The Crazy Ones
|The Crazy Ones|
|Created by||David E. Kelley|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||22 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||David E. Kelley Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Picture format||480i (16:9 SDTV)
|Original run||September 26, 2013– April 17, 2014|
The Crazy Ones is an American sitcom created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The single-camera series aired on CBS from September 26, 2013, to April 17, 2014. It was part of the 2013–14 American television season as a Thursday night 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central entry. Bill D'Elia, Dean Lorey and Jason Winer served as executive producers for 20th Century Fox Television.
On May 10, 2014, it was announced that CBS had cancelled The Crazy Ones after one season.
The Crazy Ones is executive produced by David E. Kelley, who had previously created the TV series Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal and Harry's Law, and by Jason Winer. It stars Robin Williams as Simon Roberts, an executive at the Chicago advertising agency Lewis, Roberts + Roberts, who works with his tightly wound daughter and protégée, Sydney, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. The series represents Williams' first series regular role since Mork & Mindy 31 years earlier, and the first series for Gellar since Ringer, which was canceled in 2012 after one season. Williams' part was written with him in mind. When Gellar learned that Williams was making a television comedy, she contacted her friend Sarah de Sa Rego, the wife of Williams' best friend, Bobcat Goldthwait, in order to lobby for a co-starring role.
Actual big brand names are referenced in episodes in order to evoke a sense of realism, though the companies who own the brands do not pay for this, nor do they get script approval. In the pilot, singer Kelly Clarkson performs a modified version of the McDonald's slogan "You deserve a break today".
- Robin Williams as Simon Roberts, an eccentric Chicago advertising executive. Robin Williams describes Simon as "a guy who can sell anything. He could sell frappuccinos to Starbucks. He could sell clouds to God." Touching upon how his own life was the inspiration for Simon's backstory, Williams said, "Simon's a guy with a lot of nuance. He's lived hard and been on the edge for a long time. Multiple marriages, rehab, even rehab in wine country. Trust me, I've done the research myself." Since Simon was divorced by Sydney's mom, he has been remarried and divorced frequently ever since and does genuinely want to be a part of his daughter's life to make up for his past. He added Sydney to the executive partnership after she improved his business and added her name to the agency before the start of the series. Everyone tends to listen to Simon over Sydney, even though Simon tends to accept risk too willingly in finding a solution to his client's issues.[original research?]
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Sydney Roberts, Simon's daughter who is also a business partner and director at the ad agency. Often playing the "straight-woman" to Simon's plans, she was raised by her mother after Simon was divorced, yet she doesn't fault him for being more involved with work than his family. Despite this, Sydney often uses her past growing up as justification for her business decisions. She is best friends with Andrew, for whom she has feelings. However, she chooses not to date him, as she values their friendship more and is concerned with the consequences of a breakup. She is often made fun of for her age despite being thirty-"something" with the implication that she acts like the oldest person on the staff.
- James Wolk as Zach Cropper, a copy writer. He thinks he and Andrew are friends, but the friendship is mostly one-sided. While warm, outgoing and charismatic, Zach tends to the shallow side, can be a bit of a womanizer at times, and is not very well-read about the particulars of business. He actually does have romantic feelings for Lauren, whom he has an on again/off again physical relationship with. Zach enjoys a natural camaraderie with Simon, often bouncing ideas off of each other and brainstorming together. He does seek validation from others, but not nearly as much as Andrew does.[original research?]
- Hamish Linklater as Andrew Keanelly, an art director. Andrew is well spoken, smart, and often on Sydney's side as the other voice of reason among the staff of their agency. Andrew does suffer from a lack of confidence, as a part of a larger rural-based family (he refers himself to being "one of seven sisters" in his upbringing). Regardless of his intelligence, he tends to be manipulated easily from his own insecurities and awkwardness.[original research?] He has a crush on Sydney, who reciprocates these feelings but is hesitant to start a relationship with him. He constantly seeks approval and validation from others, especially Simon.
- Amanda Setton as Lauren Slotsky, an assistant. Lauren is described as "much smarter than she first appears." The information that is given about her (including a secretive demeanor concerning her past), though limited, is very inconsistent if all of it is assumed to be true, with the only validation for any of it being her highly impulsive behavior.[original research?]
