Bless the Harts: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Bless the Harts

Critics Consensus

With an exceptional cast and a big heart to boot, Bless the Harts's particular worldview won't be for everyone, but it fits quite nicely into Fox's Animation Domination line-up.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 15
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Air date: Sep 29, 2019
Air date: Oct 6, 2019
Air date: Oct 13, 2019
Air date: Oct 20, 2019

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

Lighthearted comedy has some language, drinking.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show needs to make its humor more specific, more original and overall funnier if it wants to stand up to the rest of the FOX comedies on the same night.

Oct 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Fits well among both Bob's Burgers and The Simpsons.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

The show has a lot of room to improve, but the writers and cast are top-notch, and the story is warm enough to give it a chance.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Spivey's assembled an ace voice cast that can make the most of any joke, especially the ones that veer towards the surreal. And frankly, even if the jokes were less sharp, there's rarely any going wrong with the pair of Wiig and Rudolph.

Oct 1, 2019 | Full Review…

This one just kind of sits there for 30 minutes, pleasant but not particularly funny as it sets up the Hart family. Lots of comedies get better after four or five episodes. It's your call.

Sep 30, 2019 | Full Review…

With its fast, absurd, dry sense of humor, hopefully Bless the Harts will have a chance to stick around for a long time.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Bless the Harts doesn't reinvent the animation genre, but it's a nice addition to Fox's 'toon-heavy Sunday-night lineup.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The jokes all feel a decade late and one-dimensional - a "King of the Hill" without the crown.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

You can feel the series figuring itself out in its first episode.

