New BBC1 game show The Button has provoked a strong reaction from viewers, with many taking to social media to express feelings of deep hatred or love for the series opener, which aired on Friday night.
The show, which is billed as a cross between Gogglebox and Taskmaster, sees five families sit around a box called The Button in their own living rooms (Gogglebox) as they are given instructions to go head-to-head in very silly games, attempting to outsmart their opponents and win money (Taskmaster).
Sounds like nice light entertainment, right? Not as far as Twitter user @MVernon_21 is concerned.
“Just when you thought BBC light-entertainment couldn’t descend any further into the depths of crapness. #TheButton,” he tweeted.
He wasn’t alone in detesting the new show.
“Drawn out. A poor man’s taskmaster with annoying families,” wrote @JS_Murdoch, while @Jikster2009 added: “It’s awful sadly. Worst since Don’t Scare the Hare. Have used
#TheButton to turn it off.”
Check out some of the criticism below.
Just when you thought BBC light-entertainment couldn't descend any further into the depths of crapness.#TheButton
— Mark Vernon (@MVernon_21) April 20, 2018
It’s awful sadly. Worst since Don’t Scare the Hare. Have used #TheButton to turn it off.
— ????⛄️Wonderful Jik-mastime ⛄️???? (@Jikster2009) April 20, 2018
Drawn out. A poor man's taskmaster with annoying families.
— Joe Murdoch (@JS_Murdoch) April 20, 2018
#TheButton is very aptly named. It’s what I’m reaching for after 30 seconds of this shite…
— Cookies Roasting on an Open Fire (@Johnboy_Cook) April 20, 2018
However, there was also a strong response from viewers who enjoyed the new series, which seemed to go down well with younger viewers.
#TheButton, it lit up our family’s Friday night,” @PaulGregory wrote. “Half an hour is just right. 6yo wants to know if they got to keep the inflatables.”
User @EggheadNurse added: “Loved @BBCOne’s #TheButton – a fun and fast paced gameshow. #TheButton obviously steals the show. Much better than the trailer led us to believe.”
Check out some praise for the series below.
— Anna-Marie McGlan (@annamarielouise) April 20, 2018
Loved @BBCOne's #TheButton – a fun and fast paced gameshow. #TheButton obviously steals the show. Much better than the trailers led us to believe. However I expect a lot of #NegativeNancys hating it as the concept of fun is lost on them.
— Paul Dymond (@EggheadNurse) April 20, 2018
I enjoyed #TheButton, it lit up our family’s Friday night. Half an hour is just right. 6yo wants to know if they got to keep the inflatables.
— Paul (@PaulGregory) April 20, 2018
I seem to be in the minority, actually quite liked #TheButton ????
— Hayley (@MissHayley1988) April 20, 2018
Well #thebutton was great fun, this is Taskmaster but for families. If you didn't enjoy it, you don't know what decent family entertainment should be.
— Dan *generic Christmas trope* Tappin (@oitappin) April 20, 2018
Right. That's it. Im gunna stay up all night on twitter telling people why #thebutton is great.
— Steve Garland (@LadyGarland33) April 20, 2018
Plus, it’s got the backing of Pointless host Richard Osman:
New show #TheButton about to start on BBC1 is by the lovely geniuses behind ‘Taskmaster’. Just in case you’re not nervously watching Millwall v Fulham.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) April 20, 2018
The Button airs Friday nights on BBC1 at 8.30pm