It holds a score of 71 on the review aggregator website Metacritic as of April 1, 2011.
Critics praise the show's good timing, writing, and acting, with Robert Bianco of USA Today saying, "...
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This series seems to more assuredly offer a first-class version of what so many viewers say they want: a humorous, heartfelt, realistic look at middle-class, middle-America family life." Airing behind the quickly cancelled Hank during its first season, ratings were not initially impressive, averaging fewer than 7 million viewers.
At the start of the 2010/2011 season, ABC moved the show to the beginning of its prime time block ( pm EDT) and ratings increased substantially, with the show usually ranking second in its time slot to CBS's Survivor. on September 30, 2009, on ABC and in Canada on City.
Though based on Jasper, Indiana, Orson is actually a studio lot in Los Angeles.
Set director Julie Fanton shops at traditionally mid-western places, such as Target and Kohl's, so the show appears to have a realistic middle-class look.
Season 5 premiered on Comedy Central, UK on January 21, 2014, and in Ireland on April 16, 2014, on TV3.