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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: In 1875, new salesgirl, Denise Lovett (Joanna Vanderham) attracts the attention of John Moray (Emun Elliott), the owner of the department store, The Paradise, in this adaptation of Émile Zola’s novel, Au Bonheur des Dames.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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: 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Oct 7, 2013
    80
    A spectacularly entertaining enterprise.
  4. 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.
  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: 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.

See all 9 Critic Reviews

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 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. Collapse
  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
    said, it's enjoyable to watch. Expand