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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 21, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Summary: Note: Show aired on HBO, thus content contained in this guide may not be suitable for children.The outrageous comedy/reality series stars British chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen, who travels across America in the guise of one of three totally different characters. Cohen's primary alter-ego is Ali G., who calls himself a "hip-hop journalist", but who's really a white rapper-wannabe. When Cohen isn't putting Ali G and his "guests" in unusual and often delightfully uncomfortable situations, he's shedding his yellow gangsta track suit attire and slipping into two other memorable characters: Borat, an impossibly naive TV reporter from Kazakhstan, and Bruno, a gay Austrian fashionista. The series aired under the name 'Ali G in da USAiii' in the UK, on channel 4, were the original show aired. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview, Arts, Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Aug 12, 2013
    90
    Irresistibly, corrosively funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Allan Johnson
    Aug 12, 2013
    90
    As funny as those vignettes are, they pale in comparison to Ali's interviews with political figures. As incredible as the cretin's inane questions are, the straightforward responses from people -- who either take Ali seriously or know the whole thing is a bit and play along -- are a scream. [21 Feb 2003, p.C3]
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Aug 12, 2013
    75
    Too bad this show doesn't run outtakes. Wouldn't you love to hear what the victims of Ali's ambushes had to say about him? [20 Feb 2003, p.4]
  4. 63
    The Brits just love Ali G, but they have a considerable appetite for rude, politically incorrect satire...Americans may just find him rather peculiar. [21 Feb 2003, p.E-5]
  5. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Aug 12, 2013
    50
    Cheap humor? Yes. Based on obvious stereotypes? Yes. Funny? What can I say? Borat got a chuckle out of me. And so did Bruno. [21 Feb 2003, p.B47]
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    50
    It's a nice gimmick, actually. Too bad the results seem so childishly undeveloped.
  7. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Aug 12, 2013
    37
    It's not that Cohen, especially in his Ali G character, never gets off an amusing ad lib. It's just that his humor and his characters aren't nearly funny enough. And several times they cross the line into all-out meanness. It's an approach that's uncalled for, unimpressive and - as when he picks on a religious woman simply because she's overweight - horribly unfunny. [21 Feb 2003, p.139]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 20, 2014
    10
    The critics really missed the mark here, sometimes analyzing a show intellectually is simply the wrong way to go about judging it. Da Ali G show is one of the funniest shows of all time, and it still holds up ten years later. For some reason many people didn't recognize Sasha Baron Cohen's comedic genius until the Borat movie, however he was even funnier on season 1 and 2 of the Ali G show. Simply watch if you haven't yet, and even if his brilliantly brazen absurdity doesn't match your style of humor, you can at least appreciate there never has, and never will be anything else on television quite like it. Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2012
    9
    I really missed Da Ali G Show on HBO. That was the best late-night show since The Chris Rock Show and Dennis Miller Live. I remember when he made a cameo appearance in the Madonna video "Music," but he's so stylish, looked like Jam Master Jay or LL Cool J back in the Def Jam 80's heyday, and his glasses looked kinda weird. Wasn't that Sacha Baron Cohen responsible providing as the voice of Ali G? Probably. Expand

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