• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 2, 2019
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ali Barthwell
    Aug 2, 2019
    100
    A Black Lady Sketch Show’s political impact is allowing for a unique and compelling set of Black women to center their voices and create a fun and sprawling universe to hang out in.
  2. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Aug 5, 2019
    95
    In A Black Lady Sketch Show, all four stars get a chance to shine throughout the season, each having their own moments as the MVP of a sketch. ... It’s probably also worth noting that it accomplishes its goal of actually being funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Aug 2, 2019
    90
    It never settles for just okay. Every sketch starts on one level, then keeps building on it until you have no idea how hilariously far from Earth it’s going to go. ... This is TV’s best new sketch-comedy series, out of the gate, since Key and Peele.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Aug 1, 2019
    90
    Thede's superb new series A Black Lady Sketch Show, a funny, provocative, consistently high-energy offering.
  5. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Aug 1, 2019
    88
    A hilarious and witty comedy series that has a lot of jokes other comedians may not think of. The lightning-fast sketches manage to be universal and specific, enjoyable by more than just its obvious target demographic, but also serving an audience long ignored by Hollywood or thought of as "not ready" or "not funny."
  6. Reviewed by: Rachelle Hampton
    Aug 6, 2019
    80
    As with all sketch shows, some of the sketches work better than others. ... There is often a feeling when watching a show or a movie with a predominately black cast, that something is being explained or translated to a presumed white audience, and thus a sense of intimacy, of accuracy is lost. In not even attempting to translate, A Black Lady Sketch Show only gains.
  7. Reviewed by: Mekeisha Madden Toby
    Aug 1, 2019
    80
    Funny, irreverent, subversive and self-aware. ... Every episode (HBO previewed the first six for critics) has at least three noteworthy sketches that will make viewers revel, ruminate and post. ... While the show won’t make everyone laugh – What sketch comedy offering does? – or even appeal to all black women it will resonate with those seeking refuge from the endless cycle of internet outrage.

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