Hype : Season 1

  • Network: The WB
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 8, 2000

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 13, 2013
    Many viewers will find its satire way over the line, but they're not the ones The WB is aiming for. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
  2. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 13, 2013
    When Frank Caliendo does his Chris Farley imitation on the WB's new sketch comedy show, Hype, at least it's funny. Caliendo jumps out as the star of the 10-person ensemble behind this wildly uneven quick-cut version of Fox's "Mad TV". [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
  3. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 13, 2013
    Hype! is the high-energy creation of writers Scott King, Lanier Laney and Terry Sweeney. The 10-person cast - standup comics and improv players - seems as fearless as it is talented and includes some brilliant mimics. [6 Oct 2000, p.150]
  4. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 13, 2013
    Like most sketch comedy collections, Hype is sometimes funny, sometimes not, and almost always in questionable taste. [7 Oct 2000, p.C1]
  5. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 14, 2013
    It's not as smart about race as "In Living Color," and it lacks the political edge of " Saturday Night Live" at its best. But Hype might have the stuff to make it in prime time on WB. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  6. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Jun 13, 2013
    But in an age when the icons are often outwitting the impersonators, Hype will have a hard time not living up to its name. [8 Oct 2000, p.7C]
  7. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 13, 2013
    A cast of eager unknowns and prime-time newcomers gleefully skewers pop-culture celebrities from Britney Spears to Regis Philbin with acid, fast-paced irreverence. And sometimes -- but only sometimes -- Hype is laugh-out-loud hilarious. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  8. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 12, 2013
    Uneven, from amusing to embarrassing. [8 Oct 2000, p.F6]
  9. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 12, 2013
    WB's Hype is more often vulgar than funny. [8 Oct 2000, p.F1]
  10. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 12, 2013
    But is it any good? Glad you asked. No! [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  11. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 14, 2013
    This show is so atrocious it should earn everyone involved in it a lifetime ban from the TV industry. [8 Oct 2000, p.107]
  12. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 12, 2013
    Hype is the WB's unforgiveable offering of the season, a disgustingly smutty sketch non-comedy show. [7 Oct 2000]

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