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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 27, 1996
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Mike Starr, John Finn, Ken Olin
  • Summary: Created by Paul Haggis, this gritty cop drama starring Ken Olin, Joe Pantoliano, and Jason Gedrick was canceled twice (!) by CBS during its one and only season, with just eight episodes ever making it to air.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 18, 2013
    100
    Prepare for top-notch dramatic writing, exceptional camera work and complex characters. [27 Oct 1996]
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jul 18, 2013
    100
    A rich, risky and satisfying adult drama that could be the next "Wiseguy" - and there isn't much higher praise. [26 Oct 1996]
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 18, 2013
    100
    You have to work to watch this show. Characters and plotlines whiz by in a blur, and if you blink, you may miss an entire subplot. But the payoff is more than worth the effort: With its deep characterizations, dark humor, unpredictable plots and brilliant musical score, "EZ Streets" is fascinating television, unlike almost anything else now on the air. [27 Oct 1996]
  4. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    90
    The best new drama of the season, the only one of the 44 new shows that could join "Law & Order," "Homicide," "NYPD Blue," "Murder One" in the pantheon of quality shows. [11 Oct 1996]
  5. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jul 18, 2013
    90
    A fascinating and challenging new drama series. [27 Oct 1996]
  6. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 18, 2013
    80
    "EZ Streets" may sound depressing, but its fiercely dark vision keeps viewers off-kilter and engaged and makes this one of the season's most exciting new series. [26 Oct 1996]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 18, 2013
    20
    It's achy, moody, glum, stylized and almost criminally pretentious. ... All the performances seem mannered. The show is plagued with arch, actorly acting, the kind that rings false and calls attention to its own falseness. ... Already some critics have hailed the show as a breakthrough. True enough -- it's a breakthrough from tedium into torpor. [27 Oct 1996]

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