Da Ali G Show (2003–2004)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Talk-Show
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 9,374 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 13 critic

An ignorant, wannabe-Jamaican British b-boy; an anti-Semitic, misogynistic but friendly Kazakhstani television reporter; and a homosexual Austrian fashonista--all played by Sacha Baron ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 19 Aug 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 09 May 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 20 Jul 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Da Ali G Show" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Da Ali G Show (2003–2004)

Da Ali G Show (2003–2004) on IMDb 7.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Da Ali G Show.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
2004   2003  
Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ali G unwittingly becomes a pawn in the evil Chancellor's plot to overthrow the Prime Minister of Great Britain. However, instead of bringing the Prime Minister down, Ali is embraced by the... See full summary »

Director: Mark Mylod
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Emilio Rivera, Gina La Piana
Ali G, Aiii (Video 2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Atraight-to-video release of clips from Da Ali G Show (original, UK series) plus unaired segments from the show, hosted by Ali G himself.

Directors: James Bobin, Steve Smith
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, John Henry, Jenna Jameson
Ali G, Innit (Video 1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ali G travels throughout Britain, interviewing unsuspecting leaders and politicians.

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alex Alonso
Ali G: Bling Bling (Video 2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Clips from the Da Ali G Show, plus unaired segments and an interview with David and Victoria Beckham from a Comic Relief special.

Director: James Bobin
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alex Alonso
Da Ali G Show (TV Series 2000)
Comedy | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Hipster Ali G. interviews a variety of guests from the world of crime prevention, drug enforcement and the judiciary to discuss the issues of crime and drugs in Britain and America. Ali G, ... See full summary »

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Ellington, T.N.T. Crew
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

Director: Larry Charles
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell
Brüno (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno takes his show to America.

Director: Larry Charles
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gustaf Hammarsten, Clifford Bañagale
The Dictator (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

Director: Larry Charles
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A bunch of London buddies call themselves the "Jolly Boys," and devote most of their spare time to swilling beer, goofing off, and generally pursuing unambitious good times. But one day, ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Payne
Stars: Milo Twomey, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Craig
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Dan Mazer
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Geoffrey Roper
The 11 O'Clock Show (1998–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Iain Lee, Tommy Vance, Daisy Donovan
Spyz (2003)
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This is a short film made by the people who make Ali G. They used it as a pilot for Ali G to try and sell to some Hollywood producers he had had meetings with on Ali G in da USAiii. It was ... See full summary »

Director: James Bobin
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Ali G / ... (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Edit

Storyline

An ignorant, wannabe-Jamaican British b-boy; an anti-Semitic, misogynistic but friendly Kazakhstani television reporter; and a homosexual Austrian fashonista--all played by Sacha Baron Cohen--conduct interviews on unsuspecting Americans, who include prominent pundits in the political system and celebrities, that reveal deeply hidden prejudices and challenge social mores within American society. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Talk-Show

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ali G in da USAiii  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Borat, he is the second most famous person in Kazhakistan. The first is Paul Shaffer. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, when Ali G's shoes are flying toward him, the shot from the shoes' point-of-view shows the them coming in backwards and upside down. The other shots showing the flying shoes, however, have them coming in the other way up. See more »

Quotes

Borat: Your dog is a loser... you are upset?
Dog Show Contestant: No, no. I don't get upset. Some days you win, some days you don't.
Borat: You will put him in a sack in the river?
See more »

Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #18.6 (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An obscenely, screamingly funny cult classic . There just isn't enough of it.
31 December 2006 | by (www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com) – See all my reviews

Network: HBO; Genre: Sketch, Comedy, Improv; Content Rating: TV-MA (for graphic sexual dialog, profanity, scatological humor and graphic nudity); Available: DVD; Perspective: Cult Classic (star range: 1 - 5);

Seasons Reviewed: Complete Series (2 seasons)

A comic performer going out into the real world, interacting with real people and annoying them to the breaking point for our amusement has been a staple of tacky infantile TV for as long as I can remember. Always-in-character British satirist Sacha Baron Cohen is several notches above the hacks you'd normally see in a sub-genre that has been co-opted by MTV and Comedy Central for so long. Under the guise of Ali G wanting to cure America of it's blues in the wake of "the attacks of 7/11", Cohen graces HBO with his presence and delivers a real treat for those like myself who have never seen his trio of characters on the original British incarnation of "Da Ali G Show", but only heard about them in television lore.

