British comedy Taskmaster launches its own streaming service

Greg Davies, Alex Horne

Greg Davies, Alex Horne
Photo: Jeff Spicer (Getty Images)

Panel show/game show/improvised Double dare competition series Tyrant is arguably one of the best things to ever come out of England (especially since one of its main exports has always been violent imperialism), but the series has never really managed to find a point of reliable launch in the United States. Comedy Central attempted to make an American adaptation years ago and The CW imported a season in 2020 once the show found international success streaming for free on YouTube, but The CW ceased Tyrant after just one episode and dumped the rest on its terrible, terrible streaming app.

It seemed that the American Tyrant fans were doomed to keep rewatching old seasons (they call it a “series” in England) on YouTube, with bad auto-captions and bad YouTube ads, or via… other means. (Just kidding, there’s no other way, why would you say that?) But no more! Today, Tyrant production company Avalon announced SuperMax+ Task Master (via Deadline)a dedicated Tyrant streaming service that will (eventually) include all seasons of Tyrant and all the international versions which ended up being much more popular than the US version.

The series will cost $6 per month and already includes Roku, Apple TV, FireTV, Chromecast and Samsung Smart TV apps. The first three seasons are available now, with new ones arriving every week. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s a contest series where comedians try to impress the Taskmaster (Greg Davies of Intermediate) by completing small challenges (or Tasks) created by his “assistant”, Alex Horne (who is actually the creator of the show). Here’s an example featuring Noel Fielding, who the Taskmaster gave way too much slack to during his season:

Horne also shared an announcement video on Taskmaster Supermax+, which understandably has the same gaffe energy as the rest of the show. You can see it below.

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