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Review (TV series)

Review
Genre Comedy
Black comedy
Mockumentary
Created by Andy Daly
Charlie Siskel
Based on Review with Myles Barlow 
by Phil Lloyd
Trent O'Donnell
Directed by Jeffrey Blitz
Starring Andy Daly
Megan Stevenson
Jessica St. Clair
Fred Willard
James Urbaniak
Narrated by Andy Daly
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Daly
Charlie Siskel
Camera setup Single
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Abso Lutely Productions
Release
Original channel Comedy Central
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) – present
External links
Official website

Review is an American mockumentary comedy series starring Andy Daly as professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who provides reviews of real-life experiences. The series was created by Daly, and is an adaptation of the Australian television series Review with Myles Barlow.[1] It premiered March 6, 2014, on U.S. cable television network Comedy Central.[2]

Review was renewed for a second season, which premiered on July 30, 2015.[3]

Contents

  • Production 1
  • Premise 2
  • Cast 3
  • Episodes 4
    • Season 1 (2014) 4.1
    • Season 2 (2015) 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Production

The network initially ordered eight episodes for the first season run, but so much extra content was left over that a ninth episode was made and aired, too.[4] The season one episodes were directed by Jeffrey Blitz.[4][5]

Premise

The series uses both the “mockumentary” techniques to depict the fictional, reality television-style adventures of enthusiastic professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who hosts a TV show (called "Review") in which he engages in any life experience his viewers ask him to, to find out if that life experience “is any good”. Afterward, Forrest formally rates each life experience in-studio, on a one-to-five-star(s) scale. However, Forrest's compulsive curiosity and uncompromising commitment to the show unexpectedly backfire in ways that increasingly impact his own, formerly ideal, real life.[6]

Cast

  • Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) – star of the show (-within-a-show), “Review”; a naïve, repressed, Southern California suburbanite, who wears exactly the same clothes in every episode; a good-natured and mild-mannered intellectual, Forrest sees the show as a way to help people understand their world (by indulging their natural curiosity); as a result, he carries out each life experience/viewer request no matter what the cost(s) – ignoring his instincts, compromising personal well-being and relationships, and violating social norms (e.g., laws), along the way.[5]

Recurring cast

  • A.J. Gibbs (Megan Stevenson) – Forrest's cheerful and expressive co-host, whose wardrobe changes each episode (and sometimes, within the same episode); she selects and reads viewer's question-requests, banters with Forrest, and serves as the show’s (often ignored) voice-of-reason.
  • Suzanne MacNeil (Jessica St. Clair) – Forrest’s happy wife (of 14 years), turned hostile ex-wife. Without warning or explanation, Forrest starts divorce proceedings against Suzanne (in season one’s 3rd episode), merely because a viewer wondered what a divorce would be like. The divorce leaves Forrest & Suzanne emotionally devastated, but Suzanne soon follows through with it—to Forrest’s shock and dismay. She becomes close with her younger, male divorce attorney, and Forrest jealously assumes the two are in a sexual relationship. Having lost his best/only friend, his house, half of his money, and full custody of their son, Forrest obsessively launches a series of short-sighted schemes that are designed to win Suzanne back, but are derailed by his prioritizing the show over anything (and anyone) else.[5]
  • Lucille (Tara Karsian) – Forrest’s dour, disapproving-but-grudgingly-loyal executive assistant; her general apathy, and lack of respect for her boss (due to Forrest's lack of common sense and self-awareness), is on near-constant display; Forrest generally ignores her attempts to save him from himself[5]
  • Josh (Michael Croner) – the show’s unpaid college intern; fun-loving and immature, Forrest frequently exploits him[5]
  • Grant Grunderschmidt (James Urbaniak) – Forrest’s (usually) blank-faced and taciturn producer; pushes Forrest to finish assignments he otherwise would not[5]
  • Jack T. Walthall (Fred Willard) – Forrest’s accidentally ironic, sweet-yet-tactless, 75-year-old ex-father-in-law (Suzanne's father).[5]
  • Forrest's Father (Max Gail) – Forrest's father, whom Forrest moves back in with after the events of season one. He loves and supports his son, though shows dismay when Forrest's dedication to the reviews seems to be dangerous to himself or others. (Season 2–)
  • Tina (Hayley Huntley) – Josh's girlfriend. Quick-witted and dryly humorous. (Season 2–)
  • Mrs. Greenfield (Lennon Parham) – A teacher that Forrest meets on the review of "Sleeping With Your Teacher" whom he seduces and sleeps with, she later becomes his girlfriend. After being spurned by Forrest during the "Leading a Cult" review, she usurps the cult, and leaves him. She is killed by the FBI during the "Having the Perfect Body" review. (Season 2)

Season one guest stars include Andy Richter, Ashley Tisdale, Jason Mantzoukas, Rich Fulcher, Lance Bass, Emo Philips, Andy Blitz, and Maria Thayer.[5]

Season two guest stars include Allison Tolman, Mary Birdsong, Johnny Pemberton, Ian Roberts, and Matt Besser.

