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Bad Judge - (S01E01)


Rebecca Wright knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind. Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent. While there’s no shortage of male admirers who would love to spend time with her, she’s not ready to settle down.

Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2014-10-2 at 09:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    The "Funny or Die" duo makes this zesty, single-camera comedy speak to adults by letting their lead be one.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    There’s a caustic wit to Bad Judge that, with a little help, might still rise above its more shallow laughs.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    If the writers can stop laying it on so thick, maybe Walsh will find her way into the role and Bad Judge will have a better shot at entertaining and shocking us.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Bad Judge is fine, but it’s unlikely that it’ll get the chance to be something good.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Walsh throws herself into the part but Bad Judge so far is falling apart around her. It’s not terrible, and maybe not even a misdemeanor offense. But it’s still guilty of not being all that good.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The premise is intriguing, but the execution fizzles, for the most part.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    The show tries (too) hard for laughs ... Walsh does what she can with the material, but by the twelfth time she utters the word "dude," her efforts fall flat.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    From Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Anne Heche comes this mostly numb comedy about a judge with a messy personal life.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The show wallows in lowest common denominator jokes that more often than not don't land.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Walsh, an actress who has only grown more interesting with time, is worth watching, even as the show grows slack beneath her.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    What you're left with is a show that reeks of too many cooks, and one Walsh seems ill-equipped to save.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The original Bad Judge pilot wasn't all that funny, but a show with the guts (and the appropriate channel placement) to go full "Bad Santa" with her as the lead could work very well. Instead, Bad Judge has been noted into oblivion. She's no longer quite so bad, but she's also not anything else. She's just... there.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Bad Judge is a bad show, though it has a pretty solid cast.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The pilot is not that funny as it trades in predictable gags about a woman who's competent at the office but a mess in her personal life.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Walsh’s gifts--put to great use recently on “Fargo”--aren’t the only ones going to waste. Ryan Hansen as an expert medical witness and the judge’s booty-call-who-wants-more, and Ryan McPartlin as a dim-witted fireman, are given little to work with. No matter what the crime, no TV viewer should be sentenced to watch Bad Judge.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Yes, Walsh’s Judge Rebecca Wright is an unapologetic party gal, and a self-described “workaholic freakshow.” Yet in the reworked premiere--which has managed to make the show inoffensive, but not good--she’s not even really that bad.

    Variety Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    It keeps resorting to broad gags and dopey jokes, and, just to mix things up, every so often it lunges at sincerity. None of it lands, unfortunately.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Until the show figures out how to make sitcom slapstick and inner-beauty melodrama work, it’s kind of a mess.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jason Hughes

    Walsh is a fantastic actress with a wide range of talents, including comedy, but none of them were on display here. While there is potential in the concept of a respected judge on the bench who is a hard-partying reprobate in her personal life, NBC failed to find it in this dud.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    A premiere that has almost no laughs at all. Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It’s trite, boring, has almost no movement or believability and, outside of Walsh’s legs, has not one thing to recommend.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    A toxic concoction of smarm and schmaltz. ... Bad Judge is the sort of bad TV show that makes you despair of the future of comedy.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review

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