• Network: WB , The WB
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 1998
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Mar 16, 2013
    100
    Gosh, I love this show. Meet Felicity and prepare to fall in love. [29 Sept 1998]
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Mar 16, 2013
    100
    Russell brings great subtlety and appeal to the role, in an engaging show that captures the exhilarating and sometimes scary possibilities of a time of life when everything feels new. [29 Sept 1998, p.1E]
  3. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 16, 2013
    100
    A show so mesmerizing it can make you feel young again, Felicity pulls off that feat without special effects or time-travel machines...This new series has other assets: poignant writing, superb actors, recognizable situations. [29 Sept 1998, p.E1]
  4. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Mar 16, 2013
    100
    Superb in nearly all regards, from sharp, insightful writing, to a marvelously textured performance by star Keri Russell, to its movie-like pace and photography. [29 Sept 1998, p.1C]
  5. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Mar 15, 2013
    100
    I have now seen the pilot for Felicity four times. The first two times were just for enjoyment. The last two were reality checks to see if it is really as good as it seemed during the first two viewings. It is...Felicity is not just the best pilot. It is the one joy of the new network season. [29 Sept 1998, p.1E]
  6. Reviewed by: Ron Miller
    Mar 15, 2013
    100
    This is a TV drama of quality, masterfully written and lovingly produced, which probably reflects what may be the most important new trend in network television: The increasing willingness of feature film talents to work in the medium. [28 Sept 1998]
  7. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Mar 15, 2013
    100
    Felicity is the best drama of the year, a quality show of substance and intelligence, something worth watching. [28 Sept 1998, p.B23]
  8. Reviewed by: Rich Raymond
    Mar 15, 2013
    100
    Through the radiant Russell, the show astutely transmits the conflicting blend of giddy anticipation and neurotic dread that defines the early college experience...If this is a "My So-Called Life" knockoff, then Brian Grazer and Ron Howard have obviously done their homework. All glorified clones should be so fresh and enchanting. [28 Sept 1998, p.2]
  9. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Mar 15, 2013
    100
    Quite simply, marvelous television. It's touching, charming and believable...The actors are as good as the writing. And Keri Russell, who has the title role, is going to be the break-out star of the season. [27 Sept 1998, p.S03]
  10. 100
    You're going to love Felicity. You don't think so? Well, what's not to love? Felicity has everything we always say we want in a TV show -- reality seen through a romantic eye, beguiling characters, talented actors, smart script, superb production, irresistible story. [27 Sept 1998, p.TV6]
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 16, 2013
    91
    This might sound same-old, same-old, but isn't. Felicity has the look and feel of a small, bright feature film. Its ensemble cast is attractive and appealing. Most importantly, the acting is strong enough to pull off lines that on paper sound like groaners. [29 Sept 1998, p.1C]
  12. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Mar 16, 2013
    90
    Among the most gratifying and promising new series of the fall season. [29 Sept 1998, p.F1]
  13. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Mar 15, 2013
    90
    Written well and delicately plotted, this new WB drama has staying power. You will want to know what happens to our heroine with the Botticelli visage. [29 Sept 1998, p.45]
  14. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 15, 2013
    90
    Along with its refreshing cast, led by Keri Russell, the WB's Felicity is blessed with a sweet realism that captures the emotional roller coaster that is freshman year in college. It also offers an appealingly non-gritty look at New York City, as seen through the eyes of optimism and innocence...The show transcends formula by staying steadily focused on its characters' shifting emotional realities, and by avoiding the issue-of-the-week plot twists of a series like "Beverly Hills 90210." [29 Sept 1998, p.C1]
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 16, 2013
    88
    I'd also like to see the show adopt a somewhat lighter tone -- though I fear the ring of somber self-importance may be perfectly pitched for teens. [29 Sept 1998, p.3D]
  16. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Mar 15, 2013
    88
    The comparisons to "Ally McBeal" and the superior "My So-Called Life" are obvious, and there are plenty of reasons to pick this show apart. But when you're watching it, you don't care. These characters are already like old friends. You want to scream at them when they do something stupid and pat them on the back when they don't. [29 Sept 1998, p.45]
  17. Reviewed by: Michele Greppi
    Mar 15, 2013
    88
    Felicity is not as flip as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and not as hip as "Dawson's Creek". But it is more than than "Ally McBeal Goes to College" or "My So-Called College Life"...It's an intelligent and gentle ode to the painful joys of growing up, one mistake at a time. [28 Sept 1998, p.75]
  18. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    83
    Russell has an unassuming sort of star quality that draws us to her character, and the writing in the pilot is sensitive without being soapy.

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