The Crazy Ones

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The Crazy Ones
The Crazy Ones intertitle.png
GenreSitcom
Created byDavid E. Kelley
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)David E. Kelley Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) – present
External links
Official website
 
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The Crazy Ones
The Crazy Ones intertitle.png
GenreSitcom
Created byDavid E. Kelley
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)David E. Kelley Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 26, 2013 (2013-09-26) – present
External links
Official website

The Crazy Ones is an American sitcom created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The single-camera series premiered on CBS on September 26, 2013, as part of the 2013–14 American television season as a Thursday night 9 pm (ET/PT) entry.[1][2][3] Bill D'Elia, Dean Lorey and Jason Winer serve as executive producers for 20th Century Fox Television.

On October 18, 2013, CBS gave the show a full season order.[4] On February 27, 2014, the series switched timeslots with Two and a Half Men and started airing at 9:30 pm (ET/PT).[5]

Production[edit]

The Crazy Ones is executive produced by David E. Kelley, who had previously created the TV series Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal and Harry's Law, and by Jason Winer. It stars Robin Williams as Simon Roberts, an executive at the Chicago advertising agency Lewis, Roberts + Roberts, who works with his tightly wound daughter and protégée, Sydney, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. The series represents Williams' first series regular role since Mork & Mindy 31 years earlier, and the first series for Gellar since Ringer, which was cancelled in 2012 after one season. Williams' part was written with him in mind. When Gellar learned that Williams was making a television comedy, she contacted her friend Sarah de Sa Rego, the wife of Williams' best friend, Bobcat Goldthwait, in order to lobby for a co-starring role.[6]

The series is filmed on Soundstage 14 at the 20th Century Fox's studios in Los Angeles, which had previously housed the production for the medical drama House.[6]

Actual big brand names are referenced in episodes in order to evoke a sense of realism, though the companies who own the brands do not pay for this, nor do they get script approval. In the pilot, singer Kelly Clarkson performs a modified version of the McDonald's slogan "You deserve a break today".[6]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release dates
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
122[7]September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)[5]TBATBATBA

