Tuesday, January 18, 2011

T.V. Reviews: Tosh.0 and Onion Sportsdome.

Today marks the 2nd episodes of Comedy Central's Tosh.0 now in its 3rd season, and Onion Sportsdome, with its second-ever episode. I thought for those of you who missed last weeks shows I would post some reviews so you know which show to maybe watch tonight and which to avoid like the plague.

Tosh.0, Seasons 3, Episode 1
This show continues to not just walk the fine line of funny or offensive, it outright crosses it. With a segment where he plays a clip of a person and asks the audience to guess if they "retarded" I was a bit upset. However, other bits are just plain funny even if they do make you go "That's not PC!" Antoine Dodson of internet fame makes an apperance that brought out some laughs from me, and nothing really stood out as completely unfunny except the above bit mocking the disabled and one of the non-internet related pieces where Daniel Tosh fights ninjas while he sits on a toilet. Yeah. Overall pure brain junk-food but isn't that what this show has always been? It's worth watching if you want to smile a bit, but don't expect to leave thinking any deep thoughts.
3 out of 5 stars.

Onion Sportsdome Season 1, Episode 1
That was pretty miserable. From a somewhat funny joke about Basketball players changing the game that gets run into the ground, to stretching out a gag about Soccer not being popular for way too long, this show seemed to suffer from thinking it was hilarious when in fact it was just annoying--kind of like that one guy or girl at the party people go out of their way to avoid. The low-point was probably a bit where commentators talked about players or teams they hated so much they would kill them, and then went into gruesome detail about how they would murder these individuals. It was just gross and morbid while thinking it was somehow clever. I don't mind violent or rude jokes, but this wasn't even funny, it was just gory.

The one bit that saved this show from being totally miserable was a short faux-human-interest piece about  boxer who lacks hands but uses titanium prosthetic hands to fight--and thinks other people don't want to box him because he is disabled and not because being punched by him is like a sledgehammer hitting your face. That made me grin, and the short joke about "The King Of Saint Louis" was humorous, but other than that the best thing I can say about the show is that the sets look good. When that is the nicest thing you can say, you know something is terribly wrong. Don't watch it. Don't even bother DVR'ing it.
1 out of 5 stars.

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