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Making History follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Two shows in one, it's both a rollicking historical adventure, and a contemporary comedy about love, friendship and trying to fit in to an increasingly complex and impersonal world.DAN CHAMBERS, a computer science professor at a small Massachusetts college, recently discovered time travel and has been transporting himself back to the 1700s to spend time with the colonial woman he's fallen for. In the present, Dan is an unpopular nerd. But by claiming song lyrics, lines from movies and stand-up bits as his own in the 18th century, he's absolutely hilarious - he gets the girl and makes friends. But Dan's actions in the past are messing up the present. That woman he's dating is not just any woman. She's Paul Revere's daughter, DEBORAH, and Dan's meddling in the past causes her father to delay his famous ride, which may have altered the outcome of the entire American Revolution. To set matters right, Dan enlists the help of his colleague, CHRIS PARISH, a brilliant, polished and popular history professor, who's now given the incredible opportunity to actually live the history he teaches. Can Dan, Chris and Deborah save America as we know it? Can a woman from 1775 adapt to life in 2016? Can the three intrepid time travelers improve the past, help the helpless, fight for justice and get rich?

 
Status: Running
TV Channel: FOX
  • Terry Terrones

    This newest Fox comedy isn't quite at the Brooklyn Nine Nine's level, but Making History is incredibly fun.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    Making History loses a bit of steam after its near-perfect pilot, but the four episodes made available for review illustrate an infectious playfulness and creative spirit.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The show spurts onto the air like ketchup spewed from an oversqueezed bottle, plopping frenzied mayhem all over everything.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    A bright dumb comedy for stupid-gloomy times. [24 Feb/3 Mar 2017, p.93]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The humor of Making History, created by a writer for “Family Guy” and “Dads,” is broad, sometimes borderline gross and pop-culture inflected. ... The jokes are also, with some regularity, funny and endearing, especially when delivered by Mr. Lester or Ms. Meester, whose portrayal of an earnest proto-feminist is the show’s best weapon.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Making History doesn’t get everything right. But the series’ principal trio commit themselves fully, with Meester particularly fresh and appealing as a transplanted colonial having the time of her life as a newly liberated woman.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tom Long

    It’s all very silly, but there’s bite beneath some of the yuks.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The show is fresh and amiable throughout, and Pally, Meester and Lester make for excellent time-traveling companions.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Created by Julius Sharpe, the sheer silliness of the show is infectious and the performances by Pally, Meester and especially Lester are terrific. John Gemberling and Neil Casey are great goofy fun as those good-time boys, John Hancock and Sam Adams.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Dave Nemetz

    History won’t save the world or anything, but it’s a pleasantly goofy romp through the history books.

    TVLine Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    This one doesn’t bother teaching any great lessons. It looks for the laughs, makes its points and gets out.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    What matters is the reliable humor of modern characters trying to pass for old-fashioned ones, and the old-fashioned ones acting modern.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    As the lone comedy of the bunch, Making History feels like the more expansive concept, with the latitude to drop its central trio into a variety of settings. That's especially true if it can continue wryly using the past to effectively comment on the present.

    CNN Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    Like all good time-travel stories, Making History is smarter when it acknowledges the divide between the way things were than versus the way things are now, or, sometimes, the ways in which things haven’t progressed at all.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    It’s a messy, feather-light romp that establishes early on that, among other things, the past smelled pretty bad.

    Salon Full Review
  • Will Ashton

    Bouncy, wholehearted and totally flighty, in ways both good and bad, it might just have the stamina to keeping this past-traveling series continuing for the foreseeable future.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    A likable but largely forgettable comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    Making History may get a D in real history but is passably funny in a hit-or-miss cartoonish way.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Fox's Making History at least has the decency to be a spoof.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    In short, Making History is supposed to revolve around the character with the least at stake, which isn’t terribly interesting, and in every episode it has to find ways to get around that problem. Pally’s a very funny guy, and Dan would make a fine supporting character. But as written, he’s not dynamic enough to carry the show.

    Vox.com Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The pilot has its intermittently amusing moments, but episode two, where the trio foments the American Revolution using 2016-era NRA tactics, proves stronger. A third episode involving travel to Al Capone’s Chicago, circa 1919, is fairly lackluster.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Ultimately, Making History feels like an awkward combination of “Family Guy” and “Timeless,” and it doesn’t quite fit into either mold.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Whenever Making History strings together a little momentum (as in the second episode, where it tries to appropriate the absurdist tones of Monty Python), the gains are offset minutes later by more and more dumb jokes.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    So, yeah, poop and pee jokes. Not funny. Not clever. Not worth watching.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The humor is low-brow and juvenile.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
Episode Guide For Show: Making History
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