Rhythm + Flow: Season 1 Reviews

June 11, 2020
Netflix may have just found their hidden gem with Rhythm & Flow -- the newest, and maybe most delightful rap reality show ever. It's funny, charming, socially conscious, and surprisingly well-structured.
June 11, 2020
In comparison, shows like X Factor and The Voice have never looked so tired.
June 11, 2020
In questions like these lie the tensions that make Rhythm + Flow irresistible, even as the rap competition recycles American Idol's clichés.
June 11, 2020
More than Idol and X-Factor, Rhythm + Flow affirms how sacrificial a life in the music industry is, particularly the precariousness of rap as an outlet for black and brown people.
June 11, 2020
Overall, Rhythm + Flow is an essential watch, offering catchy vibrancy for the hip-hop heads, and incisive representations for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 11, 2020
Rhythm + Flow is great, zero-calorie reality television.
Top Critic
June 11, 2020
That the show is still a load of fun is the exact miracle that hip-hop, like most forms of black American pop before it, was always tooled to accomplish.
February 12, 2020
The episodes I watched never tried to make the show for everyone. This is not hip-hop 101, but a competition immersed in a genre that is thriving but hasn't been centered enough in reality TV.
November 2, 2019
Despite the show's seductive glamour and the steady focus on the prize money, it celebrates music and images on the right-minded tip.
October 25, 2019
Rhythm + Flow offers a strong new take on reality television music competitions for even the most jaded viewers.
October 24, 2019
Edgy hip-hop talent competition has cursing, strong lyrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2019
While the ways in which Rhythm + Flow differentiates itself from its musical competition predecessors are minor, they are enough to render the series so.
October 21, 2019
Rhythm + Flow's lean 10-episode run... certainly makes the singing shows of old feel bloated and obsolete.
October 10, 2019
There's some real talent in this initial episode, and what we really love is that no one is telling them that they have the stuff to be a star, like we sometimes hear on other shows.
October 10, 2019
Filled with top tier guests... Rhythm + Flow aims to be the unvarnished search for a Hip Hop superstar and mostly succeeds.
October 9, 2019
The magic of songwriting suffuses every episode. TV may be saturated with music competitions, but Rhythm + Flow is one of a kind.
October 9, 2019
It makes older talent shows look outdated beyond repair, as if they are still on the hunt for Britain's Next Vaudeville Superstar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2019
For Rhythm + Flow to disregard many of the alternative artists who appeared on the show disservices them and makes the series appear a bit out of touch.
October 9, 2019
Rhythm + Flow is standard-issue in its format and structure, but the personalities of the hosts and contestants keep it engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 2, 2019
Even if "Rhythm + Flow" were half as entertaining as it is, the Cardi Show at least makes for some incredible television.