• Network: APPLE TV+
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 29, 2023

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Mar 13, 2023
    Though most of The Big Door Prize is all about the characters, the series does tease big things to come from the machine, with its origins and future looking like they will be a big focus of a potential Season 2. The thing is, the rest of the show is so good that it doesn't need anything from the Morpho, but the added intrigue, accompanied by a delightfully magical original score, makes things even better.
  2. Reviewed by: Emma Fraser
    Mar 22, 2023
    The story starts to sag during the middle portion of the season when various puzzle pieces are moved into place. However, by the end of the 10-episode run, it has found its footing again, and “The Big Door Prize” leaves you wanting to know more. Whether the Morpho is magic or not, this series spreads its wings to reach its potential.
  3. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Mar 29, 2023
    There’s some genuine big laughs and a few story questions that should keep us intrigued.
  4. Reviewed by: Benji Wilson
    Mar 29, 2023
    The Ted Lasso formula of saccharine sentiment offset by salty humour is a highly effective one-two, and the performances here across the board are superb.
  5. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Mar 29, 2023
    It charms you into watching and thinking instead of pressing a foot on your neck and pushing your face into the mire. I for one am grateful.
  6. Reviewed by: Amber Dowling
    Mar 28, 2023
    The result is an engaging show with big heart. It takes a beat to get into the unique tone of the series, and to accept the magical realism that stops by now and again. But by the end you do care about what happens to these people. In fact, you’ll probably be left wanting more.
  7. Reviewed by: Coleman Spilde
    Mar 27, 2023
    Character-centered, episodic stories can be hit or miss, but the series stitches together such a remarkably woven tapestry of personalities that the show’s narrative arc never dips—even when viewers think they’re about to fire up an episode titled after a character they don’t particularly have much interest in. ... O’Dowd and Dennis’ perfect chemistry, and the godsend of half-hour episodes, don’t hurt on that front, either.
  8. Reviewed by: Max Gao
    Mar 27, 2023
    Although billed as a high-concept, sci-fi comedy, the series adaptation of M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name feels more like an existentialist dramedy with more heart than humor, pondering deep, philosophical questions in punchy, half-hour installments that will leave viewers wanting more by the end of the 10-episode first season.
  9. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Mar 13, 2023
    As with any ensemble, some arcs are stronger than others, but Read balances episodes so even if the new focus isn’t perfectly polished, the core cast is there to keep things humming.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 29, 2023
    The result is a narrative more ambling than compelling, compounded by the fact that the season, though it will settle some characters’ business and make various philosophical points, ends at a kind of dramatic midpoint. Nevertheless, “The Big Door Prize” is easy to like and even embrace.
  11. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Mar 30, 2023
    Although Dusty is not as interesting a character as Ted IMO, it touches on darkness but brings the viewer back towards the light with decent one-liners.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 29, 2023
    There are no weak spots in the ensemble accumulated by casting director Gayle Keller. If the promise of a second season was just spending time with these characters in flux, I would at least be curious. But The Big Door Prize is already a delicate show, and the direction it feels like it’s going is one that jeopardizes its fragility rather than buttressing it.
  13. Reviewed by: Martin Carr
    Mar 13, 2023
    There is so much more this show tries to grasp in its minimal running time, and as a whole The Big Door Prize delivers some admirable drama. ... But irrespective of those whys and wherefores – The Big Door Prize ultimately falls short of greatness.
  14. Reviewed by: Chase Hutchinson
    Mar 28, 2023
    For all the possibly interesting ways the characters grapple with what it is that they are even doing anymore, the surrounding show proves to be even more aimless. There is still room for The Big Door Prize to find a way forward, though this inauspicious introduction falls short of its full promise.
  15. Reviewed by: Nandini Balial
    Mar 29, 2023
    “The Big Door Prize,” Apple TV’s latest release, attempts to marry drama and comedy and fails at both, all while featuring Pinterest-perfect production design and writing that smarts of the Hallmark Channel.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 29, 2023
    This was legitimately unwatchable, what could have been interesting was instead a show populated by the idiotic and boring, I was watching theThis was legitimately unwatchable, what could have been interesting was instead a show populated by the idiotic and boring, I was watching the first episode waiting for something, anything at all interesting to happen, and the episode ended, and i was left thinking what did I just watch, a whole lot of nothing, not inspiring, not entertaining, so i put on the second episode made it another 10 minutes of literally nothing happening, and that was it, I tapped out. Full Review »