• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 2, 2008
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19

Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    Winfrey and ABC have taken the much-maligned reality TV format and used it to create a show that both entertains and encourages viewers to think about such matters as how best to help others.
  2. It may do some good, but it's still a piece of TV entertainment that, first and foremost, must succeed as a revenue generator for ABC. That realistic, not cynical, caveat aside, Big Give is certainly more positive than "Big Brother" or numerous other reality shows.
  3. 80
    A heartfelt, inspiring, uplifting TV show that brings out the best in people? Who could possibly resist that?
  4. 70
    Oprah's Big Give overflows with emotion, tears and hugs.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    In all, Oprah's Big Give is a triumph of virtue, which leaves only the question of who would want to watch it.
  6. 63
    Think "The Apprentice" meets "Extreme Home Makeover" and you've got the heartwarming Oprah's Big Give. All shows together equal more Sunday-night tears than a feelgood Lifetime movie marathon.
  7. 60
    Is it strange to make good will and charity into a win-lose proposition? Is it peculiar to judge the givers on their manner of giving, to quantify their largesse? To me, yes, it is, and the show makes for awkward viewing as a result.
  8. There also is something disturbing about making a game out of charitable acts.
  9. 50
    Though Oprah’s Big Give is supposed to be celebrating the power of giving, it’s more likely to prove that not everything can or should be turned into a contest.
  10. People victimized by terrible events and circumstances often feel pride and dignity are two of the few things they have left. There are times in Oprah's Big Give when it feels like those things may be slipping away, in the service of creating a splashier television show.
  11. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    50
    Pathos may make for a more positive reality TV experience than a parade of lying, backstabbing and physical torture. But the basic appeal remains pathetic. Perhaps in more ways than one.
  12. I'm ashamed that a wounded Marine, about to be discharged after 15 years in the service, needs help from an entertainment show to find and afford civilian housing for himself and his family.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    The result is a series that wants to do good and still have enough "edge" to do well in the rough-and-tumble, less-nurturing environment of reality TV, which feels out of step with all the good vibrations.
  14. 40
    Oprah’s Big Give stands out as a weird, misbegotten creature that perhaps shouldn’t have been taken out in public.
  15. 30
    Although Winfrey might imagine she's doing something fresh and innovative, the trite staples of competitive reality pop up predictably.
  16. 25
    Seldom has the drive to do good works been as alarmingly, offensively presumptuous.
  17. It's doubtful that Oprah's Big Give would have ever made it to the air without Oprah, but (Wrong No. 1) don't go expecting the diva of the heartstrings to be hosting this exploitative (Wrong No. 2) jumble (Wrong No. 3). She turns up now and then, to cheerlead and oversell (Wrong No. 4), but the real host (Wrong No. 5) is one of her minions, Nate Berkus. More wrongs to come, but you'll have to keep track for yourself.
  18. Shallow as a birdbath, the program would appear to exist less as a true philanthropic exercise than yet another self-aggrandizing vehicle in Oprah's divine quest to become synonymous with all that is virtuous and good on Earth.
  19. 0
    Oprah's Big Give is no mere appallingly bad television show but a refutation of human decency itself.
User Score
2.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 17 out of 23
  1. Ga.
    Apr 22, 2008
    10
    Absolutely love the concept. It made me indulge into charity work as well. And I feel Blessed.
  2. CindW.
    Apr 20, 2008
    1
    I am so sick of reality shows that are rigged! Did only the winner's family just happen to be there to congratulate him? Supposedly they I am so sick of reality shows that are rigged! Did only the winner's family just happen to be there to congratulate him? Supposedly they didn't know who was going to win...did they fly them in during the last hour when they knew who the winner was. Pllllease! Full Review »
  3. PaulD.
    Apr 10, 2008
    0
    Anne T - you are an absolute retard. "the lord used Oprah" what a load of tripe. People like you are the reason I grow towards hating Anne T - you are an absolute retard. "the lord used Oprah" what a load of tripe. People like you are the reason I grow towards hating American's and there crap TV shows and movies. It's a fat rich bitch giving away money so she can make more. Can't you see that!!!!!!! You must be thick. Just don't comment again....and don't go into TV production. Full Review »