TV Show Recommendation: The Misery Index (2019-)


Creators: Andy Breckman, Ben Newmark, and Dan Newmark

Executive Producers: Michael Lopez, Adam Bold, Andy Breckman, Daniel Calin, Howard Klein, Jason Mauro, Ben Newmark, and Dan Newmark

Director: Ryan Polito

Writers: Scotty Landes, Andy Breckman, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark, and Mason Steinberg

Cast: Jameela Jamil, Brian Quinn, James Murray, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano

Episodes: 5 so far

Running Time of Each Episode: 21 minutes

For all the dangling of the carrot before the show premiered, I was excited for the first episode.  I watched it and while it isn’t as funny as Impractical Jokers, it has enough miserableness and suspense to keep your attention. This game show has two teams competing against each other.  The four friends (Q, Murray, Joe, and Sal) are paired with two contestants who have done something embarrassing in their own lives (who hasn’t done this) and are introduced to the audience and viewers.  They watch real-life events and based on a scale from 1 to 100 and scored by the experts.  The contestant who advances to the final round gets the chance to win $30,000.  It reminds me of Hollywood Game Night a little bit, but The Misery Index has something it doesn’t and that is the antics of the four life long friends and the facial expressions of Jameela Jamil.  It airs on Tuesday on TBS and has a rating of TV-14.

I rate The Misery Index GOOD at 80%.





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