** Most of the reviews of Best Damn Poker Show have been awful, but I don't think it is as bad as people say. I give it two stars, mostly for entertainment value.
It's a "reality" poker show, something I don't think we need to see any more of. Some of the reality elements of the show, like people hamming it up for TV and Annie Duke (who can be unbearable here) arguing with Phil Hellmuth, were painful or embarrassing to watch. I really don't need to see any more of that.
Best Damn Poker Show was also an educational show, however. True, it was a bad one, but I applaud the attempt. It reminds me of Phil Gordon's excellent Final Table Poker DVD, which is a scripted tournament designed to educate. Unfortunately, Best Damn Poker Show isn't nearly as well made. If they want to educate they'll have to cover the basics better: showing the whole hand, with blinds, stacks, position, pot size, etc. All those things are necessary to make an informed decision, therefore they need to be shown if you're going to educate. The reality-show elements predominate early on. Later on, when poker comes to predominate, the tournament is an all-in fest, which isn't of much educational use.
A second season of this show is supposedly in the works. There's a good idea hidden in this show, if only they would cut back on the reality show elements and improve the educational content.