Review (TV series)

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Review
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Genre Mockumentary
Black comedy
Tragicomedy
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
Narrated by Andy Daly
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Andy Daly
Jeffrey Blitz
Andy Blitz
Charlie Siskel
Camera setup Single
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Abso Lutely Productions
Release
Original network Comedy Central
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06) – March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)
External links
Official website

Review is an American mockumentary television series starring Andy Daly as professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who provides reviews of real-life experiences. The series was co-created by Daly and Charlie Siskel, and is an adaptation of the Australian television series Review with Myles Barlow.[1] It premiered in the United States on March 6, 2014, on Comedy Central, and ended on March 30, 2017, with a total of 22 episodes over the course of three seasons.

Premise[edit]

The series uses "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 find out if that life experience "is any good". Afterward, Forrest formally rates each life experience in-studio, on a five-star 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.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • 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.[3]
  • A.J. Gibbs (Megan Stevenson) – Forrest's cheerful and expressive co-host, whose wardrobe changes each episode (and sometimes, within the same episode); she activates the review selection system, presents the chosen review to the audience, banters with Forrest, and serves as the show’s (often ignored) voice of reason.

Recurring[edit]

  • 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 third episode), merely because a viewer wondered what a divorce would be like. The divorce leaves Forrest and 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.[3]
  • 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.[3]
  • Josh (Michael Croner) – The show's unpaid college intern; fun-loving and immature, Forrest frequently exploits him.[3]
  • Grant Grunderschmidt (James Urbaniak) – Forrest's (usually) blank-faced and taciturn producer; pushes Forrest to finish assignments he otherwise would not.[3]
  • Jack T. Walthall (Fred Willard) – Forrest's accidentally ironic, sweet-yet-tactless, 75-year-old ex-father-in-law. (Seasons 1–2)[3]
  • Daisy (Julie Brister) – Forrest's inept attorney.
  • 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. (Seasons 2–3)
  • Mrs. Greenfield (Lennon Parham) – A teacher that Forrest meets on the review of "Sleeping With Your Teacher", whom he seduces, sleeps with and later becomes her boyfriend. 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.[3]

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

Season three guest stars include original Australian series creator Phil Lloyd.

Production[edit]

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] Every episode of the series was directed by Jeffrey Blitz.[4][3]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19March 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)
210July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01)
33March 16, 2017 (2017-03-16)March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Stealing; Addiction; Prom"Jeffrey BlitzMarch 6, 2014 (2014-03-06)0.541[5]

Stealing 2/5 stars

Drug Addiction .5/5 stars

Going to Prom .5/5 stars
22"Sex Tape; Racist; Hunting"Jeffrey BlitzMarch 13, 2014 (2014-03-13)0.651[6]

Making a Sex Tape 4/5 stars

Being a Racist .5/5 stars

Hunting 3.5/5 stars
33"Pancakes; Divorce; Pancakes"Jeffrey BlitzMarch 20, 2014 (2014-03-20)0.500[7]

Eating 15 Pancakes .5/5 stars

Getting Divorced (No Rating)

Eating 30 Pancakes 5/5 stars
44"Celebrity; Batman"Jeffrey BlitzMarch 27, 2014 (2014-03-27)0.551[8]

Sleeping with a Celebrity 1/5 stars

Being Batman 4/5 stars
55"Best Friend; Space"Jeffrey BlitzApril 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)0.423[9]

Having a Best Friend 2.5/5 stars

Going into Space 5/5 stars
66"Road Rage; Orgy"Jeffrey BlitzApril 10, 2014 (2014-04-10)0.368[10]

Road Rage 1.5/5 stars

Being at a Sex Party/a Swinger 2/5 stars
77"Revenge; Getting Rich; Aching"Jeffrey BlitzApril 17, 2014 (2014-04-17)0.426[11]

