The new Seth Macfarlane-produced sitcom has garnered nothing but derision from critics, who have ridiculed its outdated jokes and overall unfunniness. Heralded by many as the worst show of the season, Dads premiers tonight on Fox. Here, a roundup of their best jabs at the show: Maybe we can all hate-watch it together.
If I could find a joke anywhere in either of the two episodes, I’d transcribe it to demonstrate how unfunny the show is, but for the life of me, the only thing I found amusing is the pervasiveness of the laugh track.
-David Wiegand, SFGate
Dads — don’t watch it. That way you won’t have to roll your eyes back into your skull when Crawford and Peter Riegert, who plays Green’s dad, battle to avoid paying a lunch check by fanning or blowing it across the table — this show’s notion of brilliant physical comedy.
-Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture
It turns out that the willfully sophomoric, politically incorrect humor that works in an animated series doesn’t sound as amusing when coming out of the mouths of flesh-and-blood actors.
-Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
Bigotry by helpless losers looks like the sad, impotent venting it is. It isn’t even fun to make fun of them, because they’re such easy targets themselves.
-Tim Molloy, The Wrap
I saw Don Rickles in concert a few years ago; much of his act is predicated on dated stereotypes, and much of the audience was young and found him hilarious (as I buried my face in my hands). This feels to me a little like that.
-Robert Lloyd, LA Times
At all times, Dads feels assembled by people who have sniveling contempt for their audience, figuring that this is just the stupid bullshit people who watch network TV might want.
-Todd VanDerWerff, AV Club
If I could task the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to do one thing, it would be this: Destroy Dads.
-Kate Aurthur, Buzzfeed