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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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37

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3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

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  • Summary: Howie Mandel's latest show sees him pulling pranks on unsuspecting people.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Reality
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hidden camera gags often now settle for crude instead of working a little harder to achieve clever.
  5. 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?
  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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 19 out of 28
  1. 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 not on last week. Expand
  2. stevep.
    Jan 11, 2009
    9
    Funny Stuff, very light on ideas, but is ment to fill an hour and get some laughs.
  3. ChrisC
    Jan 27, 2009
    8
    The first hour shown of the show was terrible. However a very funny thing happened. The show became MUCH funnier in the shows aired since then. I think the early critics should give it another shot. It's actually funny now. Expand
  4. TerryW.
    Jan 10, 2009
    0
    Awful, meanspirited, and worst of all for an alleged comedy show, not funny.
  5. BobS
    Jan 30, 2009
    0
    Episode 1 Jumped the Shark! Terrible.
  6. 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 become. This show is alongside "I'm a Celebrity" for worst TV show in recent history. Expand
  7. JimP
    Feb 6, 2009
    0
    Howie is not funny. That is why his career died. He was very fortunate to be resuscitated with Deal. This show is dull as dirt.

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