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Working the Engels - (S01E07)

Comedy . Drama

Ceil is desperate for an image makeover after learning from her next-door nemesis that the Engels are known as the "crazy family" in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Jenna wants to save a roti restaurant from closure, but is at a loss as to how to do it.

Episode Title: The Crazy Family
Airs: 2014-04-23 at 09:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    [The Canadian comedy all-stars] give it good vibes. But the scripts, despite mad moments of whimsy, can't keep pace with the cast's comic timing and tone.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It's no "Arrested Development," but Martin's still a hoot, and it's good to see Rohl in something a bit less dark.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    On their own, Arthur’s lunkheaded Jimmy and Skye’s bubbly Sandy are sketched a little thin—but due to Working The Engels’ compact ensemble, they usually wind up paired with Rohl or Martin, salvaging some potentially dire storylines like “Jimmy gives grandma’s ring to a stripper” or “Sandy wants to win a mother-daughter dance contest.”

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    There’s a bit of a free-form Arrested Development vibe in play, but not enough to elevate Working the Engels to anywhere near that level.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    The show moves along at a nice clip, the cast is pleasant, given the predictability of their sitcom-y characters, and they mesh nicely as an ensemble.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Working the Engels is a decent little sitcom made more appealing by its likeable cast.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Neither ["Welcome to Sweden" or Working the Engels] is awful, neither will make you cancel other plans.... A few bright ideas enliven the half-hour. But how many meddling mother jokes can they pile on before we’re weary?

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    There’s a hint of “Arrested Development” in the air, but Working the Engels is ultimately a much more common kind of dysfunctional family sitcom.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The show’s humor is more often graceless and crass.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    The fish-out-of-water aspect intrigues but it also frustrates.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    Aggressively forgettable summer fodder with a scary absence of originality or voice. [11 Jul 2014, p.64]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The show never allows itself to stand down from ill-fated, continuous attempts at heightened hilarity.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    In the end, this Canadian import would be okay for a summer evening if there was more to like in the characters. There just isn’t.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Though the series may have some passing connection to Arrested Development in terms of setup, it isn't able to capture the depth or tone or charm that elevates a comedy out of just being mediocre to being something really great. That requires more work.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Watching the cast rather heroically work their way through a series of jokes and "developments" as nondescript and rickety as the storefront law office they come to occupy, it was difficult not to despair: NBC took "Harry's Law" off the air, then gave us this?

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The family dynamic is not unlike the one on “Arrested Development,” only Working the Engels leaves out the humor, inventiveness and sophistication. “Zany” is a word that mostly applies to antic comedy that isn’t funny, and that includes Working the Engels.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Think of this as a very, very poor woman’s “Arrested Development,” and as thematically tired as a half-hour comedy can get.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show has a few moments, but it simply tries too hard overall. It is unforgivably guilty of wasting Martin's comedic gifts.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Nothing about Engels works: the tired premise, the strained performances, the empty abyss of silence into which the groaning jokes dissipate.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review

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