New Amsterdam : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 4, 2008
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    The 1642 scenes look downright silly. There are a lot of flashes of humor, too, and they help spice up this loopy premise.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    60
    This Fox series is smartly written and acted, and it's even evocatively filmed in New York locations that lend it a gritty city flavor. But.... Less persuasively entwined is a heavy-handed romance whodunit.
  4. Such a concept seem ripe with delicious possibility. The show, unfortunately, is not. Played out as a cop procedural, it has a predictable narrative structure that at times resembles nothing so much as a prison.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Easy to dismiss at first glance, the series does exhibit some possibilities in its second episode, though it's still a relatively uninspired time-killer for those of us with just one life to live.
  6. New Amsterdam is essentially three shows in one: Amsterdam flashing back on all the exciting things he's done in the last 366 years; Amsterdam trying to find The One, and Amsterdam and partner Eva Marquez (Zuleikha Robinson) solving murders like the leads on some kind of supernaturally-charged "Law & Order" spin- off. But only the first of those shows is remotely interesting.
  7. In Tuesday's pilot, New Amsterdam reveals itself as a pedestrian cop show with a vampire-like lead character
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User 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. TaniaM.
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    Love this show.
  3. Håvard
    Apr 16, 2008
    9
    Great show, easily my favorite show out there right now. Really like the historic perspectives, the main character and the fact that he has Great show, easily my favorite show out there right now. Really like the historic perspectives, the main character and the fact that he has had/have kids. The Highlander series was also a nice idea, but it always lacked the emotional background of 1 person being the father of whole generations and seeing them evolve. Something the writers should be able to make some really nice episodes out of. Full Review »