• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2009
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. 20
    It's sad, really, how unimaginative Howie Do It is. Given all the resources at NBC's disposal, and given the fact that NBC is desperate to regain ratings footing, this is the best the executives could come up with?
  2. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    67
    Turns out they do it [prank shows] pretty much the same as everyone else. But the sight of a bewigged Mandel blasting TV weathermen wannabes with water is pretty funny stuff.
  3. Hidden camera gags often now settle for crude instead of working a little harder to achieve clever.
  4. There have been far nastier hidden-camera efforts than this. Better ones, too. Yet to be sure, in the opening hour, Howie Do It at least delivers laughs more often than it inspires groans.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    "I don't want it to end, but it did," the host gushes at the hour's close. Even for those who enjoy Mandel's puerile brand of comedy, that qualifies as a clear case of Howie overdoing it.
  6. 10
    Howie Do It not only drags contestants, and viewers, through gratuitous mud and muck but it also is haunted by the aura of plagiarism; the set-up of one sequence is highly reminiscent of a bit that David Letterman has done on his late-night talk show.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 19 out of 28
  1. denniss
    Jul 27, 2009
    0
    WoW!!, i cannot believe that some of the people posting here actually liked this piece of garbage. Incredible what the American TV viewer has WoW!!, i cannot believe that some of the people posting here actually liked this piece of garbage. Incredible what the American TV viewer has become. This show is alongside "I'm a Celebrity" for worst TV show in recent history. Full Review »
  2. CarolC
    Jun 6, 2009
    10
    This was one of the funniest show I have seen in a long time. I could not wait for Friday to come so I could watch it again, but alas, it was This was one of the funniest show I have seen in a long time. I could not wait for Friday to come so I could watch it again, but alas, it was not on last week. Full Review »
  3. NancyM
    May 2, 2009
    8
    Love the show...I love off the wall hysterical humor....I think I could write some funnier ideas but once in awhile they are really funny!!