Jim Carrey's New Show Kidding Has Screened, Here's What The Critics Are Saying
Jim Carrey is an actor best known for his comedic performances, and plenty of people are still happy to drop quotes from projects like Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber if the situation calls for it. That said, Carrey has also proven he has dramatic acting chops, as with The Truman Show and the unforgettable Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He makes his first big return to TV since appearing on In Living Color way back in the early 90s with Showtime's Kidding, a dramedy that puts a dark twist on a Mr. Rogers-like character whose life and family are turned upside down after a personal tragedy. The role seems like one Carrey was born to play. Now, Kidding has officially screened, and critics have shared their thoughts on Jim Carrey's new show.
Tim Goodman of THR was a fan both of Jim Carrey in the role and in the finished product that combined comedy with darkness. Kidding is hardly the first dramedy to hit the airwaves, but that Goodman deems in "truly original" bodes well for viewers looking for something new. "Binge-worthy" is a vital compliment nowadays, as many viewers prefer to consume their TV content via marathon rather than one episode at a time.
For Caroline Framke at Variety, Kidding was less successful in balancing the highs and the lows. Any positive comparison to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a good thing, but this critic believes that Kidding is bogged down by its ideas, and it doesn't truly stand out as a result. Although she acknowledges the drama and the comedy, she seems to indicate that the show doesn't always balance them well.
At USA Today, Kelly Lawler has her own thoughts about what works and what doesn't with Kidding. For her, Kidding doesn't get off to a particularly strong start and seems like something that has been done before. Nevertheless, the series picks up and the cast makes the most of the material, proving that this show is indeed a showcase for Jim Carrey's talents.
Brian Lowry at CNN is also complimentary of Jim Carrey and acknowledges the serious side of Carrey as a performer that is sometimes forgotten due to his legacy as a larger-than-life comedic actor. To him, Kidding shows Carrey's comedic and tragic sides in the best way.
Rolling Stone's Alan Sepinwall goes so far as to suggest that Kidding could be a hit even if it was just Jim Carrey performing episodes of Jeff Pickles' show. He does note that it's possibly not the show that some fans would have wanted of him.
Jen Chaney at Vulture is another critic who believes that the cast elevates the material beyond a shortage of character development. Jim Carrey may not be returning to television for In Living Color 2.0, but all signs point to a performance that makes Kidding worth at least trying.
If Kidding sounds right up your alley as one of the offerings of the fall TV lineup, you can catch new episodes on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. If you don't want to wait until the September 9 premiere date, you can watch the series premiere for free now.
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