Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    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.
  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. 50
    The material isn't nearly strong enough to support a full half-hour of TV.
  4. 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.
  5. Black, a thinking-man's blowhard, carries the concept off with shameless aplomb, while his debating helpers are equal parts witty and wise.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The debaters make the most of this arbittary contretemps, but Black is a weak link. [14 Mar 2008, p.71]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 33
  2. Negative: 18 out of 33
  1. Dec 9, 2011
    Lewis Black is a great comedian but this show just wasnt interesting. It was just so boring and most of the times the comedians (used to represent 1 of 2 subjects on the show) were not that funny. A ton of wasted potential if you ask me. Full Review »
  2. Timma???
    Aug 16, 2009
    No doubt Lewis Black's stand up genius is all but absent in this show, which is a true disappointed. And some of the episodes are flat out terrible. But there are also some hilarious ones. It often depends on the comedian advocates. Greg Giraldo or Patton Oswalt usually mean you can expect a good show. The performance certain others has been... lacking. As another reviewer touched on, check out the different episodes. You will get a sense very quickly as to whether or not it will be a good one. Full Review »
  3. DavidV.
    Jul 22, 2008
    It needs more Lewis. As others have pointed out I too hate how the audience is dead while there is a laughtrack running. Gets cloying but Lewis manages to save the show at the end...barely. Full Review »