Review with Myles Barlow

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Review with Myles Barlow
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First DVD Released
GenreBlack comedy, Satire
Created byPhil Lloyd
Developed byPhil Lloyd
Written byPhil Lloyd, Trent O'Donnell
Directed byTrent O'Donnell
Presented byPhil Lloyd (as Myles Barlow)
StarringPhil Lloyd (as Myles Barlow)
Narrated byPhil Lloyd
Theme music composerMatt Blackman
Composer(s)Trevor Bell, Cameron Bruce, Matt Blackman
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Megan Harding
Producer(s)Dean Bates
Production location(s)Sydney, Australia
Editor(s)Reuben Field
Running time30 minutes (excluding commercials)
Production company(s)Starchild Productions
Original networkABC2
ABC1 The Christmas Special
Picture format576i SDTV
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 October 2008 –
22 December 2010
Related showsReview (2014–2017)
External links

Review with Myles Barlow is an Australian satirical black comedy television series which screened on Thursday nights on ABC2 and Friday nights on ABC 1. The series began screening on 16 October 2008. It is co-written and directed by Trent O'Donnell and also co-written by Phil Lloyd. It is produced by Starchild Productions (Dean Bates and Reuben Field). The first series comprised six half-hour episodes and the second series a further six half-hour episodes. Episodes were made available for download on the ABC website. Series 1 episodes have been available to watch on-demand on YouTube.[1] Series 2 began airing on ABC2 on 22 July 2010 and finished on 26 August 2010. A Christmas special was broadcast on ABC1 on 22 December 2010.


Myles Barlow is a critic who reviews life experiences in response to viewer questions.[2] Barlow reviews real-life experiences such as being a murderer and a drug-mule, the rush of pleasure as he pays for sex and the bleakness of living on the streets.[3]

Regular segments include "Letter of the Week" along with a summary of the show at the beginning and highlights of the next episode which do not actually reflect the actual episode contents.

Myles uses often unnecessarily complex metaphors to conclude each segment, choosing an abstract notion or object and then comparing his experience to it. For example; when reviewing stealing, he had this to say:


Stealing is a reprehensible, dishonest act of exhilaration and daring. And, like a staircase leading to the top of a never-ending lighthouse, it can quickly spiral out of control. The higher I climbed, the more giddy I became. And once I'd stolen the light bulb itself, I stumbled about in an orgy of kleptomania as ships of moral decency came to grief on the rocks below. Embracing anarchy and ignoring morality became frighteningly normal, causing me to chuckle callously at the poor shipwrecked sailors trying to clamber up the cliffs of consequence while I soared to freedom high above them on a hang-glider of corruption. Luckily for me, I was able to evade punishment. But Krystal, if you do give in to this spine-tingling thrill ride and steal Renee's boyfriend, be warned that the pilfering may not stop there. Stealing is an iniquity of unexpected excitement, which is why I'm giving it three stars.

Each episode ends with a faux-"Next Time" segment.

List of episodes[edit]

Note: Bolded reviews are primary review segments, unbolded reviews are short "breaker" reviews.

Series One (2008)[edit]

Episode 1 (16 October)[edit]

  • Stealing: 3/5 stars
  • Running out your partner: 1/5 stars
  • Dickheads: 4/5 stars
  • Bushranging: 1/5 stars
  • Risk: 4/5 stars

Episode 2 (23 October)[edit]

  • Murder: .5/5 stars
  • Fishing without bait: .5/5 stars
  • Self Belief: 1/5 stars
  • Lying: 3.5/5 stars
  • Divorce: 1/5 stars

Episode 3 (30 October)[edit]

  • Voyeurism: 2/5 stars
  • Budget Airlines: 1/5 stars
  • Vanity: 2/5 stars
  • Being a rock star: 4/5 stars
  • Heroism: 3/5 stars

Episode 4 (6 November)[edit]

  • Criticism: 2.5/5 stars
  • Open heart surgery: 3.5/5 stars
  • Inter-generational Romance: 3/5 stars
  • Losing one's train of thought: 1.5/5 stars
  • Betrayal: 1/5 stars

Episode 5 (13 November)[edit]

  • Paying for Sex: 2/5 stars
  • Sex with a Male Prostitute: 1/5 stars
  • Regret: .5/5 stars
  • Freeloading: 3/5 stars
  • Meeting Your Ex-Wife's New Partner: 0/5 stars
  • Destitution: 4/5 stars

Episode 6 (20 November)[edit]

  • Stress: 1.5/5 stars
  • Disappointing Others: 1/5 stars
  • Testing Loyalty: 2/5 stars
  • Bare-knuckle Boxing: 3.5/5 stars
  • Reconciliation: Unable to be reviewed

Logie Awards of 2009[edit]

  • Logies: 4/5 stars

Presented as a segment as part of the telecast of the Logies.

Series Two (2010)[edit]

Episode 1 (22 July)[edit]

  • Wanderlust: 1/5 stars
  • The Pill: 1/5 stars
  • Addiction: 2/5 stars
  • Saint Bernard Rescue Dogs: 1/5 stars
  • Starting Your Own Cult: 2/5 stars

Episode 2 (29 July)[edit]

Episode 3 (5 August)[edit]

Episode 4 (12 August)[edit]

  • Imitation: 1.5/5 stars
  • Being Molested by a professional rugby league footballer: 2/5 stars
  • Hatred: 1/5 stars
  • Pet Llamas: 1.5/5 stars
  • Justice: 1/5 stars

Episode 5 (19 August)[edit]

  • Treechange: 4/5 stars
  • Throwing a Pair of Shoes over a Power Line: 4/5 stars
  • Art: 2/5 stars
  • French Restaurant Runners: 3/5 stars
  • Sympathy: 4/5 stars

Episode 6 (26 August)[edit]

  • Happiness: 2/5 stars
  • Office Cricket: 2.5/5 stars
  • Escapism: 2/5 stars
  • Road Kill Sandwich: 1/5 stars
  • Acceptance: 4/5 stars

The Christmas Special[edit]

  • Summer Hosts: 1/5 stars
  • Giving: 4/5 stars
  • Competitive Christmas Lights: 3/5 stars
  • Indulgence: 2/5 stars
  • Re-gifting: 2.5/5 stars
  • Christmas Spirit: 2/5 stars

Guest stars[edit]


On 6 August 2010, the sketch "Killing Kyle Sandilands" caused controversy after it aired. Parts of the sketch, including stabbing a picture and burning an effigy of Kyle Sandilands, were received with negative views. A Current Affair did a story on the sketch, commenting that it was far too graphic and potentially dangerous. Sandilands himself did not comment on the segment.[4][5]


A Dutch adaptation premiered in the Netherlands.

An American television adaptation, titled Review, premiered in March 2014 on Comedy Central. On the series' final episode, Phil Lloyd appeared, playing a viewer asking what would be the last question of the program.


  1. ^ YouTube - Review with Myles Barlow[dead link]
  2. ^ "Review with Myles Barlow - TV Reviews - TV & Radio - Entertainment". Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Review With Myles Barlow - ABC2 Television Guide". 16 October 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Entertainment news - celebrity headlines". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  5. ^ staff writers (6 August 2010). "ABC laughs off killing Kyle Sandilands joke". Retrieved 26 February 2014.

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