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50 out of 72 people found the following review useful:
What DON'T I Like About It?, 1 November 2002
Author: CaptHayfever from Not close enough to that apartment
Simon Rex does very well as Val's caring, 'frustrated', & kinda dumb boyfriend Jeff. Wesley Jonathan (City Guys) also capably handles his role as Holly's friend Gary.
Then the REAL stars. Jennie Garth was arguably the single most talented cast member of 90210, so it's good to see her in something that's actually watchable now. She does a great job as Val, and is much funnier than most predicted she'd be.
Amanda Bynes. What more can I say? She's (literally) the reason this show was created, she plays the main character Holly perfectly, she's one of the best physical comediennes still living today, she's funny, she's a gifted actress, she's very down-to-earth and normal off-screen, she's smart, she's a great improvisor, and she's beautiful. What more could someone ask for?
My only problem is that they should've used the original song for the opening; otherwise, the show's superb.
This show is well-written, well-acted (of course), well-premised (if that's even a word), and well-casted (duh, it's Amanda). I can't wait for next week's episode, and I encourage all of you to watch.
32 out of 44 people found the following review useful:
Very Cute, 2 January 2004
Author: (email@example.com) from New York, NY
There are about 3 shows on tv today that I feel are even remotely watchable. The rest are either "reality shows" or just plain crap. Just to clarify; I think reality shows are crap as well. Anyhoo, when I first saw the previews for this show I thought "looks cute" but c'mon, another lame sitcom I'm sure. Well I must admit that I've now seen this show about 3 times and was very surprised while although it does not break any new ground and is not fall off your chair hilarious, or incredibly clever it is a very charming show. Jennie Garth and Amanda Baynes are both great in their roles and work very well as sisters. I wouldn't say it's great, like the greats; news radio, seinfeld...but it is a nice show, well done, well written and nicely acted.
18 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Lots of Slapstick, 21 September 2002
Author: lzf0 from United States
I wasn't expecting much. Just another boring, predictable "talking heads" situation comedy. But this show was different. Amanda Bynes has a background of playing broad comedy on Nickelodeon shows. Jennie Garth is best remembered for playing teen angst on "Beverly Hills, 90210". Inside the silly plot of the pilot, which was similar to an RKO short subject comedy of the 1940s or 1950s, physical comedy abounded. Bynes comes off like a teenaged Lucille Ball and Garth is dragged into the action. No, Garth is no straight women; she handles the physical stuff better than expected. The pilot was a good start. Now only if the writers don't allow the show to get soft and sentimental! Keep the physical comedy coming!
21 out of 28 people found the following review useful:
A terrific show., 19 May 2003
Author: Liana (shadow_empress) from Canada
Whether you live in the U.S., or in Canada (and if you have cable), you'll
be able to enjoy the laugh-out-loud comedy of 'What I Like About You'.
'What I Like About You' stars Amanda Bynes as Holly, Jennie Garth as Val, Simon Rex as Jeff, and Wesley Jonathon as Gary. Together, they are hilarious. Amanda Bynes gets to express a more mature type of comical material, leaving the little kid in 'All That' and 'The Amanda Show' behind.
Jennie Garth, previously starring in 'Beverly Hills 90210' seems kind of tedious and uptight as the older sister to Bynes, but she appears to loosen up into a nice, more humorous groove after awhile.
The story is like this: Holly (Bynes) has to move in with her older sister, Val (Garth), after their Father is moving to Japan. These two don't exactly go together like whipped cream and pumpkin pie (or whatever it is you think is a great combo!), but they love each other, and learn to get along in the end. After all, it's for the greater good!
I recommend this show to anyone who needs a laugh.
6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
really good, 6 November 2005
Author: mattkratz (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Richardson, TX
This has become one of my favorite shows on television. At first I only
watched it for its awesome theme songs but I have become hooked on it.
Every week I enjoy watching it to see what kind of predicament Holly
and Val get themselves into. I think the show is very well cast and has
become truly hilarious. The leads and supporting cast are both
excellent, and this is a perfect vehicle for Amanda Bynes. Yay WB! I
think that with a few more seasons this will become even better. The
characters are well fleshed-out, and I think it will only get better
with time. I like it. Not only is it well cast, but the actors work
well together in a great ensemble.
*** out of ****
11 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
A mixture of traditional fare and brilliant acting, 21 September 2003
Author: owen_edwards from WGC, Herts, England (born Sandfly, Ga)
The premise and scripting of WILABT are both reasonable, and compared to
many comedies out there, they're excellent. However, by the standards of
Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and Frasier, this is a distinctly average
What makes me watch it every time it's on are Amanda Bynes and Wesley Jonathon. Jonathon is a great character actor, and livens up what could be a dull character (the "Best Friend"). The part of Henry is excellently written, which surprised me, as the Val and Jeff characters are both weak.
But as I said above, Amanda Bynes makes this a good show. Easily the most talented teen on television, and in the top 10, whatever age, of current times, she's a great asset to the show. Rubber faced, with what could be described as a "beauty in repose", she takes a part that's been poorly-written, with physical humour that could easily look horrible, and makes it funny.
What America may have found here is a true star - not a mildly talented actress like Lindsay Lohan who has the scripting to make her a star, or a "piece of ass" (to quote one critic) like Hillary Duff...but a true superstar. Long make she reign as Queen of Teens.
13 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
Interesting Premise, 2 February 2003
Author: AtomicAnthony from Queens, NY
This show has an interesting premise, I enjoy it very much. Amanda Bynes is the funniest. The jokes are original, the drama catches my attention, and the actors are just great. I would rate this 9 stars out of 10. Good job, and keep the episodes coming!
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
What I DON'T like about you, 7 January 2009
Author: ikoiko33 from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This show is painful to watch ...
It is obvious that the creators had no clue what to do with this show, from the ever changing "jobs", boyfriends, and cast. It appears that they wanted to cast Amanda Bynes in something ... but had no idea what, and came up with this crappy show. They cast her as a teen, surrounded by twenty and thirty somethings, and put her in mostly adult situations at repeatedly failed attempts at comedy. Soon, they realize that she needs a "clique" and cast people in their late 20s to try to pass as teenagers.
How this show survived 4 seasons is beyond me. Somehow, ABC has now decided that it is a "family" show, and thrown it into it's afternoon lineup on ABC Family.
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
What I like about "What I Like About You", 12 December 2006
Author: smooth_op_85 from United States
While I would say I enjoy the show, I expected something completely
different from when I first saw 'What I like about you' I expected to
find something along the lines of 'All That' (I am not sure if it is
going on anymore) but I have to say I do like the show and while i
don't classify it as a breakthrough show, it is very charming and I do
like the chemistry between the characters as well (including the
I would definitely say that it is great to see Wesley Jonathan back on the screen because I really loved him in City Guy. I had also seen the woman who plays Valerie's friend in Popular and while I think that was an okay show, I do not really like her character in this show because she's just not my cup of tea but she rounds it out pretty well
Squealing, 6 July 2012
I have never heard so much squealing in a show. The girls seem to be some sort of dolphin species. The men are OK, without spine, but OK. At 1am when there's nothing else to watch, sure, you can put up with this. Holly is more self centered than is absolutely necessary. OK, to be honest it's a really crappy show. Then again I watched a couple of episodes so it can't be too bad. Just make sure you are super bored when you watch this.....and try to ignore the "little girl" voices of the female cast. Holly dresses really well though. It's watching a bunch of adults have relationships in the sort of way that high schoolers would. Garth is not a comedic actress.......she must have been broke or something to commit to this series. then again she hasn't done much since 90210.
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