America’s Best Dance Crew: “LMFAO Superstar Challenge”

B

One of the biggest conceptual problems I have with America’s Best Dance Crew is that it’s unfair. Not every crew gets enough opportunities before they have to go home. Not every crew gets assigned a song that fits their abilities, nor do the challenges always work well with dancing in general. The two teams assigned…

America’s Best Dance Crew: “Rihanna Superstar Challenge”

A-

For many groups that have danced on its stage, America’s Best Dance Crew is not unlike an ornery comedy club or a mother; at a certain point one must accept that there is no pleasing them. Fanny Pak’s semi-inexplicable comeback didn’t seem to account for that possibility; for them to place anything less than second…

America’s Best Dance Crew: “Madonna Superstar Challenge”

B+

The West Coast crews almost always win America’s Best Dance Crew—the “ABDC trivia” during the commercial breaks tonight told me so, but it had been fairly obvious already. I remember when clogging team Dynamic Edition were my underdog favorites in Season Three, and constantly feeling like they were just hanging on –…

America’s Best Dance Crew: “Flo Rida Superstar Challenge”

B+

One of the things I like about America’s Best Dance Crew is that it’s constantly finding what works and what doesn’t work, and making tweaks without drastically changing the show. I’ve counted four positive developments this season in its first two episodes. Perhaps the most important of those developments is that all…

America’s Best Dance Crew: “Britney Spears Superstar Challenge”

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America’s Best Dance Crew has barely tinkered with its formula since premièring four years ago on MTV, and thank goodness for that. The show balances so many conflicting qualities that other reality competitions fail to—it’s dumb (Lil Mama’s critiques) and smart (sneakily innovative challenges), unapologetically…