The Ben Stiller Show : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 1992
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 23, 2013
    63
    An intriguing, brainy but strangely unappealing catalog of short film pieces, the sort of nervy, smug spoofs that NBC's Saturday Night Live specializes in. [25 Sep 1992]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 10, 2013
    100
    The best new series that few people in America are likely to watch. ... Stiller and his small cast of writer-players ... don't make fun of one thing at a time: They combine their subjects, creating rich layers of ridicule.
  3. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 23, 2013
    63
    Ben Stiller pulls off so many inspired skits in Sunday's premiere that his series ranks as one of the fall's most promising. ... Just try to overlook the weak material. [26 Sep 1992]
  4. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 25, 2013
    75
    The jokes are, for the most part, more clever than funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 23, 2013
    90
    [A] rip-roaring, hilarious half-hour show... It ranks with HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show" as the creamy class of the new season's comedy series.
  6. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Some of the sketches... have a surprising depth and richness. [5 Oct 1992]
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    90
    Stiller is capable of turning out a dead-on TV or movie parody, like his takeoff on Cape Fear, with a grownup Eddie Munster as the De Niro-esque psycho. But he rarely settles for the frisson of a good impersonation; his sketches usually give the satiric knife an extra twist or two.
  8. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jul 23, 2013
    90
    Its sharp, wily wit will be immediately appreciable. Here is a comedy construct that hits like "The Brothers Karamazov" and plays like the brothers Marx. [25 Sep 1992]
  9. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Jul 23, 2013
    100
    It's drastically different from anything I've ever seen on TV: wildly funny, scathingly sardonic and brilliantly executed. [25 Sep 1992]
  10. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: John Koch
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Stiller and company's satire, though too [TV-]oriented, is stylistically spirited and fresh. It's feisty without being nasty, and the show has an air of improvisation that plays into Stiller's easy, look-mom-I've-got-my-own-show persona. [8 Nov 1992]

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