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Enlisted - S01E01


After striking a superior officer, bona fide super-soldier Sgt. Pete Hill is reassigned from Afghanistan to a Rear Detachment Unit stateside where he is given the seemingly sisyphean task of whipping a platoon of misfits (which counts his two younger and clearly less gung-ho brothers among its members) into shape. While Pete’s time is spent trying to turn the dysfunctional band of oddballs into viable soldiers, their impact on him may turn out to be even more worthwhile.

Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2014-01-10 at 09:00 pm
  • Gail Pennington

    This is a cartoonish Army, under orders to take pratfalls whenever possible. You'll laugh. Or you won't.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Enlisted is often still funny and the bond among the brothers is sweet without getting too cloying.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    While the show is uniformly silly and slight, it becomes rather endearing the more we get to know this band of knucklehead brothers within a Bad News Platoon.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    If it's time for a new military comedy, this is a good one. It marches to the beat of its own dumb drum.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    Enlisted feels like a charming military-inspired update of an Office-style workplace comedy. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The Geoff Stults-led comedy has a heart that could beat stronger if the stereotypes get dialed down.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    With its rugged leads displaying a light comic touch, the series has a fresh appeal. [3 Feb 2014, p.44]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It works surprisingly well as sort of a Community in camouflage fronted by a teacher figure and his hapless platoon.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Created by Kevin Biegel, Enlisted comes out of the gates almost fully formed.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Enlisted is not groundbreaking comedy, but it's dependable and heartfelt--and sometimes that's all you need in your foxhole.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Earnestness is often the enemy of sitcom writers. Snark and innuendo, which can indeed be loads of fun, reign in many half-hour shows, with NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” being a notable exception. So Fox is taking a gamble, a worthy one, with its new comedy Enlisted.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Enlisted is both very funny and very sweet.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    For the most part, this is a light, bouncy service comedy in the spirit of The Phil Silvers Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, and Stripes, It's a high jinks–heavy but psychology-driven show that wants to please a general audience while also seeming halfway credible to viewers who've served in the armed forces or know somebody who has.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Good newcomer that gets even better in the weeks ahead.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It gets a lot of laughs out of life in the military while still demonstrating respect for the military and its soldiers, and genuine affection for its characters.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Enlisted hasn’t realized all of its potential, but that it already has its characters in such good shape suggests much to anticipate for its future.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    All in all, the terrific Enlisted is one of the most pleasing network comedies to come along in quite some time.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    It has to discharge a few clichés and run the brotherhood thing through a few more paces. But the pilot shows there’s worth and, yes, maybe even a pat on the head.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Enlisted is an oddly quaint show, a stateside service comedy, if not quite a peacetime one.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Enlisted may feel curiously dated and dangerously slight, but it's not offensive (a low bar many Fox comedies fail to reach) and it's not cynical. If nothing else, this is clearly a show with heart. Now if only it would show some sign of brains.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It’s harmless enough given how broadly most of it’s played (think the Three Stooges in basic training) but nothing here is particularly distinctive.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    After the pilot, the next three episodes become a little desperate, to the point of straining character credibility in several cases. The best thing Enlisted has going for it is the chemistry between the actors playing the three brothers.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    What saves Enlisted, just barely, is the effort put in by Stults, Lowell and Young, who all seem to be having a good time.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The show ends up feeling a lot like the short-lived “Go On,” the Matthew Perry sitcom about a therapy group from the fall 2012 season: lots of quirky characters thrown together in the vain hope that something will jell.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dorothy Burk

    Lacking both comedy and tragedy, Enlisted earns no such commendations.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The whole show just feels cartoonish and, well, silly.

    New York Daily News Full Review