Who Do You Think You Are? : Season 1

  • Network: NBC , TLC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 5, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. Parker's celebrity may help sell a TV show, but it's much more interesting to find a Civil War soldier in your own family tree than a long-ago public figure in hers....Genealogy is way better when it's participatory, not a spectator sport.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sure, it's mildly intriguing to unearth details about your ancestors, but even allowing that the stars are being good sports here, their reactions often reflect off-putting degrees of self-absorption.
  3. 50
    Unlike the misuse of celebrity willingness on "The Marriage Ref," "Who Do You Think You Are?" has a purer heart and an underlying appreciation for marriage, family, longevity and memory. Also to its credit, it encourages people to go to libraries and museums and to look for things online besides the latest Perez Hilton gossip.
  4. 50
    As much as I like Parker and Kudrow and the subjects of later episodes such as Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee, I’m not sure I like them enough to care about their long-gone ancestors. It’s primarily when the stars’ family trees overlap with history--the Holocaust, for example, in Kudrow’s case--that the show feels like something more than Hollywood self-indulgence.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Here's a fundamental truth: Family genealogies are fascinating--to the family in question.
  6. Ultimately, the real question is not "Who Do You Think You Are?" but Why Should Viewers Care? This series does not offer a persuasive response.
  7. If one dispenses with the seemingly coaxed melodrama, the well-rehearsed family scenes and the endlessly repetitive bumpers, an occasional nugget of helpful information on tracing family roots is discovered.
  8. As is so often the case with "reality television," there's nothing TV producers hate so much as actual reality (bo-ring!), and so everything is tarted up with superfluous soundtracks and staging, with breathless voice-overs, mood lighting and lots of half-baked psychology.

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