- Brad Garrett as Gordon Lewis, Simon's business partner. Gordon works on a different floor with Accounts. Gordon is Simon's opposite: professional, restrained and critical of Simon's decisions. He is also gay, although Gordon's current personal life is not generally a part of the plot.
- Josh Groban as Danny Chase, Sydney's former co-worker. He grew an obsession over her and wrote a hit single about his unsung love for her. Upon learning it was about her, Sydney freaked out and quit the job. He ended up working for a competing agency, which won an accolade that Simon Roberts was campaigning for.
- Fred Melamed as himself, a voice-over artist who is frequently at odds over the direction of his career.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Pilot"||Jason Winer||David E. Kelley||September 26, 2013||1AXB79||15.52|
|Simon tries to persuade Kelly Clarkson to sing a jingle for their client, McDonald's, which backfires.|
|2||"The Spectacular"||Jason Winer||Joe Port & Joe Wiseman||October 3, 2013||1AXB02||11.71|
|Andrew is jealous of Zach's relationship with Simon, as he believes Zach is favored in the company. After he makes his feelings known, Andrew receives an assignment from Simon that Zach is at first happy to give up, but later makes him jealous. During Sydney's pitch to Windy City Coffee, Simon suggests a "Spectacular" – a particular marketing technique – meaning Sydney has to conjure up a new, bigger pitch, which backfires.|
|3||"Bad Dad"||Jason Winer||Corey Nickerson||October 10, 2013||1AXB01||9.69|
|A focus group for an Allstate commercial dredges up old memories of when Simon taught Sydney to drive. Lauren comes to realize that Zach's and Andrew's relationship is like that between a shark and a remora.|
|4||"Breakfast Burrito Club"||Michael P. Jann||Rob Sudduth||October 17, 2013||1AXB04||9.37|
|The group tries to do a campaign for breakfast food, but ends up getting distracted with their personal lives.|
|5||"She's So European"||Jason Winer||Dean Lorey||October 24, 2013||1AXB05||8.69|
|A Cosmo client excites both Andrew and Zach both get competitive to impress her. But things go south when they realize the models know more things than they do.|
|6||"Hugging the Now"||Fred Savage||Ryan Raddatz||October 31, 2013||1AXB03||8.06|
|Simon is up against Sydney's high school crush, Josh (Michael Landes), for Advertiser of the Year.|
|7||"Sydney, Australia"||Bill D'Elia||Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally||November 7, 2013||1AXB06||8.00|
|Sydney's ex-coworker writes a song about her, but it has a stalkers feel to it. Meanwhile, Simon has difficulty coming up with a pitch for Australian tourism.|
|8||"The Stan Wood Account"||Jason Winer||Laura Krafft||November 14, 2013||1AXB07||8.59|
|Simon must cut ties with an important client, which displeases Gordon, Simon and Sydney's partner.|
|9||"Sixteen-Inch Softball"||Alex Hardcastle||Amy Hubbs||November 21, 2013||1AXB08||8.60|
|The agency's annual softball game is held, which brings back memories for Simon.|
|10||"Models Love Magic"||Fred Savage||Dean Lorey||December 5, 2013||1AXB10||7.58|
|Simon and Gordon clash over ignorance pursuing a highly client. Meanwhile, Lauren tries on the Million-Dollar Victoria's Secret bra and is unable to get it off.|
|11||"The Intern"||Fred Goss||Joe Port & Joe Wiseman||December 12, 2013||1AXB09||7.87|
|Sydney is worried over a clients obnoxious daughter Kelsi Lasker (Ashley Tisdale), becoming an intern.|
|12||"The Face of a Winner"||Jason Winer||Mason Steinberg||January 2, 2014||1AXB12||8.20|
|Sydney becomes a video game addict when Simon puts Lauren to the task.|
|13||"Outbreak"||Bill D'Elia||Rob Sudduth||January 9, 2014||1AXB13||9.52|
|Lauren finally gets her big break when all the coworkers come down with the flu.|
|14||"Simon Roberts Was Here"||Steven Tsuchida||Ryan Raddatz||January 30, 2014||1AXB14||8.25|
|Simon loses a creativity contest to a research analyst, so Zach and Andrew try to help him refocus and get his confidence back. Elsewhere, Sydney bonds with a cat, causing her to worry if this will stifle her future relationships.|
|15||"Dead and Improved"||Bill D'Elia||David E. Kelley||February 6, 2014||1AXB11||7.48|
