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Welcome to Sweden - (S01E02)


Bruce and Emma are trying to adapt to their new lives in Sweden, and Bruce tries to learn to speak Swedish. He also meets one of his previous clients, and finds an unexpected friend.

Episode Title: Learn the Language/Språket
Airs: 2014-03-28 at 09:30 pm
  • Verne Gay

    All charm and smarts, the best new NBC comedy in a long time. A winner.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Karen Valby

    As the title suggests, the wit and heart of the show are available to all.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    There are portions of the 10-episode first season that are darker than any other American broadcast-network comedy, but not shying away from the inherent gravity of Bruce and Emma’s situation provides a rich shading to the stranger-in-a-strange-land laughs.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Welcome to Sweden is more charming and amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. But its charms are considerable and the overall premise is bracingly unique.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Sweet, smart and quickly addictive, it's a classic cross-cultural romantic comedy with top notes of satire, but a brave and true heart.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Welcome to Sweden is engaging for its exotic Scandinavian setting and warm visual style. It's a winning mix of low-key charm and robust humor.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Skepticism turns to pleasure as Greg reveals himself to be a wide-eyed charmer (think a less smarmy Greg Kinnear) and Sweden becomes an unexpectedly welcome and disarming diversion in a summer cluttered with noisy mediocrity.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Welcome to Sweden knows the story it wants to tell, and it does so in tightly crafted half-hour blocks that are fjords full of charm.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Like Amy’s “Parks and Recreation,” the humor is never mean.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    It’s nice that Will Ferrell plays (a skewed) version of himself in the second episode--he was likely corralled by his former “Saturday Night Live” cohort Amy Poehler--but Welcome to Sweden succeeds on its own merits.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show's humor is subtle, the plot lines somewhat predictable, but both the individual character development and the interaction among those characters make Sweden more than welcome.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Sweden is a quiet, gently amusing comedy.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s a sly, low-key comedy, one that makes affectionate fun of Americans and Swedes with equal vigor.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Welcome to Sweden is pleasant, inoffensive and quite charming.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    [A] gentle bilingual comedy.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While Poehler’s wide-eyed exasperation probably renders him the weakest link, there’s enough high-class support around him that he’s more than adequate to meet the role’s modest demands.... It’s the one genuinely recommendable show to reach our shores amid an NBC wave of summer flotsam.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    It's a pleasant enough blend of travelogue and gentle humor.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    This pleasant enough rom-com would be better if it relied less on predictable sex jokes and focused more on the fish-out-of-water angle that will ring true to anyone who’s lived abroad.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Neither [Welcome to Sweden or "Working the Engels"] is awful, neither will make you cancel other plans.... The execution is slick, and sister Amy has cameos, but how many times can they make the sauna jokes?

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    As Bruce meanders through these segments, determinedly inoffensive, the "Seinfeld" team's immortal notion via George Costanza--"let's do a sitcom about nothing"--comes to mind

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s refreshing to see NBC bring out a comedy that values subtlety over slapstick, but the situations and dialogue here are just a little too subtle to draw viewers in.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    In the end, yes, of course, everyone loves each other. But by the time we get there, the only Swedish word that’s likely to remain lodged in our mind is “meatballs.”

    New York Daily News Full Review

  • scandinavia

  • sweden

  • fish out of water

  • sitcom

  • awkwardness

  • american abroad

  • expatriate

  • immigrant

  • language barrier

  • culture shock