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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Mary Lou Quinlan, Matt Gallant, Doug Hall
  • Summary: This American Idol-like competition (not surprisingly, from the producers of American Idol) pits amateur "inventors" and their creations against one another in a multi-week competition. At least there's no singing.
  • Genre(s): Health & Lifestyle, Game Show, Tech & Gaming
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. 75
    The audition segments are mostly hilarious.
  2. I was often moved by the dedication and heart on display.
  3. 50
    Despite all its contrived reality melodrama, ''American Inventor" features a steady stream of entertainingly kooky and cool creations.
  4. A bloated disappointment that spends more time on the judges than the inventors and their inventions.
  5. 25
    [A] cheesy carnival of reality TV.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    At almost every level, "American Inventor" is over-produced.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    "American Inventor," ... is unspeakably awful, and makes not just a travesty of the type of television that "American Idol" so dramatically popularized, but an unintentional parody of it as well.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 7 out of 16
  1. brendaf
    Sep 25, 2006
    the next under-rated show to come out on top!
  2. alfredc
    Apr 15, 2006
    it's ientertaining, but has very bad timing, it's facing off with smaville or supernatural, the show can't possibley believe it can beat smallville or supernatural , it's not even in the running if it tries to compare itself to those 2 shows. people have history with those shows. Expand
  3. Larry
    Aug 25, 2007
    I honestly do not see why it is so underrated, i mean isn't watching people introduce cruddy inventions funny?
  4. Keith
    Mar 27, 2006
    There are genuine inventors with great ideas, and then you have your oddball personalities that are an embarrassment to themselves and America. Perhaps the producers tried to make this too honest of a reality show. It makes Americans seem so desperate and foolish - but maybe that's the idea that Fox wants perpetrated into the average living room. And I agree with the earlier comment - what happens in round 2 when the ideas are shown for the second time? If this is where the depth of character is revealed, why not promote this concept better. I really don't know what to expect, but the first three episodes were mildly entertaining. Thank goodness for DVR because I would definitely not stay tuned to this show through commercials. I have no need to watch it live because this isn't something my peers are dying to discuss the next day. Expand
  5. CCunningham
    Mar 20, 2006
    In a word, boring. I tuned in hoping to see some really cool, whacked out inventions. Heck, I would have been happy with the next Flobee or spray-on hair. But no such luck. Do yourself a favor and take a pass. Expand
  6. Michael
    Mar 17, 2006
    Stinker. Play off of "American Idol." Unimaginably useless.
  7. maryk
    Apr 13, 2006
    this is a insult to real american inventors and i think more adults would buy more tooth flooser's than bike's for two give the guy an other go and who needs a bathroom door clip is there that many broken doors again i saw give the tooth flose an other try my dad was a true inventor. Expand

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