The Complete Ranking of Review's Reviews

The Comedy Central series aired its last episode one year ago today

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The Complete Ranking of <i>Review</i>'s Reviews

One year ago today, Comedy Central aired the last episode of Review, a brilliantly bizarre and dark mockumentary-style comedy series like none other, starring unsung funnyman Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil, a critic who dedicated himself to reviewing life itself. Though the cult-favorite show didn’t make enough ratings noise to last beyond three seasons, it made an indelible impression on those viewers fortunate enough to be aware of it, including a couple of us here at Paste. Last year, we took it upon ourselves to rank all 49 of Review’s reviews that had aired to that point, and this year, in honor of the anniversary of the series’ grand finale, we’ve finally gotten around to finishing what we started: ranking Review in full.

This endeavor, like its predecessor before it, gives us an excuse to revisit Daly and Jeffrey Blitz’s criminally under-watched show—”television’s only show,” as Forrest quipped in its final episode—and to offer those of you who have not yet dabbled in its insanity an exhaustive primer on its many highs and slightly-less-highs. Below, you’ll find our ranking of all 58 of the show’s reviews, executed by Daly’s intrepid (to the point of being tragic) life critic Forrest MacNeil in the course of his TV show within the TV show, all the way from stealing to being pranked.

Like last time, a brief note on our approach: Review’s reviews are ranked here by general entertainment value, as well as by how well they fit into the show as a whole while still functioning as self-contained stories. Each review is reviewed on Forrest’s patented five-star scale, for which we will hopefully not be sued—to be clear, this entire show is amazing, so these ratings are solely relative to the show’s other reviews. Vetoed reviews (“Procrastination,” for instance) aren’t ranked out of respect for Forrest’s wishes. Lastly, reviews within reviews, like when Forrest is asked to review getting kicked in the balls while reviewing what it’s like to give a six-star review, fall under the umbrellas of their containing reviews.

Now, without any further ado, let’s review these reviews. (Be warned: Spoilers abound from this point forward.)

58. Pillow Fight (Season 2, Episode 9)

At this point in the show’s second season, Forrest is in prison while awaiting his murder trial. The joke here is merely that his prison-yard pillow fight quickly devolves into a violent affair—“a twisted bloodsport in disguise”—but at least there’s some fun physical comedy in the execution of that simplistic idea, and Forrest’s enthusiasm about the showdown is amusingly misguided.

Review Review Review: One star.

57. Hunting (Season 1, Episode 2)

This review, from very early in the show’s run, is a fun, if forgettable example of just how blithely bad Forrest can be at his job. Though he wisely enlists the help of his father-in-law, played by a game (no pun intended) Fred Willard (Best in Show), Forrest is woefully unprepared for his hunting trip. But he goes anyway, “for the sake of human understanding,” and gets mauled by a tiger for his trouble.

Review Review Review: One and a half stars.

56. Getting Rich Quick (Season 1, Episode 7)

Forrest’s efforts to get rich quick put him in the sights of a faux-Tony Robbins type who hosts a financial self-help seminar. Though Forrest’s work on Review has put a hurting on his finances, he shells out nearly two grand to get in the door, only to learn that the seminar’s big secret is attendees need to come up with a million-dollar idea for themselves. Forrest’s ignorance of that results in his stealing one from another attendee at the last minute, which goes about as smoothly as you would imagine. “I’m beginning to think nothing will ever go well for you, Forrest,” remarks his airheaded co-host A.J. Gibbs (Megan Stevenson, Franklin & Bash). As her observation suggests, “Getting Rich Quick” is fun, but mostly just redundant.

Review Review Review: One and a half stars.

55. Having a Best Friend (Season 1, Episode 5)

Unfortunately for Forrest, “Having a Best Friend” is not an experience he is in any position to speak to. Like so much of this show, this review is ballasted with sadness, as Forrest’s efforts to befriend his neighbor Gene (Antoine McKay, Empire) reveal his loneliness and general emotional devastation after his unwilling divorce. Forrest’s catty competition with Carlos (Carlos Sanz, Crank), Gene’s actual best friend, is the highlight of this segment, as their supremely petty “friend-off” finds Forrest resorting to bribery (and overlooking the only actual friend that he has). As always, Forrest’s pain is our gain.

Review Review Review: One and a half stars.

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