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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2018
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68

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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jeff (Jim Carrey) plays Mr. Pickles, a children's television personality, who slowly begins to unravel as he tries to cope with family difficulties.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Sep 11, 2018
    100
    The deconstruction of a Fred Rogers figure would make for an interesting show on its own, but Kidding transcends that premise by leaps and bounds on the strength of Carrey’s performance and a determination to make the show just as rough--and riveting--as real life.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 13, 2018
    90
    Like a kid’s show, Kidding wanders off here and there in order to maintain our strict attention, and the digressions are part of what makes the show work as well as it does. ... What’s developing is a comedy jewel, albeit one wrapped in a shroud. ... The miracle is that the show is so moving. And, even better, so funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Aug 29, 2018
    83
    Carrey’s committed turn as Jeff Pickles, a children’s television host whose son recently died, is immediately convincing and endearing. ... Series creator Dave Holstein delivers sharp commentary on corrupted innocence and toxic cynicism. The half-hour non-comedy is fixated on death enough to make even the most morbid fan uncomfortable, but through four episodes, it shows signs of a lighter, broader scope and is buoyed by unrelenting optimism.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Sep 6, 2018
    70
    Kidding is melancholy more often than laugh-out-loud funny, and well-acted even if some of its character development is lacking. More than anything else, it’s a showcase for Carrey.
  5. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Sep 7, 2018
    63
    When the show's sense of humor becomes more whimsical than dour, a heaviness is lifted; the series shines in more understated, earnest moments. When the series tries to do too much, it's really just, well, kidding itself.
  6. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Sep 6, 2018
    60
    Overall, Kidding is just an odd duck of a TV show that might divide audiences because it’s not actually about much other than the heaviness that comes with caring. It’s inconsistent, tonally and quality-wise, but the parts that land do so beautifully.
  7. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Aug 28, 2018
    50
    It tries to capture the kind of strange and bruising tone that made “Eternal Sunshine” so good; sometimes, it even succeeds. But more often than not, Kidding feels caught between too many tones and ideas to become quite as distinctive as it could be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Sep 9, 2018
    10
    How is this show barely past a 60 overall score? The cast is brilliant, Especially Carrey, Langella and Keener. And what I like most about itHow is this show barely past a 60 overall score? The cast is brilliant, Especially Carrey, Langella and Keener. And what I like most about it is that the comedy isn't predictable, There are so many well-planned setups for punchlines that come later on and when they hit, they hit hard. I've laughed out loud many times watching the first two episodes and I don't do that often. Expand
  2. Sep 3, 2018
    9
    It is clear in its first episode that both Jim and Gondry wanted to explore a complex character, that being both: Mr. Pickles and Jeff. TheseIt is clear in its first episode that both Jim and Gondry wanted to explore a complex character, that being both: Mr. Pickles and Jeff. These two personalities that are contained in the body of Carrey, where he does an outstanding display of the two beings; it is clear that these two fictional entities are close to Carrey's current life status, as there is a subtle conflict slowing brewing in this first episode that accentuates how an amazing and underrated dramatic actor Carrey is. That, coupled with the excellent and unpredictable writing of Dave Holstein, that has an anatomy of existential storytelling inhabited in its DNA, highlights the turbulent, chaotic, and wholly unpredictable world that is displayed In 'Kidding' through the eyes of Jeff/Mr. Pickles. Which, its subtly unique cinematography and lighting, that seems like the whole episode was shot in a theatre; possibly emphasizing the concept that we're all in a stage play called life, filled with its unpredictability and uncertainty of the future, where we are awaiting for our denouement (death). However, I just wished we delved a bit more into Carrey's character ; just getting an additional amount of complexity, conflict, and pathos, but I'm certain that they'll do that in the following episodes. Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2018
    9
    Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children's television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds; when hisJeff, aka Mr. Pickles, is an icon of children's television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds; when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds that no fairy tale, fable or puppet can guide him through the crisis. https://fetlife.vip/ https://imvu.onl/ https://canva.onl/ Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2018
    8
    O elenco é brilhante, especialmente Carrey, Langella e Keener. O que eu mais me impressiona é o facto de a comédia não ser previsível. Já viO elenco é brilhante, especialmente Carrey, Langella e Keener. O que eu mais me impressiona é o facto de a comédia não ser previsível. Já vi os dois primeiros episódios e as gargalhadas que solto, por vezes, não podem ser controladas. Expand
  5. Sep 2, 2018
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While you see that they're definitely building up to something in the long run the premiere episode of Kidding starring Jim Carrey is fairly mundane. Carrey stars as Jeff Piccirillo aka Mr Pickles a 'Mr Rogers' type character who struggles to grieve for his deceased son as his innocent and naive view of the world prevent him from processing his own anguish. As a result he becomes distant from his wife and surviving son and prefers to shy away from his grief and lose his sanity by by abandoning his Jeff identity who is sad and adapting the personality of his character Mr Pickles who is happy.

    Now this show is serviceable but its not exactly 'great television' and if the premiere episode is anything to go by, you can tell that the show will likely be extremely predicable. At the risk of being stoned to death i'll even argue that i didn't care much for Jim Carrey, sure there is some of the Jim Carrey essence here and there but it's not exactly him at his 'Truman show', 'Man on the Moon', 'Eternal sunshine' level. In fact he kinda looks bored from time to time like he didn't really care, though if we are judging by who looks like they don't give the biggest f*ck on this show it would have to go to Frank Langella hands down who seems like he is putting no effort in at all. Currently its difficult to really talk about the performances of the other characters considering there limited screen time in an already short 30 minute episode that really should have been 50 minute episode.

    On the brighter side props to the design crew however as the sets look terrific and add a genuine authenticity to the idea that this is a long withstanding children's show with memorabilia, puppets, and toys all given enough color and expression to really add depth to the show. Lyricists also deserve praise for the songs made for the show as they are both catchy and look as though they do belong in a Mr Rogers show.

    Kidding is an okay show but in its current state its forgettable television, nothing unexpected or amazing happens and everything happens as you imagine it would happen. Sure there are some good moments and some that try to make you sad and make you sympathize with the character by as it stands i'm just not invested in the show from a premiere episode that is supposed to 'wow' me and make me watch the whole season. I would recommend a watch of the first episode as its only 30 minutes so you can see if you like it, but this show still has a lot to prove.
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  6. Sep 21, 2018
    4
    Depressing, predictable, obvious, dumb (and did I mention depressing? If you think 2 men having sex in a horse costume paraded in front ofDepressing, predictable, obvious, dumb (and did I mention depressing? If you think 2 men having sex in a horse costume paraded in front of children is funny, have I got the show for you!) Basically everything Jim Carey has been doing all of his career. Not worth your time unless you already worship at the alter of Mr Carey. Expand
  7. Sep 16, 2018
    0
    Slow story, horrible acting,. Does a great job of putting me to sleep though! Jim Carrey needs to retire.

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