David Letterman is back but in a completely different setting and format than his previous late night hosting gigs. This is a much more intimate, one-on-one interview setting with some of the world's most famous people and each month a new episode is released by Netflix. So far we have seen him interview the likes of Barack Obama, George Clooney, Tina Fey, Malala Yousafzai and Jay-Z, which to be fair is an incredible collection of people.
I've watched four of them and really wanted to give the series a shot but I just can't get into it. The interviews seem very staged with the guests revealing very little about themselves that we didn't already know, in fact I'd go so far as to say that some seemed particularly guarded. I get the impression that when asked to appear on the show the various guests said “Yeah sure, but what will you do for me?” as many of the episodes have a secondary theme highlighting a particular cause that the individual guest wants to highlight – a quid pro quo of sorts.
And that's not necessarily a bad thing but if you're tuning in hoping to get a real insight into the person you admire, then you may be very disappointed. Yes the guests are charming, they are funny, they tell a couple of humorous or poignant anecdotes and there is some footage shot outside of the interview setting but overall I found it a bit contrived and not at all what I was expecting. It's more about David Letterman on a voyage of self-discovery than anything his guests have to say.
All that said, I appear to be in the minority with my views as it has very high ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes so my advice is to watch an episode and see what you think. You may very well love it and completely disagree with me and that's okay too!