The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 1, 1992
Season #: 1, 2, 3

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    May 14, 2014
    The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles is so good I'm almost afraid to say how good it is. I've learned from sad experience that TV's good things are quite regularly the first to go. [1 Mar 1992, p.3]
  2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    May 14, 2014
    IF George Lucas and company can keep up this pace, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles should be positively captivating. Lucas has managed to create the seemingly impossible: a new weekly series for television with very nearly the same improbable sense of spectacle and adventure as the breath-defying ''Indiana Jones'' movies on which he and director Steven Spielberg collaborated. [4 Mar 1992, p.9F]
  3. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    May 14, 2014
    Young Indy is TV's answer to archaeology, a sweeping and ambitious depiction of the 20th Century. It has been shot around the world, against spectacular scenery, by noted international directors. And it is a triumph for executive producer George Lucas, who makes his passion for history absorbing through an outlandish premise. [4 Mar 1992, p.E1]
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    May 13, 2014
    Spectacular...You have never seen educational value so imaginatively and colorfully packaged. [4 Mar 1992, p.C1]
  5. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    May 13, 2014
    It's as rich and sumptuous as maybe any series that TV has produced, on both sides of the cameras. [4 Mar 1992, p.C1]
  6. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    May 14, 2014
    The creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones trilogies apparently spared no cost in producing Young Indiana, a weekly series for the small screen that feels more like one of his wide-screen opuses - glossy, state-of-the-art high adventure with epic overtones. [4 Mar 1992]
  7. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Ginny Holbert
    May 13, 2014
    Lucas has created an exhilarating history lesson - something you won't find anywhere else on the tube. In The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, modern moviemaking know-how meets that wonderfully old-fashioned notion that nothing is more entertaining than the clash of ideas. [4 Mar 1992, p.39]
  8. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 14, 2014
    Though boringly narrated by a 93-year-old Indy, the tales are the stuff of many a kid's adventure story - back when kids still read. [4 Mar 1992, p.1D]
  9. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 25, 2013
    Each episode tries to shoehorn in bold a history and an ethics lesson with the period dress and picturesque ports of call. The result, though visually rich, is like a fuddy-duddy theme-park ride.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    The show is more lushly pictorial than anything this side of the National Geographic Specials, and its seat-of-the-pants approach to history is peppy and playful. ... [But] Indy's adventures in the first episode are often unimaginative (the old mummy's-tomb-with-a-curse routine), and the flip dialogue is too forced.
  11. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    May 14, 2014
    O'Brien and second-half director Carl Schultz both bring some visual dazzle to the episode, but they cannot bring wooden actors to life. And although Flanery does bear some resemblance to how Harrison Ford may have looked as a youth, he is plainly well beyond 16. So far, George Lucas' great idea for a TV series built on Indiana Jones remains just that -- an idea. [3 Mar 1992, p.C-1]
  12. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    May 14, 2014
    Initial verdict: clunky.
  13. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 14, 2014
    What it all adds up to tonight, unfortunately, is something akin to a very slow camel or burro ride across long stretches of arid desert. There's dialogue galore, but comparatively little action and virtually no suspense.
  14. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 14, 2014
    First, the good news: It's handsome, scenic and colorful, produced with a lavish flourish rare for television. Now, the bad news: It's a rompety, clompety bore. [4 Mar 1992, p.C1]

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