Riot (TV series)

Riot is a 2014 comedy television series from Fox Broadcasting Company and based upon the Australian Slide Show television series,[1] itself based upon the Arthur-created French program Vendredi tout est permis ("On Fridays, Anything Goes with Arthur", aka Anything Goes), where two teams of celebrities competed in a number of challenges and games, including one on a huge set that tilts at 22½ degrees.[2][3] Hosted by Rove McManus, weekly episode "guest" captains include a rotating set of actors, with Andy Buckley and Steve Carell "captaining" the premiere episode.[4][5] Riot was canceled by Fox on June 12, 2014.[6]

Riot logo.jpg
Slide Show/Riot logo
Based onFrench series
Vendredi tout est permis
Australian series Slide Show
Developed by
Written by
  • Evan Mann
  • John C. Plummer
  • Gareth Reynolds
Directed byRon de Moraes
Presented byRove McManus
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Steve Carell
  • Paul Franklin
  • Eden Gaha
  • Adam Zuvich
  • Jim Biederman
  • Rich Brown
Running time60 minutes
DistributorShine America
Original networkFox
Original releaseMay 13 –
June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)
External links


The show's concept places two teams of celebrities and comedians in a series of competitions that have the teams sing, dance and create comedy sketches while overcoming multiple mental and physical obstacles. Instructed by guest team captains, two teams of comedians are instructed to create and participate in a set of unscripted improv skits, some of which take place on a set tilted at 22-1/2 degrees[7] or some of which take place in complete darkness with the audience able to observe through night-vision cameras while the contestants blunder about.

Regular castEdit

The series "regular" main cast includes[8]

Guest starsEdit

Weekly episode "guest" team captains include a rotating set of actors, including:[9][10][11]


  • Slide Show: Players perform a scene on a set built at a 22-degree angle with the cameras tilted to make the floor appear to be level. This game is played twice per episode.
  • A Bunch of Jerks: Several players act out scenes wearing suits attached to cables from the studio rafters and when anyone makes a mistake, they are jerked up nearly 20 feet off the floor.
  • Mime Sweeper: A performer stands on a pedestal and has ten seconds to mime the identity of an image shown on a screen to another whose back is turned to the screen. Every time the second performer fails to guess the image, the first performer is knocked off by a large medicine ball and is replaced by another.
  • Alphabody: Two players form the letters in a four-letter word in any order using only their bodies for ten seconds per letter. After the last letter is formed, the host tries to guess the word.
  • In The Dark: Players act out a scene in a pitch-black room, while those in the studio can see everything due to infra-red cameras.
  • Shadow Puppets: Players act out movie titles, etc. behind a back-lit white screen for another to guess.
  • Floored: Players perform on the floor while an overhead camera makes them appear to be standing.
  • Dogs at Work: A dog is dressed like a human, with human hands using the sleeves to interact with players.

Development and productionEdit

In October 2013, Fox greenlit production of an American version of Vendredi Tout est Permis Avec Arthur, from Steve Carell and Shine America, to be produced by Shine America with Carell’s banner, Carousel TV.[2] Fox ordered 8 episodes,[3] which were filmed during February 2014 and premiered on May 13, 2014.


No. Original airdate Captain 1 Captain 2 U.S. viewers
1May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)Steve CarellAndy Buckley1.34[4]
Games performed: Slide Show, A Bunch of Jerks, Mime Sweeper, Alphabody, In The Dark, Shadow Puppets
2May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)[12]Jason AlexanderCheryl Hines1.36[13]
3June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)[14]Tom GreenAndy Dick1.15[15]
4June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)[16]Rob DelaneyDavid Arquette1.18[17]
Games performed: Slide Show, A Bunch of Jerks, Mime Sweeper, Dogs at Work, Floored, Alphabody, In The Dark, Shadow Puppets


