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Episode number: 5x206Airdate: Monday January 27th, 2014

Episode Title: Johnny Knoxville, Barry Gibb
Airs: 2014-01-27 at 12:35 am
  • Michael Starr

    Fallon seemed a bit nervous in his monologue (who wouldn't be?), but quickly found his rhythm, firing off some snappy one-liners.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It was an encouraging start.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Jimmy Fallon took NBC's late-night slot for his first test drive early this morning, and it needs a little tuning up. It also showed some promise.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Darel Jevens

    An attempt to be silly like O’Brien, his Late Night predecessor, instead had a trying-too-hard feel that approached Carson Daly territory (a place you do not want to be).

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Fallon's monologue was understandably nervous and unremarkable joke-wise, but there were glimmers of potential.

    Time Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    Fallon is far from such stature, but though his opening night had disappointments, none were crushing or looked potentially fatal. Once Fallon relaxes, hunkers down and lightens up, the new "Late Night" could win over many a semi-conscious heart and mind.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Neither great, nor horrible, nor propitious nor preposterous. It was just a start, and in the late-night TV game, sometimes that's good enough.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    On a late-night show, either the non-interview comedic bits have to be inspired, or the interviews have to be smooth. With a few exceptions, neither worked all that well during Fallon's first show. The comedy frequently fell flat, and as a host, Fallon is underwhelming at the moment.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ray Richmond

    The "Saturday Night Live" alum and occasional film actor began life as a man of chat by giving his best impression of a deer caught in the headlights while at the same time exhibiting flashes of comic flair.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    The way things turned out, it was no worse than rather bad, and Fallon, if he can quit squirming long enough, should take a modest bow.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Despite solid tune-in out of curiosity about the new kid, Fallon’s Late Night got off to a rocky start, with uninspired writing and taped pieces, an at-times visibly nervous host and a first guest, Robert De Niro, whose taciturn nature made him a poor choice for the assignment.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The NBC talk show wasn't a legendary late-night train wreck so much as a train stalled between stations, going nowhere, filled with impatient passengers.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    Even granting lots of leeway for opening-night nerves, this was a pretty bad beginning for the Saturday Night Live alum.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review