Are You Nuts About CBS' The Crazy Ones?

the-crazy-ones-300Think of The Crazy OnesSimon Roberts as the anti-Don Draper.

In CBS’ new comedy — which debuted Thursday at 9/8c — Robin Williams returns to the small screen as Simon Roberts, the maniacally brilliant head of the Roberts & Roberts advertising agency. Joined by his partner (and daughter) Sydney (Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar), Simon makes some risky moves in order to keep McDonald’s — the agency’s biggest account — on board.

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Simon lives by one rule: “Leap, and the net will appear.” In his prime, that philosophy worked, helping him build a reputation as a charming — albeit crazy — genius. But Simon’s wacky appeal is wearing thin with executives, and Sydney prides herself on being the voice of reason that will keep her dad’s agency afloat.

But when their relationship with McDonald’s looks like it may soon end, Simon and Sydney prove they’re both a little crazy. Just how far are they willing to go for a client? As far as convincing pop star Kelly Clarkson (who appears in a sassy guest role) to sing the advertising tune for McDonald’s newest campaign — even if it means crashing a birthday party, getting up on a table and belting out the fast food chain’s classic ’80s jingle in order to win her over.

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An affable bunch of co-workers rounds out the Roberts & Roberts team, including womanizer Zachary (James Wolk, Mad Men), deadpan Andrew (Hamish Linklater, The New Adventures of Old Christine) and lovably dim-witted Lauren (Amanda Setton, The Mindy Project).

The Crazy Ones isn’t without its quirks, namely the screwball humor upon which Williams so often relies. But it’s also a feel-good comedy with plenty of heart, which could be a welcome change to CBS’ laugh-track-heavy line-up.

That’s what we think, but what’s your take? Grade The Crazy Ones via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!

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119 Comments
  1. TobyG. says:

    I just watched this online and I can’t believe that I actually enjoyed it. Robin Williams’ character was just the right amount of crazy and SMG was a good foil for him. I like the Zach character as well. A funny comedy with a touch of heart. I will check it out again.

  2. Mila says:

    They showed a lot of the scenes from the pilot during their promotional campaign, so it wasn’t funny. I’m hoping episode 2 is better

  3. Trog says:

    It was great to see – and hear – Clarkson, but the show is subpar. Not terrible, not good. Hopefully it will find its groove.

  4. Kds says:

    I thought it was extremely entertaining. I laughed a lot and enjoyed it immensely. I hope CBS keeps it. Welcome back Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

  5. D. Grebos says:

    Too much robin Williams, not enough David E. Kelley.

  6. HAP says:

    Thought Sarah Michelle Gellar was looking long in the tooth. Had to check out her age. Only 36, but looks older.

    • its the hair and lighting I saw her on a talk show not that long ago where her hair was a darker blonde she looked fantastic but the bright blonde hair mixed with the bright lighting aged her makes her skin look extra pale and not in an cool goth way

  7. Sheldon W. says:

    Watching Wolk and Williams riffing together was the best part of the premiere. I’m looking forward to seeing more of that.

  8. Bea says:

    Too hard to tell since whenever it gained a little bit of momentum, they cut to commercial. Seriously…it felt as if the show was not the main attraction. The commercials were. Bleh.

  9. J. Rose says:

    A MacDonald’s Commercial Disguised as a sitcom. How freakin’ sad for Robin and Sarah.
    But shall we expect Kelly C’s commercial soon? I love them all even Mickyd, but really ; CBS this C – B.S.

  10. Sokratis says:

    It was perfectly fine. But seriously what is Robin Williams appeal? I could barely understand what he was saying half the time. Its funny in tiny doses, they need to cut it back by half at least!

  11. Gary Sartori says:

    Love the show, but get Pam Dawber to play Sydney’s mom. That would clinch it for me.

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