Vulture revisits Bonnie Hunt’s daytime talk show
Although it only lasted two seasons, The Bonnie Hunt Show still lives in the memory of the fans. Vulture recalled the role of kindness on daytime television, meditating on Rosie O’Donnellnickname “Queen of Nice” and Ellen degeneres‘Signature “Be kind to each other”. Vulture‘s Tom smith argued that Bonnie hunt‘S short lived chatfest had an “unprecedented” amount of “heart.”
Comedic actress Hunt’s talk show had “a healthy, old-fashioned homage to Dean-Martin with Midwestern charm,” Smyth said. He added:
The Bonnie Hunt Show, which aired for two seasons from 2008 to 2010, was a top-notch comfort television that brought out the sharp wit and down-to-earth sensibility of its host. It was a comedic playground, home to skits like Hunt and Niecy nash‘s Real housewives parodies, items purchased remotely from Costco and segments like “Mail From You Guy” and “Feel Good Moment of the Day”.
The “heart” of the show, Smyth suggested, came when Hunt told a story. Smythe noted:
But the heart of the show was when she just told a story on camera, demonstrating a Regis [Philbin]-like the ability to talk about anything and make it entertaining. His stories were well-oiled machines, as if they had been told for years on the porch on a summer night in the old quarter. Whether it’s a heart-wrenching story about her father’s passing and the chance encounter that kept her in nursing school during her bereavement or just the accidental purchase of too many power strips at Bed Bath & Beyond – each had an authenticity and a sense of humor related to the audience.
Smythe observed that Hunt’s talk show was trending during the day, saying:
Hunt’s show also marks a midpoint in the trajectory that daytime television has taken – once a place where lesser-known personalities made names for themselves as hosts became A-list and A-listers became hosts.
Fortunately, The Bonnie Hunt Show the clips are readily available on the show’s official YouTube account, so fans can relive all the joy over a decade later.