The Five (TV program)

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The Five
The Five Logo.jpg
The Five logo
Created by Roger Ailes
Presented by Bob Beckel
Eric Bolling
Kimberly Guilfoyle
Greg Gutfeld
Dana Perino
Juan Williams
Composer(s) Matthew de Luca and Neil de Luca (theme and cues)[1]
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 500[2] (As of June 25, 2013)
Running time 60 minutes (approximately 40 minutes 45 seconds without commercials)
Original channel Fox News Channel
Picture format 480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV)
720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original run July 11, 2011 (2011-07-11) – present
External links

The Five is an American talk show on Fox News Channel featuring a rotating panel of who discuss current political issues and pop culture. The show premiered in July 2011, replacing the Glenn Beck program, and airs on weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET with replays at 4:00 a.m. ET.[3]

On October 3, 2011, after successful ratings and high popularity, Fox News announced that The Five would become the permanent 5p.m. series, as the program was previously announced to last only during the summer.[4]

The Five is currently the second-most-watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind The O'Reilly Factor,[5][6] also on the Fox News Channel. The program has occasionally been the number one rated cable news series in the key 25 to 54 viewing demographic.[7][8]


According to the initial Fox News press release announcing The Five, the show features a "roundtable ensemble of five rotating Fox personalities who [...] discuss, debate and at times debunk the hot news stories, controversies and issues of the day."[9] Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said the format for the show was inspired by chat-oriented programs such as The View; it has also been compared to the "Great American Panel" segment on Fox News' Hannity.[10]

The show is made up of six blocks. Each of the first five blocks is introduced, closed and loosely moderated by a different co-host. The co-host's block may be on a single topic or multiple topics. The final block is One More Thing: The co-hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends. The show's co-hosts are:[11]

Five of the seven rotating co-hosts of The Five (l-r): Guilfoyle, Beckel, Bolling, Perino, Gutfeld.

Monica Crowley, Andrew Napolitano, and Geraldo Rivera were originally intended to serve as additional co-hosts for the show, though upon its debut, the cast was narrowed down to a rotation of the current seven hosts.[9][11]

Typically, the panel comprises Bolling, Gutfeld and Perino, with Beckel or Williams (usually Beckel) representing the liberal point of view, and a rotation of Tantaros and Guilfoyle filling the last spot.

Brian Kilmeade, Jesse Watters, Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich, Monica Crowley, Tom Shillue, Julie Roginsky, David Webb, Andrew Napolitano, Leslie Marshall, Tamara Holder, Juliet Huddy, Tucker Carlson, Stacey Dash, Lanny Davis, Steve Doocy, Sean Hannity, Ed Henry, KT McFarland, Joanne Nosuchinsky, Charles Payne, Joe Trippi, Melissa Francis, and Stuart Varney have also appeared as guest co-hosts.

The show occasionally features additional guests, including politicians, Fox News personalities, celebrities, and sports figures.[3] Guests have included Sean Hannity, Donald Trump, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, Barbara Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Greta van Susteren, Dennis Miller, Rush Limbaugh, Rudy Guiliani, Marco Rubio, Willie Robertson, Alex Trebek, and Megyn Kelly.

On October 21, 2012, September 10, 2013, and July 18, 2014, Fox News has aired special primetime editions of the show.

Recurring elements[edit]

  • Bob's Prediction: Beckel offers a prediction about something related to a topic being covered.
  • Dana's Dos and Don'ts: Perino offers political or PR advice to someone in the news.
  • Greg's Tortured Metaphor: Gutfeld explains a news story by using an eccentric metaphor or simile.
  • Greg's Monologue: Similar to his "Gregalogue" on Red Eye, Gutfeld opens his daily block with a comedic rant skewering newsmakers (frequently Hollywood or academia elites).
  • Greg's Sports Corner: Viral videos of animals typically are shown with sports metaphors accompanied.
  • Political Lightning Round: Each co-host briefly shares a political story that may have been under-reported that day.
  • Music Cues: Formerly a gag by only Gutfeld, co-hosts of the show will frequently misidentify the artist performing the music leading into their segments.
  • One More Thing: The hosts take turns sharing a final thought (on varying topics) before the show ends.
    • Bob's Tease for One More Thing: Bob Beckel offers a tease for the upcoming final block, emphasizing, with stentorian glory, that there is, yet, "ONE more thing". Usually done in an often successful effort to startle co-host Guilfoyle.
    • Greg's Banned Phrase: Gutfeld uses his "One More Thing" to "outlaw" a word or phrase he dislikes or feels is overused. On the August 23rd, 2013 edition of the show, in response to a viewer question about how he chooses banned words, he said that he bans words that replace original thought; that is, phrases that tempt a person to go with a clichéed, empty phrase instead of finding words to describe what they're actually thinking.[12]
    • Greg's Resurrected Phrase: Gutfeld uses his "One More Thing" to propose a word or phrase, usually old-fashioned, he wants to see in use again.
    • The Secret World of Dana Perino: Gutfeld uses his "One More Thing" to reveal a disturbing, previously unknown "fact" about Dana Perino.
    • Greg Gutfeld's Dreams of My Five: Gutfeld uses his "One More Thing" to relate the events of a dream he had about the show or its hosts.
    • Greg's Hero Gutfeld lauds someone.
    • Greg's Prom Tips Gutfeld's advice on going to prom.
    • I Hate These People Gutfeld rants about someone who does something he does not like.
    • Fool of the week Bolling shares with viewers his 'fool of the week' - often a political figure or celebrity seen acting foolishly. Usually on a Friday, during his One More Thing.
A projection of The Five logo on the studio floor.


