• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 6, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic 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. 88
    Witty, earnest, intelligent, overdone, overly ambitious, wildly entertaining and superbly cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Darkly comedic and richly entertaining.
  4. 75
    A well-written and well-cast, if broadly drawn, show.
  5. A program that gets stronger as we get to know its characters better, and the quality of the cast helps tremendously.
  6. 75
    An offbeat treat worth rooting for.
  7. 70
    While the story and drama aren't always successful, and occasionally border on the cloying or trite, "Daniel" is something fresh, mildly provocative and amusingly performed.
  8. Borders on terrific at times and falters in others.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Whimsical and busy, "Daniel" is overly ambitious but highly watchable, with an interlocking web of smart-ass, squabbling but ultimately loving characters.
  10. Thankfully, we are spared the misty earnestness of "Seventh Heaven."
  11. "The Book of Daniel" turns out to be something rare to network television these days. It is a rich family drama that isn't afraid of dealing with real issues in a real way and with humor, falling somewhere between "Six Feet Under" and the late, lamented "Once and Again."
  12. 60
    The cast is heavenly in The Book of Daniel; the writing isn't.
  13. 60
    It yearns to be an HBO-worthy drama that reckons with heady moral issues, but it can't resist the temptation of prime-time gloss and melodrama.
  14. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    60
    You may feel the faith-and-family themes could be handled better on cable--mainly because they have been.
  15. 60
    These actors help save the show from pure whimsy and excess.
  16. A well-intentioned drama with a few comedic quirks but without depth or greater purpose.
  17. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    60
    Quinn radiates enough sincerity to make us keep reading this uneven book, just to see how it shapes up.
  18. It's disappointing that Kenny felt the need to make this series so far over the top, because at its core, there's a great family show worth watching.
  19. This is a series that throws so much lunacy into the plotlines that even the writers on "Dynasty" must be hissing.
  20. The Book of Daniel is different and ambitious enough to bear watching at least for a little while.
  21. Despite a fine cast... in the end it works neither as comedy, satire, drama nor soap opera.
  22. 30
    The real mark against "The Book of Daniel" is not any antipathy it might show toward the family or sympathy for the devil. The real objection is that it's just not very good.
  23. 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.
User Score
5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 181 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 142
  2. Negative: 73 out of 142
  1. LCrisholm
    May 8, 2007
    2
    Tom Shales said it best: Tries desperately to be as incessantly offensive as often as possible on every subject possible -- and fails even at that.
  2. MarthaR
    Jan 21, 2007
    10
    Refreshing - crazy like life - I should know - I'm a Bishop's daughter!
  3. MJohnson
    Oct 22, 2006
    10
    It was thought provoking and such a relief to see a program grappling with common, though hidden, issues. It might have tried too hard to deal with a lot in a short time. Considering that most of what's offered on network TV is violent and graphically so, The Book of Daniel almost made me believe that NBC was a humane and compassionate network. I don't think that anymore. Full Review »