The Bedford Diaries : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 14 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. An ostensibly ridiculous but subtly intelligent soap.
  2. It's... a lot of fun: "The O.C." for the Stanley H. Kaplan set.
  3. 63
    Dramatically speaking, what douses a bit of the fire of this ensemble show are a few non-compelling characters and/or bad actors.
  4. A lot less salacious, and a lot more cerebral, than it sounds.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Alynda Wheat
    It's probably too much to ask costars Matthew Modine and Broadway royalty Audra McDonald to inject some depth, but we're pleading anyway. [31 Mar 2006, p.57]
  6. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    So much of tonight's series pilot feels so glib and rings so false, it's hard to believe this soapy saga comes from the quality-not-quantity production team of Tom Fontana and Julie Martin.
  7. Although more like "Felicity" than "The Paper Chase" in attitude and subject matter, early indications are that the characters in this eight-episode series have neither the depth nor texture of either of those shows.
  8. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    As an ensemble they are, like their teacher, attractive but not very exciting. [10 Apr 2006, p.35]
  9. 30
    The setup produces neither juicy soap opera nor original, searing drama. The Bedford Diaries is a limp noodle.
  10. 30
    The show takes the characters' angst and obsessions much too seriously, elevating their histrionics to soap-operatic levels when it should be flirting with satire.
  11. 30
    Youngsters in this age group might find the show intriguing. The rest of us, censorship or no, will likely be bored.
  12. Reviewed by: Laura Fries
    About 10 years too late to qualify as provocative.
  13. 25
    Disheartening proof that even the most talented producers sometimes concoct a prime-time crock.
  14. 25
    The Bedford Diaries... is not merely the worst show of the vernal season but one of the worst ever concocted by the soon-to-vanish WB.
  15. Problem is, the characters are neither likeable enough to cheer for nor despicable enough to loathe. They're just sort of unformed lumps of gray clay with a few stereotypical streaks of color.
  16. 20
    The university setting is intended to lend some intellectual weight to all the sexual imagery and conversation, but the road to mediocre TV drama is paved with such disingenuous intentions.
  17. 20
    The student characters seem weak and inauthentic, and many of the actors look as though they're going through college for the third or fourth time.
  18. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    It wants to be shockingly frank but is mostly dour and phony.
  19. Oddly enough, the sex isn't what's offensive about the show. Everything else is.
  20. 0
    This silly excuse for a show is made up of a great-looking ensemble in the most blatant teen-sexuality show in broadcast history.
  21. "The Bedford Diaries" is just woeful -- the most trite, forced and stage-managed piece of empty titillation you're likely to see.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. deannab
    Oct 10, 2006
    I thought this show was incrediable finally some really well written real life situations that are entertaining and thought provoking. I hope I thought this show was incrediable finally some really well written real life situations that are entertaining and thought provoking. I hope they have another season. GREAT STUFF!!!! Full Review »
  2. hasanr
    May 15, 2006
    this is the best show ever, it talks about real problems, I wish they give it another season
    May 13, 2006
    I think it is a good show. It is about real life situtations.