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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 14, 2018
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  • Summary: The hour-long comedic talk show with the Saturday Night Live alumni and Adam Eget features interviews with Drew Barrymore, Chevy Chase, David Letterman, Jane Fonda, Michael Keaton, Lorne Michaels, Billy Joe Shaver, Judy Sheindlin, M. Night Shyamalan, and David Spade.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 14, 2018
    80
    I’ve watched four episodes, and every one of them is hugely entertaining and frequently surprising.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Sep 12, 2018
    75
    “Love” seems like a strong word, but there’s a lot to enjoy here. Norm Macdonald Has a Show is a very meticulous mess, built with the opposite of frills.
  3. 40
    For fans of Macdonald’s comedy, this will feel right in his wheelhouse. But it’s hard to get away from the sense that Macdonald doesn’t particularly care, and that he is its only intended audience.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 14, 2018
    40
    Fonda’s guest appearance is head-and-shoulders the best of the four I’ve seen. In fact, Episode 1, with David Spade featured, is so excruciatingly bad that you’re better off skipping it entirely. ... If you’re a Norm Macdonald fanatic, and there likely aren’t very many of those, it’s best to watch this show while you still can.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 12, 2018
    30
    It’s incredibly frustrating to watch a comic once defined by his sharp commentary wander so aimlessly through this show just because he can. Even if the question of how Macdonald got this show is easily answered, the question of why anyone outside he and his diehards fans should bother with it never is.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 13, 2018
    10
    Norm Macdonald Has a Show, his new Netflix series, is pretty terrible. It's labor-intensive to get through. In the moments when it's disastrously bad, you wonder if that's the joke; given that Macdonald is notoriously adherent to anti-jokes and anti-stories as a conceit, it's at least a possibility. But no. ... Norm Macdonald Has a Show is a painful thing to watch.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    For someone who describes himself as a chunk of coal, Norm MacDonald is more akin to a diamond. In some magical way he manages to reach newFor someone who describes himself as a chunk of coal, Norm MacDonald is more akin to a diamond. In some magical way he manages to reach new depths of interesting tidbits with his guests - in half the time compared to his previous show 'Norm MacDonald Live'. The show is messy, disorganised and wild but in many ways this only adds to its blatant charm, homeliness and genuine warmth as opposed to so much we place before our eyes today. The show has an old talk-show vibe in many ways, no cutaways, no elaborate hi-jinks - just Norm, his sidekick Adam and the guest of the show talking about whatever and whenever. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    The Norm MacDonald Has A Show Show is the best talk show on Netflix, If you like Norm you'll like this show, if you don't like Norm you'llThe Norm MacDonald Has A Show Show is the best talk show on Netflix, If you like Norm you'll like this show, if you don't like Norm you'll still like this show, can this show be better than it is? You can't top perfection. Expand
  3. Job
    Sep 19, 2018
    10
    This is an excellent show, filled with genuine and entertaining conversation.

    The bad critic reviews are nothing more than lock-step
    This is an excellent show, filled with genuine and entertaining conversation.

    The bad critic reviews are nothing more than lock-step politics. These reviewers are spending less time servicing the public than they are servicing their own careers. They think they'll be rewarded for jumping on the anti-Norm campaign due to his recent "bad think" comments. It really is disgusting, and each of these reviewers needs to be taken to task.

    Anyway. Great show. There are thoughtful moments, little islands in a sea of comedy. Norm has a way of changing the subject and keeping his guests authentic, as opposed to allowing them to go into contrived and overly rehearsed bits we've all heard so many times before. Instead, we get a wonderful glimpse into actual personalities and viewpoints.
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  4. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    Most critics are reviewing this show poorly because of Norm's politics and his hate for political correctness. The Daily Beast wrote thatMost critics are reviewing this show poorly because of Norm's politics and his hate for political correctness. The Daily Beast wrote that Michelle Wolf's show was "great" (even though full episodes were put on YouTube before being cancelled altogether) while Norm's was "terrible." I highly recommend this show to anyone since it has 10 episodes each with a different guest so there's something for everyone not to mention it is hysterical! This is a talk show that does not need politics or silly bits. It is just one-on-one discussions (with Adam Egret) that transform into something special. Expand
  5. Sep 16, 2018
    10
    The old chunk of coal doest it again, if you liked the podcast, you probably will not be disappointed, I have just one complaint: Lose the douchebag
  6. Sep 14, 2018
    9
    This is a fine show, a nugget of coarse gold from the Canadian hills, back before the strip mines took over. Norm suitably confuses, provokes,This is a fine show, a nugget of coarse gold from the Canadian hills, back before the strip mines took over. Norm suitably confuses, provokes, teases, flatters, and torments his guests. Some, like Letterman, stagger out wanting only to forget, or to find the relative sanity of the nearest cathouse. Others are invigorated, like a man fresh from taking a shave. As close to his Youtube show as he can get without offending the aspiring, if nervous, producers at Netflix. Only took off a star because the set is less cozy that on Youtube, it's dark and looks like a back room college bar. Avromi Egress, of course, laughs too loud and generally is treated like the sidekick / scapegoat that his face declares he is. Expand
  7. Sep 18, 2018
    0
    It seems that the media are becoming increasingly out of touch with the vast majority of the people with whom they're trying to communicate.It seems that the media are becoming increasingly out of touch with the vast majority of the people with whom they're trying to communicate. While praising "post-funny" TED-talks as the new "comedy" and snubbing their elitist noses at anything that isn't ideologically harmonious with their own, the basis upon which their critiques are founded become less and less objective. This is yet another example. Norm states what he truly thinks in an interview; it isn't what Norm's supposed to think; therefore, Norm's new show is objectively bad. Most people who enjoy getting true insight into their favourite celebrities' personalities over vacuous performative presentations will disagree with them. Those who like laughter with their comedy will also beg to differ.

    As the champagne snobbery set slides further into irrelevance, I'll be enjoying Norm for as long as it lasts...while also casting myself as direct competition for Adam Egret, offering my services for TEN DOLLARS A MAN. What's Egret thinking, 15 dollars a man?! That guy's a real jerk.
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