• Network: TBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 8, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 14, 2010
    88
    The first few nights showed O'Brien settling in with his charmingly original humor, which is sophisticated yet twerpily silly. [29 Nov 2010, p.41]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Dec 8, 2010
    83
    He's always making his audience come up to his level, instead of lowering himself to theirs. He's gonna do just fine. But more Andy, please.
  3. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Dec 8, 2010
    80
    Whatever the case, he and his show are easier to like. The hour flew by, and it seemed much looser, organic and easy-going than anything I saw last year by him on NBC.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Dec 8, 2010
    70
    Despite some jitters, Conan looked comfortable in his new domain. He had nervous energy to spare, but then again he does most nights.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Dec 8, 2010
    70
    Conan O'Brien debuted his new talk show, Conan, on TBS last night and it didn't feel all that different from the show O'Brien debuted last year on NBC under "The Tonight Show" banner.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 8, 2010
    70
    Is Conan the sort of show that's going to revolutionize TV? Probably not. But Conan O'Brien remains a singularly appealing and wonderfully silly voice in the crowded clamor of late night, and it's good to see him back where he belongs.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 8, 2010
    67
    So far, so good. No late night talk show has ever been canceled after one edition--not even Chevy's--while first albeit abbreviated impressions of Conan are promising.
  8. Not everything worked, of course, and anyone expecting Conan to reinvent the wheel or drastically shake up the genre is probably disappointed. But if you were simply glad to see his brand of quirky comedy back in late night--and free of the network guardrails--it was cause for celebration.
  9. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Dec 8, 2010
    63
    There's potential for Conan, once his ego gets off the couch. [9 Nov 2010, p.8]
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Dec 8, 2010
    63
    Conan O'Brien's new show, Conan, finally debuted on TBS last night after months of hype--looking pretty much like his two former shows, "Late Night" and "The Tonight Show."
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Dec 8, 2010
    63
    It's as if he never left. Which has its pluses and minuses.
  12. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Dec 8, 2010
    60
    Sure, there were some good bits in there. It wasn't that Conan put on a bad or unprofessional show, just a very conventional one.
  13. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Dec 8, 2010
    60
    If it felt much like an episode of one of Conan's old shows, the Conan debut also felt like a middle-of-the-pack example. Some funny bits, some other obligatory moments, and a good feeling to have the guy back, but nothing extraordinary like, say, his final week on "Tonight."
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Dec 8, 2010
    60
    The first lines of this new chapter were promising, if not quite the fulfillment of his last wild nights at NBC, when caution was thrown to the wind.
  15. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Dec 8, 2010
    60
    The show is called Conan, but it felt at times as if it should have been labeled "I'm Not Jay."
  16. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    Most of it was funny stuff, and the audience lapped it up, having long since accepted Conan as contemporary media's cuddliest martyr. For those outside the hard core, though, the sands may be running through the hourglass on this drama, from which Conan is the last major character to move on.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    Once he got past the opening, very little in the premiere could be called inspired. The set didn't break any ground cosmetically, and director Allan Kartun's fondness for shooting O'Brien from behind during the monologue seemed perplexing, if not distracting.
  18. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    It's a fine line with Coco. For every funny line he squeezed from his anger Monday night, he missed the point of pathos.
  19. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    There were no attempts during the hour to tweak the tiresome late-night moves for cable, to expand beyond what late night TV means on the networks.
  20. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    The message, overall--insofar as you can take a message from one episode of a talk show, which you can't--is that Conan the show is not so much about a reinvention of the talk show form as a restoration of Conan.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Nov 10, 2010
    7
    CoCo is back and... samer than ever! I semi-expected something different on TBS, but Conan basically did his same old show, perhaps a bit more like "Late Night" than "Tonight", but basically the same. If you think that he does that format much better than Dave and Leno (which I do), this is a good thing. If you expected some changes to the format on the basic cable (where he also goes against Stuart and Colbert)... there were not to be seen on the first night. But the main thing is that Conan is back (with Andy) on the air! Let's hope the ratings stay high just to annoy NBC and Leno. Let's also hope they allow him to change the stale nightly talk-show format (monologue - some running bit - guest 1 - guest 2 - music/comedy performance). Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2010
    6
    I like Conan's sense of humor and his writing background. To be honest, my late night viewing is more determined by the guests and music performers. Conan and George Lopez haven't measured up. Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    8
    A good show and I haven't missed one yet. However, I wish Conan would go back to his roots. It seems like he tried to cater to NBC's wishes on "The Tonight Show", and hasn't dropped that act. Hopefully he does that soon. Full Review »