Welcome to Sweden: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
Welcome to Sweden: What Critics Say

Welcome to Sweden: What Critics Say

Welcome to Sweden,” the new comedy series starring Greg Poehler, will premiere on NBC on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. Is the show worth watching and following? We’ve rounded up what critics have to say about the series. Read further to find out.


The comedy is centered on the character of Bruce Evans who leaves his cushy job in New York and changes his life completely when he decides to move to Sweden to be with the woman he plans on marrying. The show is partly based on Greg Poehler’s life, and he created “Welcome to Sweden” with his famous sister, Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”).

Entertainment Weekly gives this show a grade of A, saying that it has “wit and heart,” with “delightfully weird” episodes.

Variety calls the show “cute,” saying that it has “understated charm and amusing characters.” The review also notes that “Welcome to Sweden” is recommendable, especially when summer programming on NBC is littered with unimpressive shows.

Newsday considers the show  as “the best new NBC comedy in a long time,” with a heart and a brain. The review also cites that the cast is very funny, giving “Welcome to Sweden” a grade of A.

Washington Post says the show “lacks a necessary zing” and the cameos (by Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza, Will Ferrell, Gene Simmons) have failed to impress the critic. The series doesn’t have the capacity to draw viewers in, according to the review, giving “Welcome to Sweden” a grade of C.

New York Daily News is also not impressed with the show’s premise, especially not when it is about Sweden on American TV. Without this element, the review calls the show a typical American sitcom with nothing fresh or new to deliver.

“Welcome to Sweden” originally ran on Swedish television with NBC buying the rights to air it stateside. The show has two languages,  English and Swede,  so viewers will be watching this with subtitles. The show is already set for a second season in its home country.

And that’s what we have for “Welcome to Sweden,” a comedy that will start airing on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Will you be giving this a shot?

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/NBC/ Steff Geissbuhler, Chermayeff & Geismar