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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
    20
    At almost every level, "American Inventor" is over-produced.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    0
    "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