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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 4, 2008
Season #: 1, 2
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 55 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 80
    This tale of a lonely cop left behind by everyone--partners, friends, lovers, even the criminals he pursues--has a piercing melancholy that elevates it way above its fantasy trappings.
  2. New Amsterdam is smart and far more original than most of the new series this season, which warrants it becoming a Monday habit.
  3. New Amsterdam's pilot, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who's also one of the show's executive producers, is as well-executed as any I've seen this season.
  4. The premiere teleplay from Christian Taylor does a capable, if slightly workmanlike, job of setting the stage for what's to follow, while Coster-Waldau paints a beguiling portrait of a brooding, conflicted, undeniably charismatic soul.
  5. What we have in a sense, then, is another boy-girl dance playing off against the tension of lethal crime in New York. But the premise is novel enough that maybe John won't be just tilting at windmills.
  6. 60
    The shaman contrivance is surely tedious, but it appears that New Amsterdam uses the immortal design not as a way to Forrest-Gump its protagonist into a set of trite historical situations, but more cleverly, to ask questions about those situations.
  7. New Amsterdam is very average--and in many aspects is well below average. It never feels like much more than a cliche.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Sep 30, 2018
    10
    Very realistic show; it reveals a lot about the health care system and hospitals in the U.S. Pay attention because these scenarios really playVery realistic show; it reveals a lot about the health care system and hospitals in the U.S. Pay attention because these scenarios really play out in emergency rooms across the country. It's a shame it takes a drama series to tell the truth. Expand
  2. BK.
    Apr 10, 2008
    10
    I rarely get caught up in TV drama, much less police/detective shows. This one has me spell-bound. Good story line, great acting, I rarely get caught up in TV drama, much less police/detective shows. This one has me spell-bound. Good story line, great acting, fast-moving, humor, and underlying thoughtful issues about time and relationships. Wow! Expand
  3. TaniaM.
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    Love this show.
  4. AdamG.
    Mar 6, 2008
    9
    A great show with a lot of potential ! The lead has great presence.
  5. ScottP.
    Apr 14, 2008
    9
    Love the show, and love the blending of history into the show. Some of the flashbacks are a bit to long.
  6. MichaelA.
    Mar 16, 2008
    9
    The characters are generally likable and the writing is smart and funny. I was generally surprised that I would enjoy the show this much.
  7. RichoTB
    Mar 7, 2008
    3
    Wow. This show is absolutely horrendous. I don't have a clue why people are claiming its a paranormal drama... people are going on as if Wow. This show is absolutely horrendous. I don't have a clue why people are claiming its a paranormal drama... people are going on as if its got some unique plot device the likes of which Tru Calling, Supernatural or Moonlight contains. It doesn't. It really is just another generic, mundane, boring cop show, and the concept of an immortal protagonist sounds a lot more exciting than how its executed in this series. Nothing worthwhile to say about it really. Sure, its not as bad as Women's Murder Club, but its still really awful. It does absolutely nothing interesting or entertaining to hold your attention. This show is the epitome of boring, just another murder-of-the-week police procedural with characters as dull as dishwater. Tired, uninspired, boring and pointless. Not worth bothering with. Expand

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