Metascore
37

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 12 out of 21
  1. 75
    As a whole, the show is as cute and easy to like as its star, and that's saying something.
  2. 63
    It's slicker, more ambitious and has more chuckles than expected.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    60
    Think "Ally McCouric" in a bubbly slapstick trifle that plays like David E. Kelley lite: less offensive, also less original.
  4. The romantic comedy comes off as a rather charming, likable hour, thanks in large measure to a cast that gives it more than a bit of zip.
  5. Romijn can't be blamed for the misfire... No, one must blame the rush this unimaginative series is in. [7 Apr 2006, p.52]
  6. For someone named Pepper, this character is awfully bland.
  7. Romijn is quite fetching here, both in looks and performance.
  8. 40
    The plots take such silly turns that Pepper Dennis makes The Mary Tyler Moore Show look hard-hitting.
  9. The word the network would probably be happy to hear used to describe the show is "cute." And it is, a little. But a much more accurate description would be "disposable."
  10. The cast is pleasant enough, and Romijn certainly tackles her character with the abandon and conviction necessary to anchor a comedy-drama series. Were the show better written, these actors probably could deliver the goods with no problem.
  11. 38
    The show is just as bad as several other recent WB shows (Modern Men, The Bedford Diaries), neither cartoonish enough nor realistic enough to register as anything more than a conceptual shell with a handful of dried peas rattling inside. [24 Apr 2006, p.39]
  12. Romijin... [is] too cold and aloof to play the lead.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    [It] isn't terrible but doesn't pack much of a comedic wallop.
  14. Next week's episode comes across a lot like the part of the porn script that begs for the fast-forward button. Seriously, it's all there -- beautiful women in tight outfits, thick innuendo, weak setups and thin plot progression.
  15. Ms. Romijn's hourlong show tries to combine the arch satire of "Desperate Housewives" with the chick-lit romance of "Grey's Anatomy," and falls short of both.
  16. 30
    One view of the skyline against Lake Michigan is breathtaking. It's kind of a bad sign when you wish there were more scenery in a show and fewer scenes with characters and dialogue and stuff like that.
  17. 30
    While there's nothing cringingly awful about this new WB series -- see Fox's ''Unan1mous" for that -- it nonetheless succumbs to one of the great TV sins: mediocrity.
  18. "Pepper Dennis" is so poorly written that the hokey dialogue not only besmirches journalism, but television journalism, which really takes some serious hackery to accomplish.
  19. 20
    The show is a particularly awkward attempt at a "dramedy": It tries to make you care about Dennis' quest to become a news anchor and meet the right guy, yet it makes light of the fact that Dennis is shrill, superficial and a bit promiscuous.
  20. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    20
    A slight, cartoonish, and terribly, terribly obvious dramedy.
  21. 10
    The WB is lying when it boasts that Pepper Dennis signifies a new television life form, the one-hour comedy. Boring, yes; witless, definitely; trashy, oh my God yes. Comedy? Dream on, guys.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 86
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 86
  3. Negative: 5 out of 86
  1. KatH
    Jul 25, 2009
    10
    I absolutely loved this show and am still mourning the loss. I have also boycotted the CW and will continue to do so. even if it came back I absolutely loved this show and am still mourning the loss. I have also boycotted the CW and will continue to do so. even if it came back now there would still be a fan base. Full Review »
  2. DanieleC.
    Sep 10, 2007
    10
    I have seen in my country (i'm italian) this commedy and i'm enthusiast. Why do you have stop this series? A big sin!!! (sorry for I have seen in my country (i'm italian) this commedy and i'm enthusiast. Why do you have stop this series? A big sin!!! (sorry for my english) Full Review »
  3. MaryA
    Sep 6, 2007
    10
    This was the best show! Whoever canceled it should hate themselves for life!