Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Weekdays 12:35 AM Mar 02, 2009 on NBC
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Robert De Niro (Meet the Parents, Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II); Justin Timberlake (The Phone); Performance by Van Morrison; The game show "Lick it for Ten"

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  • How did Jimmy do?

    6.0
    The first show jitters are there, as expected, but beneath the stuttering, awkward jokes and the inability to tell a joke without laughing (even without being on SNL for nearly half a decade) there is still is some charm to the show.



    Jimmy Fallon does not have the broad, mainstream appeal of Jay Leno, or the ability to poke fun at just about everything like Jimmy Kimmel, but he does show the potential to be a somewhat decent talk-show host with practice. It almost felt like it was 1992 and I was watching an episode of The Larry Sanders Show as most of Fallon's lines felt scripted as opposed to the natural humor you expect from a show's star, but that was given with the pilot.



    Where the show flaws is in its execution. You can hardly call the interviews interviews as there were no real questions asked, the viewer gained no new knowledge, and no funny anecdotes were exchanged. The first segment "Lick it for a Ten" involved audience members licking obscure objects. They would be wise to not bring this back. People were skeptical about how The Roots would do as the house band, and strangely enough this episode was not enough to judge. The music blended in well, and what I liked was how the leader did not try to get himself over like Kevin Eubanks, he just sat there and laughed at Fallon's jokes, getting the host over.



    Conan O'Brien appeared in a passing of the torch sketch that was mildly amusing in noting how after all these years he would still be in Jay Leno's shadow. This was a good way to kick off the show, but it also showed how the new host is not quite as talented as the old one.



    Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon seemed more intent on remembering an SNL sketch than contributing anything to this show. The episode then concluded with a horrid "song" by Van Morrison.



    So, the verdict is out and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon needs work. But hey, it is still better than Craig Fergusson.moreless

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