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Whitney - (S01E19)


Whitney confronts Alex after finding a box of his ex-girlfriend's stuff in the basement; Lily tries to be a perfect roommate.

Episode Title: The Ex Box
Airs: 2012-03-7 at 08:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    The show's core relationship is appealingly relaxed. It dares to suggest successful coupledom lies less in heated passion than in being able to dress down and screw up and know you're still loved.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It all makes for a promising start on a network whose best comedies invariably wind up on Thursday nights. Whitney is already there, and looks as though it just might belong.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Eventually the mood relaxes, even as the slapstick amps up, and what may prove to be a charming comedy begins to emerge.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Whitney is funnier than "2 Broke Girls," probably because the humor seems more idiosyncratic.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • It's really one lonnnnng sex joke. That said, some of the punch lines are pretty funny.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The characters are all caricature-y stereotypes and the jokes are of the ba-da-dum! variety, but the pilot made me laugh more than some other new comedies, mostly due to the performances.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Phillip Maciak

    The show largely treads disappointingly familiar territory.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    D'Elia sparks well off Cummings, but this show demonstrates her true talents lie offscreen.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The relationship jokes come off stale and cliched (men can't be monogamous!), and you're left feeling like you watched a raunchier--and less funny--version of "Friends."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Problem is both series [2 Broke Girls and Whitney] are hit-you-over-the-head until you laugh or else.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The main character is too loud, too dominant and far too central; the lines all sound as if they were written to be delivered by a performer rather than spoken in conversation; and the supporting characters are ciphers who exist merely to reflect or foil the star.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The sitcom, premiering Thursday night, is perfectly adequate, but only that, and it doesn't compare well to the show Cummings co-created, "2 Broke Girls," which premiered Monday on CBS.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Other than Cummings' slightly off-kilter view of relationships as writer and star, Whitney as a construct is more spindly than her legs.

    Variety Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It's D'Elia and the other cast members who rescue the show from a wretched Whitney overload.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Although there aren't any Carrie Bradshaw-esque puns on this show, nor ethnic stereotypes, the comedy feels more frantic and desperate.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Standup comic Cummings has potential, but no one could overcome these dated relationship cliches.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mikey O'Connell

    Instead of an entertaining half-hour to ease our wait for the return of "30 Rock," the network has given us another "Outsourced."

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    A lot of the success of Whitney may hinge on whether people find her likeable or not. But there are fundamental issues holding back the show as well--beyond the multi-camera fakeness of it all.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It also has hints--just hints--of a fascinating show about the implications of technology and the limits of knowledge. But I don't know if it really wants to, or will be allowed to, become that more interesting show.

    Time Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Collectively, then, Whitney often feels like a series of standup jokes broken up by snippets of dialogue.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Not only are Whitney's jokes a little musty, the multi-camera format seems like the wrong choice for this comedy.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The problem is that Whitney is a terrible show, though in ways that resonate with our culture's debates about women and humor.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Relying heavily on sex talk and slapstick, Whitney is the kind of show where less funny people surround the star, always commenting on her zany actions.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    If you caught a snippet of Whitney unawares, you would be forgiven for assuming that it's one of those shows-within-a-show that exists to caricature bad television.

    Slate Full Review
  • Marisa LaScala

    With its stilted scenes, canned laughter, and handwringing about marriage, Whitney feels more like a step backward.

    PopMatters Full Review

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