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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2018
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  • Summary: Brooklyn gym owner Vince (Anders Holm) lives with his younger brother (Andy Favreau) and he was ready to sell his gym and move to Florida when Priya (Mindy Kaling), his old high school tryst, arrives with his 15-tear-old son (J.J. Totah) in this comedy from Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Patrick Gomez
    Mar 5, 2018
    83
    Holm and Favreau banter like the best of them, and Totah devours the scenery while a deep bench of supporting characters (including Fortune Feimster) populate the show's titular gym. [9 Mar 2018, p.51]
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 6, 2018
    75
    Kaling and co-creator Grandy use plot as a display case for consistently funny writing, sweet and credible performances by the ensemble cast and most of all, the exceptional skills of J.J. Totah, who plays Priya and Vince’s proudly out son, Michael.
  3. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Mar 8, 2018
    75
    Champions has a cast and comedic skill many wannabe successful sitcoms would envy, but while these surface elements are all in place, the show seems to have missed a bit at the base.
  4. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Mar 7, 2018
    70
    While Champions specializes in of-the-moment allusions, part of why it gels so quickly is that its character mix is borrowed from the sitcom bible: “Cheers.” ... Champions is off to a promising start.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 6, 2018
    65
    Mr. Totah steals the show with his witty retorts and Mr. Favreau makes Matthew likable despite his naiveté. The rest of the cast, consisting mostly of the gym family, have yet to come into focus through three episodes made available for review.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 8, 2018
    60
    Totah is clearly talented in a variety of ways and he gets the best punchlines in the early episodes, though his extremely focused myopia doesn't always track believably and the show has yet to figure out how to make Michael's schooling a part of the show in any real way. ... The show's workplace zaniness is definitely where Champions is most a work-in-progress.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 7, 2018
    42
    Some of the scenes play out OK, and Favreau has a marginally winning way with the doofus brother he plays. As the self-described scene-stealer, newcomer Totah also gets in a few good jabs. None of this seems nearly good enough, though, to make Champions more than a likely short-termer on the TV sitcom conveyor belt.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 10, 2018
    7
    Based upon the pilot, I like this show.

    The emotion is there to draw you in. The writers are building a foundation upon which to build a
    Based upon the pilot, I like this show.

    The emotion is there to draw you in. The writers are building a foundation upon which to build a story.

    It's early, but I like it.

    It stays on my ToDo list. I want to see where the writers go with this.
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