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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 31, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Goil Amornvivat, Margaret Russell (II), Kelly Wearstler
  • Summary: On the heels of "Project Runway" and "Top Chef" comes Bravo's latest talent competition, which pits a dozen aspiring interior designers against one another for a chance at a large cash prize.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Health & Lifestyle, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    91
    The contestants are highly entertaining. [2 Feb 2007, p.116]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    Nobody said the creative process was pretty, but rarely has it made such electrifying TV.
  3. 75
    Top Design will make you not want to leave your TV room--no matter what it looks like. [5 Feb 2007, p.37]
  4. [It] is a bit too slavish in its imitation of the "Runway'' formula, but in its opening episode, it shows signs of real promise.
  5. "Top Design"... comes closer to capturing "Runway's" singular appeal than "Top Chef" ever did... Yet with each scan of the "Project Runway" blueprint, a little more of the original's crispness and clarity gets lost.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    60
    There are problems to work out; none of the cast really pops in the first episode, and I wish they hadn't given the competitors the help of a carpenter, which loses the hands-on, who-stole-my-glue-gun drama of Runway. But the show has good bones. There's nothing wrong with it a little furniture rearrangement wouldn't fix.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanna Weiss
    40
    "Top Design" is so derivative of "Project Runway," from the setup to the structure of the judging, that it's impossible not to make a point-by-point comparison, with the new show falling short on every level.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21