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1/10
Cancel Doris
diedraj10 September 2019
I would actually enjoy this show if Doris wasn't on it. She's rude and always interrupting the guests who are supposed to be playing the game. I literally mute the tv when she's about to talk. I can't imagine I'm alone with my thoughts.
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7/10
The New Version Retains Most Of The Important Elements
atlasmb28 June 2017
This new version of the classic television show stars Anthony Anderson as host. The basic format is unchanged: there are three contestants who try to fool a panel of celebrities; one must tell the truth, the other two are bluffers.

Anderson's mother sits nearby so he can interact with her, supposedly for humor. This lends an air of informality to the show. Other aspects of the show are also deconstructed. Anderson himself interjects questions for the contestants (as does his mama) whenever he chooses.

One addition to the original format that adds cleverness to the comedy is what might be called the game within a game. For example, after the identity of the REAL person is revealed, the next round might involve the two impostors from the previous round, one of whom has his own secret.

One aspect of the original show that remains and is important to the entertainment factor is the "gee whiz" nature of the secrets. Like "Ripley's Believe It or Not", viewers want accomplishments and odd facts that are amazing or surprising. Fortunately, there is an endless supply of these "secrets".

This incarnation of the show has more energy than the original, due in part to the music, the set, and Anthony Anderson's comedic approach (but no one ever accused Bud Collyer of being a funny guy or the life of the party). At the end of the show, Anthony takes the phone of the celebrity who is least successful in his/her guesses, and sends out a tweet that is an embarrassing lie.

For you old-timers, be sure to catch Rachel Dratch channeling Peggy Cass.
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2/10
Painful to Watch
marybethfarrell-6208129 January 2017
It is unbelievable that this version made it to TV screens. The original was witty, compelling and interesting. This is not. It does have potential, but the host is not funny at all and steals air time from the guests and panel. Even worse, is that his mother is a part of the show. She's probably a kind woman but it is simply awful to listen to her throw sexual innuendos time and time again and the banter with her son should remain in their own home. The guests are mostly interesting, but at times the demonstrations of the "talents" of the guests plays more like a mis-matched variety show. The final kicker is that the "loser" on the panel must allow a false tweet to remain on their account for 24 hours. It is an odd way to shame a panelist and the fact that there isn't a reward for a guest who fools the panel makes the whole exercise feel like a waste of time.
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1/10
Forget this Horrible Remake and Find the Original
bturner0088 January 2017
This show makes a great case for never re-making classic shows or movies. It is absolutely terrible in its style and delivery. As for the original, since most TVs were owned only by upper middle class who generally had a higher level of education, programs, particularly game shows, were best described as interesting and intellectual. One might also notice the high level of manners, demeanor and protocol - more commonplace in the late-50s and early-60s.

But this broadcast brings to light everything unappealing in today's society. Uninteresting (and unintelligent) panelists nobody has ever heard of and contestants that have to stand in front of them for the entire segment - unlike the original which tried to take on an aura of that combined the confessional with a witness stand. The result this time - an uninteresting, "dumbed-down" time filler that seems to be developed for maximum appearance of diversity instead of intellectual content.

Do yourself a favor. Cancel this program and turn to one of the Oldies network and watch the classic. It still holds up even 60-some years from the original broadcast dates.
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2/10
Most Disturbingly RACIST Shows on Television.
Man992048 July 2016
Warning: Spoilers
To Tell the Truth was a beloved American Game Show which was seen in various formats for over thirty years. It was full of charm and intelligence.

This is NOT that same game show. The producers of this show have apparently NEVER seen the original version. They have tossed away all of the charm and dumbed this down to the point you think you are watching some sort of remedial programming.

Anthony Anderson is NOT Bud Collier. Anthony Anderson is NOT "game show host material. As limited and uninteresting as Anthony Anderson is... his MOTHER,, who appears on every episode is even less talented and even less interesting.

