Owner's Manual : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 15, 2013
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  • Summary: Each week Ed Sanders and Marcus Hunt attempt to work with a variety of machinery including a stunt plane, a train, and race cars. One man will be armed with the written instructions, while the other will attempt to use his own knowledge.
  • Genre(s): Reality

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  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Aug 15, 2013
    100
    Owner's Manual looks as sharp as you'd expect from cinematic-minded AMC -- whip-pans, slo-mo, montage, animations, infographics. Sounds great, too, with heart-pumping action music and industrial power sounds. Best of all, homework-doer Marcus (aka Sweet Cheeks) and scoffer Ed (or is that English Muffin?) are natural bicker-buds throughout, adding life and laughs to each half-hour that flies (or rolls) by.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 15, 2013
    60
    It’s a breezy show that’s fun without being just silly.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 15, 2013
    60
    An aura of staginess, of manufactured drama and strenuous comedy, surrounds the show and works into its every cranny and nook. As a result, one never feels that the pair are in even as much danger as they're actually in. Yet it is not without charm; indeed, its appeal is in its pretense.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    The challenges are too outsize and the format is too confusing to take full advantage of the gimmick.
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