Middleditch & Schwartz: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Middleditch & Schwartz

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A brilliant series of specials sure to spark all kinds of joy, Middleditch & Schwartz is a masterclass in improv comedy.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 135

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 21, 2020

Ben and Thomas pantomime an unusual wedding with prompts from the active audience, including a romantic tale, a parking lot tryst, and music festival mishaps.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2020

Class is in session as the comedians fill their roster with aliens and law students.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2020

After an audience member details his strange interview, Ben and Thomas act out hiring processes gone awry.

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Critic Reviews for Middleditch & Schwartz Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

"Middleditch & Schwartz" captures the spirit of improv across its three episodes, in watching two friends crack each other up, find a narrative together, and show off their shared knack for characters, voices, and comedy.

May 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Most comedy specials arrive fully formed. "Middleditch & Schwartz" gives you the joy of working things out together.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Middleditch & Schwartz is a perfect storm of eccentric audience members, well-timed improv, and charm that instantly draws viewers in and makes them really feel like they're a part of something.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Each of these specials, a little less than one hour long, are full of some of the biggest, most consistent, and most frequent bouts of laughter I've had in a long time.

May 12, 2020 | Full Review…

These are tiny nitpicks in what are otherwise excellent performances by two of the great improvisers of their generation.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Middleditch & Schwartz are brilliant in this back & forth improv dance that will leave you wanting more. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is organic, unexpected, and often reveals glimmers of genius.

Apr 24, 2020 | Full Review…

There's joy to be found in watching these two-with their fantastic chemistry, surprisingly grounded performances and shared lunacy in storytelling-giddily escape the peril of on-stage failure.

Apr 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If actors believe comedy is hard, then improv comedy is harder. Translating a live improv comedy show to a TV audience? That's double-diamond difficulty. And Middleditch and Schwartz are among comedy's moguls.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Schwartz and Middleditch share the type of effortless comedic chemistry that only develops after years of performances.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Two brilliant improv comedians doing what they do best, making the world laugh.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

These are two incredible improv comedians at what may be the peak of their talents, and it's a pleasure to watch them work.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Middleditch & Schwartz: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    All these rave reviews only go to show how low our comedy standards have become. I got about halfway through the parking lot wedding sketch (don't tell me that the people who prompted that weren't a setup). It was just plain stupid. Real improv involves people re-inventing themselves into whole new characters. OK, I'm an old guy and I still remember Nichols and May. These are just two guys laughing and mugging at their own stale jokes. Waste of time.
  • Dec 16, 2020
    This is cruise ship level humor. Not likeable especially Middleditch
  • Nov 16, 2020
    My God I NEEEEEEEEEEED more episodes. These two souls are just funny and talented. Please make more STAT !
  • Sep 01, 2020
    Does a sensational job of capturing the energy and atmosphere of live improv and the chemistry, wit and ingenuity of Middleditch and Schwartz is addictive and joyous to watch.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    one of my favorite comedy specials ever. had me in tears half the time. i cannot recommend it more
  • Jul 21, 2020
    Never a dull moment with these two improv gems! Their ability to commit to the moment no-matter-what was refreshing and thrilling all at once! There are many moments of pure, laugh out loud cackles. A joy to watch!
  • Jul 17, 2020
    F**k hilarious, amazing, their stories are batsh*t crazy. Can't wait for season 2. Hopefully it happens.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Evocative of old-school Who's Line is it Anyway but building up far more complex scenarios, Middleditch & Schwartz is sure to entice any lover of improv comedy with its stars' quick wits and solid timing.
  • Jul 16, 2020
    My favorite entertainment of any kind this year. This isn't just funny it DELIGHTS you in the fullest sent of the word
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Rating: 8/10. 83/100

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