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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Creator: Margaret Nagle
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 15, 2007
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?"
  6. 50
    Coughlan finds the nice subtle undertones so Jenny seems more real and less cardboard.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12