Aside from being one of the stupidest shows seen during the 2016 TV season, this is also one of the most RACIST. Betty White is the token white person on the show. There were no Latinos on the Panel. No Asians on the Panel. No East Indians on the panel. No Native Americans on the panel. Roughly NINETY PERCENT of the ethnic groups in America are NOT panelists/Hosts on this show.
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4/10
Sherry Shepard
jonessusan-1246327 August 2018
The way Sherry acts towards Male guests on the show is abominable. If a man harassed a women the way she does with Male guests, they would have charged against them. She is shameful.
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3/10
Okay but can be annoying
slp-4606316 September 2017
Some of the banter can be funny, but the most annoying and unnecessary part of this whole show is Anthony's mother. Talk about riding a coat tale. I don't understand why she's there, when she speaks it's mostly classless bunk. Grabs and refers to her breasts, (size only due to weight), every time she speaks. And her not being one of the panelists, why she's given an opportunity to ask a question and is sometimes insulting to the contestants is unfathomable to me. The show would be much better without her.
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9/10
A Lot Looser and Funnier But True to its Roots
hfan7724 June 2016
It's great to see another version of the classic panel game show To Tell The Truth. For the first time since the original Bud Collyer left the airwaves in 1967, the show is back in prime time with Anthony Anderson of Black-ish handling the hosting duties. He is really funny and steers the show away from the staid format of the previous versions into a looser and funnier version.

Let's not forget the panel. Casting Betty White as a regular was a great move by the production staff since she has played the game many times in its 60 year history and asks really good questions. Also contributing are NeNe Leakes and Jalen Rose with a guest panelist each week. Give an assist to Anderson's real-life mother Doris who serves as the scorekeeper and contributes to the comedy.

But the hallmark of the show is extraordinarily talented contestants. In the episode my girlfriend and I saw, there was a female competitive eating champion, a man who was struck by lightning twice, a seven time lottery winner and a couple who got married 50 times. Kudos to the casting director for the great spots.

If you haven't seen this version of To Tell the Truth, it won't be on very long since ABC ordered only six episodes. It pays homage to the original Bob Stewart creation as Anderson quotes the famous phrase "Will the real...please stand up!" Missing from this version is another familiar phrase "Number One. What is your name please?" It has potential to be another game show hit for ABC.
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1/10
Pretty stupid and insulting to intelligent people
vbnelsen27 August 2018
I know the premise but what is it with his mom on the show? Insults intelligence. No wonder network TV is on the decline. Don't waste your time unless raunchy unimaginative television is your desire.
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1/10
Insulting
sandra-waller23 July 2018
I have tried to watch this modern "To Tell the Truth", but I will not waste my time again. It is such an insult to the old version, as the judges are condescending to the guests, demeaning them and treating them as inferiors. The judges themselves are crass and think they are being funny with all of their sexual innuendoes and laid back attitudes. This includes 'Mama", Please get this mess off of the air! I hate the thought that our upcoming adults might consider this kind of behavior an appropriate way to act. Also, the grammar used is horrific!
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8/10
So much better than the original
kimmishy523 July 2019
The new show has spice and spicy humor. I always laugh out loud
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1/10
Mother
cjnix28 August 2018
Why is his mother on here? She's so nasty,,no reason for her to be on the show.
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1/10
Terrible!
YouMakeMe1 July 2019
The first year when Betty White was on was ok. Since then the panel are no funny they are insulting and rude and pause to receive laughter they think they should have. They talk over each other and hardly ask real questions. Anthony talks over them all. It's tinks and is an insult to all game shows.
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5/10
Get Rid of Mama
rbrtalexr11 July 2019
She adds nothing to the show and is annoying more than anything.
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7/10
Comedic version of an old favorite
skylubber12 September 2019
If you like improvisational comedy interjected into an old favorite theme, this show will be entertaining to you. If you are old enough to remember, this formula is what made the 1970's Match Game a refreshing and entertaining change from the 1960's Match Game. Some of the newer remakes of old game shows have been off the mark, but having guest stars who are good at improv makes To Tell the Truth worthwhile and one of the better remakes because it does not try to be a copy of the older versions. Sometimes it's too tacky and you might find you agree with some of the other negative reviews posted here, if you like being the critic. If you are going to watch one episode, go for season 4 episode 11; be sure to stay for the entire episode, and relax!
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10/10
Panel
lisahagy12 August 2019
I have been watching this show since it started in 2016. Anthony is doing a great job. I laugh out loud so much when Sherry Shepard and/or Joel McHale are on they need to be regulars.
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2/10
Terrible
phyllisjsykes22 July 2019
This show is not entertaining. Why is the hosts mother there? Nothing like the original, disliked it, stupid.
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10/10
Funniest game show
jskoo18 August 2019
Mama Doris is always right! Love that it is multiracial - panelists and guests. LOVE Mama Doris. Don't listen to the other reviewers, and watch this show if you want to laugh!
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