• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 31, 2008
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    91
    As leaps of faith go, yes. And faith--in visions both magical and musical--has everything to do with Eli Stone's divine appeal.
  2. In this warm, charming episode, the underappreciated legal show proves it's still fit to practice.
  3. A quality series that's the TV equivalent of comfort food, the emergence of Eli Stone from the Hollywood firmament may qualify as a minor miracle among more cynical viewers.
  4. 75
    For now, let's leave concerns for the future to Eli. In the present, things are looking good.
  5. 75
    Like most ABC shows, Eli Stone could stand to prune its cast and deepen its writing. But that's focusing on the glass half empty. So let's just be glad that this good-hearted show made it through the previous TV season and "Big Shots" didn't.
  6. Eli is hard not to like, whether or not you buy him as a prophet.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    67
    Interesting detours, and a worthy show--but at times just a smidgen too self-righteous and melodramatic.
  8. A show with such a weird mix of tones and subject matters needs a strong cast to even have a hope of working, and for the most part, the ensemble remains sturdy.
  9. 50
    The series as a whole has a much better sense of itself, and a more confident tone, since Eli, his colleagues, and the viewers all understand that the guy is in fact a visionary. The coyness of season one is gone. The show, cocreated by Greg Berlanti, nonetheless falls short of being destination television.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ChrisC
    Oct 23, 2008
    5
    Maybe I could enjoy this show if the dialogue weren't so hacky.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 22, 2008
    10
    An actually feel-good show that isn't terribly trite and cheesy. This show manages just to make me smile and still want to watch, and An actually feel-good show that isn't terribly trite and cheesy. This show manages just to make me smile and still want to watch, and that's something special in our tv landscape. It just makes you feel good. Full Review »