• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 28, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7

There are no positive critic reviews yet.

User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    7
    Sure it wasn't gut bustingly hilarious, but it definitely had a its funny moments, and it shows that Russell Brand is a witty quick thinker who has some surprisingly insightful thoughts on what's happening around the world. It's not a great show, but I personally found it worth my time (and to be much better than FX's other new show - Anger Management). I probably won't watch this show on a regular basis, but if I catch it while it's on, I'll definitely watch it. Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2012
    7
    First of all, if you're not yet familiar with Russell's overall sense of humor then give it a while to grow on you. You might confuse initial shock value for disgust at first but it's easy to say his style is an acquired taste. Now onto the actual review: I'm usually a fan of Brand's raunchy & spontaneous sense of humor, and this is for the most part no exception. However, I think I should get my gripes out of the way now, the main one being Matt, the BORING political statistical commentator sitting next to him during the "news" segments. The job itself could have some potential; a guy to relay the news to Brand while also engaging in some witty banter. The problem is that from what I've seen, Matt has no comedic personality and practically kills any momentum that Brand tries to get going, at times turning Brand X into more of a boring educational show than an edgy comedy one. And even when what Matt says generates some good material, he still later tries to negate any funny yet outlandish claims that Russell makes. I think a better idea would've been to get a different comedian each week to do the job Matt is doing, but actually contribute positively to the show's comedy aspect. Russell works very well with "the straight man", as shown in his audience interaction segments and some of his most prominent movie roles, but Matt takes it to a level where possible material is minimized. On a more positive note, Brand's take on bizarre news stories is very sharp and witty, and I found myself laughing multiple times throughout the show. I love that he tackles more obscure "news" stories, rather than just picking the most obvious popular cultural events that talk show hosts have pretty much already got covered. It's kinda like Jay Leno's Headlines but more funny, drawn-out and sex-based. The audience interaction segments were also quite entertaining. Brand is really good at working off of various audience members, especially if they're willing to play along by actually answering any given question he asks them. The audience-polling devices in each member's seat were also a nice touch. At one point he started bringing celebrity guests onto the show, and personally I don't think Brand's style really works in a traditional talk-show format unless he's the one being interviewed. It tends to get really boring really fast. Now I'm not saying that I always want comedy all the time in every show I see, but Metta World Peace talking about the psychiatric mindset of the Aurora shooter isn't exactly why I'd tune in to a Russell Brand show. Like with Matt, it just kills the vibe/momentum. I'd find myself fast forwarding through minute after minute without a single laugh to be found. Maybe it'd work better if he just invited comedians on for that. One last thing to note is that while Brand's morals can be less than "decent", there's still sometimes a bit of a lesson/moral at the end of an episode. Sometimes it works quite naturally but at other times it can seem forced and a little hypocritical. All in all I think this show is pretty entertaining & has a lot of potential. It could just use some tweaking & refinement. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2012
    8
    Before I watched this show, I have not been terribly impressed with Brand. However, each episode of this series has me laughing exponentially more. Brand literally leaps around the stage, which combined with his quick, witty interactions with audience members leaves me wishing the show was longer. Do yourself a favor and judge this show for yourself, don't shy away because of the extreme 0 ratings from other users. The show is quick, witty, and just the right amount of edginess. Eagerly awaiting next Thursday. Full Review »