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Angel from Hell - (S01E08)

Comedy . Drama

Angel from Hell is a single-camera comedy about Amy, a colorful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into the life of an organized and seemingly perfect young woman, Allison, claiming to be her "guardian angel". Allison is an intense, driven doctor who is sure that Amy is just an inebriated, outspoken nut, until every one of her warnings proves true. Cautioned by Amy not tell anyone about her, Allison can't discuss this over-the-top oddball with her father and business partner, Marv, a doctor who shares an office with Allison, or her younger brother, Brad, a sales rep who lives in a guest room over her garage. As Allison tries to push Amy away, Amy makes her final pitch: her sole mission is to provide Allison with helpful guidance that nudges her in the right direction in life – and it's her final chance to prove herself as an angel. With that, Allison agrees to this unlikely relationship because maybe a weird friend is exactly what she needs… and what if Amy really is her "guardian angel"?

Episode Title: Rain Check
Airs: 2016-02-25 at 21:30
  • Terry Terrones

    The humor ranges from bombastic to subtle, with dialogue delivered at an atypically rapid pace. The pilot had a Sorkin-esque feel to it, with witty banter and "blink and you'll miss it" jokes and one-liners.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Angel from Hell succeeds principally because of the great energy between Lynch and Lawson. Their banter is smart, funny, and well-timed. It's not essential viewing, but it's a hell of a lot of fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Angel from Hell, originally penciled into the CBS fall schedule and postponed for reasons too secret to disclose but probably having to do with something one of the network's crack programming experts saw in the entrails of a chicken, also has an emotional core surrounded by multiple layers of beguiling loopiness. Full Review
  • Gwen Ihnat

    Angel From Hell mostly succeeds due to two huge factors, neither of which have anything to do with wings or halos. The first is the not-insignificant personality force of Jane Lynch as Amy.... AFH’s second success factor: There’s bright, quippy dialogue here that transcends this standard sitcom.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The fun is trying to figure out if Lynch’s character is delusional or really an angel.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    What remains is a watchable and weird story (thanks mainly to Lynch, whose gifts for line-delivery verge on the divine) about an intuitive new friend showing up just when she’s most needed.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The cast is terrific and there’s enough humor to spirit away 23 minutes, but it hardly seems, in this early going, purposeful or magnetic.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Mr. Quill is trying for something that’s funny in the Bill Lawrence adult-suburban-hipster mode (he and Mr. Lawrence worked together on “Scrubs” and “Spin City”) and also heartfelt, with a message about self-actualization and taking control of your life. Ms. Lynch negotiates this divide effortlessly--she’s often hilarious and always engaging--but the show around her occasionally bogs down in its own mushiness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    All-in-all, while it’ll rustle neither a tear nor make you roll on the floor, Angel From Hell has some seriously impressive chops in transitioning between sentimental and goofy, especially for a series this nascent.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Dalene Ravenstine

    The sitcom certainly isn't breaking new ground, but that won't stop you from laughing more than once. As a guardian angel, Amy is the worst, but as an actress, Lynch is saving the show. [8/15 Jan 2016, p.97]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Amber Dowling

    The series once again attempts to pair the straight-shooter with the oddball muck-up in an attempt to allow both characters to find middle ground. In the process, hilarity ensues. Except when it doesn’t.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Allison is one precious snowflake and is about as interesting as last week’s church bulletin. Lynch, meanwhile, plays her interloper with Sue Sylvester snark peppered with the kind of innuendo you’d hear on “2 Broke Girls.”

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Lynch can be as goofy-delightful here as in the ensembles of “Party Down” and “Glee.” But she’s all over everything, all the time, in a show that just won’t let up.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Angel is heavily reliant on a kind of no-stops, all-out aggressive performance from Lynch, and while there's some fun to be had from it, that style can quickly become tiresome.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Angel From Hell is without a laugh track or any real sense of purpose beyond letting Lynch fire away. Some of her darts can be amusing. And her delivery system remains intact. But even by Episode 2, the premise is wearing thin.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    [Jane Lynch is] always worth watching. Even here, sometimes, when her angel, who goes by the name Amy, manages to wrench free from creator Tad Quill's tepid humor and take brief control of the show's narrative indecisiveness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Angel’s cast is very good, and to the extent that any moment in the comedy works, it’s the result of their unrelenting efforts.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Angel’s premiere episode isn’t very funny, but what’s worse is that it’s not very interesting, either.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Jane Lynch is, to put it kindly, unbearable. (Trust me; that was putting it kindly.)

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review

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