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Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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  • Summary: June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen) have been married for 12 years in Riverside, California, but a ski trip leads to a life-changing development that has them questioning love and marriage in this comedy created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Sep 14, 2018
    100
    Forever is a wonderful, truly special show. ... Few have made us stop completely, let alone deeply reconsider our thoughts about, well... life. It was a thrilling experience, which is strange for a show this quiet and meditative.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2018
    100
    Exquisite. ... Not only is Forever one of the best shows of the year, I’d make it mandatory viewing for couples considering marriage.
  3. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Sep 14, 2018
    83
    The writing is elegant and spare, the direction (with episodes helmed by Yang, Janicza Bravo, and Miguel Arteta) deft and subtle. Whether you pace out the episodes or binge in one sitting, there’s much to appreciate.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 12, 2018
    80
    It’s a narratively nimble show that’s thematically about routine, emotional fidelity and the possibility, or impossibility, of reinvention.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Sep 14, 2018
    75
    While Forever brings Oscar and June’s meandering story to a relatively satisfying conclusion, it’s Sarah and Andre’s heartbreaking tale that will stay with me.
  6. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Sep 18, 2018
    70
    Ultimately, Yang and Hubbard saturate Forever with a distinctive style and a mood that papers over some of its weaknesses, if not all of them. Beyond the surprises, it’s not quite the institutional marital autopsy of Madame Bovary or A Doll’s House, and it isn’t always quirkily diverting enough to fill in the gaps. Its ending, though--perhaps the most unexpected thing of all--makes up for a lot. For eight episodes, Forever has felt cynical about love, ungrateful even, but in its conclusion it shows a glimpse of its beating heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 17, 2018
    40
    Despite Rudolph and Armisen’s tremendous comic talents, their characters aren’t even particularly funny. Indeed, there’s something false about Oscar and June’s dynamic, the love story at the very center of the show. They fill hours debating questions like, What’s the all-time best way to sit? It’s supposed to be cute, a kind of laborious in-joke, but it’s mannered, like the behavior of people in a new, fragile relationship.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Sep 23, 2018
    10
    My wife and I really enjoy Portlandia, so this looked to be promising. It truly was! Great characters and story! Truly enjoyable andMy wife and I really enjoy Portlandia, so this looked to be promising. It truly was! Great characters and story! Truly enjoyable and finished the season wanting more. Please let there be a second season!
  2. Sep 25, 2018
    9
    This was one of the most interesting shows that I've seen over the past few years. Many of the episodes took the show in entirely newThis was one of the most interesting shows that I've seen over the past few years. Many of the episodes took the show in entirely new directions very effectively. I didn't find it slow as some have said-- there are only 8 half hour episodes and my husband and I binged it in a weekend. We were both very engaged with the characters and really cared what happened to them, especially Maya Rudolph and the ones in one of the later episodes. HIghly recommended if you are looking for something a little different.
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    8
    I have to say that many of the user reviews I’ve read have been spot on. The consensus opinion is that the show is slow. And it is. But II have to say that many of the user reviews I’ve read have been spot on. The consensus opinion is that the show is slow. And it is. But I still like it. I’m only five shows in and I like the show. For me the star of the show is Maya Rudolph. I’ve thought that if she could a vehicle that displays her comedic talent, her career would take off. Unfortunately she’s not funny in this show. But she still crushes it. Her character, June, is a woman who loves her man, but is tired of doing the same thing. She wants more. Her husband, Oscar, played by Fred Armisen, is a nice guy, but he’s happy doing the same thing day after day. I like Fred in most other things he does. But I feel he just brought one of his Portlandia characters to this show. He’s fine, but I’m waiting for him to show me a new Fred Armisen. Something different.
    Anyway, like I said I’m five episodes in and I’ve actually liked them. Each show has brought a quirky theme. Not everyone is going to like this show. As I said the pacing is slow. But stick around, there might be a surprise at the end of the rainbow.
  4. Oct 1, 2018
    6
    I think a 6/10 is kind of generous for this show. It's a totally forgettable experience, but it has some good moments (mostly scenes withI think a 6/10 is kind of generous for this show. It's a totally forgettable experience, but it has some good moments (mostly scenes with Armisen) and it doesn't drag on too much... I hope season 2 doesn't continue with all of the characters from season 1. I don't care about Catherine Keener's character or the people at Oceanside. And I don't care about the 60 year-old kid in Riverside.

    Sometimes Maya Rudolf is annoying (like the majority of SNL graduates) but I liked her in this show... And it's nice to see Peter Weller again.

    Giving this show a 10 or a 2 is insane.
    It's not mind-blowing and it's not terrible.
  5. Oct 3, 2018
    3
    This short, 8-ep series is about the "tyranny of the routine", the rut, and feeling trapped or locked into it, especially vis-a-vis marriedThis short, 8-ep series is about the "tyranny of the routine", the rut, and feeling trapped or locked into it, especially vis-a-vis married life. Fred and Maya plays these roles so naturally. However, it's really focused on the women of the series, the men are secondary, so chick-series - I'm grading as a dude, so it'll be low, but chicks would likely grade higher. It's very difficult to review this with any substance without some spoilers. The spoilers I'm describing happen in the first two eps so you're going to find out quickly anyway.
    *** Light Spoilers follow***
    By ep's two end they're both dead, but they're not in heaven or hell, still here on earth though out of phase. And inconsistent with being dead, they still hunger, thirst, emote, curse alot, sex it up, cook, walk everywhere, but they apparently don't drive, have tv or radio - weirdly incongruent. You've seen this done before - it's lazy storytelling but costs nothing financially to make - there's very little VFX. Though it makes no sense, yet it's a recurring Hollywood trope, our dead protagonists ("formers") can see "currents" but not vice versa. They have juvenile fun "haunting" them and parasitizing energy from them but all that's a dumb distraction from its love story. Remember, chick-series. The final scene provides a very weak hook for a second season unlikely as that is. Just for fun, be sure to count the number of times someone mentions "forever", I counted only three, two were in the season finale.
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    2
    The premise, in paper, is rather good. But the writing, the direction and everything else is soooooo slow that it really becomes a chore. InThe premise, in paper, is rather good. But the writing, the direction and everything else is soooooo slow that it really becomes a chore. In the end, it's just a missed opportunity and not worth your time.