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One Star Reviews

Season 1 2018 - 2021

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  • 2018-11-29T05:00:00Z on Viceland
  • 10 mins
  • 3 hours, 50 mins (23 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
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A review can make or break a business. Taji Ameen experiences the lowest-rated spots to see if they're as shitty as the internet says, or if they're just misunderstood.

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23 episodes

1x01 I Got a Tattoo from One of Yelp's Worst-Rated Tattoo Parlors

  • Series Premiere

    2018-11-29T05:00:00Z — 10 mins

VICE's Taji Ameen heads to New Jersey to get inked by a tattoo artist who has a one-star review average online.

After months of neglect, it’s time for Taji to make a visit to the barber. Luckily for him, One Star Reviews is covering the cost by visiting one of Yelp’s worst-rated barbers in New York. Alex Barber is a father/son run barber shop whose reviews vary from threatening behaviour, to not working well with kids, to hidden costs. Will Taji leave with a look that works for him?

We found one of Yelp’s worst rated plastic surgeons to work on Taji’s face.

Some reviews mention Dr. Mirza works out of gym bags, others say he works under different aliases at various locations. Either way, the reviews warned us to be very skeptical. But this show is all about giving fair chances and offering redemption, so we rolled the dice as usual.

Taji’s procedure involved Botox of the forehead, fillers between the eyes, and around the mouth. Can Taji keep his youthful glow?

It’s been a long, long winter, and Taji is ready for the summer. To get a head start on his summer bod, he took to Yelp in search of the lowest rated tanning salon he could find, in order to transform his skin to the perfect shade of orange.

Taji has had time to shift his focus from negative reviews from local businesses to negative reviews of the show. To help combat her trauma, she turned to Yelp to find one of the lowest-rated therapists in New York. Dr. Reiner got to the heart of Taji's problems, teaching him how to accept negative criticism. Negativity is a reality, so give us your best one-star comments below! Taji is immune now, it won't even affect him.

It’s a little-known fact that Taji has always dreamed of learning to dance the tango. But as we all know, it takes two to tango, so Taji took to Yelp in search of a private lesson with the worst-reviewed dance instructor he could find. It turns out that Tango Jon does not take kindly to being challenged on his negative reviews. Will Taji be able to get through to Jon, or will he continue to dance alone?

Taji took to Yelp to find the lowest-rated piercing shop. Not only is it a piercing shop, but it is also a tattoo parlor and ... a bar. Some might say that consuming alcohol before a piercing is a dangerous combination, but for Taji, it is the perfect cocktail.

Taji takes his friend Coolr the Don (who has very specific food allergies) to the worst-rated buffet he can find on Yelp.

Many times one star reviews go beyond people just dissatisfied with service and all the way into the realm of products. Welcome to One Star Product Reviews. After being cooped up indoors for so long and with all that New York has to offer aside from just land, VICE's Taji Ameen ventured out to sea on one of Amazon’s lowest rated inflatable boat to put it to the true test.

Taji is an okay driver. He can get from A to B without getting a ticket (usually), but with all the traveling he has planned in 2020, he figured it’s time to brush up on his skills.

So Taji took to Yelp to find a suitably reviewed driving school to teach him how to drive a manual transmission. Buckle up.

1x15 Yelp's Worst Rated Strip Club

  • 2020-09-13T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

On the latest installment of One Star Reviews, VICE’s Taji Ameen attends one of the internet’s lowest rated strip clubs. The club was more than we had bargained for. The infamous owner Brad brings Taji on an unfiltered journey through the ins and outs of running a strip club, his obsession with politics, and does not at all fall short of confronting the many extreme controversies associated with his club.

After reading dozens of comments about his broken smile, Taji went in search of the perfect one. So naturally he took to Yelp to find an orthodontist with many one-star reviews to whiten his teeth.

No one likes the dentist, but reviews for this orthodontist all shared a common theme… it was shockingly painful. Taji’s commitment to the perfect smile almost matches his commitment to this show. So he made an appointment, took the plunge, and sat in a chair for 30 minutes with hydrogen peroxide burning away his gums and teeth enamel.

Taji used Yelp to search for a talent agency. Instead, she found a "Un-Agency", a group that says they serve people that most agencies ignore. This is one of the most heavily reviewed businesses we've dealt with in One Star's history. Their reputation goes beyond Yelp - they have a D rating from the Better Business Bureau, with 90 complaints, and Glassdoor where alleged former employees They have also written negative reviews.

A pandemic won’t stop Taji when it comes to getting to the bottom of bad reviews. He might not be able to go out and experience the service of some of the internet's worst rated businesses, but he can order some of the worst rated products and test them for himself.

In this episode of One Star Product Reviews, Taji orders Wax Strips with some scathing reviews to put them to the test on his own body, before contacting the owner of the business to discuss their negative reviews...

1x19 Going to the Worst Rated Nail Salon

  • 2020-09-27T04:00:00Z — 10 mins

VICE's Taji Ameen is on a mission to fit in to the extravagant Los Angeles lifestyle. After noticing the many nail salons and all of the beautiful nails of the rich and the famous, he decides to bring his nails to the next level with the help of the genre of jazz.

Online reviews can make or break a business, and enough one star reviews can be the kiss of death. Host Taji Ameen personally reviews businesses to see if they're as shitty as the internet says, or just misunderstood.

In this episode of One Star Reviews Taji is in Los Angeles in pursuit of success. In order to increase his chances of success, he is seeking advice from a Hollywood icon. None other than mentor the masses, Bruce Lee.

You might be thinking this is an impossible move since Bruce is no longer living on this Earth, and you'd be right. However, we created a unique opportunity for an exclusive interview with Bruce Lee from beyond the grave, by having one of Yelp's worst reviewed psychics channel his spirit for a direct one-on-one conversation with Bruce for the first time in decades.

On the latest installment of One Star Reviews VICE’s Taji Ameen takes to the skies, enlisting in one of the internet's lowest rated flying schools. Weary of putting his life on the line for this particular episode, as he passes some wrecked flying equipment, Taji hopes for the best. In between some unexpected nausea and intense acrobats will he get to the bottom of the reviews?

After a much neglected upkeep during quarantine, VICE's Taji Ameen finds himself in need of some laser hair removal. So he went to ‘manscape’ his balls, bum cheeks, and everything in between at a laser hair removal clinic who have received many one star reviews. As always, Taji puts his body on the line to get to the bottom of these negative reviews.

After a stressful year, VICE’s Taji Ameen is in need of a massage. However, if you get pampered in a One Star Reviewed massage parlor, is it still a pampering? To find out and put the business to the full test, Taji received an array of wellness procedures, from a foot rub to the full body thai massage.

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