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Documentary Now - (S02E04)


A documentary from the Fein Brothers (``Sandy Passage'') follows four door-to-door salesmen as they travel across the country selling globes along with battling rejection.

Episode Title: Final Transmission
Airs: 2016-10-05 at 22:00
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Documentary Now! is so good, you’ll be forced to reassess Meyers, whose comedy writing is so crisp and correct, he should give up his late-night NBC show because nothing he does there will ever be as good or as funny.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Exceptionally clever, cunning satire. [21/28 Aug 2015, p.95]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The humor has as much to do with the form as the content, and much care and cleverness have been devoted to making these pieces look right, from film stock and lighting, to period graphics, to furniture and clothing; the art direction is exceptional, and as such, delightful throughout.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Documentary Now! is dazzlingly smart.... It's true that Documentary Now! is funnier if you're at least vaguely familiar with the movies that serve as the inspirations.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Clever. This is a funny, smart comedy for fans of documentaries or even just those who wish they had more time to watch non-fiction filmmaking. In fact, Documentary Now! is so good that it should spark more interest in the very art form it satirizes but also clearly loves. Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Documentary Now! is so wonderfully silly it may take viewers a moment to recognize just how smart it is, too.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Hays Davis

    Not only are the fake documentaries of Documentary Now! hilarious, but doc fans are sure to embrace (while laughing) these studiously crafted pieces from creators Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Myers for their loving attention to detail.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Documentary Now! offers clever, frequently funny parodies of a different style of documentary each week.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    All three episodes offered varying degrees of laughs, but the “Kunuk” episode is a high-water mark.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The first episode, entitled “Sandy Passage,” certainly sets a high bar--a pitch-perfect, brilliantly performed send-up of Albert and David Maysles’ seminal Grey Gardens (1975).... The other two episodes made available for preview aren’t quite up to the level of “Sandy Passage,” but they’re still far from duds.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Genevieve Valentine

    A key to the series’ success and longevity will be how well it’s able to balance the insider spoof with the satire and offer moments that do more than just painstakingly re-create; moments that remind us of the absurdities of the form and the ways we’ve been trained to see through a story.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Not everything lands squarely on target in the first three half-hours of Documentary Now!. But there are enough moments--and quite a lot of them in Episode 3--to keep this ambitious enterprise on track and well worth a roll ‘em.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Two later episodes parody the TV series "Vice" and "Nanook of the North," the 1922 silent film credited with launching the documentary genre. Both are well done, and each has a twist. Each also has an awful lot of Hader and Armisen in costume, so take that as an endorsement or as a caution, depending on your feeling about them. I didn't laugh, but maybe you will.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Documentary Now! may not match the genius that possesses Blunt Talk and its stars, but it's still one of the best laughers on cable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Armisen and Hader star in each episode, alongside guest players like Jack Black and John Slattery, and their spot-on impressions are funny enough that it doesn’t really matter if the jokes are hit-and-miss.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Each episode parodies a famous documentary, sometimes with exacting precision and sometimes with not-so-exacting precision.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Actually, the series peaks in its opening credits and introduction, which cleverly approximate the fictional public-TV documentary showcase from which the show derives its name.... From there, though, Documentary Now! becomes an exceedingly hit-miss proposition.

    Variety Full Review

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