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Dancing on the Edge: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

tomatometer

59

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 7

Visually resplendent but occasionally pretentious, Dancing on the Edge benefits from a first-rate cast and a terrific 1930s jazz soundtrack.

42

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

Visually resplendent but occasionally pretentious, Dancing on the Edge benefits from a first-rate cast and a terrific 1930s jazz soundtrack.

audience

67

liked it
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 6

My Rating

Season Info

Drama about the rise to fame of a black jazz band in 1930s London at a time of extraordinary change.

Network: BBC Two

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 16, 2013

Episode 1

Music magazine editor Stanley Mitchell befriends The Louis Lester Band, introducing them to aristocratic society. The American band's success is threatened when they fail to register with the government. (C) Starz

2
Air date: Oct 26, 2013

Episode 2

The Louis Lester Band is introduced to a wealthy recluse who arranges a special performance, ultimately leading to the group's first record and real taste of success. Louis makes a shocking discovery. (C) Starz

3
Air date: Nov 2, 2013

Episode 3

Police interview Louis about lead singer Jessie's attack. Stanley is surprised to find a new challenge at the office. On New Year's Eve, Louis confides in Sarah, while Stanley and Pamela's budding romance grows. (C) Starz

4
Air date: Nov 9, 2013

Episode 4

The band plays at Jessie's funeral. Louis becomes confused about what he saw the night of Jessie's murder, and realizes his freedom may be at risk. Masterson presents Stanley with a business proposition. (C) Starz

5
Air date: Nov 16, 2013

Episode 5

In the miniseries finale, Louis seeks a hideout while an unlikely source offers a large reward for his capture. The story reaches an electrifying climax as the band, and Masterson and Julian, plan their escape. (C) Starz

6
Air date: Nov 23, 2013

Interviewing Louis

Stanley interviews the Louis Lester Band at the peak of their success for his music magazine. Intercut with footage of the band playing, topics include fame, race, war and personal stories. (C) Starz

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (7)

It's the rare TV series that's a feast for the ears.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: AARP the Magazine

This show doesn't dance - on the edge, or anywhere else. Instead, it lumbers straight into the tar pit.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

The five episodes... are brimming with twists, surprises, delightful set pieces - and some very unexpected performances.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR

Dancing on the Edge is a thing of beauty to watch, as the scenes of noirish late-night jazz discoveries in 1930s England are so wonderful to behold.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Whatever the case, [the postscript episode]...opens doors the series until then had pointedly kept closed, though it doesn't feel like resolution, only poor planning.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

If only the show's pacing matched its zippy musical score.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Beautiful to look at and pleasant to listen to, at six-plus hours (the first and last chapters each run more than 90 minutes), this is ultimately a rather dull Edge.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

There is no edge to Dancing on Edge, a drama sunk by its pretensions.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

The story has ample pulling power. But the music is its driving force -- all day and all of the night.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Many of the people we meet in the cast are good guys, which gives Dancing a hopeful tone, even when the odds go the other way. We want the folks who deserve it to win, and so does the show.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

What's missing is passion, joy and (ultimately) interest.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The rest of it is good enough that I can overlook that bit of lazy screenwriting.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Your Family Viewer
Your Family Viewer

Really, I challenge you to find one bad performance in the miniseries because frankly there are none.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

Lush sets, lavish costumes, and the golden light favored by historical dramas make Dancing on the Edge a visual feast, while its overtones of racism, classism and general social turmoil gives it an edge too often lacking from Downton.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

In the end, [the] promising moments only make the miniseries more disappointing.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Though the gorgeous production starts out slowly and has its pompous moments, it's ultimately worth your time.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

While the series itself is hit and miss, the cast (and sumptuous period design) is first rate.

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

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