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‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Reviews: Critics Praise His Late Night Return

Tue, September 10, 2013 9:51am EDT by Andy Swift 41 Comments
Arsenio Hall Show Review
Courtesy of The CW

The king of ’90s late night returned Sept. 9 to a warm welcome from critics, fans, and of course, the Dog Pound. WOOF!

It’s always risky stepping back into the game — especially when you’ve been out of it for almost 20 years — but it would appear Arsenio Hall hasn’t forgotten any of the rules. The Arsenio Hall Show returned Sept. 9, and while some Twitter users were quick with the snark, true critics are hailing the late-night icon’s triumphant return.

It seems that, rather than attempt to bring himself into 2013, Arsenio brought 2013 back to him — and it totally worked! Though one reviewer noted that the host was a little rusty after nearly two decades, most heralded it as “a walk down memory lane,” one that would likely be considered a “success.”

Read what the critics had to say about The Arsenio Hall Show, then drop a comment with your own review!


The Arsenio Hall Show, inevitably and perhaps shrewdly, looks like a carbon copy of the syndicated show Hall left in 1994. And if you think about it, why not? In today’s fragmented TV universe, a series with a fraction of the audience Hall delivered in his heyday will likely be heralded as a success.

New York Daily News

Less-than-hilarious jokes aside, the resurrected talk show debuted in a far different world than the one it left in 1994. … It wasnt as tight an hour of late-night entertainment as it could have been, but even the smoothest running machine can get a little rusty after two decades.


The more things change, the more they stay the same, it seems. The set of the show isn’t all that different from the first time around. Arsenio still talks to guests from a big, comfortable-looking chair, while they sit on a couch. … A lot of the episode was a nice trip down memory lane to a show that broke down a lot of barriers in its time.


Arsenio Hall – after nearly 20 years – is back with an all new talk show. Yes, you read that correct. After what is probably (definitely?) one of the longest talk show hiatuses in history, he’s back and after watching a few clips it’s as if he never left.

WATCH: ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Promo

HollywoodLifers, did you catch The Arsenio Hall Show? What did you think? Drop a comment with your review below!

— Andy Swift

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