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One of my responsibilities as co-associate assistant to the assistant associate editor here at TV.com is to make sure our audience is informed of even the littlest of shows, the tiny blips on the entertainment radar that might go unnoticed by anyone who isn't a parent of the series' lead actor. Such is the case with Comedy Central's new project Review. This odd duck might be slipping onto the schedule with ninja-like stealth, which means it's all the more important that we discuss its watchability. So let's do just and preview Review in another edition of TV.com's Should I Make Time for This Television Program?


Review, so this is a show where someone reviews hot new gadgets and gizmos?

No, but you're on the right track! Review follows host Forrest MacNeil as he samples and then shares his thoughts on various aspects of life and human behavior. Does that sound weird to you? Well, it's meant to be. Forrest will try out stealing, being a racist, road rage, and whatever else his fake audience asks him to review. And then he'll grade each activity using a very Yelp-y rating scale of one to five stars. Is it scientific? No. Is it meaningful? Nyet. Is it funny? Maybe! 


What!? Who came up with this, and who's in it?

Review is an American adaptation of the Australian series Review With Myles Barlow, which was created by, written by, and starred Phil Loyd and ran from 2008 to 2010. Taking over for Loyd in Comedy Central's version is Andy Daly, who you might remember as that Benjamin Franklin impersonator from The Office, Principal Cutler from Eastbound & Down, or from one of his many awesome appearances on Comedy Bang! Bang! (as Dalton Wilcox the hole-in-the-ground f*cker and the Life of the Party dude). Fred Willard plays Forrest's dad, Jessica St. Clair plays his wife, and James Urbaniak plays his producer, and a bunch of well-known comedians will guest-star in various roles throughout the season.



When does Review start reviewing?

Review premieres Thursday, March 6 at 10pm on Comedy Central. It's surrounded by a bunch of Tosh.0 reruns. 


Who might like Review?

Fans of the absurd, black, and alternative comedy circles should dig this. Its closest relative on Comedy Central is probably be Nathan For You, because it's not like anything else out there, really. And obviously anyone who's a fan of Daly's improv work will love him as Forrest.


What elements of Review is worthy of five stars?

ANDY DALY. Disclaimer: I love Daly and would have his hilarious children if I could. And he's fantastic as Forrest MacNeil. The key to Review is Daly's commitment to the character of Forrest, and Forrest's commitment to his job; the show is presented documentary-style, which makes the dark comedy and satire really land, especially when Forrest is forcing his job on others, like he does when he reviews "going to the prom" and his prom date is a joyless sourpuss. Also, sometimes you'll see Forrest's work affect him personally, like when his review of addiction accidentally takes over his life. But mostly Review is hahahaha funny!



What elements of Review don't deserve any stars?

Forrest's first review—of stealing—gets off to a slow start, which could hamper viewers' immediate enjoyment of this odd little show, but stick around because it gets a lot better. However, it's important to note that Review won't be for everyone. It's not really a sketch show, it's not really a sitcom... I'm not really sure what it is. And maybe some people will think it's kind of the same joke over and over?


So, should I watch it?

Dude, I loved it. Laughed my butt clear off. This is a good friend test. If you like it, we can be friends. If not, well, it was nice knowing you. And if anyone has seen my butt, please send it back to me.


Let's take a look at a trailer!

Okay! 




Review premieres Thursday, March 6 at 10pm on Comedy Central.


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 10/1/2015

Season 2 : Episode 10

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Just finished the show. Review has gone from fun random life events to incredible character study of a man in its short 9 episode run. My review of Review: 5 stars. And since it was so great but on Comedy Central, I was sure it would be cancelled... but nope! Thank you, Andy Daly!!
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I truly love this show.Makes me laugh every week so far. Thank you!!!
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Oh wow, this was actually hilarious!
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I am not interested in tradtional sitcome except Mom so I shall try this one out.
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They had me at Andy Daly. It could be one of those shows where you can miss an episode and it doesn't mean you miss on the overall narrative, but that means it can shine on a week to week basis.
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I know I'll like this even without having seen the clip above. I have, of course, seen the glut of ads CC has run for it and I've enjoyed them all. I've always liked Andy Daly and I hope this raises his profile closer to where it should be.
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And bonus points for employing James Urbaniak, a.k.a. Rusty Venture.
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"Hail Satan."
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I have to say that the review actually put me off, but that trailer has completely changed my mind. I'm looking forward to this now.
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The Australian version was okay but after seeing a few of them I felt like I'd had enough. So taking that along with the 20-30% drop in funniness that all American remakes have I'll pass.
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love andy daly. He had the best line from semi-pro: "I am not a boner machine"
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I loved the original Australian series! Not sure how the humour will be received over in the US, but it's dark and absurb.
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Yep, I'd been looking forward to this. I'll definitely try it. Although, part of me thinks I'll continue to forget that it's not reality TV, so I'll briefly think it's funny because it's real, then be disappointed when I remember it's scripted with actors and whatnot.
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Tim, uh, you put that Review premieres on ABC. Damn you copy-paste-forget-to-review-changes!
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DOH!
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(that was copy and pasted, too)
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I watched this episode on OnDemand last week, and it was essentially what I expected, but it won me over by making good use of Andy Daly's style of comedic acting - which can be an awkward fit in many other places. I cannot stand Nathan For You strictly because of Nathan Fielder's way of presenting himself, so if this is like NFY then it is a better iteration for it, Andy Daly makes it work by being a character with just a hint of caricature.

Another thing that worked for this first episode was that there's continuity between bits, they reverberate without stepping on each other. I also liked that there wasn't some dark twist in our main character, the prom bit could have been very rapey if handled wrong, instead our protagonist is entirely earnest without any hint of interest in the young girls so it works because he's focused on his task and not getting action.

Take Tim's - and my - advice, watch this show, it's funny and it isn't trying to be more than it is.
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The continuity was one of the best parts of the original, particularly the second series. The reviews initially seem like one-off skits, which they basically are, but the effects they have on the main character(s) sort of create a serialised plot within the series.

As for the lack of a dark twist, maybe that's something it's actually improved on from the original series. I loved it, but by the end, things were awfully depressing for our reviewer, and it was often painful to watch.
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