How to be a TV reviewer

July 10, 2008

(Part 1 of a series)
When reviewing a new sitcom, always remember to slag off the very first episode as brutally as you possibly can. Don’t worry that this introductory episode will probably be the least representative of the series, and forget about any notions of giving the show ‘time to develop’. Just watch the opening half hour of a six-week run, make your mind up there and then, dash off your sixty words about something that took someone a year to develop, and get some well-earned sleep!

(Fun fact: Twice in my career, I’ve had the experience of journalists actually apologising for their early bad reviews and retracting them–it happened with ‘Father Ted’ and ‘The IT Crowd’. I’m not saying that will necessarily happen with ‘Lab Rats’, but even the possibility should make anyone with a conscience pause before they lace up their hobnail boots.)

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  1. […] got sympathy with Graham Linehan’s views on those who criticise the first episodes of new series. He recalls how two of his biggest successes, Father Ted and The IT Crowd, got panned by a few […]

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