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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 18, 2005
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall makes her TV directorial debut with this musical based on the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," which has been both a Broadway production in the late 1950s as well as a TV movie (twice previously).
  • Genre(s): Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: J. Wynn Rousuck
    90
    Surely one of the most delightful examples of televised family entertainment this holiday season.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    90
    This version is a triumph.
  3. The remake has everything that those earlier versions had and something more: Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett together and at each other's throats.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Rose Bernardo
    50
    Why was the tired Tracey Ullman tapped to star in this candy-colored adaptation of the fairy-tale stage show? [16 Dec 2005, p.77]
  5. 50
    Not that it's not a nice show, but it is precisely the kind of production for which the word "corny" was probably coined.
  6. 50
    Nothing works very well in this elaborate but leaden production, which seems more interested in Bob Mackie's costumes than in the characters they clothe.
  7. While it's always good to see Burnett, something has gone seriously awry with this new version.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16