|Review with Myles Barlow|
First DVD Released
|Genre||Black comedy, Satire|
|Created by||Phil Lloyd|
|Developed by||Phil Lloyd|
|Written by||Phil Lloyd, Trent O'Donnell|
|Directed by||Trent O'Donnell|
|Presented by||Phil Lloyd (as Myles Barlow)|
|Starring||Phil Lloyd (as Myles Barlow)|
|Narrated by||Phil Lloyd|
|Theme music composer||Matt Blackman|
|Composers||Trevor Bell, Cameron Bruce, Matt Blackman|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer||Megan Harding|
|Production locations||Sydney, Australia|
|Running time||30 minutes (excluding commercials)|
|Production company||Starchild Productions|
ABC1 The Christmas Special
|Picture format||576i SDTV|
|Original release||16 October 2008 –|
22 December 2010
|Related shows||Review (2014–2017)|
Review with Myles Barlow is an Australian satirical black comedy television series which screened on Thursday nights on ABC2 and Friday nights on ABC 1. The series began screening on 16 October 2008. It is co-written and directed by Trent O'Donnell and also co-written by Phil Lloyd. It is produced by Starchild Productions (Dean Bates and Reuben Field). The first series comprised six half-hour episodes and the second series a further six half-hour episodes. Episodes were made available for download on the ABC website. Series 1 episodes have been available to watch on-demand on YouTube. Series 2 began airing on ABC2 on 22 July 2010 and finished on 26 August 2010. A Christmas special was broadcast on ABC1 on 22 December 2010.
Myles Barlow is a critic who reviews life experiences in response to viewer questions. Barlow reviews real-life experiences such as being a murderer and a drug-mule, the rush of pleasure as he pays for sex and the bleakness of living on the streets.
Regular segments include "Letter of the Week" along with a summary of the show at the beginning and highlights of the next episode which do not actually reflect the actual episode contents.
Myles uses often unnecessarily complex metaphors to conclude each segment, choosing an abstract notion or object and then comparing his experience to it.
Each episode ends with a faux-"Next Time" segment.
Note: Bolded reviews are primary review segments, unbolded reviews are short "breaker" reviews.
Presented as a segment as part of the telecast of the Logies.
On 6 August 2010, the sketch "Killing Kyle Sandilands" caused controversy after it aired. Parts of the sketch, including stabbing a picture and burning an effigy of Kyle Sandilands, were received with negative views. A Current Affair did a story on the sketch, commenting that it was far too graphic and potentially dangerous. Sandilands himself did not comment on the segment.
A Dutch adaptation premiered in the Netherlands.
An American television adaptation, titled Review, premiered in March 2014 on Comedy Central. On the series' final episode, Phil Lloyd appeared, playing a viewer asking what would be the last question of the program.