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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 13, 2018
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: English teacher Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) brings excitement and inspiration to his high school's theater department and their working-class town in this drama from Jason Katims and Jeffrey Seller inspired by Lou Volpe, the teacher at the center of Michael Sokolove's non-fiction book, Drama High.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Mar 12, 2018
    83
    Despite its flaws, Rise still delivers those goose bump-raising moments that Katims has been reliably serving up for years. Granted, it’s sappy and wears its heart fully on its sleeve… but who says that’s such a bad thing?
  2. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 13, 2018
    70
    But as much as its sensibility and focus may dovetail with FNL, Rise is a different show, one that is sensitive, full-to-bursting with heart, and well-acted, but also one whose characters don’t immediately pop in the same way that the residents of Dillon, Texas, did.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Mar 13, 2018
    67
    Rise is sweet when it watches its teens put on a show. But it falls when it insists the real hero is the guy convincing them to be themselves.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 8, 2018
    60
    Unlike “Friday Night Lights,” Rise doesn’t organically arrive at its sweet revelations after building up to them deliberately. Rise is far more aggressive when it comes to wringing tears and pathos out of us, with a seeming checklist of juicy issues including alcoholism, trans acceptance, abortion, gay self-acceptance,
  5. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Mar 13, 2018
    58
    Rise is both a production wobbling toward sure footing, and a depiction thereof.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 13, 2018
    50
    NBC is hoping to capture the same sort of audience moved by bathos and treacle [as those on "This is Us"]. This show has its moments.
  7. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Mar 14, 2018
    40
    The big, heartfelt, Dangerous Minds style lines that are geared at squeezing out tears are so cheesy, predictable, and trite, they cause eye-rolls instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 19, 2018
    9
    The show was a slow starter and I almost stopped watching after 10 minutes. SO glad I stuck with it! I really enjoy the relevancy of theThe show was a slow starter and I almost stopped watching after 10 minutes. SO glad I stuck with it! I really enjoy the relevancy of the story, and the writer's courage to write the teen characters with baggage and courage to stand up for themselves. I'm anxious to see where the story goes. Expand
  2. May 19, 2018
    6
    Worth a look. While it is a darker setting than other shows of its type, it plays honest and straightforward. The characters are predictableWorth a look. While it is a darker setting than other shows of its type, it plays honest and straightforward. The characters are predictable and in some cases stereotypical, but they did hold my interest throughout the pilot.

    Hope they don’t have to fight the school and the community each episode as that will get old quickly.

    Will watch again. If it stays interesting this might have some promise.

    Getting tired of the “we’re gonna be PC in your face!” attitude. Get to the show, already!

    This premise would have worked better in a two and a half hour movie. The pace was too slow when forced into a weekly episodic format and left it with nowhere to go for a season two. Were they just going to forgive and forget and resurrect the drama program and put on yet another show of questionable morality and appropriateness for a high school drama program? When people think it’s appropriate to bring mature themes down to the high school level, they forget that these are still children on the verge of adulthood, but not yet equipped to handle such situations without mature guidance. The time to test and explore such themes is college or beyond.
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  3. Mar 14, 2018
    5
    The main story jumps in right away with almost no character development, particularly the protagonist Lou Mazzuchelli. While an interestingThe main story jumps in right away with almost no character development, particularly the protagonist Lou Mazzuchelli. While an interesting premise is presented, the content of first episode can well be expanded into several episodes. Instead, the writer chose to compress everything into 40 minutes, offering no reasoning behind the unity of the students or their dedication into the theater program or Lou's struggle and realization of what he actually wants to do. Just another good idea ruined by procedural methods. Expand

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