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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 17, 2018
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  • Summary: The Matt Groening animated comedy follows the adventures of hard-drinking Princess Bean (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), her elf Elfo (voiced by Nat Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (voiced by Eric Andre).
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 7, 2018
    80
    As far as early efforts go, Groening’s third small-screen endeavor, whose debut ten-episode run arrives on Netflix August 17, is routinely entertaining. ... And fortunately, it gets funnier as it goes along. Led by a terrific vocal cast that includes many Groening favorites.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Aug 15, 2018
    70
    Playing against the seriousness and self-glorification of so much sword-clanging fantasy, it makes the most of slapstick pestilence and the absurdist misery of peasants, revisiting history as farce. The scenes are quick and punchy, yet the episodes, unfolding serially, are long and sometimes sluggish. ... The season is perhaps most satisfying if consumed in a binge, so that its questing convolutions feel like the motions of a languorous epic.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 16, 2018
    60
    The visual and verbal gags still come fast, but now they’re in the context of a more earnest and straightforward style of storytelling. They feel more illustrative than essential.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 15, 2018
    50
    It’s somewhat entertaining, but you may feel as though you’ve seen it all done before, and better.
  5. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Aug 17, 2018
    50
    Disenchantment just feels full of potential that it hasn’t yet figured out. That’s maybe because it stays very much in safe territory.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 16, 2018
    50
    Disenchanted doesn’t seem interested in wrestling with tropes or, for that matter, anything too deep. It’s more focused on finding easy comedy in the pockets of the universe it’s invented, which, to the credit of Rough Draft, the animation studio that brings the show to life, has an impressive, cinematic quality that outshines previous Groening projects. It’s just a shame that it doesn’t match that ambition in other areas.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Aug 9, 2018
    25
    Disenchantment was billed as “an adult animated comedy fantasy series” but misses its mark, since it’s neither “adult” nor is there much comedy. The 10-episode series will appeal more to a preteen sensibility than to anyone over 14 and it’s got plenty of, well, cartoonish violence a la “Itchy and Scratchy” from “The Simpsons.” What it doesn’t have is the charm or wit of that series--either in its storyline or its characters--and mostly plods along with only the occasional throwaway line eliciting a smile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 81
  2. Negative: 21 out of 81
  1. Aug 18, 2018
    10
    Love it. It instantly felt familiar. and it's funny. can't wait for this series to grow. give it a break. every one is so harsh. Geez!
  2. Aug 20, 2018
    10
    Essa é provavelmente a série mais subestimada pela crítica dos últimos tempos. Pra mim a união Groening e Netflix funcionou perfeitamente, meEssa é provavelmente a série mais subestimada pela crítica dos últimos tempos. Pra mim a união Groening e Netflix funcionou perfeitamente, me lembrou muito os primórdios dos Simpsons, só que novo, diferente, completamente e politicamente incorreto. Os personagens são cativantes, os atores oferecem o trabalho de suas vidas, trilha sonora memorável, visual incrível, que é familiar e hipnotizante... e por fim, continuidade!... linearidade! Casou tudo perfeitamente. Série extremamente viciante e gostosa de assistir. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    9
    New and refreshing - A plot driven comedy with characters you want to grow with.
    Matt Groening's new animation series immediately grasped my
    New and refreshing - A plot driven comedy with characters you want to grow with.
    Matt Groening's new animation series immediately grasped my excitement and anticipation part of my brain, like before a release of a new Game of Thrones or Rick and Morty season, not only because of the awesome voice actors (Eric Andre from the Eric Andre Show and Bender because Bender), but also because of plot that not only appeals to the nostalgia of a more simplistic time but also the magic and deceptive evil that comes along with a classic medieval tale. Reviews you see on here and other sites may come from one with EXTREMELY high expectations because of The Simpsons and Futurama's mass appeal. I will say that this is a totally different experience from those shows. I was partial to Futurama as a kid because I didn't give a crap about a dumb pizza delivery guy and his love for an alien, but Simspons caught my eye for many reasons including a stupid father (Homer) that gave me an excuse to secretly laugh at my own. Oh how I would have LOVED Disenchantment as a child and that's without getting the numerous hilarious jokes only understood by adults. I'm not too much different now I guess since I finished the first Season and am dying for more. The characters are all very lovable, even a demon somehow, and their arches really drive the story forward with my 23 yr old self along for the ride. Watch it!
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  4. Sep 1, 2018
    7
    Kind of an uneven show. Some episodes were utterly brilliant (The Princess of Darkness, Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill! ), on par with TheKind of an uneven show. Some episodes were utterly brilliant (The Princess of Darkness, Faster, Princess! Kill! Kill! ), on par with The Simpsons or Futurama and there's some which were just unfunny bores (Swamp and Circumstance is easily the worst episode). There's a lot to like (wonderful world building, some genuinely great characters, fantastic music etc.) and a lot to be disappointed by (unoriginal ideas, half-baked jokes and writing, some underwhelming voice-acting etc.), so the divisive reaction from both the public and critics is perfectly understandable. For me the good outweighs the bad and I can see Disenchantment's potential to get better. Will tune in for season 2 for sure. Expand
  5. Aug 20, 2018
    5
    I did not hate DISENCHANTMENT. I did not love it either. I was expecting so much more though...

