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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 23, 2008
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Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

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  • Summary: Jill Scott leads the HBO adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's detective novels set in Botswana.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 100
    This is as good an adaptation as any Ladies lover could wish, one that overflows with the joys of life and exudes an all-embracing spirit. Be ready to be beguiled.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    This is a gentle, good-hearted series and Scott was pretty much born to play Precious. But LDA can also be willfully, stubbornly languid.
  3. Cozy at times as any English village mystery, Smith's stories, like the snakes he often includes, have a way of striking when one least expects.
  4. 80
    As charismatic and unfamiliar as Ramotswe is, after the first hour, it's hard to imagine becoming addicted to this series the way so many readers are addicted to McCall Smith's novels. But then, by the beginning of the second episode, we start to understand: This series is a dramedy, really, a more exotic, more absurd, more original version of "Grey's Anatomy," if you will.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Minghella's direction sets the tone for the series, placing Scott's boldly colored dresses against warm green walls and sand-brown buildings. Scott provides big love, but "Big Love" this ain't.
  6. 70
    I can't say you'll want to follow The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency religiously, like so many other HBO efforts, but it is an easy-to-like distraction.
  7. Reviewed by: Ryan Stewart
    The pilot, while offering ample opportunity for the director to indulge in painting the grand, international tableaus that characterized his operatic feature epics, also exposes his tendency toward easy retreat into no-impact treacle when confronted with a culture not easily penetrated, even by an enthusiastic tourist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. ChristopherC
    Apr 6, 2009
    A truly beautiful view of another culture. The characters, including the new hairdresser, are delightfully fleshed out, and the slight A truly beautiful view of another culture. The characters, including the new hairdresser, are delightfully fleshed out, and the slight changes in characters from the books seem well thought out and convincing. The main cast members are very good, as are most of the minor ones. This is a character-driven series, the pace is thoughtfully slow, and the various settings are well chosen and gloriously filmed. It is not an action-adventure series and should not try to be one. This is the first time I've looked forward to watching tv on a Sunday evening in a long time. Expand
  2. winifredm
    Apr 1, 2009
    Adorable! I am hooked and already saddened by the news that there will only be a "limited" number of episodes.
  3. SandyS.
    Jul 28, 2009
    I absolutely loved this show and looked forward to watching each wk..please continue the series.
  4. SethO.
    Apr 14, 2009
    Delightful adaptation of the series of novels. Detective stories aren't my usual fare, but these aren't your typical detective stories.
  5. LindaS
    May 10, 2009
    Yes..it's the best thing on Sunday night.
  6. SB
    May 19, 2009
    It's great!!!
  7. MarthaW
    Mar 31, 2009
    Absolutely charming! Looking forward to more.

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