The Book of Daniel : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 6, 2006
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. 75
    An offbeat treat worth rooting for.
  6. A program that gets stronger as we get to know its characters better, and the quality of the cast helps tremendously.
  7. 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.
  8. "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."
  9. Borders on terrific at times and falters in others.
  10. 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.
  11. Thankfully, we are spared the misty earnestness of "Seventh Heaven."
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 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 »