The District : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 2000
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21

Critic Reviews

  1. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Adam Buckman
    Jun 14, 2013
    100
    WHO knew Craig T. Nelson had so much charisma? [7 Oct 2000, p.55]
  2. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 12, 2013
    83
    The District's success rests strictly on the shoulders of Nelson's Mannion, and in this opener, he comes on like gangbusters. But will bigger-than-life bluster and arrogance wear well? We'll see. [7 Oct 2000]
  3. Variety
    Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jun 14, 2013
    80
    Mannion, played by the formerly lovable "Coach," Craig T. Nelson, is the heart, the soul, the brains --- you name it --- of "The District," and he handles the burden well in the series premiere. [6 Oct 2000, p.22]
  4. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jun 14, 2013
    80
    If issues don't get in the way, CBS' The District is a good show - may be one of the TV season's most watchable new dramas. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  5. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 14, 2013
    80
    Thigpen is terrific as Ella, and she and Nelson have immediate buddy-buddy chemistry. The District could be just the ticket for Saturday night stay-at-homes looking for something upbeat, but be forewarned that the show tunes and peppy speeches are interspersed with bursts of violence so extreme as to make "Walker, Texas Ranger" look like "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." [6 Oct 2000, p.D7]
  6. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jun 14, 2013
    75
    It's hard not to believe Craig T. Nelson. He's one of the most versatile actors anywhere, equally at home as the perpetually flummoxed Hayden Fox in the ABC sitcom "Coach," or in any number of dramatic roles in made-for-TV and theatrical films. [7 Oct 2000, p.E-8]
  7. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    [This] energized combination of wish fulfillment and streamlined storytelling set for is eminently watchable -- and it will continue to be so long as the troubling, too-literal white knight vs. black hats motif in the opener goes away in later episodes. [6 Oct 2000, p.55]
  8. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 13, 2013
    75
    Though it's far from perfect -- and Nelson's flamboyant, over-the-top performance is bound to irritate some viewers -- "The District" explores racial polarization and urban political attitudes in sometimes compelling fashion. And there's an interesting, racially diverse cast of players, with veteran character actress Lynne Thigpen ("Shaft"), a real standout as Mannion's crime stats wizard Ella Farmer. [6 Oct 2000, p.12D]
  9. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 13, 2013
    67
    Jayne Brook seems miscast as the idealistic deputy mayor who hires Mannion, and the general flavor of The District is one of leftovers, that is, we've had it before and it's tasty, but reheating it once or twice is the absolute limit. [7 Oct 2000, p.C1]
  10. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 14, 2013
    60
    Mannion is most appealing when he doesn't play the hero. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  11. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 14, 2013
    60
    Whatever the politics of it, The District is a decent drama. Not great, but certainly interesting, especially if it actually deals with issues of race and politics. [7 Oct 2000, p.B-8]
  12. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Tom Maurstad
    Jun 14, 2013
    50
    The macho-vigilante ethos of the show quickly grows tiresome. But with scene after scene of the Chief's righteous indignation - uttering lines such as "I don't care how much it costs, people out there are dying" - The District can be silly fun. [7 Oct 2000, p.1C]
  13. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 12, 2013
    50
    Nelson clearly relishes this role, though his rah-rah approach to everything wears thin. And critics are right to note that some of the confrontations between Nelson and his black rivals are needlessly harsh. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  14. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 14, 2013
    40
    The District will either have to ignore race and lapse into television fantasyland or embrace its realism and become more sophisticated. (A tiresome political correctness would be worst of all. ) Either way, it's halfway there. [6 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  15. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 13, 2013
    40
    Whoa, pardner. Calm down. There's too much struttin' and puffin' in the pilot for our taste. Rich casting and drama possibilities get mired in improbable events. And the basic premise -white father rides in to save black city? -is asking for trouble. [6 Oct 2000, p.B51]
  16. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 14, 2013
    37
    Since cities can't sue for defamation, all people in D.C. can do is change the channel. I'd advise the rest of the nation to follow suit. [6 Oct 2000, p.10E]
  17. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 13, 2013
    30
    Viewers won't feel entertained so much as dismayed by the oddity. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
  18. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jun 14, 2013
    20
    It's irresponsible for a show like The District, which had the opportunity to be racially diverse in not only its casting but its portrayals, to fall back on racial stereotypes. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  19. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 14, 2013
    20
    Maple believes he created a hero in the character of Mannion. I see a self-aggrandizing, self-important hotdog in black and white shoes who I wouldn't put in charge of a swing dancing class let alone the police department. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  20. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 14, 2013
    20
    So instead of a fascinating drama about what happens to the predominantly black police force of Washington, D.C., when a white chief is brought in, we get a cockamamie mishmash headed by an unpleasant lunatic, with more subplots than Forest Lawn Cemetery. [6 Oct 2000]
  21. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 14, 2013
    10
    Just about worthless, and as a bonus, also highly irritating. [6 Oct 2000, p.F1]

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