• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. How un-innovative is this series about innovation? Let me count the ways.
  2. [Its] intolerable length helps to illuminate the cynicism of these competition shows.
  3. 25
    [A] cheesy carnival of reality TV.
  4. A bloated disappointment that spends more time on the judges than the inventors and their inventions.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    At almost every level, "American Inventor" is over-produced.
  6. The joke goes from bad to grim within minutes.
  7. 10
    An appalling amalgam of humiliating ridicule, primitive humor and heartbreaking pathos, "American Inventor" flies in on wings of sap.
  8. A low-rent "American Idol" ripoff.
  9. 0
    The worst unscripted outing to hit the airwaves in many a moon.
  10. 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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