|USA||2013||30 Min||Documentary . Reality-TV|
"Freakshow" is an American unscripted reality documentary television series from AMC that chronicles the operations of former music producer Todd Ray's Venice Beach Freakshow. The series premiered on February 14, 2013, preceded by the mid-season premiere of Comic Book Men and followed by the series premiere of Immortalized. The show was given a greenlight along with Immortalized on August 16, 2012. It was announced in April 2013 that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 6, 2014.
Ray and his brood--either extended or related by blood--simply aren't interesting enough to merit more than a one-off.Variety Full Review
Freakshow is the real disappointment. It has managed to do something truly extraordinary: making the strange and amazing simply boring.The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
Freakshow is kind of drab compared with “Immortalized,” especially for anyone who has ever lived within driving distance of Coney Island.The New York Times Full Review
Problem with Freak Show is once you meet the performers, and they have the obligatory let’s-get-acquainted party (what is this, “The Real Housewolves of Venice Beach?”), you’re already over the shock.New York Post Full Review
[Todd Ray's] passion for the peculiar is praiseworthy, and erases any misgivings that the venture is exploitation at its most blatant. Still it's not that easy to watch a guy called Morgue stick a hook in his nose until it comes out his mouth.RedEye Full Review