Shark Tank: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)

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Season 1
Shark Tank

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The show might sound like prime entertainment material for business-loving audiences, but Shark Tank ultimately suffers from a lack of drama and charisma, especially from the judges.

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Episodes

Air date: Aug 9, 2009

Budding entrepreneurs work to persuade a panel of tycoons to invest in their business proposals in return for a percentage of equity in the company. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Aug 16, 2009

An inner-city teacher tries to sell the Sharks on his unique way to get children to learn; the owner of a gourmet food business watches the Sharks fight for a piece of the action; an astonishing offer is made for one life-saving idea. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Aug 23, 2009

An entrepreneurial novice makes a less-than-stellar presentation to the sharks; a father-son duo pitches a proposal for a revolutionary new musical product. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Aug 30, 2009

An entrepreneur originally from Ghana wants an investment for an Internet business; a man from California wants to franchise his graffiti-removal business. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Sep 6, 2009

Three of the sharks make a deal for an innovative Internet company, but before the deal can be sealed, a battle ensues and one of the sharks is ousted. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Sep 13, 2009

A young Chicago entrepreneur plays hardball with the sharks while seeking funding for an innovative Internet business. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Sep 29, 2009

A housewife from Charleston, S.C., charms the male sharks; a college student pitches a product made from soy that he creates in his mother's kitchen. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Oct 6, 2009

A young entrepreneur's overconfidence could blow a deal with the sharks; Kevin O'Leary follows an entrepreneur out of the Shark Tank to get the last word after being outbid by another shark. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Oct 13, 2009

A veterinarian's product claims to prevent cancer in pets; virtual arcade; a Texas designer pitches a line of fashionable clothing for women. --(C) ABC

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Air date: Oct 20, 2009

A man wants an investment from the sharks to create an extension of his already successful business; a urologist has an unusual business proposal. --(C) ABC

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Tv Season Info

Series 1 sees contestants present business ideas to five multimillionaires, who will either invest or pass.

Critic Reviews for Shark Tank Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

"Shark Tank" works because the panelists are personable and focused and the format lets them develop personalities.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

There's minimal room for us to empathize because the upshot of each business pitch - either a grim "I'm out'' from each investor or some hastily configured deal - tells us little about whether anyone has actually won or lost.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Brisk, sharp and surprisingly emotional for what essentially is a series of venture-capital-investment interviews.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the rewarmed concept, the bad set, the cheap voice-over and almost everything else, Mark Burnett still knows how to do one thing really well: Find ordinary people who are uniquely qualified to hold forth in front of the camera.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Some viewers will find "Shark Tank" entertainingly sadistic; for others, the possibility that it might succeed (seemingly remote) will be a veritable crying shame.

Nov 4, 2019 | Full Review…

There isn't much action here, and the sniping between the judges - none of whom particularly stand out - seems contrived to drum up what little drama exists on "Shark Tank."

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The cleverest part of the show is that it makes the judges into contestants; they compete against one another for the right to invest in a business.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

So is "Shark Tank" cathartic, or merely depressing? Perhaps appropriately, it's a little of both.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

His adaptation of the Dragon's Den format into ABC's Shark Tank definitely does work, and has actually improved on the original series while retaining everything that works.

Mar 26, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The show's look is too inert.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Shark Tank may not be for everyone, but business-savvy viewers are likely to find it quite entertaining.

Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shark Tank: Season 1

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