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Catastrophe - (S01E01)


The couple attempt to navigate the increasingly thorny situations they find themselves involved in.

Episode Title: Season 1, Episode 1
Airs: 2015-01-19 at 10:00 pm
  • Gail Pennington

    What's best about Catastrophe is how engaging the characters of Rob and Sharon are, and how quickly we come to root for them.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Along the course of these six episodes, the show touches on various rom-com tropes about disapproving parents (Carrie Fisher is, as always, a treat as Rob's cynical mother), secret meetings with exes, bachelor and bachelorette parties that spin out of control, etc. But they're all dealt with in such a specific and simple way that they feel unique to these characters and their world, rather than the obligatory stumbles on the path to a happy ending.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    Horgan and Delaney, who wrote the show together, play their characters off each other to perfection. The result may well turn out to be the worst--by which we mean the best--new comedy of the year. [19 Jun 2015, p.56]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    There's nothing revolutionary here, but man, what is here is some of the funniest, most soulful TV of the summer. Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    One of the smartest, most charming and funny shows you’re likely to see all year is Catastrophe.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Liz Shannon Miller

    While it does have structure to its episodes, with choices being made that keep things from ever feeling static, it's, at heart, a character piece; one which only really comes to life when Rob and Sharon are in the room together.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    [An] endearingly ribald six-episode dramedy import from British TV.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    Each episode intensifies, emotionally, suggesting the long arc of a story that’s just beginning.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Like all good sitcom characters, they sometimes drive us nuts. But we fall for them both and would like very much for this long shot to come in.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    A powerfully charming rom-com in all the best ways (including being British).

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    The dialog is sharp and not always nice. It means Catastrophe has to earn its sentiment, which it does with aplomb.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Like last summer's happy surprise of an FX comedy, "You're the Worst," Amazon's latest show is the opposite of its title: It's anything but a Catastrophe.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    It’s a charming and decidedly salty series.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Racy, amiable and honest, Catastrophe doesn’t feel the need to amp up its story with surprises either. It just does the exact thing it’s supposed to.

    Time Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Catastrophe has its sweet moments but balances them against more outrageous comedy--including a hilariously ugly, profane discussion of childbirth in the series premiere--resulting in a thoroughly entertaining series.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It’s great writing with a savvy juxtaposition of comedy and sometimes ugly everyday real life.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Mr. Delaney and Ms. Horgan, as writers and actors, are able to make most of the serious moments believable and bearable, even touching (though the twist ending of the season finale feels like a miscalculation). And while the show’s humor, alternately subtle and pummeling, doesn’t always click, each episode has its moments.

    The New York Times Full Review
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