Better Late than Never: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Better Late Than Never's wayward travelers offer up enough personality and surprisingly sincere moments to buoy the show's all too familiar shenanigans.


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Air date: Aug 23, 2016
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What's life without five-star hotels, limos and personal assistants?! Okay, so that may be life for most folks, but for many veteran celebrities it's a distant memory—and, thus, explains the concept of this fish-out-of-water reality series, which chronicles the adventures of famed travelers backpacking their way through foreign lands. In this, the first season, that means Terry Bradshaw, George Foreman, William Shatner and Henry Winkler hobnobbing their way through Asia with comedian Jeff Dye. The adventures include, in Japan, navigating Tokyo's labyrinth-like train station and visiting a geisha house in Kyoto; learning dance moves from a K-pop group in South Korea; and celebrating Bradshaw's 67th birthday in Thailand, where they also tour an elephant sanctuary.

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Critic Reviews for Better Late than Never Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

Better Late Than Never is a surprisingly delightful (albeit ridiculous) late-summer entry for NBC...

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Better Late Than Never leans hard on stereotypes, it turns out to be a warm, funny and generally inoffensive road trip in which both sides come off as sometimes confused but generally well-meaning.

Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

On paper this seemed as though it could be a bit of fun. In execution, it's labored and way over-cooked.

Aug 18, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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It's... painfully obvious that the series is scripted. You can see and hear where pithy comments are dropped in during post-production.

Sep 1, 2016 | Full Review…

You might be surprised how much you enjoy the trip -- and your travel companions.

Aug 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Fun male bonding travel reality sends aging stars overseas.

Aug 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's definitely not the lowest common denominator version of this show and I was relieved by that, but its aspirations are limited.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

It is possibly not the worst thing to plug into the lazy, hazy, waning days of summer - I mean, I can see its appeal to other people -- as current events melt your mind and before everything gets busy again.

Aug 22, 2016 | Full Review…

What makes the concept work, or at least sporadically fun, is the easy banter among the players -- foremost among them Shatner, who is, at 85, the group's eldest member -- and the sheer audacity of the premise.

Aug 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Underneath the show's planned shenanigans, the four men display fascinating, distinct personalities.

Aug 22, 2016 | Full Review…
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