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Ground Floor - S02 E08


Brody panics when Jenny invites the cultured and sophisticated Mansfield over to their zero bedroom, half bathroom 'palace' for dinner to thank him for paying for college. Harvard and Lindsay are the perfect couple who never, ever fight. That is until all their pent up tension explodes in the middle of Jenny's dinner party. When Threepeat gets his 15 minutes of fame as a financial correspondent, he freezes up until he gets a little on camera help from former childstar Derrick.

Episode Title: The Mansfield Who Came to Dinner
Airs: 2015-01-27 at 10:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    [Bill Lawrence] scores again here, with an instantly appealing ensemble, from Astin's "soulless upstairs tool" to Rory Scovel as the downstairs dude from "a very competitive community college.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's a simple idea, and the supporting characters on both floors are fairly broad and familiar types, but the execution is good.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    We like the people and the jokes are funny. We know there’s something vulnerable and even poignant behind that barrage of one-liners.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    While Ground Floor achieves its deliberately modest aims, it also leaves the viewer wondering if something more might have been accomplished with that premise, particularly with the enjoyable Heelan in the female lead.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    When the jokes are hit and miss, McGinley and Scovel can easily salvage them. While the chemistry between Astin and Heelan isn't really palpable, both characters grow on you after a couple of episodes and everybody else in the cast also manages to elevate the material whenever it falters.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It's the best original comedy TBS has yet produced--which may not be saying much, but given the mostly lousy track record among broadcast sitcoms this fall, it's hardly bargain basement.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    McGinley is delightfully obnoxious, and the young lovers are quite sweet, but it's the undercurrent of resentment flowing in two directions that raises Ground Floor, if not to TV comedy's penthouse, at least to its second floor.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Ground Floor doesn’t make much of an impression initially. But stick with it for three or four episodes and it grows on you.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    There is a professional efficiency to much of the comedy. (It is funny sometimes.)

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    [Ground Floor] yields an occasional chuckle; it’s just more of a slacker than an overachiever.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    One thing that might improve this office comedy is a few pink slips--upstairs, downstairs and off-camera.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Most of the young, relatively untested actors in Ground Floor are not nearly as talented at creating endearing characters; in the first two episodes the characters are mostly just ciphers.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The new worst show of the fall season.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review