Help Me Help You

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 26, 2006 on ABC
8.1
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In this episode we meet Dr. Bill Hoffman who leads is new therapy group, full of crazy and self-obsessed strangers. Michael, Dave, Darlene and Inger are now trying the first advices of Dr. Hoffman! Is it going to work?

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  • Not a good start to the series.

    6.0
    This was a disappointing first episode, particularly as the show stars Ted Danson. I always loved him in Cheers and his guest appearances in Curb Your Enthusiasm always make me laugh, but this show has a major problem considering it is meant to be a comedy - it doesn't really make me laugh.



    Many comedy shows feature characters that are totally self-absorbed so I suppose that it seems a no-brainer to come up with a show that is filled with characters who are in therapy (and as a result completely self-absorbed) but none of the characters have any appeal or interest to me, and I cannot say that I can recommend the show based on this episode.moreless
  • For a pilot, I thought this show did a great job of revealing the characters in an interesting way. Can\\\'t wait until next week!

    8.5
    Considering the lack of quality comedies on the air these day, HMHY is a breath of fresh air. It's an ensemble of colorful characters that seem like they could really take off (Jim Rash and Suzy Nakamura look like the show's brightest newcomers). I also like how the show doesn't follow the normal A-Story / B-story format, but actually contains 3-4 storylines throughout the episode, each with their own arcs. I really hope ABC gets behind this show, because I feel like given time to mature, this show could be a flagship comedy for the network - maybe then they could finally put a bullet in "According to Jim."moreless
  • This shrink needs a shink

    8.8
    Very funny, it is not yet up to My name is Earl standerds or Desparate Housewives status quo but it is very funny. I think that this shrink really needs to see one on a daily baises. ABC does have something with this show though, it has something about it that will keep you into it untill the next episode. The diologue is great and the actors are great with a little more work i do believe that this show can sustian the first few weeks that make or break a telivison show. Much better than the comedies ABC had last year as well.moreless
  • Nothing groundbreaking.

    6.5
    I don't want to parrot a previous reviewer, but anyone can see what's wrong with this. While it is only the pilot, I've found the opening episode of any series is usually a good indicator of what to expect. Help Me Help You manages a few chuckles here and there, but lacks the spark that makes you wish it was 9.30 on a Tuesday already.



    I was surprised to discover it's a half-hour affair, rather than a full sixty minutes (actually rather less, given ad breaks), and this does tend to encourage a sense of expediency often lacking in longer programmes. The problem is it just isn't that interesting. The cast is very reasonable - Jim Rash in particular, I thought - but the characters are dull as dishwater, each with their own yawn-inducing 'signature quirk': there's the suicidal one, the promiscuous one, the angry one, the gay in denial, the socially inept one... While stereotypes can work if they're invested with sufficient aplomb, that does not, unfortunately, appear to be the case here.



    And let's remember it's supposed to be funny. The absence of canned laughter is very welcome, but to be perfectly honest, it wouldn't have much to do anyway. The jokes are either deflatingly unoriginal or elicit at most a mild "heh" - damning, I think, for a comedy. One exchange in particular characterises it for me:



    "This must be a display of my subconscious desire to be here..."



    "Your subconscious is a jackass! That is why I'm divorcing your subconscious!"



    Cutting, I think you'll agree.



    How long did it take them to come up with that? Since it was featured in the trailer, I assume they were moderately proud of it. As a viewer, I really don't give two hoots how hip the concept of 'amusing, but not quite' may be. To be genuinely funny and insightful I expect takes considerably more effort than is on show here.



    It's got a talented cast (to waste Danson and Kaczmarek would be especially criminal) and a good setup. This might just be the shaky first steps of a newborn, but I'm not getting my hopes up.moreless
  • A new actually funny sitcom that might one day reach My Name Is Earl, Scrubs, and Desperate Housewives, with....a little more work...

    8.8
    This new Abc show was a refreshing surprise. With new bad sitcoms on FOX like Til Death and Happy Hour I was pleased to find an actual funny sitcom to go along with Desperate Housewives, My Name Is Earl and Scrubs. Though not quite up to those standards it could get there and there is room for improvement. I liked the cast and how dysfunctional they all were. I'm looking forward to how they will these characters will try and solve their problems in group therapy with a man with as many problems as them. Ted Danson does a good job and so does Jane Kazmareck. As long as it stays on this track it should be a good show and maybe with a little more work on the writing stay around for awhile.moreless
Steve Bannos

Steve Bannos

Dave's Boss

Guest Star

Michael Cotter

Michael Cotter

J-Date Guy

Guest Star

Artemis Pebdani

Artemis Pebdani

Co-Worker

Guest Star

Jane Kaczmarek

Jane Kaczmarek

Anne

Recurring Role

Lindsay Sloane

Lindsay Sloane

Sasha

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