TV Show Review – Making History

TV Show Review – Making History


Rating:  2 (out of 5).  Fox’s new series Making History follows Dan, a facilities manager at a Massachusetts college that discovered a time machine made out of an extra large gym bag.  One of the first things he does is go back in time to woo Paul Revere’s daughter.  In the process he also distracts her father and messes up the historical timeline. He then asks a history teacher to help him straighten things out. Mixed reviews with The Salt Lake Tribune  calling it “an unfunny “comedy about a time-traveling moron” while The Washington Post said that it is a “likable but largely forgettable comedy.”

Variety describes this as “the comedy version of NBC’s Timeless.” They say “Making History never quite gels. In its first four episodes, it provides some skilled actors with a couple of historical scenarios in which they make a series of mostly predictable jokes about the customs and conventions of the past. Occasionally, “Making History” makes an amusing observation, but there’s no overwhelming reason to sign up for repeated journeys with this crew.”

The Hollywood Reporter calls it “a comedy that’s blatantly unfunny.”

The New York Times writes “The humor of “Making History,” created by a writer for “Family Guy” and “Dads,” is broad, sometimes borderline gross and pop-culture inflected.” They think “The jokes are also, with some regularity, funny and endearing, especially when delivered by Mr. Lester or Ms. Meester, whose portrayal of an earnest proto-feminist is the show’s best weapon.”

The Los Angeles Times notes “It doesn’t strive to make sense; the rough dynamic of the main characters (each dumb and smart in his and her own way) is a constant; their relationships are only briefly subject to change. As history, it is on par with the adventures of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, sprinkled with facts without too much regard for where they fall.”

The Detroit News describes this as “a sly fluffball of a sitcom, something that looks thoroughly silly but also manages to bring some sting when it wants.” They say “At first the show’s breakneck pace and parade of stupid jokes carry things. But by the second episode “Making History” is hilariously dissecting America’s love affair with guns, and Deborah ends up bringing a feminist slant wherever she goes. It’s all very silly, but there’s bite beneath some of the yuks.”

Newsday  writes “the show spurts onto the air like ketchup spewed from an over squeezed bottle, plopping frenzied mayhem all over everything.” They say “The cliffhanger pilot and second episode are laced with the anything-can-happen insanity of Monty Python, as well as that TV landmark’s awareness of, yet irreverence for, things we hold dear.”

USA Today calls it a “goofy, but not pointless comedy.” They state “ Much of the humor is the kind of fish-out-of-ancient-water stuff that TV has been doing since It’s About Time. (How’s that for traveling to TV’s distant past?) But the show is brighter than you might expect, throwing in funny jokes about our fondness for guns and our differing views on race, gender and history.”

The Colorado Springs Gazette says this “has a cast full of likable, funny characters. Viewers will immediately connect with Dan, the everyman good guy who just wants to be understood and respected.”

The Washington Post calls this a “likable but largely forgettable comedy.”

The Salt Lake Tribune describes this as “an unfunny “comedy” about a time-traveling moron.”

The San Francisco Chronicle calls it “the silliest of the time-related shows” and thinks “that makes it modestly entertaining.” They say “t is funny, but there’s also a sameness about the episodes that begins to plateau a bit, suggesting the show could fall into a same old, same old mode down the line.”

Vulture thinks this is “less interested in the details behind how time travel works than it is in mining the genre for jokes.” They say the comedic tone it strikes “is light, silly, and steeped in references to movies, TV shows, and music from the ’80s and ’90s.”

CNN writes “has fun with anachronisms, from Meester’s character saying “Who else would talk politics with a woman?” to a sly message about just how much Americans love their guns. Oh, and Sam Adams and John Hancock? Turns out they were kind of immature jerks.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette thinks this has “ its intermittently amusing moments, but episode two, where the trio foments the American Revolution using 2016-era NRA tactics, proves stronger.” They say “A third episode involving travel to Al Capone’s Chicago, circa 1919, is fairly lackluster.”

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