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Taskmaster 

Based on the popular UK game show by the same name, competitors use creativity to complete unusual challenges.
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Series cast summary:
Reggie Watts ...  Himself - Taskmaster 8 episodes, 2018
Alex Horne ...  Himself - Assistant 8 episodes, 2018
Kate Berlant ...  Herself - Panellist 8 episodes, 2018
Dillon Francis ...  Himself - Panellist 8 episodes, 2018
Ron Funches ...  Himself - Panellist 8 episodes, 2018
Freddie Highmore ...  Himself - Panellist 8 episodes, 2018
Lisa Lampanelli ...  Herself - Panellist 8 episodes, 2018
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Based on the popular UK game show by the same name, competitors use creativity to complete unusual challenges.

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It's a watered down version of the UK show
27 April 2018 | by jazfroSee all my reviews

It's almost the same format as the UK original, but shorter. Same kind of creative problem solving challenges. And Alex Horne is on hand to provide continuity. So far, so good. What's missing are the small details that make the UK show really funny and enjoyable: Reggie Watts is a big comedian, but he does not allow himself to be as outrageous as Greg Davies (the Taskmaster of the UK original series). No small part of the fun of the UK show is the banter between Davies and Horne (part bullying, part master-and-servant, part homoerotic) and the deprecating tone of the Taskmaster's judgement of the comedians' efforts - the fun in the original is the mock humiliation, willingly accepted by the contestants. I expected they'd cut that out of the US version of the show: it's not part of the culture. I guess that's exemplary of the cultural differences that make it hard to transpose UK (or Aussie) shows to the US. What's missing, is that the producers have not found anything to replace the bits that made the UK show enjoyable -but would not work for a US audience- with something else. So all we're left to contemplate are B-list comedians' goofy videos. It's watchable, but rarely will it make you burst out with laughter.


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