The Gong Show: Season 1 (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Gong Show is an irreverent, satisfying alternative to the polished inspirational aesthetic favored by other TV talent shows.


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Critic Reviews for The Gong Show Season 1

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They're probably going to take away my TV critic credentials for saying this, but I actually liked the first episode in ABC's revival of The Gong Show.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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The show isn't much different from the 1970s original, which means it's perfect for those who think a couple spitting banana pieces into each other's mouth is just as entertaining as some teenager belting out a Whitney Houston song.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Welcome all cheeky monkeys, and hairy apes as well, to ABC's very live-wire remake of The Gong Show.

Jun 22, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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I found The Gong Show much more amusing to watch than NBC's America's Got Talent. Where Arnett has done well as a producer is in booking many engagingly eccentric acts.

Jun 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The overall ridiculousness wears thin at times, but viewers looking to see something "different" will definitely hit paydirt.

Jun 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Their rating system is unpredictable; what some score as 10, others rate as zero. Not that any of it matters, which is why this may be fun: at least they realize it too.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

It's actually too big. The original Gong Show was 30 minutes; at an hour, it's a bit much to sit through.

Jun 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The contestants on the pilot episode mostly do what one would want Gong Show contestants to do. Some are funny. Some are awful. And there's laughing to be done.

Jun 23, 2017 | Full Review…

For viewers who preferred the days of William Hung's lambasted American Idol audition, Gong might be a breath of cynically fresh air.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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