Cohen is a chameleon of a comic genius. He doesn't just do voices, he has taken the Phil Hendrie approach and created characters. Having embodied them for years he knows his characters through-and-through and while we don't get any expository background on them he has created such a world for each of them that those paying attention will be rewarded with running gags, quotable catch-phrases and details about their lives.

Our host for this anarchists' talk show is Ali G, a Brit drowning in Tommy Hilfiger and hip hop culture who genuinely believes that he is black. Hilariously, Ali G doesn't know anything about anything, can barely speak the English language through his constant mangled hip-hop slang, is always diverting the interviews to a personal problem of his own and has no appropriateness boundaries whatsoever. He uses a sex educator to try to prove a child isn't his, tries to make a drug deal with Pat Buchanan if he can ever pass the "coni" and drops an anecdote about "me Julie" to anybody. Interviews with James Lipton ("liking acting doesn't make you a queer"), Andy Rooney and Sam Donaldson are priceless. The mind boggles at how Cohen is able to get these. Watch as Ali G asks Buchanan if it is right to go to war "over BLTs" and Buchanan just rolls with it. Watch as he tries to explain political bias to Sam Donaldson. Even better, are the round-table discussions on his own graffiti-sprayed, fenced-off, chalk-outline-on-the-flood set, while "experts" sit around and just take it as Ali G asks the stupidest questions you can't possibly imagine and dodges the slightest reference to homosexuality.

Then, straight from another part of the globe is Kazakstan journalist Borat for the "Borat in U. S. and A" segment. Cohen makes Borat's segments a show within itself complete with subtitles and grainy hand-held 3rd world country video. Borat is a treasure, who crawls into the lives of his interviews because he comes off as such an innocent while at the same time espousing a hatred of Jews, gypsy's and a treatment of women as sex slaves that he supposedly learned in Kazakstan. Cohen has Borat speak with a Polish accent and plays with American's complete lack of knowledge of the country. He uses political correctness as a gun people turn on themselves, knowing that Americans are so afraid of being called racist or xenophobic that they will let Borat do just about anything to them. Borat walks around with a political candidate and, when a woman answers the door, asks if there is a voter in the house. Borat sings his own country song "Throw the Jew down the well" that catches fire in a crowded saloon. Borat goes on speed dating and tells the girl that if she cheats on him, he will "crush her". There is so much to Borat's, his 10 minute segments don't do him justice. The show is best viewed as a companion with Sacha Baron Cohen's blockbuster feature film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakstan" to get the full scope of Cohen's vision.

Bruno is the least developed of the 3. A fashion reporter for Australian gay TV, it appears that Cohen loves doing the accent and doing the worm on the catwalk but can't figure out what he is satirizing here. The fashion industry? Who cares? A phony celebrity-obsessed culture? That's more like it. In season 1, Cohen keeps Bruno caged inside fashion show segments. It isn't until season 2 when he lets Bruno out that the character finds itself. When Cohen casts Bruno as a fish-out-of-water interviewing wrestlers at Datona beach or interviewing a man who runs a rehabilitation center for homosexuals (Bruno's funniest interview), the show hits a Phil Hendrie/Doug Danger note that really works for it and Bruno holds up the mirror to repressed homophobia and the contrived nature of reality shows and fashion critique.

My biggest problem with "Da Ali G Show" is that it is just too short. Way to short. 12 episodes left me screaming for more. As heated as some of the interviews get, Cohen's larger joke is usually on his character. His ability to hold up the funhouse mirror and make fun of the potential stupidity of youth hip-hop culture and the potential xenophobia in areas of America not familiar with "Ali G" from the inside out is a beautiful thing. In America, the only comparison we have to it is Mike Judge who has been subversively making teenagers and office drones laugh at themselves for years. Sacha Baron Cohen is even better. He's more on the edge, more into Jonathan Swift satirical territory and "Ali G" is screamingly, obscenely funny cult classic for it.

* * * * / 5


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Funniest Ali G moment... Amnesian
What is your favorite HBO show? Tuxido3000
Which guest handled it best and which made biggest fool of him/herself? tracyktt
reggae song nstrumpf-1
Bruno the movie! mjh27
Bruno movie? alantown
Discuss Da Ali G Show (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page