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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2009
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

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  • Summary: After an incident in Africa, billionaire playboy Teddy Rist (James Purefoy) has an epiphany that he should be more proactive with his wealth.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    88
    It works, thanks to Purefoy's winning performance, pacing that never lags (the Olivia/Philip/Rist triangle is a diversion, quickly glossed over) and terrific writing.
  2. The pilot was shot on location in southern Africa and is dazzlingly filmed; the cinematography alone stands out. But it’s the hero’s duality--he’s a good Samaritan with a flawed personality--that helps make The Philanthropist an unusual and exhilarating network series.
  3. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    80
    Deep inside Philanthropist is a smart, earnest yet realistic series waiting to be told, and the pilot makes an intriguing beginning.
  4. 60
    Horton may in fact reach too frequently into his bag of editing and photographic bells and whistles, but for the most part his approach helps sustain interest when the teleplay falters, sputters or just plain poops out.
  5. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    50
    If you can get past the patronizing only-a-white-man-can-save-the-needy concept, the series could be an illuminating look at what's going on in the rest of the world. It's too educational and earnest for me to consider it "entertainment," but other viewers might be better people than me.
  6. Teddy's impulses are undeniably good ones, but tales of African corruption are nothing new and often cited as a cause of viewer fatigue. And though Teddy's expected to range far and wide, it remains to be seen whether The Philanthropist, and its debonair title character, have anything new to do--or say--about the problems he'll encounter.
  7. 10
    Pointless, charmless and bound to be viewerless after the first half-hour or so, The Philanthropist recalls such epochal television bombs as Manimal (a scientist who could turn into a crime-fighting dolphin) or It's About Time (astronauts break the time barrier and frolick happily with cavemen) in its conceptual imbecility.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. BruceD.
    Aug 29, 2009
    10
    Great show!! To bad NBC thinks people want to watch reality crap!
  2. AS
    Jul 13, 2009
    10
    Wonderful show. It makes viewers aware of problems in the world that they might not otherwise be aware of while still being enjoyable.
  3. mistym
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    Great show! was entertaining and got me thinking about what more I can do to help others.
  4. sandrag
    Jul 5, 2009
    9
    A great concept, a great actor and after seeing episode 2, it held my interest throughout. I found none of the offensiveness of some A great concept, a great actor and after seeing episode 2, it held my interest throughout. I found none of the offensiveness of some reviewers because of Teddy's naivite. He really does mean well! Expand
  5. LucyB
    Jul 22, 2009
    9
    Here is one tv show that is not cops and robbers, not glorified narcissism, not silly and mindless. The people of the world are so Here is one tv show that is not cops and robbers, not glorified narcissism, not silly and mindless. The people of the world are so interesting and beautiful and this show celebrates them. I am amazed to find this show on tv but delighted. I hope it enlightens us all about the kinds of problems our brothers and sisters in other lands have and where to direct our prayers and resources for supporting humanity. Expand
  6. MichaelM
    Jul 15, 2009
    7
    This show won't be seen as the most entertaining series but it has an excellent foundation plot. It mimics how corparate business is This show won't be seen as the most entertaining series but it has an excellent foundation plot. It mimics how corparate business is done in the real world. The "Great White Hope" theme makes me cringe but the truth has a way of hurt us sometimes. I Like the cast mostly but the cinematography makes the show feel low budget and cheap. I see a diamond in the rough if the characters grow. Expand
  7. JasonN
    Jun 24, 2009
    1
    What a boring show, so full of cliches it almost insults the viewer. Even for a summer show, this is just too much fluff!

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