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Jason WinerDavid E. KelleySeptember 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)1AXB0015.52[8]
Simon tries to persuade Kelly Clarkson to sing a jingle for their client, McDonald's, which backfires. 
2"The Spectacular"Jason WinerJoe Port & Joe WisemanOctober 3, 2013 (2013-10-03)1AXB0211.71[9]
Andrew is jealous of Zach's relationship with Simon, as he believes Zach is favored in the company. After he makes his feelings known, Andrew receives an assignment from Simon that Zach is at first happy to give up, but later makes him jealous. During Sydney's pitch to Windy City Coffee, Simon suggests a "Spectacular" – a particular marketing technique – meaning Sydney has to conjure up a new, bigger pitch, which backfires. 
3"Bad Dad"Jason WinerCorey NickersonOctober 10, 2013 (2013-10-10)1AXB019.69[10]
A focus group for an Allstate commercial dredges up old memories of when Simon taught Sydney to drive. Lauren comes to realize that Zach's and Andrew's relationship is like that between a shark and a remora
4"Breakfast Burrito Club"Michael P. JannRob SudduthOctober 17, 2013 (2013-10-17)1AXB049.37[11]
The group tries to do a campaign for breakfast food, but ends up getting distracted with their personal lives. 
5"She's So European"Jason WinerDean LoreyOctober 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)1AXB058.69[12]
A Cosmo client excites both Andrew and Zach both get competitive to impress her. But things go south when they realize the models know more things than they do. 
6"Hugging the Now"Fred SavageRyan RaddatzOctober 31, 2013 (2013-10-31)1AXB038.06[13]
Simon is up against Sydney's high school crush, Josh (Michael Landes), for Advertiser of the Year. 
7"Sydney, Australia"Bill D'EliaTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyNovember 7, 2013 (2013-11-07)1AXB068.00[14]
Sydney's ex-coworker writes a song about her, but it has a stalkers feel to it. Meanwhile, Simon has difficulty coming up with a pitch for Australian tourism. 
8"The Stan Wood Account"Jason WinerLaura KrafftNovember 14, 2013 (2013-11-14)1AXB078.59[15]
Simon must cut ties with an important client, which displeases Gordon, Simon and Sydney's partner. 
9"Sixteen-Inch Softball"Alex HardcastleAmy HubbsNovember 21, 2013 (2013-11-21)1AXB088.60[16]
The agency's annual softball game is held, which brings back memories for Simon. 
10"Models Love Magic"Fred SavageDean LoreyDecember 5, 2013 (2013-12-05)1AXB107.58[17]
Simon and Gordon clash over ignorance pursuing a highly client. Meanwhile, Lauren tries on the Million-Dollar Victoria's Secret bra and is unable to get it off. 
11"The Intern"Fred GossJoe Port & Joe WisemanDecember 12, 2013 (2013-12-12)1AXB097.87[18]
Sydney is worried over a clients obnoxious daughter becoming an intern. 
12"The Face of a Winner"Jason WinerMason SteinbergJanuary 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)1AXB128.20[19]
Sydney becomes a video game addict when Simon puts Lauren to the task. 
13"Outbreak"Bill D'EliaRob SudduthJanuary 9, 2014 (2014-01-09)1AXB139.52[20]
Lauren finally gets her big break when all the coworkers come down with the flu. 
14"Simon Roberts Was Here"Steven TsuchidaRyan RaddatzJanuary 30, 2014 (2014-01-30)1AXB148.25[21]
Simon loses a creativity contest to a research analyst, so Zach and Andrew try to help him refocus and get his confidence back. Elsewhere, Sydney bonds with a cat, causing her to worry if this will stifle her future relationships. 
15"Dead and Improved"Bill D'EliaDavid E. KelleyFebruary 6, 2014 (2014-02-06)1AXB117.48[22]
Simon must deliver a eulogy to a fellow client whom many people have disliked. 
16"Zach Mitzvah"Jason WinerTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyFebruary 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)1AXB157.41[23]
Simon throw's a Bar Mitzvah for a client's son, but the celebration goes south because of Zach, because of a past love interest. 
17"Heavy Meddling"Alex HardcastleBill KunstlerMarch 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)1AXB166.96[24]
Simon interferes with Sydney's new relationship because he wants to become a grandfather. Elsewhere Zach and Andrew pair up with other coworkers. 
18"March Madness"Linda MendozaLaura KrafftMarch 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)1AXB176.71[25]
Andrew's sisters arrive to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, which displeases Simon because he disapproves the holiday. 
19"Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley"David KatzenbergAmy HubbsApril 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)1AXB196.53[26]
In trying to land an account to represent the makers of Simon's favorite barbecue sauce, Zach over-promises and tells the company reps he can get Brad Paisley to sing a jingle for them. While he and Simon ultimately do land the country star, they then have to convince jingle writer Danny Chase (Josh Groban) to work with Paisley, whom he hates. Meanwhile, Sydney fears she will lose her "perfect" new assistant after Andrew dates the woman once, then dumps her. 
20"Love Sucks"Bill D'EliaMason SteinbergApril 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)1AXB186.87[27]
21"The Monster"[28]Matt SohnTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyApril 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)
22"The Lighthouse"[28]Matt SohnTracy Poust & Jon KinnallyApril 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)

Reception[edit]

The show has received mixed reviews from critics. The first season received a score of 58 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[29]

Morgan Jeffery of Digital Spy wrote that "Williams can't resist falling back on his old bag of tricks on occasion – cartoon voices, gurning, rambling wordplay – but there's a decent amount of pathos to his performance as part-buffoon, part-genius Simon Roberts too and the comedy veteran shares a warm, genuine chemistry with his on-screen offspring Gellar."[30] Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "Whether The Crazy Ones can come together as a series over time remains an open question, but the pilot offers enough charm and humor to warrant future consideration."[31]

The Boston Globe gave the show a more negative review saying that "Williams seems exhausted."[32] The Washington Post wrote that the pilot "leaves you wanting more", and gave the pilot a grade of B-.[33] According to Ross Bonaime of PASTE, "I don’t know how it does it, but The Crazy Ones continues to be one of the most boring comedies with one of the most amazing casts on the air today." He continues to say "The entire show is just treading on 'meh.' It also feels like this show just exists in a vacuum, with nothing in any prior episode really having an effect on anything that comes after it. There are no continuing story arcs, nor any real characters to really bond with."[34]

Ratings[edit]

The premiere episode garnered 15.52 million viewers, making the show the highest viewed premiere this fall. Its 18-49 rating (3.9/11) is also the highest rated new comedy premiere rating of the season.[35] With the Live + 3 days DVR numbers, the Pilot added +22% viewers gathering 18.98 million viewers and a 6.8 adults 25–54 rating with 5.1 in adults 18–49.[36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
AwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
People's Choice AwardFavorite New TV ComedyNominated
Favorite Actor in a New TV SeriesRobin WilliamsNominated
Favorite Actress in a New TV SeriesSarah Michelle GellarWon

References[edit]

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