Bless the Harts: Season 1 (2019)

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With an exceptional cast and a big heart to boot, Bless the Harts's particular worldview won't be for everyone, but it fits quite nicely into Fox's Animation Domination line-up.

82%

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Critic Ratings: 11

42%

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User Ratings: 31
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2019
2
Air date: Oct 6, 2019
3
Air date: Oct 13, 2019
4
Air date: Oct 20, 2019
5
Air date: Nov 3, 2019
6
Air date: Nov 10, 2019
7
Air date: Nov 17, 2019
8
Air date: Nov 24, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Bless the Harts Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

This one just kind of sits there for 30 minutes, pleasant but not particularly funny as it sets up the Hart family. Lots of comedies get better after four or five episodes. It's your call.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

With a similarly big heart and a voice cast including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Kumail Nanjiani and Ike Barinholtz, the result is familiar and refreshing at once.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

You can feel the series figuring itself out in its first episode.

Sep 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The jokes all feel a decade late and one-dimensional - a "King of the Hill" without the crown.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Spivey's assembled an ace voice cast that can make the most of any joke, especially the ones that veer towards the surreal. And frankly, even if the jokes were less sharp, there's rarely any going wrong with the pair of Wiig and Rudolph.

Oct 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Bless the Harts doesn't reinvent the animation genre, but it's a nice addition to Fox's 'toon-heavy Sunday-night lineup.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With its fast, absurd, dry sense of humor, hopefully Bless the Harts will have a chance to stick around for a long time.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The show needs to make its humor more specific, more original and overall funnier if it wants to stand up to the rest of the FOX comedies on the same night.

Oct 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The show has a lot of room to improve, but the writers and cast are top-notch, and the story is warm enough to give it a chance.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Fits well among both Bob's Burgers and The Simpsons.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Lighthearted comedy has some language, drinking.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bless the Harts: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    I'm surprised at how bad this show is. Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig are usually so funny. I'm wondering if they even read the scripts before they do each episode. It's really not funny, in any way. The premise is hackneyed, "Hey! Let's be white trash, cause we always got laughs doing it in our improv groups!" Yawn. Or, maybe the creator of the show has something on them. I can't imagine anyone doing this show, unless they were being blackmailed. #NotOneOriginalThingInThisShow
  • Nov 04, 2019
    What a horrible show with crappy animation.
  • Oct 22, 2019
    I think we've been desensitized by adult animated shows, this is a well meaning show trying to show some .. heart. But it lacks grit or bite.. something chewy, I don't think its bad its just very mediocre and inoffensive, to my tastes this is better than bojack horseman which i dislike but a lot of people love that (no idea why) this might get better when it finds its feet
  • Oct 21, 2019
    We've watched several episodes as a family and we've only laughed a couple of times. We're not sure how it made it to TV. And we've lost all confidence in Rotten Tomatoes critics - giving it an 82?!?
  • Oct 20, 2019
    Stereotypical, unoriginal and not funny. Not worth the time.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Kind of feels like "My Name is Earl" or "Raising Hope" as an animated show. Not the greatest but enjoyable and has heart.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    The first episode was rough but it gets better and better every episode. These characters are lovable, kind and funny. The Mom ( Betty) really shines as the episodes go on. Give it a good shot.
  • Oct 08, 2019
    I read some of the advance publicity for this show, and decided to give it (the 2nd episode) a try last night. Today I wish I could get it out of my head! The promo hype makes you think the main thing about the Hart family is that they all love each other very much, despite being very poor. Actually, the main thing about the show is that almost every character seems to have suffered severe brain damage. The mother, Jenny, and the daughter, Violet, are the only two people in town who have average intelligence. Voice actors who do accents badly are par for the course in Hollywood. But these drawls are so saccharine and coarse, that you almost need subtitles. The slow pace of speech used by the restaurant owner (The Last Supper) is enough to drive you crazy. It's nuts-making to wait for her just to finish her line! The Harts are another example of TV's poor white trash stereotypes. Show creator Emily Spivey is from the town she sends up in the Harts. She's told every interviewer with a keyboard or a TV camera that this is some kind of love letter to the area. She's even broken out your fourth-grade teacher's old bromide -- that we're supposed to "laugh with (the Harts) rather than at them." That's ridiculous. You're supposed to sympathetically chuckle with people who eat dozens of biscuits at a time, are chronically unemployed, spend all their money on lottery scratch-offs, and slam down grits at strip clubs? You don't want to laugh "with" the Harts, you want to keep your distance. Another selling point for the show is that it was created by a woman and has a female-heavy cast. That's great, but then there's that small detail about only two women in town having three-digit IQs. Spivey has made much of the fact that she's from the South, that she's homesick for it, and so on. If the town she's from is anything like this redneck hellscape, no one can blame her for leaving. But why is anyone else supposed to spend half an hour of their precious entertainment time in the place? "Bless the Harts" is already in my rearview mirror.
  • Oct 08, 2019
    Giving this four stars because I think it has potential and I'd really like to see it continue past the trial run comedies tend to go through in their first season or two. There's a lot of people comparing it to King of the Hill and being disappointed that it isn't that. Well not only is it important for this to be its own show I also would like to point out King of the Hill didn't even live up to its reputation the first couple of seasons. For example Hank went from being insanely unlikable (see: season two where he refuses to higher a qualified woman because he doesn't think they'll have anything to talk about and instead hires the next man who walks in without looking at a resume because the applicant happens to be a sports fan) to a very relatable person whose unlikable traits were tuned down significantly. My parents started watching KoH because they lived in Texas for a couple of years and kept watching for the classic writing. As a native North Carolinian I would like to have the same experience with Bless the Harts particularly since the creator is also from NC and is putting her childhood experiences into the show. So far I have found a few things very relatable. A lot of things Wayne has done reminds me of some neighbors I used to have and the jokes about biscuits and sweet tea may seem unoriginal but you honestly can't have a southern family centered show without poking at these tropes at least once. Seriously...my parents are from the north so believe me when I say the sweet tea vs unsweet tea rivalry is REAL. The only thing I'm concerned about is the use of Jesus Christ as a reoccurring character. This can get really offensive really fast but given that the image of Christ is handled WAY worse in other long running adult cartoons (see: a Family guy episode where Peter helps Jesus lose his virginity) I'm willing to overlook this for the time being. Heck, the occasional manifestation of Christ appearing to talk to Jenny during times of conflict is something I find less offensive and more of a comedic way to illustrate small town NC's place in the Bible Belt. If it continues to be handled this way I will not have any problem with it at all. In conclusion I will go back to the King of the Hill thing and admit I began watching because I was hoping to see a KoH in North Carolina however I see the potential for this to become a classic of its own if given the chance. I sincerely hope viewers give it that chance.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    This show is god awful. It's some sort of re-imagined, modern version of 'King of the Hill' or something. We get it, southerners are uneducated; please stop making cartoon shows about stupid, uneducated families. It isn't funny or compelling and all of the stupid people are too stupid to understand that it's satire of their lives and not a roadmap for how they should live.

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