The Masked Singer: Season 1 Reviews

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January 4, 2019
What if we rebrand the dystopia as wacky? the show asks.
January 2, 2019
Little about this production seems self-aware enough to suggest its charming, interesting moments happened on purpose. Except for the costumes! The costumes, really, are good.
January 3, 2019
It all started as an admirably bizarre reality series that revelled in its unabashed spectacle and lunacy. But it became, somehow, a bit of a bore.
January 3, 2019
"The Masked Singer" is a reality competition much like "American Idol," minus whatever shred of self-respect that show has ... or ever had.
January 2, 2019
That the celebrities talk in voices that are also disguised by robotic altering techniques makes it even more bizarre. But saddest are the dim comments and guesses by the panel.
January 2, 2019
So far, the American version is too preoccupied with selling the enormity of the the unmaskings that it doesn't bother to make sure the rest of the show is particularly interesting at all.
January 2, 2019
It's The Voice, except instead of turning your chair around, it turns your chair ever-so-slightly closer to the grave. There's nothing left to do but swing from the chandelier for as long as we can.
January 11, 2019
While the central conceit is unique and the performances are fun, each episode is weighed down with endless padding.
January 29, 2019
This horrible show might be slightly more interesting if I actually cared anything about the celebrities under the masks.
January 3, 2019
A prohibitive favorite for worst new TV show of the year didn't take long to assume that position.
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 15, 2019
...you do need to care who the star is when it's revealed. Instead, that moment bursts the fantasy bubble...
Top Critic
January 3, 2019
Like the worst and corniest decor you've ever affixed to your refrigerator, it's pretty terrible, but you can't deny that it's magnetic. And unlike a lot of performance shows, it's not vicious. It's easy.
January 18, 2019
It's nice to watch celebrities make fools of themselves for the sake of entertainment, and it's nice to see judges be complimentary when they don't necessarily have to be because there is nothing at stake.
January 11, 2019
It's Five Guys for the eyeballs: tastes great, but let's not think about what it's doing to our bodies.
January 17, 2019
To be honest, the buildup is thrilling.
January 14, 2019
Even I, a person born before the Internet but not that long after Christ, thought it was cute, a welcome break from serious documentaries, heady dramas and troubling 60 Minutes segments like the one about birds eating plastic.
January 3, 2019
In a broadcast landscape rife with reality-competition shows that recycle the same format... The Masked Singer feels less like a straightforward take on the genre-and more like a corner of Weird Twitter brought to life by some unholy Hollywood ritual.
January 3, 2019
From its loud and bright introduction and host Nick Cannon's energy, it's clear that "Singer" will always operate at a 10.
January 3, 2019
The Masked Singer is a deeply stupid enterprise, and there is a decent chance I will watch it again.
January 7, 2019
Like, sure, Top Chef and Project Runway at their best were genuinely thrilling explorations of the creative process, but they didn't have Terry Bradshaw dressed as a deer.
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