Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Paul Farhi
    The cable network might have found "Chappelle's" worthy replacement in Chocolate News.
  2. We get the feeling Grier is much more concerned with scoring a laugh than raising an issue, which makes his well-placed jabs all the more clever.
  3. 75
    Chocolate News" is funny like Chappelle, edgy like "In Living Color" and smart like "The Daily Show," but without the smugness.
  4. 75
    This is social satire, and Grier's job is to make a mainstream audience see race and power in new ways. That often involves shock.
  5. 70
    Credit Grier for trying, credit Comedy Central for adding another voice to the mix, and keep hoping that a show like this eventually hits its stride.
  6. This is not unfunny stuff, but in a week in which a show that's willing to turn a satirical eye on race might have drawn real laughs, Chocolate News feels a bit like a lost opportunity.
  7. Chocolate News has the funny part down; now it just needs to make some fresher observations.
  8. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    It pales-- satirically speaking, anyway--when compared with the "Daily Show," especially with Chocolate's tired sketch about imaginary rapper Phat Man. More promising is a bit in which Grier's Maya Angelou recites a poem penned to commemorate a McCain victory
  9. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    In all, not a great debut, but one with potential, and it shows off Grier's versatility well.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Chocolate News is a moderately tasty, low-nutrition snack--the kind that, with apologies to perhaps the next ethnic frontier, will leave you hungry a half-hour later.
  11. It aspires to distill the news from an African-American perspective, and in two weeks on the air its comedy has been variously anachronistic and plodding, and timely and sharp.
  12. Reviewed by: James Hannaham
    The pilot delivers some hearty laughs, but it also has a couple of painfully tired bits that come close to deflating the entire proceedings.
  13. David Alan Grier, star of the new Chocolate News gets points for moxie, but the series fails on too many other counts.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 20 out of 26
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    The potential was there but it was terrible execution of this show. There were a few funny moments but it was mostly trash and it was pretty boring as well. Full Review »
  2. TeeJ
    Jan 28, 2009
    I have always loved D.A.G. and I am hapy he has finally found the proper forum for his tremendous and versitile talent. I absolutely LOVE this show. So much so that I have watched the episodes again on On-Demand. Keep up the good work!! Full Review »
  3. j.c.
    Dec 24, 2008
    This show was terrible. I understood most of the jokes as I downgraded to their level. when they said ''news at the african american'' perspective I expected an urban- colbert/stewart type of show which is a good idea. but this show went off the theme of news. it was just plain sketches... since they said news the expectations were not met and it makes african americans appear unintelligent when comparing to the other comical news shows such as colbert and stewart who mantain a balance of current news and comedy. Full Review »