How to Be a Gentleman

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How to Be a Gentleman
How to Be a Gentleman titlecard.jpg
Created byDavid Hornsby
Composer(s)John Swihart
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)David Hornsby
Adam Chase
Ted Schachter
Camera setupFilm; Multi-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Media Rights Capital
CBS Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2011 (2011-09-29) – June 23, 2012 (2012-06-23)

How to Be a Gentleman is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 29, 2011, to June 23, 2012.[1][2] Lead actor David Hornsby created the series, adapting the nonfiction book of the same name by John Bridges.[3]

Thirteen episodes were originally ordered for the first season. However, on October 7, after two Thursday episodes had aired, it was announced that the series episode order had been cut down to nine, effectively ending production immediately,[4] and the remaining seven episodes would be burned off on Saturdays starting October 15 as part of the network's Comedytime Saturday block.[4][5]

On October 18, CBS pulled the series from its Saturday timeslot after airing only one episode that lost half of the audience from the Two and a Half Men rerun leading into it,[6] completely removing the series from the lineup and leaving the remaining six episodes unaired. CBS later made the decision to air the remaining episodes on Saturday evenings over the summer, beginning on May 26.[7]


The series chronicles two former high school classmates, an uptight columnist (Hornsby) and his more freewheeling, Iraq war veteran, trainer (as well as a former high school bully) (Kevin Dillon), as they "renew" a friendship that never really existed before.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Pamela FrymanDavid HornsbySeptember 29, 2011 (2011-09-29)1018.98[8]
When etiquette columnist Andrew Carlson is told he must adapt to the new, sexier style of his magazine, he hires his old high school bully Bert Lansing to help him become a "modern" man.
2"How to Have a One-Night Stand"Pamela FrymanDavid HornsbyOctober 6, 2011 (2011-10-06)1027.58[9]
Bert succeeds in getting Andrew to have a meaningless fling, but Andrew struggles to not get attached to the woman. Meanwhile, Andrew's sister, Janet, and her boyfriend, Mike, seek help from Diane to prepare them for Mike's green card interview.
3"How to Attend Your Ex-Fiancee's Wedding"Fred SavageJeff AstrofOctober 15, 2011 (2011-10-15)1032.43[10]
Bert talks Andrew into attending his ex-fiancee's wedding for closure. But when Andrew discovers his ex met her husband while she and Andrew were still together, he must decide how to confront her.
4"How to Share a Relationship"[11]Fred SavageJeff AstrofMay 26, 2012 (2012-05-26)[12]1041.45[13]
Andrew and Bert each have their own unique relationship with the same woman, but Andrew starts to feel short-changed when she spends every night in Bert's room. Meanwhile, Mike causes Janet's injury at Bert's gym, then tries to cover it up.
5"How to Be Draft Andrew"[14]Alex HardcastleMichael BorkowMay 26, 2012 (2012-05-26)[12]1051.39[13]
When Bert sends out angry emails that Andrew drafted but never sent, Andrew scrambles to make things right with the recipients. Meanwhile, Andrew turns the tables on Bert and forces him to stop filing away his emotions when his judgmental father (Bill Smitrovich) shows up.
6"How to Dip Your Pen in the Company Ink"Alex HardcastleMichael Lisbe & Nate RegerJune 2, 2012 (2012-06-02)[15]1061.84[16]
When Andrew refuses to make a move on his attractive new assistant, Bert teaches him a "lesson" by going out with her.
7"How to Get Along With Your Boss's New Girlfriend"Gary HalvorsonDavid Hornsby & Jeff AstrofJune 9, 2012 (2012-06-09)[15]1071.63[17]
When Andrew is left picking up Jerry's slack at work, he asks Bert to come on board to serve as his new life coach, but quickly realizes he might have made a serious mistake.
8"How to Upstage Thanksgiving"[18]Tristram ShapeeroJustin Halpern & Patrick SchumackerJune 16, 2012 (2012-06-16)[15]1081.45[19]
When Andrew skips Thanksgiving dinner with his family to rekindle a relationship with his ex-fiancee, Bert reminds him of his newfound "manhood" and shows him the error of his ways.
9"How to Be Shallow"[20]Gary HalvorsonRobin ShorrJune 23, 2012 (2012-06-23)[15]1091.56[21]
When Andrew is given the opportunity to ask out a model, he is forced to realize that even a gentleman can be shallow about some things. Meanwhile, Bert discovers that events from his past may be the reason for his commitment issues.


The show received negative reviews from critics. It averaged a score of 45 out of 100 on Metacritic. The website's users have given it a 3.7 out of 10, indicating generally unfavorable reviews.[22]

The premiere recorded 8.98 million viewers and a 2.7 Adults 18-49 rating.[8] This rating compared poorly to that of its lead-in, The Big Bang Theory, which recorded 14.74 million viewers and a 4.9 in the 18-49 demo,[8] as well as the shows in CBS's Monday night comedy block for the same week, all of which ranked in the top 25 for the week with Adults 18-49.[23]

Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale TV Season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 Thursday 8:30pm (September 29, 2011 – October 6, 2011)
Saturday 8:30 pm (October 15, 2011 – June 23, 2012)
September 29, 2011 June 23, 2012 2011-2012 #59 8.67[24]


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