Review: 'The Movie Show'

Post by: Rick Ellis 17 December, 2020

I have to admit that I have a fondness for puppets. Not in a creepy way and why did your mind go there first? Now, I've always found puppets entertaining and truth be told, in an early life I was a financial reporter for a video/audio financial news startup in the Bay area. And while I spent the rest of my week doing serious reporting, every Friday I did a segment where I was the voice of "Stockie," a stock-picking sock puppet who gave surprisingly informed advice while mocking the stuffiness of the tech industry. My crowning moment was when someone from Apple PR called and asked for an apology because they felt the "puppet was being too mean" about their new G4 Cube. A product which, for the record, turned out to be a disaster.

But back to the point of this. Because I love puppet-oriented humor, I was really hesitant to check out the new-ish Syfy late night comedy The Movie Show. Created and voiced by Adam Dubowsky & Alex Stone, the show centers around a public access movie review TV show hosted by "Deb & Wade." Deb is the movie critic for the fictional Modesto Bird and Wade is...well, his personality can best be described as similar to what you'd hear from the sidekick on a mid-market classic rock morning show. He's juvenile, self-centered and thinks the movie The Meg is one of the greatest films of all time. Wade is the kind of guy who - when asked to do a segment where he and Deb would ask each other to watch their favorite movie - fought to name the segment "I'll Show You Mine & You Show Me Yours."

I am likely well past the demo for The Movie Show. And I know I should find the scattershot, sometimes vulgar and often just odd humor of the show off-putting and predictable. But honestly, I binged the first four episodes last night and was laughing so hard my wife came in to make sure I wasn't having some sort of seizure. I did stand-up for more than a decade, I've written a few things I think might be passably funny. I'm a tough audience. But based on what I've seen so far, The Movie Show might be the most consistently funny half-hour comedy I've seen in 2020. 

We all need a laugh right now and I don't think you'll find a more predictable place to find it than Thursday nights at 11:00 pm ET on Syfy. Tonight is the last show before the holidays and it returns in three weeks on January 7th.

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