Sep 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

With a similarly big heart and a voice cast including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Kumail Nanjiani and Ike Barinholtz, the result is familiar and refreshing at once.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bless the Harts: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    I read some of the advance publicity for this show, and decided to give it (the 2nd episode) a try last night. Today I wish I could get it out of my head! The promo hype makes you think the main thing about the Hart family is that they all love each other very much, despite being very poor. Actually, the main thing about the show is that almost every character seems to have suffered severe brain damage. The mother, Jenny, and the daughter, Violet, are the only two people in town who have average intelligence. Voice actors who do accents badly are par for the course in Hollywood. But these drawls are so saccharine and coarse, that you almost need subtitles. The slow pace of speech used by the restaurant owner (The Last Supper) is enough to drive you crazy. It's nuts-making to wait for her just to finish her line! The Harts are another example of TV's poor white trash stereotypes. Show creator Emily Spivey is from the town she sends up in the Harts. She's told every interviewer with a keyboard or a TV camera that this is some kind of love letter to the area. She's even broken out your fourth-grade teacher's old bromide -- that we're supposed to "laugh with (the Harts) rather than at them." That's ridiculous. You're supposed to sympathetically chuckle with people who eat dozens of biscuits at a time, are chronically unemployed, spend all their money on lottery scratch-offs, and slam down grits at strip clubs? You don't want to laugh "with" the Harts, you want to keep your distance. Another selling point for the show is that it was created by a woman and has a female-heavy cast. That's great, but then there's that small detail about only two women in town having three-digit IQs. Spivey has made much of the fact that she's from the South, that she's homesick for it, and so on. If the town she's from is anything like this redneck hellscape, no one can blame her for leaving. But why is anyone else supposed to spend half an hour of their precious entertainment time in the place? "Bless the Harts" is already in my rearview mirror.
  • 6d ago
    Giving this four stars because I think it has potential and I'd really like to see it continue past the trial run comedies tend to go through in their first season or two. There's a lot of people comparing it to King of the Hill and being disappointed that it isn't that. Well not only is it important for this to be its own show I also would like to point out King of the Hill didn't even live up to its reputation the first couple of seasons. For example Hank went from being insanely unlikable (see: season two where he refuses to higher a qualified woman because he doesn't think they'll have anything to talk about and instead hires the next man who walks in without looking at a resume because the applicant happens to be a sports fan) to a very relatable person whose unlikable traits were tuned down significantly. My parents started watching KoH because they lived in Texas for a couple of years and kept watching for the classic writing. As a native North Carolinian I would like to have the same experience with Bless the Harts particularly since the creator is also from NC and is putting her childhood experiences into the show. So far I have found a few things very relatable. A lot of things Wayne has done reminds me of some neighbors I used to have and the jokes about biscuits and sweet tea may seem unoriginal but you honestly can't have a southern family centered show without poking at these tropes at least once. parents are from the north so believe me when I say the sweet tea vs unsweet tea rivalry is REAL. The only thing I'm concerned about is the use of Jesus Christ as a reoccurring character. This can get really offensive really fast but given that the image of Christ is handled WAY worse in other long running adult cartoons (see: a Family guy episode where Peter helps Jesus lose his virginity) I'm willing to overlook this for the time being. Heck, the occasional manifestation of Christ appearing to talk to Jenny during times of conflict is something I find less offensive and more of a comedic way to illustrate small town NC's place in the Bible Belt. If it continues to be handled this way I will not have any problem with it at all. In conclusion I will go back to the King of the Hill thing and admit I began watching because I was hoping to see a KoH in North Carolina however I see the potential for this to become a classic of its own if given the chance. I sincerely hope viewers give it that chance.
  • 6d ago
    This show is god awful. It's some sort of re-imagined, modern version of 'King of the Hill' or something. We get it, southerners are uneducated; please stop making cartoon shows about stupid, uneducated families. It isn't funny or compelling and all of the stupid people are too stupid to understand that it's satire of their lives and not a roadmap for how they should live.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    After watching the first episode, while not great I do see a lot of potential. I really liked the conversations with Jesus. Besides, I did not like Bob's Burger that much after seeing the first few episodes and now that show is the best one on TV right now. So i'm going to give this one a chance to grow on me.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    We seem to be in a culture where official critics need to give a positive review if a show was created by women/is focused on women characters and/or ethnic/minority characters -- or else these reviewers will fear losing their job regardless of the content on the show. I have no problem with female-led shows or creators IF they're funny. Sadly this show is not. Does it have some degree of "hart"? Sure, and while there were a couple of clever lines in the pilot, there was not ONE laugh out loud moment. Everyone is Hollywood has gone soft instead of creating what is key: A show that makes you LAUGH OUT LOUD multiple times. Otherwise, good luck with your safe, unfunny shows for your niche audience that will never be massive hits. How no TV network executives don't get what the "Roseanne/The Connors" audience wants is to laugh out loud is mind-boggling. Stop going soft and niche with your shows and greenlight series that will make people laugh-out-loud even if that means some good ol' South Park-style offensiveness. People want to LAUGH -- bottom line. South Park's Cartman and all the characters on It's Always Sunny have no morals -- and that's what makes them funny. That's what 'Murica truly want to see. So blatantly obvious but every network exec in this town is paranoid and playing it safe but that's exactly what the majority of the population does NOT WANT.
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Deeply offensive and not even remotely entertaining with the added bonus of completely underwhelming animation. This show is so patently awful on every level the best thing for Fox to do at this point would be to pull it immediately; apologize for having ever aired it; then, play reruns of something else until they have a show that is not going to disgust the majority of potential viewers. Regarding what specifically went wrong, I'm guessing it started when someone heard the pitch for this show and did not immediately tell whomever was trying to sell it to leave their office and never return. The show is billed as an homage to King of the Hill, but it lacks the charm, likable characters, and the depth of that show. Stranger still, the animation is lackluster at best. The much touted celebrity voices also added nothing that would make you tune in for a second look. Quite honestly, I wanted to turn it off after the 1st 5 minutes, but stuck it out to the end to be fair, which only lowered my opinion further. That any "professional" critic rated it above a 3 out of 10 pretty much tells you they have no integrity; that or no souls, possibly both. To sum the overarching concept of the show up... It is a non-stop loop of all the most hateful stereotypes the Left has about White Southerners, namely that they are dumb, classless, poor subhumans with terrible taste. In case you thought they would leave out their hatred of men and Christians in general, fear not! They include a big strong White male who is, of course, even dumber than everyone else, a complete wimp, and everyone's favorite punching bag. Still, that is nothing compared to the effeminate, presumably gay, beer swilling Jesus Christ who pops up to chit chat with the main character for no reason beyond making the show creator's disdain for Christians abundantly clear. To add a little more insult to the cascade of injuries, they also have a muslim actor voice Jesus Christ. If you don't think that casting choice is both intentionally meant to offend and offensive, Let me ask you this: Do you really believe the exact same people involved with this project would ever even consider, let alone participate in, the exact same thing with an animated Mohamed? Let alone one voiced by an openly Christian actor? If you think they would, well let's just say thinking is not your strong suit. Look, being offensive and playing on stereotypes can be funny; however, this show not that. This is merely hamfisted hate and bigotry attempting to masquerade as entertainment, without providing any actual entertainment. Alas, that leaves 20 or so minutes of pure misery.

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