American Idol (2002– )
"American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (original title)

TV Series  -   -  Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
4.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.2/10 from 17,914 users  
Reviews: 131 user | 21 critic

Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star ... See full summary »

Creator:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 18 Feb 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 29 Jan 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 21 May 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 23 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 16 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "American Idol" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Idol (2002– )

American Idol (2002– ) on IMDb 4.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Idol.

User Polls

Season:

13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | See more »

Year:

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | See more »
Won 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 40 wins & 114 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Voice (TV Series 2011)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Four famous musicians search for the best voices in America and will mentor these singers to become artists. America will decide which singer will be worthy of the grand prize.

Stars: Carson Daly, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine
The X Factor (TV Series 2011)
Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In this American version of the hit UK show, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges search for a singer who has the "X factor".

Stars: Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid
America's Got Talent (TV Series 2006)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A weekly talent competition where an array of performers -- from singers and dancers, to comedians and novelty acts -- vie for a $1 million cash prize.

Stars: Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel
Don't Forget the Lyrics! (TV Series 2007)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Contestants compete for $1 million by selecting songs from a myriad of different genres, decades and artists and singing alongside a karaoke-style video screen where the music stops, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Wayne Brady, Rickey Minor, Mark McGrath
So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series 2005)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dancers skilled in everything from ballroom and ballet to salsa, jive, hip-hop and krumping, all compete to be named the best. Dancers must impress the judges with their moves and rigorous ... See full summary »

Stars: Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley, Mary Murphy
Dancing with the Stars I (TV Series 2005)
Family | Game-Show | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

U.S. reality show based on the British series "Strictly Come Dancing," where celebrities partner up with professional dancers and compete against each other in weekly elimination rounds to determine a winner.

Stars: Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli
The Apprentice (TV Series 2004)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A reality-tv based show in which contestants compete for a job as an apprentice to billionaire American Donald Trump.

Stars: Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Robin Himmler
The Biggest Loser (TV Series 2004)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The simple idea of The Biggest Loser, familiar to dieters the world over, is that "whomever loses the most...wins." Losing weight will be difficult, though, as the 12 contestants (six male ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Harper, Alison Sweeney, Jillian Michaels
Survivor (TV Series 2000)
Adventure | Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A reality show where a group of contestants are stranded in a remote location with little more than the clothes on their back. The lone survivor of this contest takes home a million dollars.

Stars: Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham
Fear Factor I (TV Series 2001)
Game-Show | Reality-TV | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In each pulse-racing "Fear Factor" episode, contestants (sometimes solo, often paired with spouses, siblings or best friends) recruited from across the nation must decide if they have the ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Rogan, Todd Staples, Chad Morris
America's Next Top Model (TV Series 2003)
Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A cyclical competition where women from all over the U.S. compete for the honor of being America's next "it girl" in the modeling world.

Stars: Adrianne Curry, Yoanna House, Tyra Banks
The Voice I (TV Series 2012)
Game-Show | Music | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Contestants compete in a singing competition that focuses on the quality of their voice.

Stars: Darren McMullen, Joel Madden, Ricky Martin
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host (448 episodes, 2002-2014)
...
 Himself - Judge / ... (429 episodes, 2002-2013)
...
 Himself - Judge / ... (314 episodes, 2002-2010)
...
 Herself - Judge / ... (272 episodes, 2002-2010)
Edit

Storyline

Twelve finalists and/or future singers (six men and six women) who were selected from America, compete in a talent contest in which they were asked to sing any song they like on this "Star Search" clone. After each song that was sung, the judges, Abdul, Jackson and Cowell, then critique that finalist's chosen song. After each show's ending, America must vote for a finalist to whom they really think their performance is good using this AT&T (now Cingular Wireless) or any other cellular phone to cast votes with. Once the votes are locked in, the judges and America decides who has the most and the least amount of votes, and the contestant with the least amount of votes is eliminated, and it goes on each week's show until the winner is crowned as "American Idol," where he/she wins a recording contract worth up to $1,000,000. The rest of the other finalists to whom they have been voted off before (the runner-up) also get recording contracts, too. Written by Gary Richard Collins II (gcollinsii@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Thousands audition... Millions vote.... One wins. See more »


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Idol  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Top 12 Rankings (2006):
  • Winner: Taylor Hicks,


  • 2nd place: Katharine McPhee,


  • 3rd place: Elliott Yamin,


  • 4th place: Chris Daughtry,


  • 5th place: Paris Bennett,


  • 6th place: Kellie Pickler,


  • 7th place: Ace Young,


  • 8th place: Bucky Covington,


  • 9th place: Mandisa Hundley,


  • 10th place: Lisa Tucker,


  • 11th place: Kevin Covais,


  • 12th place: Melissa McGhee


See more »

Quotes

[on announcing the results]
Ryan Seacrest: Dim the lights... and here we go.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Portions of this program not affecting the outcome have been edited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 May 2008 (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Absolutely Ridiculous
20 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is wholly inexplicable and mystifying that a nation could be so obsessed with a show like this, a worthless, fifteen-minutes-of-fame, trashy-so-it's-bad piece of garbage that captivates more collective attention than the average Presidential race. Constantly, I am forced to hide in my room when this show comes on because it overrides all other shows where I live. With paper-thin walls, I can hear every minute of it: the generic pop voices, the horrible auditions at the beginning of every season that throw pathos out the window, and the growing absurdity of the judge's sweetness, complacency, and ruthlessness. It is by far a more rewarding experience to watch unintelligent programs mock this show than it is to watch it itself-- "Shrek 2," anyone? And "American Idol Rewind," a vapid expansion of the show's early years, is even more heinous and pointless. Yet people continue to watch the competition, from talentless winners (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, etc.) to unique, worthwhile losers (Daughtry!) But guess what. Even Chris Daughtry hates it when people mention his appearance on this show. Because it is, in its own, Idol way, a puerile, infantile, mindless and banal exercise in finding the next unlikely hero to throw through the ruthless pop culture gum-ball machine. A word of advice to the people who actually tune in every January: go and watch the classic 1981 movie musical "Shock Treatment." Once you see its town overwhelmed to Orwellian proportions by TV shows like this, you will see the error of your remote-controlled ways.


19 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Will Jena Get Signed? HypnoticPoison7
'American Idol' plummet in ratings... Jsmiley67
jena shouldve won ryanholt98
James Durbin or Caleb Johnson? canadian_movie_buff
Meat Loaf receives congratulations messages on his 'American Idol' win.. Jsmiley67
Overall Thoughts/Opinions On Season 13 MrCinerama
Discuss American Idol (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page