God’s Favorite Idiot season 1 review – an uninspiring and too casual comedy

June 15, 2022
Daniel Hart 2
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
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Summary

God’s Favorite Idiot feels too casual for its own good.

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Summary

God’s Favorite Idiot feels too casual for its own good.

This review of Netflix’s God’s Favorite Idiot season 1 does not contain spoilers. 

If you can remember Bruce Almighty, then the make-up of this series might feel somewhat familiar. Okay, it’s not beat-for-beat the same as the mentioned film, but it does have that schmoozy, satirical comedy feeling centering on religious themes. Melissa McCarthy, and predictably, her spouse, Ben Falcone, lead on a comedy fantasy.

Falcone’s character, Clark Thompson, is minding his business one day, shouting after his cats, when suddenly, a flagrant lightning bolt hits him. And, of course, he survives. However, he doesn’t immediately know that he has become an unwitting messenger of God and is tasked to fight off the evil that descends on earth. The comedy is in the character; a tech-support employee suddenly has to drum up his co-workers and friends and defend the living against the supernatural.

God’s Favorite Idiot is an on-the-nose experience; characters like Pestilence, War, Satan, and Famine are introduced with ease, but they are so thinly represented that it veers towards more a situational comedy, more than a focused comedy-drama. For what it is, the Netflix comedy series offers nothing uniquely new but plays off religious references to gain a laugh.

And there is nothing particularly wrong with the approach, but God’s Favorite Idiot feels too casual for its own good. Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy seemingly pick up the cheque as they venture through each episode and bounce off their supporting characters as much as possible. There is no depth or enough emotional reasoning to be truly invested in this universe.

But of course, if you are a Melissa McCarthy fan (sorry Ben), you may find confidence in enjoying her comedy. However, if you have no pull towards Melissa and her husband, then this is another comedy series on Netflix that feels like a dud if you discount the names attached to it.

What did you think of Netflix’s God’s Favorite Idiot season 1? Comment below. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix. 

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2 thoughts on “God’s Favorite Idiot season 1 review – an uninspiring and too casual comedy

  • June 15, 2022 at 1:33 pm
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    Awfull to watch. Melissa McCarthy is just loud and annoyingly agressive, while other characters lack personality. Wouldnt recommend this series as a comedy, it feels more like a B-minus torture.

  • June 15, 2022 at 5:22 pm
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    Oh my God.
    You chose an “Idiot” to save the world and some naive people to help him.

    Seriously now, my God.
    After this choice of yours, it is time to think, “how will you save the world from the idiots”.

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