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  • Summary: Comedians debate pop culture subjects with The Daily Show's Lewis Black as the judge.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Reality, Talk & Interview
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 100
    If the "opening statements" don't have you on the floor calling for a back brace--because you've thrown your spine out from laughing--then you are either in a coma or watching a different channel.
  2. Depending on the subjects mocked and viewers' personal sacred cows, Root of All Evil won't appeal to everyone on a weekly basis (future episodes include Donald Trump vs. Viagra, Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney and Las Vegas vs. the human body), but it is a successful attempt to re-package stand-up comedy for prime time.
  3. Black, a thinking-man's blowhard, carries the concept off with shameless aplomb, while his debating helpers are equal parts witty and wise.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Comedy Central's programming usually falls squarely into the sublime or the ridiculous, so consider Root of All Evil a rare tweener in terms of quality--one that proves a whole lot of Black is preferable, albeit marginally, to a black hole.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    67
    The debaters make the most of this arbittary contretemps, but Black is a weak link. [14 Mar 2008, p.71]
  6. 50
    The material isn't nearly strong enough to support a full half-hour of TV.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 18 out of 33
  1. ArnieH.
    May 18, 2008
    10
    This show is hilarious---Black, and his two comic advocates put on a trial that is as witty, smart and fearless---thsi stuff goes into Bil This show is hilarious---Black, and his two comic advocates put on a trial that is as witty, smart and fearless---thsi stuff goes into Bil Hicks territory and I can give no greater compliment. Expand
  2. NeeaghA
    Mar 15, 2008
    10
    Phuni.
  3. CodyW.
    Mar 31, 2008
    9
    What's with all the 3 or 10 votes!? I think this show is hilarious, and I don't get all the 3 votes. It combines3 funny and vulgar What's with all the 3 or 10 votes!? I think this show is hilarious, and I don't get all the 3 votes. It combines3 funny and vulgar comedians debating on hilarious subject matter. I've watched about 3 or 4 episodes, and every one has been great. Expand
  4. EvanS.
    Mar 12, 2008
    3
    Extremely disappointing.
  5. JasonS.
    Mar 25, 2008
    3
    Lewis Black is a fantastic stand up and his segments on the Daily Show are great. Unfortunately this show is a complete turkey. Oh well, Lewis Black is a fantastic stand up and his segments on the Daily Show are great. Unfortunately this show is a complete turkey. Oh well, maybe after this is cancelled they'll find a better vehicle for him. Expand
  6. MM
    Mar 19, 2008
    2
    Give us more Lewis Black, not these other wiseguys. Not funny!
  7. johnj.
    Mar 12, 2008
    0
    Horrible will be canceled after the second episode this should be on fox news not comedy central.

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