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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Giancarlo Esposito, Lee Thompson Young, Vanessa Williams
  • Summary: UPN's latest stab at a prime-time soap (executive-produced by Jennifer Lopez) is set in South Florida's world of models, pools, beaches, drugs and nightclubs, with some gangsters thrown in for good measure.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 14 out of 18
  1. 63
    "South Beach" isn't the terrible waste of viewing time a cynic might expect. But it is a conventionally drawn, sudsy soap.
  2. 60
    Serious about its silliness, this show grasps the concept of prime time as vacation time.
  3. This latest attempt at a series with glamorous young people frolicking at an even more glamorous resort doesn't demonstrate significantly more depth than its unsuccessful predecessors.
  4. 20
    In between all the poolside exhibitionism and dance-floor romantic politics, guns appear and faceless thugs are killed. That means our young cast members get to angst about whether they're truly in danger and some villain is going to force them to eat a loaf of bread at gunpoint.
  5. 20
    Maybe the best way to explain UPN's new drama South Beach is to tell you that when Vanessa Williams warns a young model that ''South Beach will eat you alive,'' I fully expected the next scene to be a horde of zombie parking attendants chewing the entrails of half-naked girls in the lobby of the Delano. Cannibalism is about the only thing missing from this delirious new trashfest of hard bodies and soft brains.
  6. It's pointless to talk about who "stars" in this bloated music video, but the agents for both Vanessa Williams and Giancarlo Esposito need to be fired, summarily.
  7. You'd think that someone somewhere down the line... would have lobbied for the rudiments of a story, characters with texture and dialogue more sophisticated than shopping mall conversation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 61
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 61
  3. Negative: 5 out of 61