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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 6, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Christian Campbell, Ivan Shaw, Aidan Quinn
  • Summary: Sort of a cross between "Joan Of Arcadia," "7th Heaven," and "Six Feet Under," this hourlong dramedy centers on a troubled family headed by a pill-popping priest who talks to Jesus. (Yes, Jesus talks back.)
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. 88
    "Daniel" is not that controversial, but is really pretty damned, oops, darned good.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Darkly comedic and richly entertaining.
  3. A program that gets stronger as we get to know its characters better, and the quality of the cast helps tremendously.
  4. A well-intentioned drama with a few comedic quirks but without depth or greater purpose.
  5. 60
    The cast is heavenly in The Book of Daniel; the writing isn't.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    60
    You may feel the faith-and-family themes could be handled better on cable--mainly because they have been.
  7. 0
    I cannot recall a series in which a greater number of characters seemed so desperately detestable -- a series with a larger population of loathsome dolts. There ought to be a worse punishment than cancellation for a show that tries this hard to be offensive and, even at that crass task, manages to fail.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 142
  2. Negative: 73 out of 142
  1. tttttt
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Im Obsessed With This Show Already
  2. MikeS
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    I loved the show's debut and felt that despite the varied roster of familial problems, what was presented at its' base was a warm, loving family. The fact that the problems had by all the characters were somewhat over the top only created amusement and interest. It made the show fun. The acting was superb all through the ensemble cast. Expand
  3. MarthaR
    Jan 21, 2007
    10
    Refreshing - crazy like life - I should know - I'm a Bishop's daughter!
  4. Phototiger
    Jan 6, 2006
    3
    Too much contrived drama and two homosexual characters. Also, the Jesus character has nothing to do in this but show up from time to time and dispense platitudes. This show isn't controversial as it is boring. Expand
  5. jackm
    Jan 7, 2006
    1
    I am not a practicing Christian but this detestable show filled with shallow, empty characters spouting contemptible, disrepectable dialogue which mocks everything a rational society or family would value to survive was obviously written by someone who needs serious therapy for their obvious mental illness. The only character that is not totally loathsome is the Chinese son and only because of his charming smile, not his morally vacuous behavior. Expand
  6. RusstyS
    Jan 5, 2006
    0
    What if the show was about a Muslim imam with the same problems? It would never see the light of day because it would be deemed "insensitive" and "offensive." Big thumbs down to NBC. Expand
  7. CBeach
    Jan 11, 2006
    0
    There was not one redeeming feature in this show. Not that Christians don't have problems, or commit sins, but there was not one reference to asking God for help, not one reference to reading the Bible for guidance, Things which any truly Christian family with problems would do. It seemed that the purpose was to make Christians, and clergy out to be hopeless mean and nasty fools, and to make fun of Christians in general. I don't know the religeous persuasion of the authors, but it would appear that they don't get very involved with the subject matter they are writing about. Expand

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