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Truth Be Told - S01 E09


When Russell and Angie aren't seated at their favorite fish taco joint, the gang comes to the conclusion that the restaurant may be discriminating. Mitch eagerly steps up and makes a huge scene, calling out the owner for his despicable behavior in front of the crowded restaurant and winning the praise of his best friend Russell. However, when Mitch later notices the restaurant's "Entire Party Must Be Present To Be Seated" sign, he struggles for a way to come clean to Russell. Meanwhile, Tracy finds out her daughter Sadie has been involved in a bullying incident at school and is determined to help her daughter overcome the issue. When Angie discovers Tracy's perspectives on bullying are shaded by her own high-school experiences, she helps Tracy work through them with the help of Tracy's assistant Linda.

Episode Title: The Tell-tale Tacos
Airs: 2015-12-25 at 20:00
  • Ed Bark

    The principal cast members are appealing enough, providing perhaps some hope that the material will mature and measure up to them in future episodes. For now, though, it’s mostly hammer-over-the-head time.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Truth Be Told doesn't let its issues come from the characters. The issues are the characters. Maybe future episodes will flesh out these people, but they initially serve as stick figures on which to hang "outspoken" opinions seeming not necessarily their own.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Truth Be Told is more of a "look at me, I'm not PC!" shout of self-regard. Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Truth Be Told is probably not worth your time. While it tries to be edgy, most of its humor is fairly tame.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The cast works pretty hard to sell the material, but it’s awfully thin, and tackles the topical aspects less aggressively than NBC’s summer sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” which earned a renewal. The main problem is that nothing here feels remotely organic.

    Variety Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    They're all likeable enough, but the set-ups are straight out of a dog-eared playbook.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Chris Barton

    The first episode's reflexive need to be topical quickly feels more like running through a hot topic checklist than situations generated by actual characters.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    Unfortunately, the pilot is awkwardly written, so the cast doesn’t quite mesh.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Truth is pretty much laugh-free.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    These couples are just the sort you’d dodge at the office or at a party, so why you’d want to unwind with them on your TV is NBC’s headache. Truth Be Told: Not much fun here.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Setting aside the producers’ aspirationally post-racial pitch, Truth Be Told looks and moves very much like another ho-hum sitcom; there are a few laughs here and there, performed by a likable assemblage of actors--but the same could be said about almost any sitcom in any season. Even if you factor in some skin tone and conversational pitfalls, nothing here seems all that groundbreaking.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Truth Be Told dilutes the chemistry between Bell and Webb by forcing them to be best friends with Gosselaar and Lachey, who appear to be cast for looks first and comedic abilities second.... The gang’s wacky hijinks set up farcical convolutions, none of which can play out because these characters are always saying what’s on their mind.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The concept of the show actually isn’t bad, but the execution is wanting, and then some. Every conversation feels awkward and forced, and of course the supposed jokes just aren’t funny.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Black people and white people can be best friends, and that's the truth. Apparently, however, that friendship can't be funny, or so Truth Be Told easily convinces us.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    Truth Be Told is the worst premiere of the fall, of many falls.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    [Truth Be Told] reduces the conversation about diversity to an endless string of uncomfortable gags.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Truth be told, this show is terrible.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Truth Be Told, is one of the lamest of the year, making bad jokes about current issues ranging from racially-charged language to whether John Mayer appeals only to white people.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    This show is just plain awful. A wasted half-hour of your life you'll never get back.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Not a single scene feels authentic, even if we excuse the overexplanations we often see in comedy pilots. This show is not provocative. It is not a conversation-starter, it is not thoughtful, it is not sharp, it is not enlightening.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review