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||1080i (16:9 HDTV)|
|Original run||September 26, 2013– April 17, 2014|
The Crazy Ones is an American sitcom created by David E. Kelley that starred 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 canceled the series after one season. Williams died three months later on August 11, 2014, making The Crazy Ones his final television role.
The Crazy Ones was 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 starred Robin Williams as Simon Roberts, an executive at the Chicago advertising agency Lewis, Roberts + Roberts, who worked with his tightly wound daughter and protégée, Sydney, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. The series represented 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 were referenced in episodes in order to evoke a sense of realism, though the companies who own the brands did not pay for this, nor did they get script approval. In the pilot, singer Kelly Clarkson performed 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 described 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." During the time since Simon was divorced by Sydney's mom, he had been remarried and divorced frequently and genuinely wanted 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 while finding solutions for his clients' issues.[original research?]
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Sydney Roberts, Simon's daughter who was also a business partner and director at the ad agency. This character often played the "straight-woman" to Simon's plans; raised by her mother after Simon was divorced, 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 was best friends with Andrew, for whom she had feelings. However, she chose not to date him, as she valued their friendship more and was concerned about the consequences of a break-up. She was often made fun of for her age despite being only thirty-"something" because she acted like the oldest person on the staff.
- James Wolk as Zach Cropper, a copywriter. He thinks he and Andrew are friends, but the friendship is mostly one-sided. While warm, outgoing and charismatic, Zach tended to the shallow side, was a bit of a womanizer at times, and was not very well-read about the particulars of business. He actually had romantic feelings for Lauren, whom he had an on again/off again physical relationship with. Zach enjoyed a natural camaraderie with Simon, often bouncing ideas off of each other and brainstorming together. He sought validation from others, but not nearly as much as Andrew did.[original research?]
- Hamish Linklater as Andrew Keanelly, an art director. Andrew was well-spoken, smart, and often on Sydney's side as the other voice of reason among the staff at their agency. Andrew suffered 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 reciprocated these feelings but was hesitant to start a relationship with him. He constantly sought approval and validation from others, especially Simon.
- Amanda Setton as Lauren Slotsky, an assistant. Lauren was described as "much smarter than she first appears." The information that is given about her (including a secretive demeanor concerning her past), though limited, was very inconsistent if all of it was 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 was Simon's opposite: professional, restrained and critical of Simon's decisions. He was also gay, although Gordon's current personal life was 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 was 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, McDonalds, 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 client's 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 throws 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 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 Boston Herald gave the show a negative review, noting that "Williams seems exhausted."
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. During the season, the show's ratings fell, with its season finale garnering only 5.23 million viewers. On May 10, 2014, CBS announced it had cancelled The Crazy Ones.
Awards and nominations
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|4th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Robin Williams||Nominated|
|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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