The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore: Season 1 (2015)

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The Nightly Show is distinguished from its political comedy forebears by host Larry Wilmore's mirthful insight and refreshing candor about race, making for a looser talk show program that affords viewers a generous helping of food for thought.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 115

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Air date: Jan 19, 2015

The premiere of a series covering current events and pop culture with former "Daily Show" correspondent Larry Wilmore features a discussion of Oscar nominations and protests in Ferguson, Mo., with Cory Booker, Bill Burr, Talib Kweli and Shenaz Treasury.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2015

A panel discussion of allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby with Jamilah Lemieux, Kathleen Madigan, Baratunde Thurston and Keith Robinson.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2015

A discussion of President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address with Jon Lovett, David Remnick, Amy Holmes and Godfrey.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2015

A discussion of U.S.-Cuba relations with John Leguizamo, Soledad O'Brien, Mauricio Claver-Carone and Mike Yard.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2015

A discussion of "American Sniper" with Matt Taibbi, Paul Rieckhoff, Sabrina Jalees and Nick Irving.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2015

A discussion of the measles outbreak with Holly Phillips, Judy Gold, Zoey O'Toole and Mike Yard.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2015

A discussion of political campaign contributions with Zephyr Teachout, David Webb, Hari Kondabolu and Ted Alexandro.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2015

A discussion of cheating in sports with Jake Tapper, Katie Nolan, Sherrod Small and Seaton Smith.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2015

Larry Wilmore discusses current events and pop culture with a panel of guests.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2015

Larry Wilmore discusses current events and pop culture with a panel of guests.

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Critic Reviews for The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

When they do connect - like his devastating bits on Bill Cosby and the "unblackening" of the White House post-Obama - they make a statement on media, politics, pop culture and race that no one else in television can.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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Fair or not, there aren't a lot of television programs that look like The Nightly Show. Wilmore's is taking that fact and running right at it.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

It's great to see somebody experimenting with what to do in those 22 or so minutes, even if it may take a little time to get all the wrinkles out.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…
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Wilmore was off to a good start Monday night -- a little muted, which is his style anyway, and a little tentative, as would be expected. But he landed some punches and clearly had more than a little fun.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The premiere of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Monday night was an entertaining look at a promising new show.

Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…

As for the host himself, what he brings to late night and the format in general, Wilmore's got it. I, for one, am in.

Jan 21, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though nothing about Wilmore's show is especially fresh, it might just be revolutionary.

Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…
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The Nightly Show seems consciously designed to laugh at the confusions and mystifications that ideological identities, left or right, trail in their wake.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The first episode was smart, a little bit edgy, intermittently hilarious and full of observations you wouldn't get from Stewart, Colbert or Maher.

Jan 21, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

He's got some work to do in the pacing of the table discussions, but Wilmore's sensibility is immediately relatable: common sense enlivened by a healthy dissatisfaction with the status quo.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Even though many aspects of the show are scripted, there's still a freshness to the panel discussions and Q-and-A sessions that always yield some surprises.

Jan 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The important thing is that Wilmore is a confident host, funny and engaged with the subject matter.

Jan 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore: Season 1

  • Apr 04, 2016
    Jokes aren't funny and the commentary is shallow.
  • Mar 21, 2016
    Proof of paid critics.
  • Jan 11, 2016
    He's sharp and edgy and really covers the topics.He's really good. I really hope the show will continue.
  • Dec 29, 2015
    So far, our favorite of the new generation of political comedy late night etc. Creative, bright, funny regulars, interesting guests, salient commentary.
  • Oct 29, 2015
    "Critics" give it 100% while the actual audience gives it 24%. That should tell you something.
  • Oct 24, 2015
    An awful addition to Comedy Central's late-night lineup.
  • Aug 13, 2015
    Entertaining, edgy and a refreshing change from the white themed and dominated entertainment news shows. I would give it 5 stars but the round table 'discussions' can fall flat occasionally. Maybe Wilmore's deadpan approach makes some wonder if he is serious or pulling your leg. In many cases it's both. While it may still be trying to find its zone, it is certainly an entertaining show that highlights issues that often make some people uncomfortable.
  • Jul 21, 2015
    Terrible. Larry Wilmore is one of the least funny people to ever be on Comedy Central and I'm including Carlos Mencia...how he got his own show and Lewis Black didn't proves that it's not worth working in the entertainment industry.
  • Jul 21, 2015
    Colbert was going to be a tough act to follow, and Larry Wilmore, host The Nightly Show, doesn't seem up to the task. The biggest problem with The Nightly Show is that it's trying far too hard to be a news program on a comedy network. The round table discussions fall flat, as the "expert" and the guest often are drowned out by the "comedian", and one of Larry's writers, both of whom I have no interest in hearing their opinions on various subjects. I can see a round table discussion on MSNBC or on CNN, I don't need to turn into Comedy Central to see one. Give her absence, one has to assume that writer and contributor Shenaz Treasury has already been sacked, in an effort to retool the show. But one of the biggest problems with the show is that Wilmore does not have the presence nor the personality to carry a show like this. He comes off as flat, his delivery ls limp, and he lacks the quick wit needed to go off script, especially in a round table format. Where Colbert led with comedy as his focus, The Nightly Show is attempting to be news in a comedy wrapper, and it simply doesn't work.
  • Jul 07, 2015
    The show got off to a rocky start and I now find it unwatchable. The character Wilmore played on The Daily Show was always funny, but now that he's just winging it, he's out of his element & having a different group of people that want to be famous & rich trying to fan the flames on the scandal of the day is not classy and certainly not funny. The critics seem obligated to give the show a positive review for what it represents, but you can't make me watch it.

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