Up All Night Review: Shut Up, Matt Lauer!

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With an all-star cast headlined by Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, I expected nothing less that a gut-busting comedy out of Up All Night.

But I had to remind myself a few times that this was just the first episode. Chemistry takes time, even with such comedic talent involved. Heck, even Michael Jordan missed a jump shot now and again. With that in mind, though, I fully enjoyed the pilot and think after a few baby steps it will be off and running.

Regan and Chris

As Reagan struggled to fit into her skirt for work, all while under the critical watch of Matt Lauer, it was clear her return from maternity leave was going to prove challenging.

Her boss, Ava, an emotional eating Oprah wannabe, showed potential for laughs with her cries of "office cleanse," and her cover of "Raining Men." The door was left open for more funny office moments in future episodes. After Reagan's comment about how she is the same woman except for the occasional peeing incident, I saw the opportunity for some funny clashes between home and the work place. Perhaps a breast milk pumping incident down the road?

Chris, meanwhile, shined in his search for normal cheese, his fear of the old lady at the supermarket and then his budding bromance with the surfer, video game player dude. It was a nice switch from the cliche of having a stay-at-home dad cozy up to a hot single mom.

Overall, Applegate and Arnett both had their moments, making it clear the sitcom already knows how to use its biggest names. The show increased Maya Rudolph's role after the success of Bridesmaids, which is fine and welcome... as long as they keep Ava a bit grounded, as they did in her final scene of allowing Reagan to stay home. There's potential for this character to become a caricature.

What did everyone else think? Visit our Up All Night quotes section for a rundown of the best one-liners and chime in now.


Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (39 Votes)

Two stars- one for the surfer dude bromance, and the other for the sleep/wake argument.
Running Wilde was better by far, so if that got cancelled...


2 out of 5 stars.


I found it not at all funny. Mya Rudoplf character very annoying


Chad, you totally fit in with the scene where they were arguing about who has it worse. Remember, into each life a little rain must fall. :)


It was a complete fantasy (for someone who has kids -- who goes partying when they are that little?) and not very funny.


I loved it. It was totally not what I expected from the blurbs about it here and there on TV. I thought it was going to be stupid and just about 1st time parents... it was so much better!


I liked the show very much,hope it makes the future programs list,looking forward tothe next episode. Shirley


Try turning it into twins, then at four months old have their Mother break her leg and be immobile. This is my life right now.

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Up All Night Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Who knows, maybe I'll get the old Nordic Track out.


Reagan: Stop saying baby in there, like there's a baby hiding in the closet with a knife or something.
Chris: Why are we whispering?