Mike Myers’ new comedy The Pentaverate on Netflix has been critically acclaimed

Mike Myers' new comedy The Pentaverate on Netflix has been critically acclaimed

Myers appears in nine different parts in the six-part comedy, which premiered on Netflix on Friday (May 6).

Mike Myers’ new comedy The Pentaverate on Netflix has been critically acclaimed

Joining Myers in the cast are Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key, Debi Mazar, Richard McCabe, Jennifer Saunders and Lydia West, while Rob Lowe and E! presenter Maria Menounos appear as fictionalized versions of themselves.

Ken Scarborough, a bit hapless Canadian journalist, stumbles onto a conspiracy alleging that a hidden society of five men has been manipulating world events since the Black Death outbreak of 1347 in a desperate quest to acquire a scoop and revitalize his career. Scarborough might well rescue the world if he exposes them, but as with many major conspiracies, powerful forces are poised to suppress him…

The series returns to the knockabout, lewd and gag-filled style that Myers showed off so successfully and lucratively in the Austin Powers trilogy and both Wayne’s World movies, but the initial reactions from critics have been far from kind…

Some critics have been particularly brutal. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called The Pentaverate “a profoundly unfunny series of sex and poop jokes”, while Variety’s Caroline Framke described the show’s lack of “editorial eye and surprisingly expensive production value” as “emblematic of what Netflix has become now.”

Thus far, the series holds a dismal 27% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and good reviews are few and fair between.

Joel Keller of Decider really put the boot in, writing that the show is “…a not-funny exercise in ego by Myers that strains to tell jokes that are about as fresh as a week-old avocado”, while Salon’s Melanie McFarland said that the show’s “…humor feels crustily outdated in 2022.”

There have been a smattering of good reviews. The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan didn’t love the show, but gave it a solid 3/5, calling it “…a sweet, silly, charmingly harmless thing”, while The AV Club’s William Hughes wrote of the “…undeniable thrill to watching Myers, still a comedy genius when he cares to be.”

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