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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 14, 2018
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  • Summary: The 45th birthday camping trip organized by the very controlling Kathryn McSorley-Jodell (Jennifer Garner) for her husband Walt (David Tennant) is filled with tension as relationships are tested including those of her sister Carleen (Ione Skye), their friends Nina-Joy (Janicza Bravo),The 45th birthday camping trip organized by the very controlling Kathryn McSorley-Jodell (Jennifer Garner) for her husband Walt (David Tennant) is filled with tension as relationships are tested including those of her sister Carleen (Ione Skye), their friends Nina-Joy (Janicza Bravo), Nina-Joy's husband and Walt's best friend George (Brett Gelman), free-spirited Jandice (Juliette Lewis), recently separated Miguel (Arturo Del Puerto), and gun and women-loving Harry (Bridget Everett) in this comedy based on the British series of the same name. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    A very funny, quasi-cringy series that takes the Sartre-esque point of view into the great outdoors.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Oct 5, 2018
    75
    When Camping allows itself to dial back the quirk, it delivers some laugh-out-loud moments and emotional observations about marriage and femininity. ... Camping is not perfect, but if it allows Jennifer Garner to explode with the white-hot rage of aggrieved womanhood, it will all be worth it.
  3. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Oct 16, 2018
    60
    The show’s better when we escape from Kathryn’s control and into the loosey-goosey ensemble, who are busy bickering, doing drugs, trading partners, and refusing to have the healthy getaway she’d hoped for.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 8, 2018
    50
    Why the audience should invest in [Kathryn's] journey, or learn anything from it, is unclear, even if why her friends stick around is simple enough. Most of the people are there for Walt. ... Walt is nearly too shy to empathize with. They’re all living in denial about something, and only occasionally is blindness exposed to any useful effect.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Oct 15, 2018
    40
    With a different cast, it might actually work. Because she’s so immediately likable, it’s hard to buy Garner as woman with misplaced sympathies. ... Only Lewis (who’s outrageously good) and Arturo De Puerto as her new beau Miguel seem ideal. They cause much of the drama and don’t really care what the others think. When they’re around, Camping is more fun than fireside ghost stories. ... Gems drip out, but they don’t come often enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 4, 2018
    40
    Occasionally, Garner manages to find another gear in Kathryn’s high-strung anxiety, revealing how her longstanding health issues have shaped her insecurity and fear. But for the most part, the series wastes its potential, showing so little insight or movement that watching Camping becomes nearly as unpleasant as it is for the characters living through it.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrea Reiher
    Oct 11, 2018
    20
    What is the point of this show? If it’s not laughs or personal growth, is it just a slice-of-life comedy about unlikable people? That’s not enough, especially in this overcrowded TV landscape. ... Despite high hopes for this combination of Dunham’s writing talent and Garner’s charisma, there just isn’t enough over the first four episodes to really make this a comedy worth tuning into. You can skip this Camping trip.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. Oct 14, 2018
    8
    A US remake of a British series (that I didn't watch so I can't compare). Great cast, and good script but it got a 8 from me as I thinkA US remake of a British series (that I didn't watch so I can't compare). Great cast, and good script but it got a 8 from me as I think Jennifer Garner (so good in dramas) overacts a bit too much.

    David Tennant and Juliette Lewis always perfect and a pleasure to watch
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  2. Oct 21, 2018
    3
    Sadly, I couldn't get past the first episode. I have no idea who this series is for. It's not funny like a Wet Hot American Summer, and it'sSadly, I couldn't get past the first episode. I have no idea who this series is for. It's not funny like a Wet Hot American Summer, and it's not serous like Top of the Lake. It just burdensome. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2018
    1
    Considering Lena Dunham's involvement in this it's not as bad as I thought it would be. That said, the overacting is hard to take by GarnerConsidering Lena Dunham's involvement in this it's not as bad as I thought it would be. That said, the overacting is hard to take by Garner and all the male friends (not to mention the camp owners). I watched the first one and none of the characters come off as real (or real funny). Maybe if Dunham let a funny writer take a shot instead of having to bring back jokes like "9-0-2-1-Pho" as if we missed it the first time and/or maybe would find it funny on second mention. It's not. I did like Walt and Juliette Lewis is competent. Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2018
    0
    This is probably the worst piece of garbage HBO has ever aired. This must have been a package production deal HBO made with Denham because IThis is probably the worst piece of garbage HBO has ever aired. This must have been a package production deal HBO made with Denham because I cannot come up with any other plausible explanation as to why this made it to post-production.

    Anybody professionally tied to this production should be ashamed.
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  5. Oct 16, 2018
    0
    I can safely say I will never watch this show after the 20 minutes I wasted on it ever again. I would rather get attacked by fire ants than beI can safely say I will never watch this show after the 20 minutes I wasted on it ever again. I would rather get attacked by fire ants than be tortured by watching this show. Nothing good comes of it! Expand

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