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Reese Witherspoon serves as the celebrity guest announcer during the series premiere of this variety show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which features A-list stars, performances, stunts, comedy skits, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks. Based on the British series "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway."

Episode Title: Reese Witherspoon
Airs: 2015-09-15 at 10:00 pm
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Harris's unflappability is the glue that binds all the disparate bits together.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    A bold, bedazzled, cheesy-as-hell and inevitably polarizing attempt to revive the variety hour.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • David Sims

    The premiere of Best Time Ever was a truly chaotic series of stunts, and enjoyment of it probably derives from just how staged you thought the audience interaction was. Either way, at a certain point it had a manic energy no other variety show of recent decades has come close to capturing, and that in itself is a strange sort of achievement.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    It did not come up with any great answers, but it was trying something new, something strange, something energetic, something involving Neil Patrick Harris dancing to Pitbull while playing bartender in a choreographed dance routine, pouring drinks for a child dressed up like Neil Patrick Harris.... The vibe of the show to come: feckless, pointless, sweet.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The episode only sparked to life when Harris and guest announcer Reese Witherspoon engaged in a climbing stunt, which left the actress looking understandably flustered. What the series couldn’t sustain, the efforts of Harris and the wildly appreciative studio audience notwithstanding, was any consistent sense of spontaneity.

    Variety Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    [Neil Patrick Harris was] hampered here by a format that might work better on daytime TV than at night, and better in the U.K. than here, and by gimmicks that seem more in step with the Velveeta spirit of "America's Got Talent," and by a show that's almost willfully aggravating, he may have met his match with Best Time Ever.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    While the show, which is broadcast live, hit most of its marks logistically, and was busy and noisy enough to keep a viewer's attention, it often felt half-baked.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    I like the idea of Best Time Ever and would love to see this and Maya Rudolph's variety thing and even live episodes of Undateable encourage more network risk-taking. For that to happen, future episodes will have to be the best time ever for more than just Neil Patrick Harris.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Tepid jokes and manufactured festiveness made up most of the evening. The multitalented Mr. Harris didn’t really dazzle until late in the show, when he did a back flip off a pogo stick, a small payoff.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Its ratio of energetic, entertaining segments to time-wasting, self-indulgent filler (on the part of Harris) just doesn't pencil out in the audience's favor.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Forced and frantic, what Best Time most often relied upon Tuesday night was the minimal pleasure of watching people be good sports--coupled with a seemingly unshakeable belief that seeing celebrities have fun is fun in and of itself.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mark Peikert

    Most of what has made Harris a beloved fixture of live telecasts has been eradicated in this misguided attempt at revising the variety show format.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    I liked that Best Time Ever was big and loud and frenetic and ambitious. I just wish I could have suspended my disbelief for even one segment.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The NBC show, premiering Tuesday felt forced, awkward and phony. But most of all, it made you feel embarrassed for its over-eager host.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The premiere was stiff, impersonal, and sloppy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review

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