• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 23, 2000
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Nov 21, 2019
    90
    It boasts an appealing star, a colorful ensemble cast, clever writing and no shortage of laughs. It is, in short, what good character comedy should be. [23 March 2000]
  2. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Nov 21, 2019
    80
    The comedy here is anything but “The Sopranos” lite or neo-"Barney Miller,” much of its success resulting from Perkins’ easy, unmannered way with her likably nasty character. Although comedy begins with writing, Perkins doesn’t need much of a line to be funny, whether spinning sarcasm or lamenting being “up to my ears in hookers.”
  3. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Nov 21, 2019
    80
    The show is not as original as ''Barney Miller,'' the last prime-time comedy hit set in a police station, but it has possibilities and a strong cast.
  4. Reviewed by: John Leonard
    Nov 21, 2019
    70
    Not to be missed by anybody who ever mourned the passing of Barney Miller.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Nov 21, 2019
    70
    An intriguing blend of "Barney Miller" and "The Naked Gun," it's an ensemble comedy with an appealing cast and an off-center sensibility that makes it a keeper, or at least worth checking out the next few weeks.
  6. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Nov 21, 2019
    67
    Battery Park shines brighter, thanks to punchier writing and a better ensemble. But it, too, suffers from sitcomitis: the urge to give viewers another version of something they've already seen. [23 March 2000]
  7. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Nov 21, 2019
    63
    Battery Park isn't awful. Goldberg is too skilled at putting together slick ensemble comedies for that. It actually does click some of the time. But it's not quite charged up to the level of "Barney Miller," the gold standard for this type of show. [23 March 2000, p.49]
  8. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Nov 21, 2019
    60
    Blessed with one of the most-coveted timeslots in television, series needs to find a consistent tone to find its own audience — the second half of the second episode demonstrates that it is possible.
  9. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 21, 2019
    50
    Bland at first but better next week, this new spring collection of plainclothes cops has an outside chance to fit in and maybe even wear well. [23 March 2000]
  10. Los Angeles Daily News
    Nov 21, 2019
    50
    Not one of the performers looks like anything beyond a pretty young performer biding his or her time until a better break comes along. [23 March 2000]
  11. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Nov 21, 2019
    50
    Although terribly familiar in design and execution, Battery Park does manage stretches when it amiably spins along in a Big Appleish "Spin City" sort of way. Goldberg's touch hasn't completely deserted him. [23 March 2000, p.6E]
  12. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Nov 21, 2019
    50
    The mostly forgettable "Battery Park"? It's strictly DOA -- Dull On Arrival. [23 March 2000]
  13. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Nov 21, 2019
    50
    If you find that humorous -- and the annoyingly cranked-up laugh track sure did -- then you're set. If not, well, the lines don't get much better. [23 March 2000]
  14. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Nov 21, 2019
    42
    It's an attempt to do a 1970s comedy like "Barney Miller" - but without the laughs. [22 March 2000]
  15. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Nov 21, 2019
    42
    Unfortunately, Battery Park is a precinct I don't care enough about to come back for more. [23 March 2000]
  16. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 22, 2019
    40
    The comedy is stale; it's as if the writers were trying to make the funniest show of 1982. [23 March 2000, p.1E]
  17. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Nov 21, 2019
    40
    The usually reliable producer Gary David Goldberg ("Spin City," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Family Ties") has imitated the props, plot devices and characters from the original ("Barney Miller"), but duplicating wit, mood and casting chemistry have proven more elusive.[23 March 2000, p.E-5]
  18. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Nov 21, 2019
    40
    Producer Gary David Goldberg (the man behind ”Spin City”) infuses ”Park” with plenty of ”City”-esque pacing and ”walk with me” camera work, but he forgot to add the laughs.
  19. 40
    After years of "NYPD Blue," somehow this comedy doesn't hang together very well - although it might improve with time. Elizabeth Perkins stars as the strong-willed, self-absorbed police captain who wants to be mayor, leading a variety of cliched character cops.
  20. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 21, 2019
    40
    Maybe if the cardboard secondary characters develop more dimensions and if the writing improves, "Battery Park" will have a longevity similar to that of its closest cop comedy antecedent, "Barney Miller." But don't count on it.
  21. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Nov 21, 2019
    37
    The feel is "Barney Miller," but the jokes and characters aren't. Gary David Goldberg, of "Family Ties" and "Spin City" fame, is behind this sitcom, so it's fair to hope for and expect very good things...In the case of this pilot, though, you don't get them. [23 March 2000]
  22. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Nov 21, 2019
    30
    The real pathos is supplied by the network that has the gall to recycle this rickety relic in the first place. [23 March 2000, p.C01]
  23. The Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Jim Hays
    Nov 21, 2019
    30
    It's aimless, stereotypical and runs out of juice pretty fast. [23 March 2000]
  24. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Nov 21, 2019
    30
    Daddio and Battery Park are wisps of shows, so slight and feeble that they're not ready for prime time. They're not ready for anything, really. Lumping them with Friends and Frasier only makes them look punier.
  25. Reviewed by: Barbara D. Phillips
    Nov 21, 2019
    30
    It's supposed to be funny. The evidence? An insistent laugh track and trace amounts of humor. Maybe this week's episode will clinch the case.
  26. Reviewed by: Allan Johnson
    Nov 21, 2019
    20
    The uninspiring comedy, slight and shockingly unfunny considering Goldberg's background, can only aspire to the levels of ABC's "Barney Miller."
  27. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Nov 21, 2019
    20
    Quite frankly, it's just about the most unpleasant half hour as NBC has cooked up in quite some time. It's not just that it's not funny -- which it's not -- but Perkins' character in particular and the show in general are just plain unpleasant.