Better Late than Never: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Better Late than Never

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 60

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Air date: Aug 23, 2016
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Air date: Sep 13, 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…
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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…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Better Late than Never: Season 1

  • Mar 21, 2019
    Four baby boomers travel the world, engaging in tired "hilarious" antics while reminding Americans why they are the worst generation, and reminding the world why they hate Americans.
  • Jan 20, 2018
    I LOVE this show!!!! Delightful and funny! More please!!!
  • Jan 12, 2018
    There's a bit of confusion in its reality-ness. It seems the makers could not make up their minds.. And I can't decide if this was funny or not. I know for sure that I'm wasting some time. If you're a friend, take my advice, read the green tomato reviews, if you're white trash and stupid...ENJOY!
  • Sep 18, 2016
    This show is HILARIOUS for all ages. My mom and I first saw it together and were crying laughing. The whole family has started watching it. I love that they have little facts about each place they visit and seeing all of the countries is fascinating. The cast is perfect together the banter and dynamics is magical. Definitely my new favorite show.
  • Sep 16, 2016
    Good, old fashioned fun. Five guys who know how to entertain are kind enough to bring us along on a personal and emotional journey. Had high hopes for the show and those hopes were far exceeded.
  • Sep 06, 2016
    With so much sadness in the world, this sitcom egnites giggles and light hearted fun laughter.
  • Aug 31, 2016
    non-stop funny, no matter if it's deadpan, croaking, or zenny.
  • Aug 27, 2016
    Just plain fun. Especially if you're in the same age bracket!
  • Aug 24, 2016
    This was fun and funny. These guys laughed together...a lot, and shared aloud many things that us commoners find interesting or challenging when travelling. I liked it a lot and look forward to more hilarious moments with the guys.
  • Aug 23, 2016
    Thought this show would be Lame! But after watching Episode 1, The Comedy and The Facts about the Locations make the show enjoyable. And my Summer's Must-Watch Show!

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