• Network: PBS , BBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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 IA 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 »
  2. Apr 24, 2014
    8
    It's Mr. Selfridge "light" which is odd because both are properties of Masterpiece Theatre and they premiered back-to-back.

    That being
    It's Mr. Selfridge "light" which is odd because both are properties of Masterpiece Theatre and they premiered back-to-back.

    That being said, it's enjoyable to watch.
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