New Amsterdam : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 4, 2008
Season #: 1, 2
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 80
    This tale of a lonely cop left behind by everyone--partners, friends, lovers, even the criminals he pursues--has a piercing melancholy that elevates it way above its fantasy trappings.
  2. New Amsterdam is smart and far more original than most of the new series this season, which warrants it becoming a Monday habit.
  3. New Amsterdam's pilot, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who's also one of the show's executive producers, is as well-executed as any I've seen this season.
  4. The premiere teleplay from Christian Taylor does a capable, if slightly workmanlike, job of setting the stage for what's to follow, while Coster-Waldau paints a beguiling portrait of a brooding, conflicted, undeniably charismatic soul.
  5. What we have in a sense, then, is another boy-girl dance playing off against the tension of lethal crime in New York. But the premise is novel enough that maybe John won't be just tilting at windmills.
  6. 60
    The shaman contrivance is surely tedious, but it appears that New Amsterdam uses the immortal design not as a way to Forrest-Gump its protagonist into a set of trite historical situations, but more cleverly, to ask questions about those situations.
  7. New Amsterdam is very average--and in many aspects is well below average. It never feels like much more than a cliche.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. MichaelM.
    Apr 26, 2008
    10
    Make more episodes!! Please!
  2. KristinaJ.
    Apr 10, 2008
    10
    This is the best show out there. It's original and the fact that its a combination between a crime series and sci fi makes it suspenseful.
  3. LindaK.
    Apr 14, 2008
    10
    Love the show. Vaulted to our family's favorite show... over House and the CSI's. Totally unique concept. I find the history Love the show. Vaulted to our family's favorite show... over House and the CSI's. Totally unique concept. I find the history references refreshing. Please bring N.A. back next season! Expand
  4. CodyB.
    Mar 10, 2008
    9
    Its about time Fox comes out with a series different than the crap they usually release. I hope they get more into his past and spend a Its about time Fox comes out with a series different than the crap they usually release. I hope they get more into his past and spend a little more time doing it. It would be cool if they tie some of the murder mysteries in with his past. Expand
  5. JimmyH.
    Apr 14, 2008
    9
    Good writing, interesting premise, flashbacks put a new spin in every episode
  6. AdriM.
    Mar 4, 2008
    8
    Interesting since the begining. John Amsterdam is a very interesting character. Let's hope they don't waste it with just the police Interesting since the begining. John Amsterdam is a very interesting character. Let's hope they don't waste it with just the police investigations plot. Expand
  7. RichoTB
    Mar 7, 2008
    3
    Wow. This show is absolutely horrendous. I don't have a clue why people are claiming its a paranormal drama... people are going on as if Wow. This show is absolutely horrendous. I don't have a clue why people are claiming its a paranormal drama... people are going on as if its got some unique plot device the likes of which Tru Calling, Supernatural or Moonlight contains. It doesn't. It really is just another generic, mundane, boring cop show, and the concept of an immortal protagonist sounds a lot more exciting than how its executed in this series. Nothing worthwhile to say about it really. Sure, its not as bad as Women's Murder Club, but its still really awful. It does absolutely nothing interesting or entertaining to hold your attention. This show is the epitome of boring, just another murder-of-the-week police procedural with characters as dull as dishwater. Tired, uninspired, boring and pointless. Not worth bothering with. Expand

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