• Network: WB , The WB
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 4, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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. 40
    The plots take such silly turns that Pepper Dennis makes The Mary Tyler Moore Show look hard-hitting.
  7. Romijn is quite fetching here, both in looks and performance.
  8. For someone named Pepper, this character is awfully bland.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    [It] isn't terrible but doesn't pack much of a comedic wallop.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Romijin... [is] too cold and aloof to play the lead.
  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.

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