Getting Revenge 1/5 stars

Getting Rich Quick 4/5 stars

'There All is Aching' 3/5 stars
88"Marry; Run; Party"Jeffrey BlitzApril 24, 2014 (2014-04-24)0.459[12]

Marrying a Stranger 5/5 stars

Running from the Law 1.5/5 stars

Being 'The Life of the Party' 3.5/5 stars
99"Quitting; Last Day; Irish"Jeffrey BlitzMay 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)0.438[13]

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)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
101"Brawl; Blackmail; Glory Hole"Jeffrey BlitzGavin StecklerJuly 30, 2015 (2015-07-30)0.257[14]

Bare-Knuckled Brawl 2.5/5 stars

Blackmail 1.5/5 stars

Glory Holes 4.5/5 stars
112"Curing Homosexuality; Mile High Club"Jeffrey BlitzAndy BlitzAugust 6, 2015 (2015-08-06)0.347[15]

Curing Homosexuality 2/5 stars

Mile High Club 3/5 stars
123"Falsely Accused; Sleep With Your Teacher; Little Person"Jeffrey BlitzLeo AllenAugust 13, 2015 (2015-08-13)0.282[16]

Falsely Accused 1/5 stars

Sleeping With Your Teacher 5/5 stars

Being a Little Person 3.5/5 stars
134"Cult; Perfect Body"Jeffrey BlitzKevin DorffAugust 20, 2015 (2015-08-20)0.278[17]

Leading a Cult 2/5 stars

Having the Perfect Body .5/5 stars
145"Catfish; Haunted House"Jeffrey BlitzJeffrey BlitzAugust 27, 2015 (2015-08-27)0.362[18]

Catfishing 3/5 stars

Haunted House 1/5 stars
156"William Tell; Grant A Wish; Rowboat"Jeffrey BlitzJessie CantrellSeptember 3, 2015 (2015-09-03)0.35[19]

William Tell 2/5 stars

Granting a Wish .5/5 stars

Rowboat .5/5 stars
167"Buried Alive; 6 Star Review; Public Speaking"Jeffrey BlitzStory by : Jessie Cantrell
Teleplay by : Gavin Steckler
September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)N/A

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
178"Murder; Magic 8 Ball; Procrastination"Jeffrey BlitzRich TalaricoSeptember 17, 2015 (2015-09-17)0.233[20]

Killing a Person (Vetoed)

Magic 8-Ball 1/5 stars

Procrastination (Vetoed)

Killing a Person .5/5 stars
189"Happiness; Pillow Fight; Imaginary Friend"Jeffrey BlitzAndy BlitzSeptember 24, 2015 (2015-09-24)0.229[21]

Happiness 3/5 stars

Pillow Fight 1/5 stars

Imaginary Friend 3/5 stars
1910"Conspiracy Theory"Jeffrey BlitzAndy DalyOctober 1, 2015 (2015-10-01)0.239[22]

Believing a Conspiracy .5/5 stars

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

Season 3 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
201"Locorito; Pet Euthanasia; Dream"Jeffrey BlitzAndy BlitzMarch 16, 2017 (2017-03-16)0.267[23]

Eating a Locorito 1/5 stars

Putting a Pet to Sleep 3/5 stars

Making Your Dream Come True 4/5 stars
212"Co-Host; Ass-Slap; Helen Keller; Forgiveness"Jeffrey BlitzJeffrey BlitzMarch 23, 2017 (2017-03-23)0.255[24]

Being a Co-Host .5/5 stars

Slapping a Stranger's Ass 0/5 stars (review unaccomplished; rating issued by A.J.)

Being Helen Keller 5/5 stars

Forgiveness 4/5 stars
223"Cryogenics; Lightning; Last Review"Jeffrey BlitzAndy DalyMarch 30, 2017 (2017-03-30)0.228[25]

Cryogenics 2/5 stars

Being Struck by Lightning 2.5/5 stars

Not Reviewing Anything Ever Again (Vetoed)

Being Pranked 5/5 stars

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