thing must have been.
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST
So his ethnic jokes at the expense of his new Latino in-laws appear disingenuous.
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST
...it'll be a huge, huge hit. Lowest common denominator is the new Fraser.
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST
by The Shropshire Slasher
Yeah, that comparison seems a tad overboard.
Jan. 12, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST
Schneider is in it
Jan. 12, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST
Nothing even close to a laugh, not even a smirk.
Jan. 12, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST
And it'll probably work out fine for CBS. Sick.
Jan. 12, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST
Rob Schneider in something that isn't funny? No. Way. But I remember seeing his stand up and he said something like "I went to a movie with a pessimist. She couldn't see us getting in". And no one laughed. 15 years later and for some reason *cough Jewish* he's still around and still getting work and is a millionaire. <P> Now the approach is to diversify by pandering to Mexicans? I'd rather watch Claudia Bassols exercising for half an hour. In fact that would be an awesome show.
Jan. 12, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST
In fact I'd argue that for Rob Schneider it's one of the best things he did in his career. Although I admit that doesn't mean much when talking about Schneider. extra tidbit: I was actually an extra in the second Deuce Bigalow. Which is arguably the worst thing he ever did.
Jan. 12, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST
In some fonts, the inverse exclamation point looks like an i, so iRob. That may be the funniest thing about this show. Sad.
Jan. 12, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST
Are they blood brothers, does Schneider have compromising photos/videos on Sandler, are they psychic soulmates - WHAT?! I know they were in SNL together - so they were in the trenches, made it out and made a pact to support each other until infinity? I cannot account for this loyalty, especially in the face of such awful product.
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST
by Chief Joseph
Either way, a skunk by any other name would smell as putrid.
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST
So this is what's next after the iMac, iTunes, iPod and iPad?
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST
by Andrew Coleman
I think there is something up here. I don't know anyone who watches anything on that station besides late night(Letterman/Ferguson) and Criminal Minds. Everything else is pure garbage.
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST
Seriously, the Happy Madison label is for Sandler to employ his far less talented friends (and based on Sandler's recent career minus Funny People is a very damning comment). He will produce whatever crap he can to employee washed up friends like Schneider, David Spade, and Kevin James.
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
Sandler looks out for his buddy. Now, I know what you are thinking "Well, hell, Big Jim, I got lots of friends". Perhaps Sandler doesn't (just like Doc Holliday).
Jan. 12, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST
What is WRONG with those people? Laugh track sitcoms are fucking dead, stop doing those!
Jan. 12, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST
It didn't work then either.
Jan. 12, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
... But the idiot in me laughed at an online ad w/ a shocked Rob in bed w a knocked off pinata head ... Maybe lack of sleep....
Jan. 12, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST
by Keith Small
Wouldn't you think CBS would put something funny in the preview in order to convince viewers to give the show a look? Not a funny moment in the entire thing! And I'm sorry, but as attractive as Bassos is she's not nearly hot enough for me to spend a second on this waste of time! (And certainly not as smokin' hot as Sofia Vergara!)
Jan. 12, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST
I'm not saying this to be snarky. It's a serious question. One thing. Even the worst asshole who was ever on SNL I can think of something. But Rob Schneider, I can't think of anything. And Stallone cast him twice. So I must be wrong.
Jan. 12, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST
by Norman Colson
Dude did you see sofia vegara in 4 brothers, dude hot is an understatement, she has a luscious body, nice tits, nice ass, the works. the new chick is aight in the face, but that's it. Maybe it's a white guy thing, because this chick has NO ASS!!!!!!!!! And you know white guys like a pancake booty... lmao! other wise if she has an ass some might call her fat... which is sad, youll never understand til your hitting it from behind...
Jan. 12, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST
by Keith Small
Jan. 12, 2012, 7:10 p.m. CST
Women hotter than Sofia Vergara? They exist in the wild but that chick ain't it.
Jan. 12, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST
by Norman Colson
It might a black thing... Or even a spanish thing...lol You might mean a sloppy fat ass is disgusting, and yes sometimes it is... but, hear me out... She can have all the hot looks in the world, Like Angelina Jolie; etc, did you see her in wanted, no ass, no hips, no movement whatsoever! There's nothing wrong with a white girl with a lil donkey... You white guys be calling them fat and they have no self esteem because they are not a size 0. but real women have curves. Who wants to FUCK A WOMAN WITH A PANCAKE ASS THAT LOOKS LIKE A DEFLATED TIRE!! WTF Golf when you have a woman like Sofia vegara sit on your face with a whole lot of ass, i think you might change your mind...lol.
Jan. 12, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST
Derpee derpedee derpy-der...
