I'll Fly Away : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 1991
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: Set in a fictional small town in the segregated South in the late 1950s, I'll Fly Away -- executive produced by David Chase, who would later create The Sopranos -- centers on a white lawyer (Sam Waterston) who has three children and an African-American housekeeper (Regina Taylor). ThisSet in a fictional small town in the segregated South in the late 1950s, I'll Fly Away -- executive produced by David Chase, who would later create The Sopranos -- centers on a white lawyer (Sam Waterston) who has three children and an African-American housekeeper (Regina Taylor). This critically acclaimed but low-rated drama aired for parts of two seasons on NBC in the early 1990s, winning two Emmys (with 23 nominations), two Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award in the process. It was so well regarded that reruns (and one new episode) began airing on PBS after NBC canceled the program. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 9, 2013
    100
    [A] beautifully crafted, tough-minded hour ... I'll Fly Away has already lived up to its hype as the season's strongest new drama.
  2. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    100
    "I'll Fly Away" is a drama of substance, a big subject, a show about real people with great acting, great writing and strong emotion. [7 Oct 1991]
  3. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    A stunning, wonderful show. Here is network TV at its best, as it's almost never done. [7 Oct 1991]
  4. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 19, 2013
    80
    This is a very special, terribly fragile, series. [7 Oct 1991]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    70
    The echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Member of the Wedding are hard to miss, and the show's two-hour pilot moves as slowly as, well, molasses in January. Yet producers Joshua Brand and John Falsey (St. Elsewhere, Northern Exposure) have created a drama of rich texture, few tricks and much truth.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 25, 2013
    67
    It's painful to criticize a show that has intelligence and depth, but there's no getting around the fact that overarching earnestness and a subtle but troubling air of fatalism combine to make this a dolorous hour.
  7. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 19, 2013
    20
    This isn't about killing a mockingbird. This is about boring one to death. [7 Oct 1991]

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