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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 18, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Starring: Penn Jillette, Joe Cipriano
  • Summary: NBC's latest "Deal or No Deal"-style, slow-moving primetime game show (which gets a trial run this week) asks contestants to guess the professions of various people standing in front of them for a chance to win up to $500,000. It's not as hard as it sounds.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 7 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Paul Katz
    58
    Penn Jillette can't pull off the illusion that he's as likable as Howie Mandel. [22 Dec 2006, p.75]
  2. Considering how hard people on shows like "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" work for their prizes, there's something almost unseemly about giving people prizes for not much more than showing up.
  3. “Identity” is to game shows what a gastric bypass is to dieting: a choice that defies convention and social niceties.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    10
    Problem is, the show is more comfortable with cliché than subtlety.
  5. Now, you may be saying, "There he goes again, that elitist toad." But believe me, even Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Bill O'Reilly would think this show was stupid.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    10
    A degraded update of What's My Line?
  7. 0
    One's first impression of "Identity" is likely to be that it is a miserably tedious mess, a reaction that probably will grow stronger the further one slogs into the Big Muddy that is the show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 11 out of 17
  1. TomG
    Jan 7, 2007
    10
    People it's a game show, and it's way better than Deal or No Deal, aside from the hosts. This is much more challenging to the dwindling pea brains of TV game show viewers. Expand
  2. KevinFederline
    Dec 20, 2006
    10
    the best show I have ever seen
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 3, 2007
    8
    I enjoyed this and I'm glad they will be bringing it back. There were a few things that could be improved and hopefully they will do that.
  4. Scott
    Mar 19, 2007
    1
    excruciatingly boring
  5. Robyn
    Dec 19, 2006
    0
    Ugh. For someone who embarrassingly admits to mildly liking Deal or No Deal, this show is an absolute boring disaster. Even watching the episode on slow fast forward was excrutiating. Expand
  6. RH
    Dec 21, 2006
    0
    I wish the flood of reality TV returned to network television.....at least it had more drama than these game shows that don't require a hint of intelligence from its contestants. Expand
  7. LindaT
    Dec 23, 2006
    0
    It is way too slow... I can't believe I spent an hour watching one person play the game... but my biggerst complaint is that they missed the chance to make it interesting by having people who didn't fit the stereotypes. Everyone was dressed in keeping with standard expectations for their job. Ho hum. Expand

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