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Conan - (S05E79)

Comedy . Talk . Talk-Show . Music

Episode number: 5x79Airdate: Thursday June 18th, 2015

Episode Title: Josh Hutcherson, Drennon Davis, Karen Kilgariff
Airs: 2015-6-18 at 11:00 pm
  • Joanna Weiss

    It was vintage Conan stuff, proof that his absurdist sense of humor won't change much on the West Coast. And yet last night also contained some grand nods to O'Brien's fancy new home.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Admit it. Seeing O'Brien under direct sunlight in various bits was a jolt. But he looked giddily at home on the Tonight Show stage.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Though he seemed a little nervous and the humor seemed a bit broader, generally speaking, than it was on "Late Night," Conan on The Tonight Show worked just fine.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    All in all, a large-scale, impressive debut.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    All in all, O'Brien got his Tonight off to a decent start, though you still got the sense you were watching an introduction more than a settled production.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Conan made it subtly clear that the new kid in town will be a little naughtier and that for better or worse, Tonight is now his ride.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    O'Brien's debut was pretty much what one would expect from these kind of pre-hyped events. It was both funny and forced and the expectations of - what, exactly?--never seemed to materialize, even though Will Ferrell as the sole guest tried to drum something up and Pearl Jam, as the musical guest, at least kick-started an aural ruckus.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Randee Dawn

    After one show, let's say he's a work in progress.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Conan was simultaneously reassuring his fans that he wasn't going to change too much in the new gig, and telling the traditional Tonight audience what they might expect from the new landlord. This was the smart, and really only, play Conan could make on night one of such a high-profile job. I just wish the execution had been a little better.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Moving up to the big time, and relocating to the earlier time slot, seems to have robbed Conan of much of his charm. Much--but not all.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    In its first week, the show has acquired a more expansive, scattershot tone. It feels less rehearsed than Leno's regime, but at times, out of control.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    Conan O'Brien's first Tonight Show was a good one--if you like canned video clips rather than topical humor. Otherwise, there wasn't much to get excited about.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review

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