• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Josh Wolk
    The moneymen ask informed questions and make shrewd decisions, a welcome relief from Donald Trump's capricious calls on Burnett's "Celebrity Apprentice."
  2. 80
    ABC's Shark Tank is easily the best new reality TV show to air this summer (which, admittedly, isn't saying much).
  3. 70
    It sounds gimmicky and visually tedious, with most of the so-called action taking place in a conference room. It's all those things, but the moments of misery make it memorable.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Mark Burnett's newest plunge into the reality waters--somewhat predictable, with all the requisite reality bells and whistles (lots of dark blue mood lighting, dramatic music, quick-cut editing)--is mildly entertaining in that summer TV kind of way.
  5. Once you get past its somewhat misleading title, Mark Burnett's new Shark Tank is a well-paced hour that offers entertainment without humiliation.
  6. The cleverest part of the show is that it makes the judges into contestants; they compete against one another for the right to invest in a business, and they haggle with the entrepreneurs over the terms of their investment.
  7. Brisk, sharp and surprisingly emotional for what essentially is a series of venture-capital-investment interviews, the show--based on the Japanese format "Dragons' Den"--balances the human element of its wish-fulfilling conceit with at least the illusion of the business legitimacy that made Burnett's "The Apprentice" such campy fun.
  8. Business buffs may love it, but Shark Tank lacks the lush visuals of "Survivor" and the star power of Trump. It just doesn't have the same bite.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    So is Shark Tank cathartic, or merely depressing? Perhaps appropriately, it's a little of both.
  10. Reviewed by: Laura Bennett
    The show is like watching fish getting shot in a barrel. It offers up poor souls with harebrained schemes and makes merry sport of eviscerating them.
  11. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    There are so many things I hate about his new show, In the Shark Tank, that I started numbering them just to calm down. Where to start?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 9 out of 27
  1. JohnS
    Jan 8, 2010
    A disgusting show with disgusting people. If enough Americans watched it we would probably convert en masse to communism.
  2. asdasda
    Aug 17, 2009
    The sharks are all bargain hunting. Who the heck would accept ANY of their deals (especially without a lawyer?) ... the sharks have all the negotiating leverage and they collude. The ONLY thing of value for the guests is exposure. Full Review »
  3. RonV
    Aug 17, 2009
    Burnett didn't invent this show or concept!!! It's been going on up here in Canada for 2 years - in fact Kevin O and Robert are both on the CBC show up here in Canada!! Full Review »