• Network: IFC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 31, 2019
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Tambay Obenson
    Jul 31, 2019
    91
    Unconventional and sometimes tasteless, it’s one series that audiences will want to return to repeatedly in order to completely appreciate its many dimensions and intricacies that may not be immediately obvious on first viewing. But “Sherman’s Showcase” is above all – and most importantly – just plain funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 31, 2019
    88
    It’s 100%, brilliantly executed, hilariously spot-on parody, created by the rising-stars duo Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle.
  3. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Aug 12, 2019
    80
    A joyful Sunbeam Mixmaster of a sketch show, a Spirograph set spinning through decades of black pop culture, finding faintly psychedelic patterns, in the shared tradition of Sun Ra and K-tel. Its premise is pure meta-absurdism. ... For all the show’s self-awareness, it feels warm, organic, and spontaneous, not cold or contrived.
  4. 80
    Clever, laid-back, and sneakily weird, the new IFC series Sherman’s Showcase will be catnip to pop-culture-history obsessives. ... But what makes this series stand out is how it weaves in a utopian fantasy element. Its invented gallery of African-American entertainers are contextualized as part of a thriving black culture that’s obviously part of the mainstream, not operating adjacent to it, or struggling to claim a little corner.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jul 30, 2019
    80
    Sherman's Showcase offers a lot to laugh, and occasionally marvel, at.
  6. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jul 29, 2019
    80
    There’s something hugely refreshing about “Sherman’s Showcase,” a show that makes you giggle before you realize, “Hey, that’s pretty smart.”
  7. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jul 18, 2019
    80
    There are sharp musical parodies; spot-on period costumes; amusing impressions (Mary J. Blige, Lana Del Rey); and appearances by executive producer John Legend, Tiffany Haddish, Quincy Jones and more. Though Showcase is more allusive and ambitious than South Side, both shows are funny.
  8. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Aug 1, 2019
    70
    While there are recurring characters and some structural throughlines — episodes follow the dancers, guests, controversies, etc. — the show generally jumps around without lingering too long on any given subject. That can make it a little disorienting to follow, but the brisk rhythm also keeps both the IFC and fictional versions of “Sherman’s Showcase” from getting stale too soon.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 23, 2019
    60
    “Sherman’s Showcase” is starrier, with a brightness and energy to match. ... The format, stretched across eight episodes, allows Riddle and Salahuddin to throw a lot of things against the wall, and they don’t all stick. ... Those with stamina can hang around for the bits that work.
  10. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 18, 2019
    60
    This Showcase is an uneven but offbeat gem. [22 Jul - 4 Aug 2019, p.7]

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