• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2002
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Fretts
    Jun 14, 2013
    100
    The storytelling structure isn't just artiness for artiness' sake. Instead, it ingeniously reflects the fractured nature of investigations.
  2. 100
    Refreshingly original and unusual, an all-too-rare drama that will keep you guessing about the outcome of an episode until the last few minutes. In brief, it's TV's most interesting and compelling -- and therefore the best -- new show of the fall. [29 Sept 2002, p.T6]
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    The season's best new drama introduces a smart ensemble and immerses us in a tangle of conflicting viewpoints. The storytelling device, which occasionally backtracks in time, isn't distracting or forced. [29 Sept 2002, p.F-02]
  4. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    There's no contest for the outstanding new series this fall. NBC's Boomtown looms over the competition like a giant surrounded by mostly pygmies. [29 Sept 2002, p.4]
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    This requires some patience at first, although getting a handle on the format is relatively painless. Once that's accomplished, it's thrilling to watch Boomtown navigate twists and turns like a topflight Grand Prix racer. [29 Sept 2002, p.3]
  6. Mar 18, 2013
    100
    With Boomtown, you are likely to feel a much stronger emotional investment than with lesser crime dramas. In the final moments of the premiere, the drama reaches a level that is almost poetically tragic and terribly haunting...Ambitious, artful and sometimes ingenious, Boomtown is the best and least compromised new network drama series since "ER," and in its own way, just as much of a breakthrough. [28 Sept 2002, p.C01]
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    It's messy and confusing, often complex and contradictory, and moves in fits and starts, sideways and backward. It's the most startlingly original program on television in years, maybe ever, and it's also one of the best. [28 Sept 2002, p.E1]
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    Of a handful of promising new series this season, only one shows the promise of greatness: Boomtown.
  9. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    While there is no shortage of narrative theorists who talk about detective fiction as being most successful when it is like a puzzle, no one on network television has ever managed to create a series that could make viewers feel as if they were actually putting together a puzzle piece by piece as they watched. Perhaps the nearest anyone came was the writing team of Richard Levinson and William Link with their pilot for Peter Falk's Columbo, but Boomtown is light years beyond what Levinson and Link were doing in the 1970s. [28 Sept 2002, p.1D]
  10. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    Graham Yost, who wrote HBO's "Band of Brothers," creates deeply drawn characters who are revealed slowly over the course of an episode (and season). He's the kind of writer whose vision and touch you can trust over the long haul.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    HBO shows aside, visceral Boomtown is the new exemplar of quality TV dramas on Sunday night... Boomtown engrosses. It's the season's strongest new drama, not just because it takes a chance on a novel format, but because it manages to tell stand-alone stories even as it develops the characters in its large ensemble. [27 Sept 2002, p.40]
  12. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    Man, is this a good show...Boomtown is so good, it single-handedly restores your faith in broadcast networks. They can compete with the "freedom" of premium cable. All it takes is creative smarts. And NBC's Boomtown has plenty of those. [27 Sept 2002, p.B02]
  13. Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Mar 18, 2013
    100
    TV's best new drama. [27 Sept 2002]
  14. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    91
    If you pay attention, the writing and direction reward the effort.
  15. Boomtown offers hope that it could be one of those rare shows that looks sharp, is sharp and actually has something to say...In lesser hands, it could have been hackneyed or pretentious. But creator Graham Yost is a skilled writer who handles the shifting perspectives and the time jumps with aplomb and without sacrificing characterization. [27 Sept 2002, p.SE1]
  16. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    Stylish and briskly paced, Boomtown clearly shows the impact of "Pulp Fiction" in its quirky dialogue. The impact of "Rashomon," Kurosawa's film about a murder recounted in different ways, is most obviously seen in the program's structure. [29 Sept 2002, p.J1]
  17. Reviewed by: John Crook
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    Gripping.
  18. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    In a more refreshing fantasy, Boomtown's L.A. appears to be almost a one-medium town. In early episodes, at least, there are no local TV pests to harass Little and her publication, who have the news all to themselves. Which is one more reason why some of us think so highly of this series. [28 Sept 2002, p.C1]
  19. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    What makes Boomtown so immediately interesting is that each of these people is treated like a main character, at least for a few moments. Rather than the standard objective, all-seeing-all-knowing camera, this show teases the viewer by using several highly subjective cameras, including some trained on bit players. I've seen this verite approach in documentaries, but this is the closest any fictional drama has come to approximating the effect. [28 Sept 2002, p.G1]
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    In a season overstuffed with crime dramas, Boomtown is one of the two or three best, alongside CBS' "Without a Trace" and "Robbery Homicide Division." It has complex, compelling characters, a terrific cast of actors and a beautiful feature film look. But it would have all those things even if the stories were told in strict chronological order. [27 Sept 2002, p.53]
  21. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    And what makes Yost's script even more amazing is that this is not just a show about crime, but it's a show about the characters as well. In the hourlong pilot, we get glimpses into each of their lives and begin to see how who they are affects what they do. [27 Sept 2002, p.C08]
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Mar 18, 2013
    90
    Boomtown, created by Graham Yost, who wrote "Band of Brothers" and "Speed," has the potential to be NBC's best crime drama since "Homicide: Life on the Street." [27 Sept 2002]
  23. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Mar 18, 2013
    88
    Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough, Jason Gedrick, Mykelti Williamson, Nina Garbiras, Gary Basaraba and Lana Parilla elevate this cop show into something that would be fairly interesting even without the "Pulp Fiction"/"Rashomon"-esque technique of telling stories from a variety of perspectives and in a non-linear time line. It's not entirely clear that this gimmick makes the stories better or more interesting, but it does make them unique. [27 Sept 2002, p.49]

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