|Simon must deliver a eulogy to a fellow client whom many people have disliked.|
|16||"Zach Mitzvah"||Jason Winer||Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally||February 27, 2014||1AXB15||7.41|
|Simon throw's a Bar Mitzvah for a client's son, but the celebration goes south because of Zach, because of a past love interest.|
|17||"Heavy Meddling"||Alex Hardcastle||Bill Kunstler||March 6, 2014||1AXB16||6.96|
|Simon interferes with Sydney's new relationship because he wants to become a grandfather. Elsewhere Zach and Andrew pair up with other coworkers.|
|18||"March Madness"||Linda Mendoza||Laura Krafft||March 13, 2014||1AXB17||6.71|
|Andrew's sisters arrive to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, which displeases Simon because he disapproves the holiday.|
|19||"Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley"||David Katzenberg||Amy Hubbs||April 3, 2014||1AXB19||6.53|
|In trying to land an account to represent the makers of Simon's favorite barbecue sauce, Zach over-promises and tells the company reps he can get Brad Paisley to sing a jingle for them. While he and Simon ultimately do land the country star, they then have to convince jingle writer Danny Chase (Josh Groban) to work with Paisley, whom he hates. Meanwhile, Sydney fears she will lose her "perfect" new assistant after Andrew dates the woman once, then dumps her.|
|20||"Love Sucks"||Bill D'Elia||Mason Steinberg||April 10, 2014||1AXB18||6.87|
|Simon has a new budding romance, but then it turns south when Gordon returns and complains about his problems. Simon's romantic partner was played by Williams' Mork & Mindy costar Pam Dawber.|
|21||"The Monster"||Matt Sohn||Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally||April 17, 2014||1AXB21||6.19|
|Simon's team comes up with a crazy way to save the town's library, and Gordon serves as the poster boy. Meanwhile, Lauren and Andrew are troubled when Zach hangs out with Sydney's boyfriend, both unaware the man is gay.|
|22||"The Lighthouse"||Matt Sohn||Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally||April 17, 2014||1AXB20||5.23|
|Paige Roberts (Marilu Henner), Simon's ex-wife and Sydney's mother, comes to town and is the deciding vote to save the agency from a sale that Gordon supports and Simon opposes.|
Morgan Jeffery of Digital Spy wrote that "Williams can't resist falling back on his old bag of tricks on occasion – cartoon voices, gurning, rambling wordplay – but there's a decent amount of pathos to his performance as part-buffoon, part-genius Simon Roberts too and the comedy veteran shares a warm, genuine chemistry with his on-screen offspring Gellar." Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, "Whether The Crazy Ones can come together as a series over time remains an open question, but the pilot offers enough charm and humor to warrant future consideration."
The Boston Globe gave the show a more negative review saying that "Williams seems exhausted." The Washington Post wrote that the pilot "leaves you wanting more", and gave the pilot a grade of B-. According to Ross Bonaime of PASTE, "I don’t know how it does it, but The Crazy Ones continues to be one of the most boring comedies with one of the most amazing casts on the air today." He continues to say "The entire show is just treading on 'meh.' It also feels like this show just exists in a vacuum, with nothing in any prior episode really having an effect on anything that comes after it. There are no continuing story arcs, nor any real characters to really bond with."
The premiere episode garnered 15.52 million viewers, making the show the highest viewed premiere that fall. Its 18-49 rating (3.9/11) is also the highest rated new comedy premiere rating of the season. With the Live + 3 days DVR numbers, the Pilot added +22% viewers gathering 18.98 million viewers and a 6.8 adults 25–54 rating with 5.1 in adults 18–49.
Awards and nominations
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|People's Choice Award||Favorite New TV Comedy||Nominated|
|Favorite Actor in a New TV Series||Robin Williams||Nominated|
|Favorite Actress in a New TV Series||Sarah Michelle Gellar||Won|
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