Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)

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Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge

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While this variety show's quirky contestants probably aren't impressive enough to make it to the Big Time, Steve Harvey's magnanimous hosting style keeps things buoyant.

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 11, 2003

The series pilot of the variety show includes a tween James Brown impersonator and a washing-machine escape artist.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2003

Featured: a 5-year-old wrestling fan; a woman who can mimic 261 different dog barks; and a "snake man."

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Air date: Sep 25, 2003

Featured: a kid who's an NFL fanatic; a fitness instructor who breaks boards; a penny-pincher.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2003

Acts include a man who calls himself a "human straw," a 3-year-old singer and an award-winning collard-greens eater.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2003

Featured: a 4-year-old hip-hop dancer; chicken imitators; an alligator wrestler and his 8-foot-long opponent.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2003

Featured acts include young film critics and a "trombone dancer." Also: whip tricks.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2003

Featured: a man who does impressions of rap singers; a father-son elk-calling team; a 170-lb. strongman.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2003

Featured: a man who carries tables with his teeth; a physics instructor who demonstrates unusual science experiments; and a man who sucks milk up his nose.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2003

Featured: stunts with beer cans; a Texas hypnotist; twin belly dancers and their reptilian partners.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2003

Included: "Rubber Boy," the "Yo-Yo Kid" and people who do unusual things with their teeth.

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Critic Reviews for Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

As the only variety-talk show in prime time, Steve Harvey's Big Time gains points for being different. It racks up even more for being a good time.

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A gifted and hilarious comedian, Harvey proves here that he has an almost Carson-like ability to relate to the common folks... Harvey's charm, however, does not mean that anyone will want to watch his show over an extended period of time.

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It's strange and funny, but nowhere near as disturbing as any of the shows that veer toward exploitation; this is actually good, clean fun.

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There is a throwback charm to Harvey's half-hour variety show that seeks to highlight ordinary folk with extraordinary talent.

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It is slight stuff, but irresistible, grounded as it is in the valuable old idea that in America, the least of us, and the least conventional, represent the best of us.

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Whether the variety format has any life left in it is still an open question, but Mr. Harvey himself is a model of mischief and vivacity.

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As poorly named as it is pointless.

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Big Time is at least different. Some viewers will find it evocative of oldies like Real People and That's Incredible, but there's nothing else like it in prime time now.

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A better admonition for viewers of all ages: Don't watch until Harvey and WB figure out whether they are trying to do a variety show or an amateur hour.

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Through his personality and the, ahem, talents of his guests, Harvey's show gently entertains -- big time.

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