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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 2, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Summary: Jimmy Fallon takes over for Conan O'Brien as NBC shuffles its late night talk show roster in 2009.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    75
    Fallon seemed a bit nervous in his monologue (who wouldn't be?), but quickly found his rhythm, firing off some snappy one-liners.
  2. It was an encouraging start.
  3. Jimmy Fallon took NBC's late-night slot for his first test drive early this morning, and it needs a little tuning up. It also showed some promise.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    50
    Fallon's monologue was understandably nervous and unremarkable joke-wise, but there were glimmers of potential.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    40
    The way things turned out, it was no worse than rather bad, and Fallon, if he can quit squirming long enough, should take a modest bow.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Despite solid tune-in out of curiosity about the new kid, Fallon’s Late Night got off to a rocky start, with uninspired writing and taped pieces, an at-times visibly nervous host and a first guest, Robert De Niro, whose taciturn nature made him a poor choice for the assignment.
  7. 30
    Even granting lots of leeway for opening-night nerves, this was a pretty bad beginning for the Saturday Night Live alum.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 52
  2. Negative: 30 out of 52
  1. suz
    Apr 7, 2011
    10
    I love Jimmy Fallon, he is refreshing and multi-talented, he can sign, dance and he is funny. He beats Conan all to pieces. If Jay ever decides to go I hope they choose Jimmy. Expand
  2. BrendonJ
    Mar 30, 2009
    10
    I'm surprised that most people aren't even giving Fallon a chance. Though a bit nervous during the first few episodes, it really does feel like the show is finally hitting its stride. VERY funny stuff, and it altogether feels very unique. I can only see this show getting better (maybe even as good as Conan). Expand
  3. joshr
    Mar 22, 2009
    8
    He's doing pretty good, but the roots make the show.
  4. Uko
    Jun 10, 2009
    2
    I really try to laugh.I really try.
  5. tbbbb
    Sep 23, 2009
    1
    haven't laughed once... too much for him. go back to SNL if they'll even take you after this show. get some new writers or something, plus.. i just don't think he's got the host personality. i'd rather watch ben stein commentate the UFC. Expand
  6. MikeS
    Mar 15, 2009
    1
    Fallon is clearly way out of his league. His Weekend Update delivery style mixed with horrible writing is a complete disaster. He acts like a giddy fan conducting interviews. NBC's unlikely talk show host experiment should have ended with Conan. Expand
  7. ChrisC
    Mar 4, 2009
    0
    Why is Jimmy Fallon a famous comedian? Nothing he's done in his career has been anything but incredibly stupid. He wasn't funny on SNL (He just laughed at the camera a lot in a charmingly schoolboy way), he's only made horrible movies. Why is Jimmy Fallon a celebrity?! Expand

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