NYPD Blue : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 1993
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: MIles Beller
    Apr 3, 2013
    60
    While the music of Mike Post makes its insistent point, complementing Franz's fine crafting of a hyper-real portrait of a public servant that's effective in a heightened way, NYPD's overall impact is all too self-consciously wrought to engender quieter, deeper aspects that would truly flesh out the fictional lives assayed here. [21 Sept 1993]
  2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Apr 3, 2013
    60
    In no way does NYPD Blue even approach the brilliance of Barry Levinson's police drama, "Homicide," which aired briefly last spring and still could return. So if you exercise your right to change the channel when it comes on, you won't be missing greatness. [19 Sept 1993, p.7F]
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    Watchable but disappointing. [21 Sept 1993, p.F1]
  4. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: Marilynne S. Mason
    Apr 3, 2013
    50
    The show is a mixed bag. The story line is formulaic, but the dark tone is skillfully shaded in gray. The approach to sex is basically gratuitous, sexist, and tiresome - more banal male fantasies. The handling of violence is at least concerned with consequences. There are too many stock characters, and the speedy pace is manipulative, but the camera work is excellent in the pilot, and the character development of the show's protagonist is one of the most interesting ever created for a weekly cop show. [21 Sept 2003, p.13]

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