• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 16, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. 63
    Scenes that work are funny... Scenes that fall flat are merely blah, rather than stupid.
  2. He's polite-looking and very likable - but aside from some quick ad libs during on-location segments, he doesn't get any chance to establish, much less assert, his personality.
  3. 25
    As a talk-show host... he's a rank amateur who exhibits no discernible skills.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    80
    It's hilarious, really, and refreshing, and original and - absolutely - an acquired taste.
  5. 60
    Feresten... is engaging in a slightly weird, self-mocking, Letterman-esque way, with only occasional forays into dippy post-frat humor.
  6. The trouble with Feresten isn't his comedy; it's his difficulty creating any intimacy with the audience or the camera. He's got the irony down cold but the empathy not so much.
  7. 30
    Feresten's not awful, and the show he has built around himself with video segments has a few laugh-out-loud moments. But he clearly needs to find his identity behind the desk.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    If there's a silver lining, "Talkshow" will likely make its often-overlooked lead-in, "Mad TV," resemble "Your Show of Shows."
  9. Pretty much everything gets tossed against the wall and precious little of it sticks, or even actually makes it as far as the wall.
  10. Spike Feresten keeps emphasizing how bad and cheap and lame his new weekly show is on tonight’s debut... He’s right.
  11. It all seems familiar, which isn't necessarily bad, but it makes the show somewhat stale.
  12. 75
    Feresten makes a rather engaging talk show host.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. RollieD
    Feb 15, 2009
    1
    One of the most excruciating hours on tv. It is so painful to watch: the host is unfunny, he does not interview well, let alone have any One of the most excruciating hours on tv. It is so painful to watch: the host is unfunny, he does not interview well, let alone have any interesting guests that are above the D-list, and his skits are simply not funny. The only reason this show gets a 1 instead of a 0 is because he now has Olivia Munn providing funny skits to his show. Otherwise, standing in a dmv line for an hour will give you more laughs than this so-called "talkshow." Full Review »
  2. BryanqC.
    Feb 7, 2009
    2
    No talent, unfunny hack. The show is not even remotely clever. Why must he remind us every show how cheap the show is? Paper coffee No talent, unfunny hack. The show is not even remotely clever. Why must he remind us every show how cheap the show is? Paper coffee cups.....yeah, we get it, Spike. I'm reminded of the phrase, "Couldn't ad lib a fart at a bean-eating contest." Full Review »
  3. marinat.
    Dec 9, 2007
    10
    i love spikes sense of humor and make a point to watch his show every saturday. i dont think the critics know a good show when they see one. i love spikes sense of humor and make a point to watch his show every saturday. i dont think the critics know a good show when they see one. I think spike is great on camera! i enjoy his show very much! Full Review »