Episodes

Season 1 (2014)

No.
overall 
No. in
season 
Title  Directed by  Original air date  U.S. viewers
(millions) 
1 1 "Stealing; Addiction; Prom" Jeffrey Blitz March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) 0.541[7]

Stealing 2/5 stars

Drug Addiction .5/5 stars

Going to Prom .5/5 stars
2 2 "Sex Tape; Racist; Hunting" Jeffrey Blitz March 13, 2014 (2014-03-13) 0.651[8]

Making a Sex Tape 4/5 stars

Being a Racist .5/5 stars

Hunting 3.5/5 stars
3 3 "Pancakes; Divorce; Pancakes" Jeffrey Blitz March 20, 2014 (2014-03-20) 0.500[9]

Eating 15 Pancakes .5/5 stars

Getting Divorced (No Rating)

Eating 30 Pancakes 5/5 stars
4 4 "Celebrity; Batman" Jeffrey Blitz March 27, 2014 (2014-03-27) 0.551[10]

Sleeping with a Celebrity 1/5 stars

Being Batman 4/5 stars
5 5 "Best Friend; Space" Jeffrey Blitz April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03) 0.423[11]

Having a Best Friend 2.5/5 stars

Going into Space 5/5 stars
6 6 "Road Rage; Orgy" Jeffrey Blitz April 10, 2014 (2014-04-10) 0.368[12]

Road Rage 1.5/5 stars

Being at a Sex Party/a Swinger 2/5 stars
7 7 "Revenge; Getting Rich; Aching" Jeffrey Blitz April 17, 2014 (2014-04-17) 0.426[13]

Getting Revenge 1/5 stars

Getting Rich Quick 4/5 stars

'There All is Aching' 3/5 stars
8 8 "Marry; Run; Party" Jeffrey Blitz April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24) 0.459[14]

Marrying a Stranger 5/5 stars

Running from the Law 1.5/5 stars

Being 'The Life of the Party' 3.5/5 stars
9 9 "Quitting; Last Day; Irish" Jeffrey Blitz May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01) 0.438[15]

Quitting a Job 2/5 stars

Living Your Last Day 5/5 stars

Being Irish 5/5 stars (rating issued by A.J.)

Season 2 (2015)

No.
overall 
No. in
season 
Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  U.S. viewers
(millions) 
10 1 "Brawl; Blackmail; Glory Hole" Jeffrey Blitz Gavin Steckler July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) 0.257[16]

Bare-Knuckled Brawl 2.5/5 stars

Blackmail 1.5/5 stars

Glory Holes 4.5/5 stars
11 2 "Curing Homosexuality; Mile High Club" Jeffrey Blitz Andy Blitz August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06) 0.347[17]

Curing Homosexuality 2/5 stars

Mile High Club 3/5 stars
12 3 "Falsely Accused; Sleep With Your Teacher; Little Person" Jeffrey Blitz Leo Allen August 13, 2015 (2015-08-13) 0.282[18]

Falsely Accused 1/5 stars

Sleeping With Your Teacher 5/5 stars

Being a Little Person 3.5/5 stars
13 4 "Cult; Perfect Body" Jeffrey Blitz Kevin Dorff August 20, 2015 (2015-08-20) 0.278[19]

Leading a Cult 2/5 stars

Having the Perfect Body .5/5 stars
14 5 "Catfish; Haunted House" Jeffrey Blitz Jeffrey Blitz August 27, 2015 (2015-08-27) 0.362[20]

Catfishing 3/5 stars

Haunted House 1/5 stars
15 6 "William Tell; Grant A Wish; Rowboat" Jeffrey Blitz Jessie Cantrell September 3, 2015 (2015-09-03) 0.35[21]

William Tell 2/5 stars

Granting a Wish .5/5 stars

Rowboat .5/5 stars
16 7 "Buried Alive; 6 Star Review; Public Speaking" Jeffrey Blitz Story by: Jessie Cantrell
Teleplay by: Gavin Steckler
September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)

Buried Alive .5/5 stars

Giving Six Stars 1/5 stars

(Having the Best Ice Cream in Town 5.5/6 stars

Getting Kicked in the Balls 6/6 stars)

Public Speaking 4.5/5 stars
17 8 "Murder; Magic 8 Ball; Procrastination" Jeffrey Blitz Rich Talarico September 17, 2015 (2015-09-17) 0.233[22]

Murder (Vetoed)

Magic 8-Ball 1/5 stars

Procrastination (Vetoed)

Killing A Person .5/5 stars
18 9 "Happiness; Pillow Fight; Imaginary Friend" Jeffrey Blitz Andy Blitz September 24, 2015 (2015-09-24) 0.229[23]

Happiness 3/5 stars

Pillow Fight 1/5 stars

Imaginary Friend 3/5 stars
19 10 "Conspiracy Theory" Jeffrey Blitz Andy Daly October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01) 0.239[24]

Believing a Conspiracy .5/5 stars

Being Hunted 6/6 stars (rating issued by A.J.)

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