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Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Sep 29, 2015
    80
    The launch felt like a purposeful, and successful, reassurance to longtime fans that no one is interested in messing with a successful formula.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 29, 2015
    80
    It’s too early for Noah to crush it, but it’s enough for now to just utter a sigh of relief. The Daily Show is back, with its essential wit and irreverence intact.
  3. Reviewed by: Don Kaplan
    Sep 29, 2015
    80
    Calm, nimble and damn funny, Noah didn’t even break a sweat and seems easily poised to carry on the satire and smarts that turned the Comedy Central talk show into a source of news and entertainment for an entire generation. The Daily Show is in good hands. That’s our moment of zen.
  4. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    His first night in a very high-pressure situation, Noah seemed entirely at ease, starting with a little earnestness, segueing into material that he capably handled even though it still felt built to Stewart specs, and finishing with an entirely toothless interview with Kevin Hart.
  5. 70
    Noah didn’t fade into the wallpaper, though. Although the broadcast preserved much of The Daily Show set, the opening theme, most of the recurring bits, and even closed with a Moment of Zen, there were many moments where the skinny South African (who is 31 but could pass for 21) gave us hints of how his Show might differ from Stewart’s--starting with energy, which is cool and aloof in a Johnny Carson vein, bordering on unflappable.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    While Stewart left big shoes to fill, Noah’s first at bat suggests the format remains durable enough to let him find his footing.
  7. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    In all, Noah's first Daily Show was a solid success, and funnier than skeptics probably expected.
  8. Reviewed by: Daniel Holloway
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    He looked like he was enjoying himself throughout the half hour--a key quality in today’s late-night landscape. But most of all, he looked like a guy who might have the audacity to try to replace Jon Stewart. And that he just might pull it off.
  9. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah wasn’t without its foibles and clunky one-liners: the pitfalls any new late-night talk show has to dodge. But the biggest takeaway from Noah’s first swing at succeeding Jon Stewart was the new host’s energy and exuberant confidence--something most take weeks, if not months, to find.
  10. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    The best and most honest thing you can say about Monday's premiere is, "He didn't break it." He also didn't try to.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    In general, Noah came across polished and so smiley, he seemed nearly jubilant.
  12. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 29, 2015
    70
    Noah read his material with good timing, shifting from sly to authoritative to snarky. What’s less clear yet is if he can be off-the-cuff funny.
  13. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Oct 5, 2015
    67
    For his first week, there was a lot of potential, as well as potential problems.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 29, 2015
    67
    The 31-year-old comedian from South Africa was confident and charismatic and full of joy for the job. He went down easy, and not just because he’s one handsome, telegenic man.... His jokes, while energetically performed, lacked POV and veered toward irreverence for irreverence’s sake, most notably, the crack about the size of the pope’s penis.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Sep 29, 2015
    63
    With his ever-present smile, he projects a genial, almost mild camera presence but lacks anything resembling the kind of edge that made Jon Stewart a name to be reckoned with. He has a hard road ahead of him.
User Score
3.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 144
  2. Negative: 92 out of 144
  1. Oct 1, 2015
    0
    Trevor Noah is a complete misfire as host. He's not really very funny by himself. He has no charisma or style and can't seem to engage theTrevor Noah is a complete misfire as host. He's not really very funny by himself. He has no charisma or style and can't seem to engage the guests to get anything out of them. They seem to have to draw HIM out. I don't think he will be hosting for very long and hopefully he'll be replaced by someone who belongs in that chair. Too bad some of the best candidates left the network right before Stewart left. Maybe Jessica Williams can be talked into being host or co-host. She could save the show. Full Review »
  2. May 29, 2017
    0
    TLDR: I am a liberal and I can see the propaganda spewing from every orifice and it's utterly pathetic. Pander. Pander. Pander. MoreTLDR: I am a liberal and I can see the propaganda spewing from every orifice and it's utterly pathetic. Pander. Pander. Pander. More propaganda. Then a final sprinkle of risible Trump hate.

    Jon Stewart was okay at times, but mostly entertaining. This dude, holy sh*t! Where do I even begin? Before I even do, it must be known that I am a liberal, but this pile or freshly dropped horse manure doesn't even come close to a blip of appeal to me. When I watch this, it seems that the same fallacies that the MSM are pushing are echo chambered here as well. The message this conveys to me is 'black people can't be racist because reasons' and Trump this Trump that (which is why he won the election LOL).

    On a personal note, again as a liberal, this PC/SJW hateful rhetoric is disgusting. The double standards are bursting at the seams. Whoever plays into this type of show is ignorant beyond all hope. "Trump wants to sleep with his daughter" really? This low is pretty damn low, but it's expected from these types of hooligans.
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  3. Oct 2, 2015
    0
    This show, like the one previously hosted by Jon Leibowitz, is terrible. So far, each episode has been nothing more than your standard liberalThis show, like the one previously hosted by Jon Leibowitz, is terrible. So far, each episode has been nothing more than your standard liberal snark combined with distorted facts and observations (a hallmark of liberal entertainers). "Republicans are racist!" Thunderous applause. "Conservatives are radicals because they protested the illegal harvesting of dead baby body parts" ZOMG LITERALLY THIS! They should change the name to The Liberal Delusion, with some half black guy nobody's ever heard of. They have a blatant agenda against "right-wingers" (i.e. sane, mentally healthy white people) and it's just not funny. Like Jon Leibowitz the host and his handlers, I mean writers, are more concerned with pandering to white, self-hating liberals than the the quality of their show. The host was a piss-poor stand-up comedian, and he's a piss-poor host as well. Zero charisma, laughs at his own jokes, and he's a poor speaker. There's no natural rhythm or flow when he speaks; it's obvious that he's reading from a prompter. "Comedy" Central should have picked a host who has an IQ above 85 if they wanted the show to be successful. Full Review »