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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 11, 2018
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  • Summary: Sally (Catherine Shepherd) reluctantly accepts her boyfriend's proposal but then begins an affair with Emma (Julia Davis), who soon turns her life upside down in this comedy written and directed by Davis.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Dana Schwartz
    Nov 5, 2018
    You'll laugh out loud at the characters' misery and awkwardness, and then feel awful for doing so. Like Davis herself, the show is like nothing else you've seen. [9 Nov 2018, p.50]
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Nov 9, 2018
    Characters as fully rounded as Emma and Sally, drawn to one another despite each one’s manifold flaws, could not be made to feel so complete had they not been written and performed by people who felt a certain amount of love for them. Like the very best characters, both are perpetually consistent and yet retain the capability to surprise. ... Its piquancy in service of characters and relationships makes it the funniest new show of the fall, and the stateside arrival of a voice whose brashness makes clear how overdue it is to break out.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 9, 2018
    A wonderfully sinister look at what happens when a mostly unhappy person in a mostly unhappy life opens the door to a manic pixie dream girl who also happens to be toxically awful and hard to shake upon further inspection. ... Davis is always doing something audacious with her comedy and it works because she doesn't ever blink or water it down, or laden it with sympathy. She's the master of how to do unlikable characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 7, 2018
    The laughs Sally4Ever provides--and there are big ones--come precisely because Emma, David and the rest are so terrible in such exaggerated fashion. ... But I was already wearying of it by the third episode, because Emma is that unapologetically appalling. This problem is one of sensibility rather than execution, and Sally4Ever certainly commits to its goals. The next two Sunday nights on HBO will do a nice job of illustrating some of the core differences between comedy here versus over there.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Nov 8, 2018
    It’s not quite as consistently funny as that discomfort-inducing work [the original Office], though it does get more amusing as it goes on.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 9, 2018
    Too uneven in tone to recommend a committed viewing relationship.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Nov 9, 2018
    Three episodes into this seven-part season, it remains unclear what all this horrible awkwardness and explosions of bowels add up to--how much art can be found in the squicky craft of an evil clown.

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