• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 7, 2013
    80
    Impeccably cast, extremely handsome, predictably soapy and a trifle slow moving, it’s another first-rate costume drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 7, 2013
    80
    A spectacularly entertaining enterprise.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 7, 2013
    80
    The dramas, rivalries, kindnesses and treacheries begin almost at once, and as in all the best PBS series, they are well-drawn.
  4. Reviewed by: Zack Handlen
    Oct 7, 2013
    75
    For now, though, it’s comfortable, but inessential. The performances blur together, as actors deliver lines in a competent, polite way, and everything is filmed in a hazy glow. There’s nothing wrong with any of it.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    Paradise is based on a Zola novel but is redolent of Dickens, envisioning the store as an insular world full of colorful characters, with its sentimental and romantic upstairs-downstairs intrigues opulently packaged.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    A pleasingly soapy story of beating hearts and changing times.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 7, 2013
    70
    It will engage--though not obsess--those of us who enjoy parsing out the morals and manners of another time and place.
  8. Reviewed by: Maysa Hattab
    Oct 7, 2013
    60
    If the daily competitions for commissions don’t quite match the savagery of the male-on-male contests in Glengarry Glenross or In The Company of Men, they remain vicious enough to give the otherwise fluffy plotting a little bite.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 7, 2013
    50
    It’s the last of the big-four British costume dramas of recent years to make its American public-television debut, after “Downton Abbey,” “Call the Midwife” and “Mr. Selfridge,” and it’s the most frivolous of the bunch, which is saying quite a bit.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    10
    A light romantic drama about an entrepreneur who opens the first department store in the UK. The storyline is much like Mr. Selfridge, but I prefer the set design and acting of the Paradise. It is visually delicious. I watch the show purely to be entertained and I am never disappointed. Full Review »