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13

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2.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 378 Ratings

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  • Summary: The right-wing answer to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," the Fox News-produced spoof "1/2 Hour News Hour" gets a brief tryout on the Fox News Channel. (Yes, this time FNC is attempting to be funny intentionally.)
  • Genre(s): Comedy, News/Documentary, News
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 10 out of 11
  1. 60
    If none of this quite rises to the level of Jon Stewart's intellectual hopscotch or Amy Poehler's inspired lunacy, it's nonetheless agreeably funny.
  2. Sometimes the humor is so heavy-handed that it seems almost like self-parody.
  3. A look at the first episode suggests that, just as A.M. radio is the unassailable province of the right, TV might better be left to the left.
  4. The 1/2 Hour News Hour is slow torture all by itself.
  5. 10
    The humor is so predictable and so stale that it fails to produce any laughs.
  6. It's hard not to keep staring perplexed, squinting a little, and uttering, "I don't get it" every few seconds.
  7. "Weekend Update" on its worst night isn't this bad.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 285
  1. EdwinC
    Feb 20, 2007
    10
    This was a very funny show. Weedend update has been lame for two years now and this is very refreshing. I hope this has a looooooooong run on This was a very funny show. Weedend update has been lame for two years now and this is very refreshing. I hope this has a looooooooong run on fox news. Expand
  2. rC.
    Oct 30, 2007
    10
    Loved the show...sorry it's off the air. The fact that the Libs don't get it, even makes it better. They don't get the Bible either.
  3. doug
    Feb 22, 2007
    8
    Ahh, such a great illustration of the difference between libs and conservatives. The libs pan the lone conservative comedy show out-of-hand Ahh, such a great illustration of the difference between libs and conservatives. The libs pan the lone conservative comedy show out-of-hand because it dared insult their religion. But conservatives can easily watch Stewart/Cobert/Letterman/Mahr .etc without getting their panties in a bunch. As for my 7 rating, some of the jokes fell flat, but most were dead on target. Expand
  4. Sara
    Feb 17, 2007
    0
    The president skit looked more like a parody of conservative thought processes. "Well, after two years of a democratic congress, the economy The president skit looked more like a parody of conservative thought processes. "Well, after two years of a democratic congress, the economy is in ruins and we're internationally hated, but luckily, the conservatives are back in charge." Unlike, you know, how things are after six years of a Republican one. Seriously, who thought that was a good idea? Expand
  5. JamesM
    Mar 5, 2007
    0
    This thing is truly horrible, but it will play to the lowest common denominator, which is where it's aiming. Funny is hard work and it This thing is truly horrible, but it will play to the lowest common denominator, which is where it's aiming. Funny is hard work and it is difficult to write material that is satirical but not actually cruel or sophomoric. The Daily Show and Colbert have the unique ability to laugh at themselves which the right completely lacks. Also, Colbert and Stuart are much better at making fun of the left. Their priority is humor. It works because politics, politicians and the media are all absurd and funny- on both sides. BTW I read the Wa Po article and I would hardly call it a rave review. He basically said it might not be a total disaster. He is probably right, Fox viewers are used to doing what they are told to do. If they are told to watch this crap, they will. I hope this show dies very quickly. Expand
  6. JasonM
    Apr 3, 2007
    0
    Anti-humor at it's absolute best.
  7. JohnW
    Jul 27, 2007
    0
    I'm pretty sure I never laughed while watching this show. It was bad.

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