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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