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Center of the Universe: Season 1 (2004-2005)



Critic Consensus: At its core, Center of the Universe is a uncompromisingly bad sitcom that wastes that immense talents of John Goodman and his fellow cast members.


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Eccentricity runs in the family of working-class security-company owner John Barnett, whose oddball relatives make it nearly impossible for him to share a moment of peace with his wife. Despite a stellar cast of TV veterans, the sitcom was an early casualty of the CBS fall 2004 schedule.


John Goodman
as John Barnett
Jean Smart
as Kate Barnett
Edward Asner
as Art Barnett
Olympia Dukakis
as Marge Barnett
Diedrich Bader
as Tommy Barnett
Melinda McGraw
as Lily Barnett
Spencer Breslin
as Miles Barnett
Marilu Henner
as Sharon Singleton
Gigi Rice
as Donna
Hillary Tuck
as Rebecca
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Critic Reviews for Center of the Universe: Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

"The Center of the Universe" is a brilliant success, if the goal is to make some of TV's best look awful.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not just that it's unfunny, it's painfully unfunny.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite a great cast, this "Universe" is off center.

March 12, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The entire cast should be embarrassed by this painfully unfunny show.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It would seem impossible to make a show with talent the caliber of John Goodman, Jean Smart, Olympia Dukakis and Ed Asner, with a result so embarrassingly dreadful that it evokes pity for the stars... the producers of Center of the Universe have done it.

September 23, 2019 | Full Review…

"Loving your family can be hard work," [John] Goodman says. Loving this family would be just about impossible.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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