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Impastor - S02 E04

Comedy . Drama

Impastor is a dark comedy about Buddy Dobbs, a slacker on the run from his gambling debt. Just when he's about to end his misery and jump off a bridge, a reverend shows up and talks him down. When the reverend slips off the bridge and falls to his death, he leaves Buddy with the unlikely opportunity to steal the man's identity and pose as the new gay pastor of a small, tight-knight town, leaving his bartender ex-girlfriend Leanne to clean up the huge mess he left behind. Buddy begins to settle into his new life as a pastor with the help of his preppy new assistant Dora, alluring church treasurer Alexa and enthusiastic secretary Russell - but the church president, Alden Schmidt senses that something isn't quite right. Curing sex crazed teenagers, stealing kids' weed and reading Bible scripture may not be a bad gig for Buddy after all. Only time will tell how long he can keep up the facade.

Episode Title: Sins of The Past-or Part 1
Airs: 2016-10-19 at 22:30
  • Diane Werts

    Impastor weakens its good work by trying a bit too hard.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Jennifer Maas

    With Buddy's unorthodox ability to solve hid flock's problems, the sitcom flirts with comedy salvation. [10/17 Jul 2015, p.102]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Buddy is the improbable antihero of a cheerfully improbable comedy. [13-26 Jul 2015, p.12]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The plot contortions required to keep this going are straight out of a cartoon, and they threaten to take some otherwise nice characters with them.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Impastor has a stronger­ point of view [than The Jim Gaffigan Show] but fewer laughs.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Generally too predictable and slight to merit much attention.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    An occasionally funny new TV Land comedy.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Rosenbaum has an amusing moment or two, but nothing to make anyone grin with the stereotypical wideness of the church’s gay staffer. The marginally funnier stuff occurs away from the parish.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Impastor’s cleverest lines and riffs on religiosity are somewhat overwhelmed when the show gives in to temptation and becomes a zany caper

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    It’s mildly amusing.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ned Ehrbar

    The bits of writing with real teeth are crowded out by a generally broader and more winking comedy style and pacing that seems to be anticipating more laughter than the material could reasonably expect.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Impastor plays right into the stereotypes. Impastor has an edgy veneer--but once it rubs off, you're left with an entirely ordinary show.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    In keeping with the TV Land niche, this is a throwback series, but a throwback to a lot of things that should have been left, well, back. It also reaches too readily for gross-out jokes.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Ultimately, it feels like one joke stretched far too thin, with the added complication that its jokey approach to religion is likely to offend some people without compensating for that with thoughtful satire.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dennis Perkins

    Impastor’s comedy strands [Rosenbaum] in a tonal mess.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Sara Rue shines, as usual, as the new pastor's secretary, Dora, but it's hard to see even Rue keeping this one from collapsing under its own stupidity.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Rosenbaum is charming, and so is Sara Rue, as his assistant at the church. But pretty soon, the dumbness begins to settle in.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Nothing is at all believable in the script, and nothing’s very funny, either. On top of that, the charm and abilities of Rosenbaum and Sara Rue, who plays the church secretary, are wasted with bad writing.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review