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Episode 1: Appetite for Instruction

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Excited to see what Chelsea Handler does with the late-night show format when there are no rules. Rating:

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by T.J. DeGroatEditor
May 11, 2016 1:40PM EDT
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Fourteen minutes into Chelsea Handler’s new show, I got a little teary. This is a departure, for sure. The segment in question included a delightfully giggly John King, the U.S. secretary of education. Not the kind of guy you would have expected on Chelsea’s E! show. But here, he fit in perfectly, sharing touching stories about the importance of teachers before playfully testing Chelsea’s knowledge. The episode also included Drew Barrymore, Pitbull, and Chris Martin, who started the show with a musical bit in which he confused the premiere of Chelsea’s project with its finale: “When I heard your Netflix show was ending, I finally understood the good in goodbye.” That was cute, as was the hopefully recurring Netflix Match segment. Sample: If you like “House of Cards” and "Dumb and Dumber” you’ll love “W.” Chelsea also jumped right into the election: “Without my insight, how will the American electorate ever be able to decide between a highly qualified woman with impeccable credentials and a bankrupt, misogynistic, racist, orange asshole?” Overall, this seems like a really smart move for Netflix. Just like the broadcast networks use their late-night shows to parade their lineups’ biggest stars, this show can (and did) call upon a pretty incredible constellation of stars (Robin Wright, Ellie Kemper, and Will Arnett, among others, appeared in a pre-recorded bit). It’s definitely a major upgrade over the E! show in every way, but it’s still Chelsea, so if you don’t like her personality, you probably won’t like this show. But you may still want to check it out. It could surprise you.
Fourteen minutes into Chelsea Handler’s new show, I got a little teary. This is a departure, for sure. The segment in question included a delightfully giggly John King, the U.S. secretary of education. Not the kind of guy you would have expected on Chelsea’s E! show. But here, he fit in perfectly, sharing touching stories about the importance of teachers before playfully testing Chelsea’s knowledge. The episode also included Drew Barrymore, Pitbull, and Chris Martin, who started the show with a musical bit in which he confused the premiere of Chelsea’s project with its finale: “When I heard your Netflix show was ending, I finally understood the good in goodbye.” That was cute, as was the hopefully recurring Netflix Match segment. Sample: If you like “House of Cards” and "Dumb and Dumber” you’ll love “W.” Chelsea also jumped right into the election: “Without my insight, how will the American electorate ever be able to decide between a highly qualified woman with impeccable credentials and a bankrupt, misogynistic, racist, orange asshole?” Overall, this seems like a really smart move for Netflix. Just like the broadcast networks use their late-night shows to parade their lineups’ biggest stars, this show can (and did) call upon a pretty incredible constellation of stars (Robin Wright, Ellie Kemper, and Will Arnett, among others, appeared in a pre-recorded bit). It’s definitely a major upgrade over the E! show in every way, but it’s still Chelsea, so if you don’t like her personality, you probably won’t like this show. But you may still want to check it out. It could surprise you.

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AVG: 3.58
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