• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 21, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Aug 12, 2013
    Irresistibly, corrosively funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Allan Johnson
    Aug 12, 2013
    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
    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. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Aug 12, 2013
    You've seen this kind of shtick before on other shows, but Cohen occasionally gets off a laugh-out-loud moment. [21 Feb 2003, p.45]
  5. Reviewed by: Marisa Guthrie
    Aug 12, 2013
    It makes for good TV. [21 Feb 2003, p.S35]
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 12, 2013
    The funniest thing about the show is that people think he's legit in every single persona. I personally couldn't believe that Edwin Meese, former Attorney General Dick Thornberg or General Brent Scowcroft would be idiotic enough to be lured into a formal interview with a guy in a giant yellow track suit. [20 Feb 2003, p.112]
  7. 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]
  8. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Aug 12, 2013
    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]
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    It's a nice gimmick, actually. Too bad the results seem so childishly undeveloped.
  10. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Aug 12, 2013
    Funny in parts, overlong and out of steam in some taped bits and generally very inside in the humor department. Late night's a good spot for it, but the push for cult appeal in this six-seg series feels forced. [20 Feb 2003, p.10]
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Aug 12, 2013
    One problem is that sometimes Cohen seems less interested in attacking funny bones than in appealing to sadistic streaks. [21 Feb 2003, p.C01]
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 12, 2013
    Despite Cohen's talent for submerging himself in his characters, Da Ali G Show is a spotty venture. As on "Saturday Night Live," the sketches are overextended instead of staying short and tart. And Cohen only flirts with political and cultural satire as he toys with his guests, who also include former US attorney general Richard L. Thornburgh. He resists making real points about America, falling back on the more small-minded fun of saying dirty words in front of unsuspecting people or watching them writhe when they hear his sex talk. Ultimately, he's a version of Howard Stern's interviewer Stuttering John, only in more exotic drag. [22 Feb 2003, p.F12]
  13. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Aug 12, 2013
    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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Feb 20, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Jun 7, 2012
    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. Full Review »