    The Simpsons and Futurama are timeless
    I did not hate DISENCHANTMENT. I did not love it either. I was expecting so much more though...

    The Simpsons and Futurama are timeless masterpieces. I love those characters so much. It's like I know them, I connect with them, their stories. I have laughed AND cried with both Simpsons and Futurama more times than I have the courage to admit. And I honestly think Matt Groening is a genius.

    So when Netlix announced DISENCHANTMENT, I was extremely hyped and excited. But.. as soon as I realized I could barely finish one 20 minute episode, I knew something was really wrong. And That made me so sad and disappointed. Because the show SCREAMS potential. Bean, Elfo, Luci, even the rest of the cast in the city/castle can do so much more. I mean SO MUCH MORE.

    The dialogue is not funny. At all. There is almost no character development. The jokes miss the mark 95% of time. Sometimes it's a pain to watch... and I kept pausing the episodes to watch them later because I was almost falling asleep half of the time.

    But here is the thing: I blame the writing, really. Because the art style is beautiful. So is the direction and soundtrack. DISENCHANTMENT is, actually, pretty and charming. I WANT to love those characters. But the lazy writing won't allow it. The lazy writing is throwing this show, which is filled with potential, into the dumpster.

    Please, PLEASE, P-L-E-A-S-E fix the writing. Bring other/better people to write the story and this show will be saved. Right now, DISENCHANTMENT is a complete mess. And it pains me to say that.
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  6. Aug 19, 2018
    3
    Wow, honestly.... this show is a mess, a horrible and disappointing mess. Matt Groening has either run out of ideas or isn't even trying toWow, honestly.... this show is a mess, a horrible and disappointing mess. Matt Groening has either run out of ideas or isn't even trying to make this show watchable. After creating 2 beloved series that have tugged at our heartstrings and introducing so many beloved characters, Matt Groening's third venture is a big flop and a huge slap in the face of anyone who is looking to be captured by the charm and loveability that Matt Groening has imbued in his other characters.

    This show is so lifeless and derivative, the cast is so generic and the humor is pretty much non existent throughout the series. This show obviously hasn't had great care in the writing room since the jokes are horrible punchlines. I've chuckled twice and I've never been emotionally moved even once during this series. Simpsons and Futurama had characters whose relationships we were actively emotionally invested in giving us so many moving moments throughout the series.

    However, I could never connect to the cast of Disenchantment, the main character is an edgy brat, the elf is an airheaded weirdo complete with the good ol sexual tension subplot that just feels weird and unearned. The demon is fine, he's the reason I chuckled twice but he's far from redeeming the show, definitely a worse Bender.

    This show is such a disapointing excuse of a Matt Groening creation, I cannot believe that the comedy is so damn bad. It's so weird that I've never laughed out loud ONCE during this show. I hate the characters, they aren't likeable at all and honestly that's what I've loved the most from Simpsons and Futurama, those few sweet character focused moments in the absurd world that they live in, the one constant whether it be the sibling anomosity/rivalry/love or be it the romantic tension between 2 people that posess hugely different mindset in life, I've never gotten that here. .

    It just doesn't work here and I hope there's a huge changeup in the writing team because this show so far should have never even gone beyond the drawing board, it's just really bad.
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  7. Dec 20, 2018
    0
    Sorry but it was really terrible. Not funny, also that elmo guy grinds me up so hard.

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