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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2018
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  • Summary: Actor-turned-acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) and his agent/friend Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin) deal with ageing and living in Los Angeles in the Chuck Lorre comedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 8, 2018
    100
    Lorre achieves a deeply personal best in this lovingly crafted, wise and wisecrackingly bittersweet bromance between a legendary acting coach (Michael Douglas) and his powerful Hollywood agent (Alan Arkin). [12-25 Nov 2018, p.10]
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 15, 2018
    83
    Arkin is a cinch Emmy nominee for his contributions and Douglas may well find himself along for that ride. The scenes with the acting class students for the most part don’t work as well. ... Viewers of a certain age may well respond with knowing head nods to the age-old predicaments that Sandy and Norman find themselves in. But the series might also have some traction with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Nov 6, 2018
    80
    This eight-episode comedy takes some of what works best about Mom into a single-camera format, finding a way to laugh both at and with its main characters while still letting them retain most of their dignity. ... Arkin's performance is his best since Little Miss Sunshine and perhaps some time before that, one perfectly timed droll deadpan after another. And with wry incredulity, Douglas plays entirely different, complementary notes.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 15, 2018
    80
    For the most part, however, Lorre’s sense of humor stings and zings, in ways that both honor and broaden his sitcom achievements. If there’s a joke to be had, Lorre will make it; in this case, that sort of predictability is reassuring and enjoyable. The show is snarky but personable, with most of the pleasure coming from Arkin and Douglas’s expert depiction of that rarest of things--a frank and honest friendship between two men.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Nov 12, 2018
    60
    There is no shortage of chuckles along the way, but the hit-and-miss nature of the writing keeps the series from staying on track as it heads for moments both humorous and poignant.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 14, 2018
    50
    The Kominsky Method isn’t a disaster; it has a certain warm-bath appeal, if you don’t mind a thick foam of prostate jokes. But it is adrift in a bland netherworld between Lorre’s precision-tooled, laugh-a-minute network comedies and the quieter aesthetic of the alt-sitcom, lacking the strengths of either.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 15, 2018
    25
    Because Kominsky is so blue and so tin-eared, when it tries to draw close to anything resembling real human emotion, it emotionally founders then sinks without a trace. ... Creaky and leaky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Nov 17, 2018
    9
    I took professional acting training in the 70s from one of Lee Strasberg's proteges at the Actors Studio. In one of my many conversationsI took professional acting training in the 70s from one of Lee Strasberg's proteges at the Actors Studio. In one of my many conversations about what constituted great acting, eventually the discussion would shift towards which actors were the very, very best: the greatest. Olivier? Brando? I would ask. The answer was surprising. My teacher said flatly that Alan Arkin was the greatest actor in the world. and Christopher Plummer a close second to him, but Arkin was greatest because he was brilliant at both drama and comedy, while Plummer was a dramatic genius. The Kominsky Method is a rare opportunity to watch the best being the best. The show is funny and sad and real, if sometimes a little much. Michael Douglas is the titular lead and he's believable as hell and wonderful. This is a show about aging, death, memory and loss, but it's still pretty funny. And it's got Alan Arkin, and perhaps that is more than we deserve. Just watch him, and you'll surely see that it's kind of ridiculous how good he really is and he's that good every single instant he's onscreen. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2018
    6
    Funny at times but not what I expected from a Chuck Lorre comedy. Also, somebody should tell Michael Douglas that he looks absolutely awfulFunny at times but not what I expected from a Chuck Lorre comedy. Also, somebody should tell Michael Douglas that he looks absolutely awful with the scruffy beard. He looks like a homeless man and about 10 years older than he really is. I think the character he plays thinks the look is “young” but the character is also suppose to be smart and anybody that smart should be able to look in the mirror and realize how crappy he looks!

    Both Alan Arkin and Douglas are great in their parts as one would expect from them. Arkin especially good and might even be in line for an Emmy. I will continue watching as it is a pleasant show but so far, nothing spectacular.
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  3. Nov 19, 2018
    1
    Was that Himmler 'joke' really appropriate or funny? All the anti-semitic references in this show do something other than laugh at JewishWas that Himmler 'joke' really appropriate or funny? All the anti-semitic references in this show do something other than laugh at Jewish tradition in a healthy way, they create denigration and hatred from unaffiliated, uneducated people of Jewish extraction. Michael Douglas is not Jewish and his Himmler joke is repulsive. Expand

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