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Comedy . Romance

Audrey and Jeff receive some startling news about their surrogate.

Episode Title: Surro-gate
Airs: 2010-09-20 at 08:30 pm
  • Robert Lloyd

    It may be seen as a kinder, gentler, funnier cousin to Fox's bitter " 'Til Death."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Two of the first three episodes [reveal] an assured, risque, semi-cynical air that should dovetail nicely with "Two and a Half Men."

    Variety Full Review
  • Pity Patrick Warburton whose dour delivery is the brightest spot in this half hour. He clearly feels trapped, but not by his marriage.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    You might not remember to record it every week, but if you stumble upon it, you might stay.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Gillian Flynn

    Rules is similar to Fox's grimly unamusing comedy 'Til Death, but it has one major advantage: deadpan, rubbery Patrick Warburton.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    At no point will you feel like scratching your own eyes out rather than sitting through an episode. So there’s that.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    It’s not a groundbreaking new series by any means, but it has some redeeming virtues.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Rules is one of those sitcoms that makes people who hate sitcoms hate sitcoms.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Rules would be more engaging if it weren't so familiar, but there is at least one consistently hilarious performance: Patrick Warburton.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • John Leonard

    When it isn’t slamming bedroom doors in a high-rise apartment house in ostensible Manhattan (just like Mad About You except without the charm) or meeting for heavy innuendos at the corner diner (just like Seinfeld except without the writers), Rules reiterates Til Death’s take on marriage.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Having two nearly identical, equally mediocre sitcoms on the air at the same time isn't exactly a crime, but it seems an awful waste of someone's time and energy.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    "Rules" and "'Til Death" bear exactly the same ups and downs. The ups: essentially a good cast, plus sporadic funny lines. The downs: many un-funny lines, plus rehashed storylines from a thousand episodes of married-life sitcoms dating all the way back to "The Honeymooners."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    A ho-hum traditional sitcom filled with formula banter and cliched cuteness.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Everything has the familiar mechanical deadness of a sitcom assembled from old ideas. [12 Feb 2007, p.39]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    The series quickly begins to resemble one of those fake sitcoms you’d see in a snide movie that likes to take easy potshots at low culture.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    Let's hope Rules is just a misguided piece of fluff that disappears after a dozen episodes - and not a bellwether series trying to tell us something about how our lives have changed for the worse.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    This one isn't David Spade's fault. Really it isn't.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    There isn't a single new comedy idea in any of the upcoming episodes, and in some scenes, you practically can yell out the punch line before the characters get to it.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    Besides making every aspect of dating and mating look depressing, it's hard to come up with a reason to spend time with any of these characters.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    "Rules of Engagement" is no more believable than it is amusing, and it's never amusing.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    The story lines are every bit as insufferable as the punch lines.

    Salon Full Review
  • Ellen Gray


    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Besides being uninspired, "Rules" isn't all that funny.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    No one in the cast is likely to be your new favorite actor.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    While TV comedy is getting good again, the network has decided it's time to resurrect the groan-inducing cliches of stinky sitcoms to remind us of just how truly rancid the genre can get.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Everyone involved in creating this show should be forced to immediately seek other forms of employment. This business is not - repeat, not - for you.

    New York Post Full Review