"Those Who Can't," the Grawlix sitcom pilot on Amazon, review roundup - Reverb

“Those Who Can’t,” the Grawlix sitcom pilot on Amazon, reaps perhaps the best review of all

The members of The Grawlix comedy trio, from left, Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl, portray teachers at Denver’s fictional Buchanan High School in the sitcom pilot “Those Who Can’t.”

The members of The Grawlix comedy trio, from left, Ben Roy, Adam Cayton-Holland and Andrew Orvedahl, portray teachers at Denver’s fictional Buchanan High School in the sitcom pilot “Those Who Can’t.”

“Those Who Can’t,” the sitcom pilot from Denver comedy trio the Grawlix that’s currently competing for a full season on Amazon Instant Video, has been reaping largely positive reviews since it debuted on Friday, April 19.

We have a full list of them below, but our favorite so far has to be this one from Education Week, which bills itself as the “news site of record” for American education.

The excellent headline? “Amazon T.V. Pilot Shoots for the Hungover Teacher Demographic.”

We’ve never specifically heard of the “hungover teacher demographic,” but no doubt it’s a robust one, given the sorry state of school funding and thankless jobs that teachers have.

So if that’s the best review, what’s the worst? The New York Times one isn’t the harshest, but given that all the other pilot reviews in its article are a few sentences long and this one’s only a single sentence (with a 1 out of 5-star rating), AND the fact that it’s the New York Times, well, ’nuff said:

“A strained farce about three incompetent and unpleasant teachers who plot to bring down the even more unpleasant student who loves to taunt them.”

Ouch.

Still, the Grawlix guys — Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy — can rest easy in the knowledge that not only are the lion’s share of their reviews positive, but that their show is currently No. 1 in rankings among the eight other comedy pilots Amazon funded, with an impressive 4.5 out of 5 rating.

Watch and rate the full pilot for free (with an Amazon account, of course) and check out the list of reviews we’ve compiled, in no particular order.

“Those Who Can’t” reviews & mentions:

The New York Times
USA Today
L.A. Times
The Nerdist
IGN.com
Westword
Colorado Film and Video Association
The Denver Egotist
Gizmodo
Splitsider
Salon
L.A. Biz
Cinema Blend
IMDb Spotlight
The Daily Beast
Rorschach Reviews
Variety
Tech Crunch
c|net
Red Carpet Crash
Sound on Sight
TV.com
Vulture
The Denver Post
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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and the comedy critic for The Denver Post. Follow him @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.

  • Scott

    The NYT only gave out a 3 for the best show, and the average was 2. So 1′s not that bad, right? The Daily Beast review is pretty bad, though. I don’t agree of course.