America’s Got Talent is the nation’s favorite summertime talent show. Like Idol there are singers, but there are so many more talents on display. Jugglers? Sure. Magicians? More than a few. Comedians? Occasionally. Bird callers? They probably won’t get far, but yes, even that qualifies as a talent. Week after week the talented climb the ranks until the judges crown a winner, who comes away with a marvelous cash prize and the chance at a show on the Las Vegas Strip. Even with a worldwide quarantine, judges and talent will be showcasing what they got directly from home. Come for the talent, stay for Simon Cowell in a housecoat.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream America’s Got Talent.
What is America’s Got Talent?
Like Idol before it, the chap behind its conception was Sony Music executive and TV mogul Simon Cowell. Cowell mapped out a show that would showcase all manner of special talents, and he developed a show for the U.K. and the US concurrently in 2005. Initially, Cowell didn’t serve as a judge until season 12, where the position of the ornery curmudgeon was played first by Piers Morgan and later Howard Stern.
- Launched: June 2006
- Airtime: Season 15 premiers Tuesday, May 26 at 8 pm PST/EST. Check local listings. New episodes air following Tuesdays at the same time
- Channel: NBC
- Genre: Competitive talent show
- Starring: Presented by Terry Cruz, Judged by Sofia Vergara, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell
- Seasons: 15
- Status: Pending
America’s Got Talent Reviews
- Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
- Metacritic score: N/A
What the critics are saying
- “This is a happy carnival of singers, Magicians, dancers and –this season-0- what appear to be gnomes. On the judges’ panel, Howie Mandel has turned out to be an improvement over the thumpingly earnest David Hasselhoff.” –Tom Gliatto, People
Where to stream America’s Got Talent
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