• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 24, 2014
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Mar 5, 2014
    83
    Meyers seems capable of creating chemistry and having quality chats with anyone, from riding the wild waves of Kanye West to spinning a funny anecdote with pal Brad Paisley about accidentally stealing a Porsche. A talk-show host good at talking? Fancy that.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 25, 2014
    80
    Late Night lets the host act a little more relaxed, and Meyers uses that freedom well.
  3. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Mar 3, 2014
    75
    Fred Armisen is a surprising choice as bandleader, but he brings unequaled improv chops to the table, and his little banter with Seth every night has already proven one of the more reliably funny bits. Integrating him as much as possible is certainly a smart idea. Meyers, like Fallon, is also a more-than-capable interviewer.
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 24, 2014
    70
    As always, you can't judge a late-night host by a first show. But Meyers' debut indicates that his blend of intelligence and goofy humor will be a welcome addition to the crowded late-night neighborhood.
  5. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Mr. Meyers was at ease and disarming in his new role as a talk show host.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Feb 25, 2014
    70
    Newly minted Late Night host Seth Meyers hit a few early potholes during his inaugural show Monday night--but eventually found his sea legs and drove his new 12:35 p.m. show to a solid, if unspectacular, debut.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Feb 25, 2014
    70
    The monologue was the sharpest part of Meyers’ first hour on the air (a departure from Fallon, whose monologue has never been his strength)–brisk, punctuated with self-deprecation, and wide-rangingly topical.... The distinguishing thing about the first night of Seth Meyers, in other words, was Seth Meyers, and the hour dropped little hints about how his personality and interests might shape the show.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 25, 2014
    70
    You get a lot of jokes per minute from Meyers, and on Monday at least, most of them worked.... Time of course will tell, but Late Night once again seems to be in good hands.
  9. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Feb 25, 2014
    70
    The articulate comic whose charm is deftly walking the balance beam between cool guy and geek was at his best when he was simply conversing.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 25, 2014
    70
    [Meyers] was shaky only fleetingly. He stuck his landings. He was cool, but clearly having fun.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 25, 2014
    60
    It was... safe, reasonable, unembarrassing, uninspirational.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 25, 2014
    60
    Needs improvement, but it’ll make it. The goal should be to fit the show to Meyers’ obvious strengths, not try to fit Meyers to the show’s template.
  13. 60
    Meyers's first monologue was all down-the-middle one-liners, delivered in the exact "Weekend Update" cadence.... Meyers settled in more once he sat down at his desk.
  14. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    Late Night with Seth Meyers felt totally professional and not at all embarrassing--which means it also felt standard and boilerplate.
  15. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    Meyers is likable and pleasant, and the first show probably isn't a good indication of what his Late Night will eventually be like. In the early going, though, there isn't much fresh happening there.
  16. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    With all of the hype leading up to Meyers's debut on Late Night, it was disappointing that his opening monologue was scrappy.... On his own, Meyers was merely OK, especially considering that Fred Armisen, who leads Late Night's house band, was such a nonentity. Then Amy Poehler came on and everything was just splendid.
  17. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 25, 2014
    50
    His monologue was staccato and hit and miss--sounding more like his "Weekend Update" bits than a real monologue. And his first attempt at a recurring bit, "Venn Diagrams," was overly clinical and less than funny, despite some good material.... The back-to-back segments of Poehler and Biden offered an early hint that Meyers really can do interviews and that worries over that element of his arsenal are exaggerated.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 25, 2014
    42
    Right now he’s as bland as Carson Daly.
  19. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 25, 2014
    42
    Meyers is talented and interesting enough that I shouldn't be watching his premiere and wishing that Stefon had shown up instead of Joe Biden.... The monologue was nothing much. Meyers at least seemed instantly comfortable, at home, once he finished a string of so-so punchlines and sat down behind the desk.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 25, 2014
    40
    Virtually nothing about this latest Late Night exhibited a whiff of freshness or originality.... On the plus side, Meyers came across as relaxed and loose, riffing on his show’s micro-budget and acknowledging the jokes that fell flat. The writing, however, simply wasn’t that strong.
User Score
4.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 16 out of 21
  1. May 23, 2014
    1
    He is just copying SNL skits he did. He sucks. I watched once, will not watch again. If you watch, I ask why? He can only get old SNL castHe is just copying SNL skits he did. He sucks. I watched once, will not watch again. If you watch, I ask why? He can only get old SNL cast members to be on his show. Seth Myers YOU SUCK. Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2014
    1
    I agree with bevstark that as soon as Late Night comes one, I find myself reaching for the remote to change the channel as it is very boringI agree with bevstark that as soon as Late Night comes one, I find myself reaching for the remote to change the channel as it is very boring and not funny at all. Fred is the best part of the show. Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2014
    0
    Wow this guy really sucks.I've watched 5 shows and didn't even chuckle once.They should really pull the plug on this guy.They should bring back Conan!