Ally McBeal: Season 1 Reviews

March 13, 2019
It's not that the show feels dated -- that original snap is still there -- it's just that TV's come a long way, baby.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 13, 2019
Ally McBeal has a spark of hope in her that you just can't turn your back on... How can one not root for someone like that, annoying flaws aside?
March 12, 2019
It was pretty imaginative for its time. The narrative techniques were original, and they were surprising. Now we're accustomed to fantasy sequences, song interludes, viral videos... But back then, these flourishes still seemed relatively fresh on TV.
March 12, 2019
Ally lives, needless to say, in a universe largely peopled by characters who do and say and think strange things. Mr. Kelley is good at this sort of thing.
March 12, 2019
This show uses its lead character's profound self awareness to explore the realities of every day life -- work and love, mostly -- with humor and poignancy.
March 12, 2019
I was charmed by ''Ally McBeal'' at first, and I still like it: the bits of interior monologue, the way the dialogue accommodates changes in mood and motive, the varied pacing of scenes and (for now at least) the dancing baby...
April 17, 2018
Ally McBeal is still a surprisingly good show, particularly in its first and second seasons.
April 16, 2018
Ally McBeal -- a k a "Silly McDumb." An achingly gimmicky comedy-drama.
April 16, 2018
Right now, the pain-pleasure ratio of watching Ally McBeal is tilted in the wrong direction, but it's shifting.
April 16, 2018
Fox is at it again, airing one of those "shock" programs... Tonight brings the most insidious, most terrifying of these yet. The World's Whiniest TV Heroine. Its other name is Ally McBeal.
April 16, 2018
It's too soon to tell whether 'Ally McBeal' will become the thinking woman's favorite show or the victim of its heroine's fantasies. Right now it is refreshing and offbeat, a new series willing to take a risk.
April 16, 2018
Ally McBeal is the rare example of a broadcast network premiering a series that feels fresh and different, if occasionally contrived.
April 16, 2018
The only freshman show this fall that creates its own genre -- its own brave new world -- is Ally McBeal.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 16, 2018
Based on the pilot and its potential, Ally McBeal is one new series to keep your eye on this season.
April 14, 2018
Ally McBeal is a show where you hardly can wait for the next episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 26, 2018
[Calista] Flockhart is full of invention, which is nifty since she has so much airtime, but she also gets excellent support from the others