Review: Seasons 1 and 2

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Comedies have an important choice to make when they begin: will everything essentially reset at the end of each episode (a la The Simpsons) or will the choices characters make in one episode impact their lives in future episodes (a la BoJack Horseman)? Comedies can be great in either format, but only comedies that choose the latter can be truly transcendent.

Review is one of those transcendent shows. Review is a show that follows Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) as he reviews life experiences. Some are minor tasks (“What’s it like to eat 15 pancakes?”) while others are much more dire (“What’s it like to get a divorce?”). Sometimes, an episode can run that entire gamut, like “Pancakes, Divorce, Pancakes” did in its first season.

Forrest MacNeil is bound by the rules of his show, though, and he must review every question that’s asked of him. (Well, until Season 2, when he smartly adds two vetoes. But will he use them properly?) It’s due to this commitment to his program that Review is able to rise above most other comedies and become one of the smartest, funniest, and most daring shows on television.

Andy Daly is one of the funniest people in the world, and he’s found a team of writers that give him the ability to prove this to the world. Review is one of my absolute favorite shows on TV, one of the most entertaining half hours of television you can watch each week, and worth your time. Stick with the show and watch Forrest’s life fall off the rails, one episode at a time.