Riot has received mixed reviews from television critics, and currently has a Metacritic score of 63 out of 100 based on 5 reviews.[18] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times wrote "There’s no describing how hysterical this is; you have to see it."[19] Diane Werts of Newsday wrote "Is there anything great here? No. Is it goofy fun? Yes. BOTTOM LINE Silly fun in the summertime."[20] Brian Lowry of Variety wrote "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (and television), those responsible for Whose Line Is It Anyway? should be positively red-faced watching Riot, Fox’s amped-up, exhausting new improv show. Lowry expanded that even with the creativity and comedy of the various skits, the show's "stunt-enhanced physical gags" do not quite merit the name "Riot".[21] Neil Drumming of Salon said the "premiere felt like harmless summer programming, though a bit manic for my tastes."[22]


Shine America's parent company represents the format internationally, and apart from the Australian and French versions, local-language versions of the show have screened in Portugal, Denmark, Spain, Brazil, Ukraine and Romania.[5] Vietnam


After just four weeks, Fox pulled Riot from its Tuesday night schedule due to extremely poor ratings.[23] The show's initial ratings and viewer response was mixed, debuting mid-May with a 0.5 rating in the 18–49 demographic with 1.34 million viewers,[24] and for episodes 3 and 4, Riot drew a 0.4 rating in the same demographic.[25] Fox stated they would eventually find a better time-slot for the show,[26] and will fill the Tuesday slot with re-runs of more popular shows.

International versionsEdit

Country Title Presenter Broadcaster Premiere Finale
  France (original version) Vendredi tout est permis Arthur TF1 December 16, 2011 present
  Algeria Vendredi ماشي عادي avec Sofiane Sofiane Dani Echorouk TV March 4, 2017 present
  Germany Jetzt wird’s schräg Jochen Schropp Sat.1 July 18, 2014 present
  Australia Slide Show Grant Denyer Seven Network August 7, 2013[27] November 13, 2013
  Canada (French) Ce soir tout est permis[28] Éric Salvail V November 17, 2014[29] May 6, 2016[30][31]
  Colombia Me caigo de la risa Jorge Enrique Abello RCN Televisión March 5, 2016 May 28, 2016
  Denmark Rundt på gulvet Lars Hjortshøj TV 2 August 31, 2013 September 7, 2013
  Spain Me resbala Arturo Valls Antena 3 November 15, 2013[32] present
  USA Riot Rove McManus Fox May 13, 2014[33] June 10, 2014
  Indonesia Slide Show Raffi Ahmad Trans TV February 10, 2014 September 12, 2014
  Israel הכל הולך
Hakol Holekh
Dvir Benedek Channel 2, as of 2017 Reshet 13 November 7, 2014[34] present
  Italy Stasera tutto è possibile Amadeus Rai 2 September 8, 2015 present
  Lebanon الليلة جنون
Eleylé Jnoun
Mario Bassil MTV Lebanon November 8, 2013 present
  Mexico Me caigo de risa Faisy Televisa March 4, 2014 present
  Morocco جمعة ماشي حياة Rachid Amiri Al Aoula
February 7, 2018 present
  Netherlands Alles mag op vrijdag Jandino Asporaat RTL 4 April 20, 2014[35] present
  Norway Alt er lov Solveig Kloppen TV2 February 28, 2015 May 14, 2016 [36]
  Portugal Vale Tudo João Manzarra SIC January 13, 2013[37] May 11, 2014
  Romania Totul e permis Cosmin Seleși Antena 1 January 5, 2014 February 11, 2014
  Slovenia Vse je mogoče Bojan Emeršič TV Slovenija October 4, 2015 present
  Tunisia نهار لحد مايهمك في حد
Sunday all is permitted
Sami Fehri Elhiwar Ettounsi September 24, 2017 present
  Turkey Dur Durabilirsen Engin Hepiler aTV May 30, 2014 July 6, 2014
  Uruguay Me resbala Rafael Villanueva Teledoce February 4, 2015 present
  Vietnam Chết Cười Đức Hải VTV3 January 17, 2015 April 25, 2015


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