Carol's Second Act: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Carol's Second Act

Critics Consensus

While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards.



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 38
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Air date: Sep 26, 2019
Air date: Oct 3, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Carol's Second Act Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Literally nothing jells in this ham-handed first half-hour, and it may already be too late for full-blown emergency surgery. Still, Carol's Second Act could well get a decent tune-in due to [Patricia] Heaton's mere presence.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Heaton nails the role because she's had so much practice at this, but "Carol's Second Act" does her - and the trope - one better, by ever-so-slightly inverting our Heaton expectations.

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

Seasoned intern wins fans in heartwarming comedy.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even the natural charisma of Patricia Heaton can't save the groaner jokes that are thrown her way. Still, she more than gamely tries.

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

Carol's Second Act could use more punchlines and less impassioned wisdom.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Patricia Heaton's one of the few stars that can make a show better by sheer force of will.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

[Patricia Heaton] shines among a bunch of promising comic actors.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

[Patricia Heaton] has earned enough goodwill to carry her fans past the rougher patches in a genial but otherwise ordinary workplace comedy.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The joke-telling isn't particularly sharp - a lot of punchlines revolve around slapstick mischief and the rookies' fear of killing their patients - but Heaton's veteran comic timing and Jalees' sardonic delivery keep the energy afloat

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a pretty decent act, and Heaton presents it with the same practiced, self-effacing charm. But the show around her isn't nearly as funny.

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Comes down a little too hard on the ageism, plus illness is a difficult backdrop for comedy. Still the likability of Patricia Heaton shines through and should make this another long running sitcom for her.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Even as the show's first half-hour is hit-or-miss, Heaton, at least, justifies her own new act.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Carol's Second Act: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Not funny I love Patricia Heaton but this show is bad. The writing is terrible. The supporting cast is weak. The forced audience laughter is inappropriate and distracting. I wanted to love this show because of Patricia's wonderful work on Raymond, Back to You, and the Middle, but this is not remotely funny.
  • 5d ago
    I have always been a fan of Patricia Heaton, still watch reruns of The Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond, That said, 2 shows in and Carol's Second Act hasn't grab me,, has been disappointing. too much 'background', feeling no real connection between her and other castmembers, and they's made her way too, RAH ! RAH ! LOOK AT HOW MUCH SMARTER I AM THAN YOU ,,, nope not liking anythng about her character, or the show,,,,,, so disappointed.
  • 5d ago
    I find it endearing and enjoyable to watch!
  • 6d ago
    Patricia Heaton is great again.
  • 6d ago
    3rd time was not the charm for Patricia Heaton. Typical Hollywood attempt at humor in a medical setting that is unbelievably bad and no loud laugh track manages to cover up the many, many shortcomings. Yuck.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    A great show! Ashley Tisdale is a icon
  • Oct 05, 2019
    Wow. I loved Heaton in THE MIDDLE, but this is unwatchable. Forced laughs, the loud laugh track, checking all the boxes for diversity, and a Pharma rep daughter who is a bore. You liked THE MIDDLE because the family was amusing the the situations were real. With all the options on cable and streaming, this is not going to be around long.
  • Oct 04, 2019
    i really liked her in raymond but this thing really fell flat
  • Sep 30, 2019
    I couldn't even get through the entire half hour. Between the lame jokes, the laugh track, and the unlikable stereotyped characters, I had to give up. That's 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back!
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Hard to watch..horrible writing, everyone is an idiot. I love Patricia Heaton from Raymond days but this is so beneath her.

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