Making History Cancelled

Making History Premiere: Will You Make More Time for Fox's New Comedy?

Fox’s time-travel comedy Making History hops across centuries to show us the highlights of American history, but a word of warning: If you actually learn anything, that’s purely by accident.

Sunday’s series premiere introduces us to Dan (Adam Pally), a lazy goofball who works in maintenance at a Boston-area college. He has a secret life, though: Using a duffel bag he found among his dead father’s belongings, he’s able to time-travel to any era he chooses. He keeps going back to Lexington around the time of the American Revolution, because he’s found a sweet girl there named Deborah (Leighton Meester) he’s able to impress with Celine Dion lyrics.

When he returns to present-day, though, Dan worries he messed up the timeline of history. (Starbucks shouldn’t sell tea!) So he enlists history professor Chris (Yassir Lester) to go back with him and repair the damage he’s done. Chris is wary at first — “You have urgent questions about colonial Massachusetts?” — but he’s excited to meet his historical heroes in the flesh. Dan makes sure to pack some ham for the trip: “In the 1700s, ham is pretty much like diamond-covered heroin.”

Fall TV PreviewBack in colonial times, Chris tries to start a revolution by railing against “taxation without representation” at a local tavern. But the patrons don’t really warm to him until he starts quoting Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money!” Dan introduces Chris to his pals John Hancock (John Gemberling) and Sam Adams (Neil Casey), and Chris is thrilled to try Sam’s latest beer — until Adams reveals they just pranked him into drinking out of the chamber pot. (Who knew our Founding Fathers were such frat boys?)

To get the revolution started, Dan and Chris seek out blacksmith Paul Revere (Brett Gelman). But he’s too upset to warn anyone that the British are coming: His daughter is breaking her engagement to run around with some fool. And yep, you guessed it: His daughter is Deborah. Paul vows that he’ll find and kill Deborah’s mystery suitor — with a special tool he just forged! That’s Dan’s cue to escape back to the present.

Before he leaves, he confesses to Deborah that he’s from the future — and she wants to go back with him. (She thinks women are treated with respect in the 21st century, poor girl.) But Chris wants to stay back and make sure the American Revolution happens. So Dan and Deborah zap back to the present, and notice a new statue in the college quad: It’s of Chris, calling him a Revolutionary War hero, and saying he died… the day after they left him. Cliffhanger!

How’d you like the Making History premiere? Give it a grade in our poll, then drop your more extensive thoughts in a comment below.

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14 Comments
  1. Dana Debroy says:

    One laugh and it was about urine.

  2. Lauren says:

    It has more of a purpose than I expected. I thought it would be more slapstick but there’s actually a storyline that they’re going for. I’m intrigued.

  3. Midnight says:

    Reminds me of when Sleepy Hollow used to be funny/good.

  4. Sheldon W. says:

    There are few shows where the premiere is so bad I can’t at least suffer through it. This was one of them.

  5. Ron says:

    Happy Endings, PLEASE come back!!!

  6. jxgrab says:

    I had to turn it off, terrible

  7. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    What a crapfest. How did so many people give it an ‘A’???

  8. Joey Padron says:

    I thought it was pretty good and pretty funny. I’ll watch some more episodes to see if gets more good.

  9. Cynthia Loftin says:

    I love Adam Pally in Happy Endings and was sad when it went off the air. I am glad that he is back on TV. He is hilarious!

  10. jr. says:

    Better then Time after Time. The time traveling prospects seem to be set up to be more interesting and unpredictable. IMO

  11. LolaHaze says:

    I guess I am in the minority but I LOVED it!!! A little bit goofy a little bit ridiculous and incredibly funny. Will definitely keep watching…of course all of this means that FOX is going to cancel this after a season.

  12. david axtell says:

    Making History SUCKS big time. Turned it off after 10 minutes.

  13. jj. says:

    I’m a fan of adam pally so i’ll give this another episode or two but… this was rough :/ I may have found urine humour amusing when I was a preteen but now I give it an eye roll/it seems like a cheap way to get a laugh

  14. John Johnston says:

    Was on the fence after watching the first episode, so we decided we would watch it a couple of more times before making a decision. However, just read excepts from an interview Leighton Meester gave to Yahoo and immediately deleted the series from my DVR.