• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    The intriguing pilot takes its time, leaving an element of mystery surrounding the show's direction, but if the entree remains equal to this appetizer, the cable net may have a prestige show on its hands.
  2. A very un-Lifetime-like drama with sharp comedic overtones, one so well-constructed that dudes won't even feel the need to check their gender at the door.
  3. 70
    The theme of the show is a metaphor for how McIntyre will start to dive into her life and listen to "wake-up calls from the universe." It's a slender concept, and the series may not stand out enough in this crowded summer season.
  4. The production itself is sunny and conducive to a good mood. Coughlan wears well, as does Jason Priestley in the role of the fiancé she puts on hold.
  5. Ms. Coughlan somehow manages to lay low in the part and let supporting actors propel the comedy.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    70
    This warm and fuzzy show could grow on you.
  7. 70
    Coughlan smartly underplays Jenny's reaction to the thought of losing her friend. But Nagle and her writers plug a farcical charge into the show that is quickly annoying.
  8. 70
    There is nothing as original in Side Order of Life as the metaphysical puppet, but there is enough promise to return for a second week - to see whether Jenny is wise enough to learn from the pain.
  9. 50
    Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
  10. 50
    The acting's good and the actors are good-looking. But, really, wouldn't you expect something more cohesive from the folks who brought you "American Beauty?"
  11. The whole ''mystical universe'' business worked for Steve Martin in "L.A. Story," but Coughlan is too perky and lite to seem a believable target for such ''live, love!'' magical messaging.
  12. 50
    Fun is notably absent from Side Order, which strains to be both quippy and profound.
  13. 40
    The series proceeds to follow Jenny’s remarkably bland course of revelation.
  14. Side Order has the most problems. While there are enough appealing moments in Sunday's opening episode to leave viewers with an initial warm and fuzzy feeling, the show simply doesn't stand up to much scrutiny.

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