Reaction to the show among critics has been mostly positive, though the week it premiered, Alex Pareene, columnist for the left-leaning website, slammed it as "boring and lame" and "not even worth getting outraged about."[13] Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker dubbed the show his "favorite guilty pleasure" and praised its freewheeling style and zany humor, calling it "a delightfully nutty show with an undercurrent of ragin’ crazy."[14] Mediaite's Frances Martel, examining cable news' shift toward more personality-driven commentary, praised The Five for adding an element of entertainment to the news: "Beyond having opinions, the new generation of cable news talk shows spearheaded by The Five have personalities, characters and character arcs that are worth tuning in for. ... Unlike the previous, host-driven generation of opinion shows, The Five adds a refreshing new element to cable news– a plot."[15] The Daily Show with Jon Stewart would later take that line of thought to strange new places when "correspondent" Samantha Bee debuted her "one-woman show" about the supposed romantic subplot on The Five.[16]


The show's "anything goes" attitude has led it into some minor controversies, particularly involving co-host Bob Beckel's on-air profanity[17] and insensitive remarks. In August 2011, Beckel was forced to apologize on-air when, while trying to clarify an earlier remark wherein he called Michael Vick a "redneck," said the term was not racial, because "blacks are rednecks, whites are rednecks, I was a redneck, Chinamen are rednecks."[18] A discussion about Millikin University's decision to support faculty member James St. James (not to be confused with Club Kids James St. James), who as a child was convicted in the murder of his family,[19] prompted a petition on, in response to the "mocking" tone of the discussion, which was described as a verbal "attack [on] the Millikin community".[20]


The Five debuted in July 2011 to lower ratings than the Glenn Beck program had been getting, but it still handily won its time slot.[21] The show gained broader success within months of airing, some afternoons even rivaling Beck's former audience.[10]

After only several months airing, The Five consistently beat its competitors on MSNBC and CNN combined, and ranked among the top ten cable-news shows.[22] In addition, the show is paying off more with advertisers, who were reluctant to be associated with the controversial content of Glenn Beck's show.[22]

The Five was the sixth-most-watched cable-news program during the latter half of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012;[23][24] it had jumped to fourth place by the third quarter of 2012,[25] pulling in especially high numbers during the 2012 Republican Convention.[26] The Five drew 4.4 million viewers on Election Day 2012.[27]

As of April 2013, The Five is the second-most-watched program in all of cable news, placing behind The O'Reilly Factor.[5]


The Five is filmed live at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. The studio is located on W. 47th Street across the street from Tender Restaurant and Lounge. Studio shades are opened during show and closed shortly after. Photos are not allowed outside studio while shooting is in progress.


  1. ^ ASCAP Work ID 883605837 and 883605838
  2. ^ Wilstein, Matt. The Five Hosts Celebrate 500th Show By Remembering Their Favorite On-Air Moments. Mediaite. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
  3. ^ a b "Glenn Beck To Be Replaced By "The Five" On FOX News". RealClearPolitics. June 30, 2011. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
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  5. ^ a b "Fox's The Five #2 Among All Cable News In Demo And Total Viewers". Mediaite. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fox News' Hit "The Five" Marks Two-Year Milestone". Real Clear Politics. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
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  10. ^ a b Stelter, Brian. In Beck's Shadow, Rise of 'The Five'. New York Times. 2011-12-25. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  11. ^ a b "FOX News Channel's The Five to Continue as Scheduled Program". Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ The Five. August 23, 2013. Fox News. 
  13. ^ Pareene, Alex. Fox’s “The Five” off to slow, boring start. 2011-07-13.
  14. ^ Tucker, Ken. 'The Five': The Fox News Channel's most delightfully crazy show. Entertainment Weekly. 2011-11-07.
  15. ^ Martel, Frances. The NYT Profiles Fox News’ The Five: ‘Like A Family At Thanksgiving’. 2011-12-26. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  16. ^ Feldman, Josh. The Daily Show Puts on Insane, Creepy, and AMAZING Dedication to Fox’s The Five. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  17. ^ Bob Beckel Curses Yet Again On Fox News. The Huffington Post. 2011-09-30.
  18. ^ Beckel Proves He’s Not Prejudiced: ‘Redneck’ Could Refer To Whites, Blacks, Or ‘Chinamen’. Mediaite. 2011-08-19.
  19. ^ Kim Bellware, ed. (August 2, 2013). "James St. James, Millikin University Prof Revealed To Have Killed His Family 46 Years Ago, Keeping Job". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ Brandon Kersten (November 6, 2013). "Make a Public Apology to the Students, Staff, and Community at Millikin University". Retrieved April 12, 204.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  21. ^ 'The Five' Debuts On Fox News To Lower Ratings Than Beck. The Huffington Post. 2011-07-13.
  22. ^ a b Summer Of Gutfeld? Strong Ratings For Both Red Eye And The Five. Mediaite. 2011-08-30.
  23. ^ 'The Five' Gets Permanent Spot In Fox News Lineup. The Huffington Post. 2011-10-03.
  24. ^ Cable News Ratings: Top 30 Programs For First Quarter Of 2012. The Huffington Post. 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-05-16.
  25. ^ Cable News Ratings Q3 2012: MSNBC Breaks Records, CNN Up From Last Quarter. The Huffington Post. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-11-24.
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  27. ^ Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, November 6, 2012. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-11-20.

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Preceded by
Your World
Red Eye
The Five
5 PM ET - 6 PM ET
4 AM ET - 5 AM ET (Replay)
Succeeded by
Special Report with Bret Baier
Fox & Friends First