TV Club: Review: “Brawl, Blackmail, Gloryhole”

Season one of Review, in which everyman Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) reviews life experiences, goes beyond cringe comedy, creating something bleak, hilarious, and weirdly affecting. Performing random assignments prescribed by an unfeeling public, Forrest plunges into everything with equal fervor: racism (half a star, the lowest rating possible), making a sex tape (five stars), eating an upsetting number of pancakes (half a star, then five stars), getting a divorce (no rating).

After the maelstrom of the first season, the prospect of greater woes awaiting Forrest is hard to imagine… for about four minutes. Then season two dives deeper than ever into disaster. Assigned to seek out a bare-knuckled brawl, Forrest (who’s only thrown one punch in his life, and that at his producer when he quit his job and disappeared into the night) assaults a man jumping the line at the ATM. Shocked, hurt, and habitually trigger-happy, the stranger …

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