What Exactly is This?
I know that I don’t usually cover live-action TV, but if you are in my Discord, you’ve likely seen some of us watching a show called Taskmaster. Genuinely one of the greatest shows I’ve watched in a good while. In some ways this is a British gameshow, much in the same way that “Qi” is a gameshow, which is to say it really isn’t. Five contestants (usually comedians) compete for the most points by doing deceptively simple tasks in order to have the most and take home some sort of “prize” at the end of the show. Each season follows this format, replacing the cast at the end of the season once an overall season winner has been declared. Really though, the focus is on the creativity and hilarity that ensues as each person tries to tackle the given tasks. Let me show you what I mean.
A Quick Look
Hosted by Greg Davis and Alex Horne, Taskmaster runs 11 seasons with multiple specials for a current total of 96 episodes! However, more seasons are already scheduled for release later in the 2021 year. With each episode featuring several tasks, you’ll have plenty of episodes to enjoy. Here’s a quick segment from just one of these episodes:
The tasks can get fairly whacky and ridiculous though, some of my favorites are when the contestants have to make little short films or put on little skits. Some tasks also have clever loopholes or little tricks, and it’s a great feeling when you are able to identify the correct solution, but even better still when the participants manage to do so as well.
Is it Really That Good?
Even after showing you that though, I’m sure some of you are asking yourselves if this is really worth your time or not. I promise you, it absolutely is. While I’m only just now finishing up season 5, each passing season has only gotten better and better. It’s true that some episodes are more memorable than others, and I don’t care for some casts as much as others, but I’ve yet to see a bad episode in the bunch. So yes, you should definitely be watching it.
Why Haven’t I Heard of This Before… or Have I?
This question is mostly for my American fans, because in several other countries Taskmaster has enjoyed success in multiple countries. However, in the US and a few other countries, the show only received a single season in 2018 before vanishing from their networks altogether. This is a real shame, but after having watched an episode for the sake of review…
So I don’t LOVE this video, but I agree with a lot of his points
British Panel Shows are Funny!
At the end of the day these “gameshows” are criminally underappreciated. Sure, some migrate over our way as you might have seen, but they rarely do as well as their British counterparts. There’s a level of comfort and ease at which the British cast members of panel shows jab at each other while keeping things light and entertaining, often times even hyping each other up at key moments. In short, it’s all in good fun.
What’s more is that I often learn something interesting in these shows or discover new personalities to enjoy. This makes it all the more exciting when things carry over from show-to-show, as many of these comedians feature on several different panel shows at one time or another. Even if you don’t know any of the cast members initially, by the end of any given season, they can feel like people you’ve known for a long time, which is not something that’s easy to capture.
You Can Watch Taskmaster RIGHT NOW!
The best part of all of this though is that these types of programs are easily accessible, in full, and often legally, on YouTube. In fact, you can go and watch Taskmaster right now! I’ll get you started with episode one below or you can click the link here to be brought right to the official YouTube channel. I promise, you won’t regret it so enjoy.
There’s a lot more here if you want to deep dive Taskmaster, how it came about, and its other versions, but I’ll leave that for you to discover on your own. Had you heard of Taskmaster before? Are you a newfound fan? Let me know in the comments below. If you enjoyed this article please consider a donation via the provided buttons below. Thanks for reading, and see you in the next one!