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After a lifetime of unbridled hedonism drinking and sleeping her way up and down Broadway Tony winning diva Madison Banks (Kirstie Alley) is confronted by something far more shocking than her usual opening night key parties: Arlo Barth, the son (Eric Petersen) she gave up for adoption 26 years ago. Maddie has played countless roles on stage, but one part shes not fit to play is anyones mother. Racked with guilt and completely out of her element, Maddie almost denies her son a second time how can an acclaimed actress and noted head case like Maddie possibly relate to a Jersey donut maker? But with the help of her long-suffering assistant and best friend Thelma Katz (Rhea Pearlman) and her eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter (Michael Richards), Maddie realizes that Arlo is a diamond in the rough and invites him to move into her Park Avenue condo. As Thelma and Frank show Arlo the ropes of Maddies uninhibited, unapologetic and occasionally unhinged life and tries to build a new one of his own in Manhattan this new makeshift family learns that its newest member isnt the only gem that could use a little polish.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: TV Land
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    By the end of a few episodes everything meshes nicely, and the prospect of watching more has become enticing.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Every so often, Alley extracts a solid laugh from an unexceptional joke. [9 Dec 2013, p.45]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Kirstie breaks no new ground, and it doesn’t try to. It walks a path we have enjoyed before.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Alley, Perlman and Richards were far more gainfully employed on their previous classic comedy series. Now they’re in a sense doing dinner theater in Yuma but seemingly having a good time together nonetheless.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Kirstie, with Ms. Alley mugging through her role as a kindhearted narcissist, is more like the Ford Focus. If it’s late and it’s all the rental company has left, you might as well take it.... Rhea Perlman is funny as Thelma, but the real revelation of Kirstie is Michael Richards as the shady chauffeur, Frank.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Staskiewicz

    The expected jokes about Botox, nose jobs, and Alley's weight abound and are executed with old-school shticky competence, like a middling '90s sitcom that never was. [6 Dec 2013, p.74]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    [The cast] throw themselves into Kirstie wholeheartedly, but it's hard not to feel that they're slumming.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s difficult to escape the show’s plasticky veneer and misplaced exuberance.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The comedy is predictable on every level, which is part of the TV Land formula.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The pilot has some funny moments, but after that, Kirstie starts to flatline.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The jokes, while occasionally funny, almost all feel reheated.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    If viewers are drawn to the familiar faces of the cast members individually (Alley has a number of celebrity friends set to appear this year) and are happy to see them back on TV, then the show is a late-evening diversion at best. At worst--and more likely--it might end up as another genre struck off from Alley's valiant list of big efforts to return to the small screen.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Kirstie goes for the worst of both worlds, arraying itself in the worn-thin comfort of predictable humor and sloppy sentiment in the vain hope that it comes off as retro, or quaint or something.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    A comedy so broad it might as well wander off the sides of the screen.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Sadly, Kirstie is all about cheese, including the moldy hook of the show's gimmicky premise.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Basically, think “All About Eve,” if it were remade as a woefully broad TV Land sitcom, rife with jokes about promiscuity, ego and of course, weight.

    Variety Full Review
Episode Guide For Show: Kirstie