Maximum Bob : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 4, 1998
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  • Summary: Maximum Bob is based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. The main character is Judge Bob Gibbs, the eccentric judge of Deepwater, Florida. The television program aired for seven weeks in NYPD Blue's time slot. After its run ended and ABC declined to renew the program, producersMaximum Bob is based on Elmore Leonard's novel of the same name. The main character is Judge Bob Gibbs, the eccentric judge of Deepwater, Florida. The television program aired for seven weeks in NYPD Blue's time slot. After its run ended and ABC declined to renew the program, producers shopped it to other networks to no avail. Maximum Bob actors Liz Vassey and Kiersten Warren made guest appearances on Fantasy Island, produced by the same people responsible for Bob in Fall 1998. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Aug 5, 2014
    100
    With an attitude that is nine parts Northern Exposure and one part Twin Peaks, Maximum Bob qualifies as one of the best hourlong shows that ABC has uncorked since NYPD Blue. [4 Aug 1998, p.1C]
  2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 6, 2014
    90
    Wonderfully warped...Expect both sly satire and big belly laughs from this summer treat. [4 Aug 1998]
  3. Variety
    Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Aug 6, 2014
    90
    Maximum Bob is like a consciousness-expanding narcotic transferred to film stock. If it's sometimes too taken with its own sense of wacky, it surely deserves kudos for putting out the effort at all. [3 Aug 1998, p.04]
  4. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Aug 5, 2014
    75
    Lots of fun. It's the TV equivalent of a good summer read light, unpredictable and highly entertaining.
  5. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Aug 6, 2014
    75
    Whether it eventually runs out of storytelling steam or becomes a surprise hit like former hot-weather rookie "Northern Exposure," the engagingly bodacious Maximum Bob sure beats another numb summer rerun. Here comes the jive-talking judge! [3 Aug 1998, p.1D]
  6. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Aug 6, 2014
    70
    There's enough to like about this series to hope for its return later in the season. [3 Aug 1998]
  7. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Aug 5, 2014
    30
    But by the third episode, Maximum Bob turns into minimal entertainment. The plot contrivances become strained beyond repair, and the farcical edge is blunted. [4 Aug 1998, p.1C]

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