Jan. 12, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST
They'll keep most of the title, retool the show, fire the Latino cast and make it about a guy who works at Apple
"Oh no, haha, that wasn't an upside down latino exclamation mark! What made you think that?!" They'll say to the tv people just after they shove Cheech out the door.
Jan. 12, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST
Jan. 12, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST
I get get quite a chuckle from it though.
Jan. 12, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST
How Schneider still gets work is beyond me
Jan. 12, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST
The funniest thing attached to Schneider was the South Park movie trailers. Though I admit...I STILL find myself saying "you put your weeeed in there" whenever an apt opportunity arises.
Jan. 12, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST
Half of the TV production community has gone stark raving retarded. Wait, make that 80%.
Jan. 12, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST
The fact is that shows like Big Bang or 2 and a half men yes dear or half a dozen other 3rd rate sitcoms of the last 5-10 years keep getting produced because people keep watching them!
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST
I've actually seen Rob in person a dozen or so times as he literally lives three blocks away from me and he's always come across as a pathetic little (and I mean that figuratively and literally as he's tiny as fuck) man. Part of this is due to the fact that he is absolutely notorious for walking his tiny little dog conveniently around the local bars at 1:30-1:45 in the morning just as they're closing and everyone is filtering out. What's pathetic about this is that he's clearly doing so to 1. pick up drunk girls who would otherwise never sleep with him, and 2. get the drunken guys to take his picture and to ask for his autograph, which sober they wouldn't usually do. To add to Rob's aptitude to come across as completely and utterly pathetic, the majority of the time the absolutely blitzed girls he's hitting on turn him down cold, the drunk guys mock/bully him, and he ends up walking away alone with a sad look on his face, his tiny dog being dragged behind him. Essentially it's bar none the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life. The leader of Third Eye Blind lives nearby as well, and although he's a bit of a prick, at least his wife is hot.
Jan. 12, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST
...when it comes to the Arts. It says something when the 10 best movies, shows, albums are consistently some of least watched/listened to every calender year yet trash like Alven and the Chipmunks, Two and a Half Men, and Brittany Spears reign supreme.
Jan. 13, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST
That movie gave me so many laughs.
Jan. 13, 2012, 4:03 a.m. CST
You know what's topical? Race humor involving Mexicans!
Jan. 13, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST
Helloooo, cursed Earth pizza! Actually it wasn't a funny role, so much as that one line.
Jan. 13, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST
You gotta be fricking kidding, I could care less about Eva Longoria, but Sofia Vergara? Gimme a call when Claudia hits puberty and grows some boobs.
Jan. 13, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST
Coming to a DVD Bargain Bin near you soon!
Jan. 13, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST
This girl, while she has a very pretty face, is all skin and bones. Gimmee curves any day. She may be one of those women who are way hotter on screen then in photos. Like Penelope Cruz. I love her on screen then see photos and you just don't get the whole Penelope.
Jan. 13, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
Easily one of the top 3 hottest women on TV. Claudia is top 15 or so. Claudia, if you're reading this, please know I would still sexually abuse you in the most consensual way possible.
Jan. 13, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST
This is the most willing suspension of disbelief I've ever been asked to take on....Rob Schneider's character got to marry THIS goddes????
Jan. 13, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST
Sure it was Schneider's movie, but wasn't it Sandler who delivered that line?
Jan. 13, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST
that was also my biggest problem with it. I mean, even with the "fat guy with the hot wife" shows I can somewhat see how she may have married the guy since they've been married a while and he was probably more athletic in his youth (muscle turned to fat). But this, I kept waiting for the family to disclose her mental health issues, or the fact that she very recently ended a long-term relationship with a dude who is the exact opposite of Schneider. He even says he eloped with her so she wouldn't have time to change her mind. The only person who thinks she's good enough for him is her, so what's that say about her? The whole show she goes on and on about how her parents treat her like a child, don't think she can take care of herself, makes bad decisions. We're supposed to believe eloping with iRob! is anything other than proof her parents are right about her? It looks to me to be just one more irrational and irresponsible action in a lifetime apparently filled with them.
Jan. 13, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
Jan. 13, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST
And great shows like Rome, Carnivale, Firefly and Farscape get cancelled. Screw the nielsens and this sad ass retarded viewing public.
Jan. 13, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST
To anyone who still believes skeletor is hotter than Sophia, just Google Sophia's recent wardrobe malfunction.
You are welcome.
Jan. 13, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
People have nothing to do on Thursday
Jan. 13, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST
He should play batman in a new Adam West type of show.
Jan. 13, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST
No, Rog. His name is Rog now.
Jan. 14, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST
by Thunderbolt Ross
I don't know why I even read this article, much less the TB but my takeaway is you are a stupid asshole.
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