Critic Consensus: Babylon successfully combines two genres into one show, adding great actors and timely subject matter to stealthy wit and hard-hitting drama.
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as Liz Garvey
as Richard Miller
as Tom Oliver
as Matt Coward
as Sharon Franklin
as Charles Inglis
I still consider it my duty to inform you when there is a new show you absolutely HAVE to watch. And Babylon ... is one of those shows. Sorry, everybody. Add it to your queue. It's like The Wire meets In the Loop meets The IT Crowd.
A layered analysis of a failing system, and - true to its satirical inception - no one is let off the hook.
The slow transition of Babylon from comedy to drama makes the series itself something of a public-relations problem. Fortunately, we don't need to spin or label it, other than to say that it's good.
By attempting to straddle two very different genres at once, it undermines the effectiveness of both forms of entertainment. It isn't necessarily a fatal problem, but it's one that will hopefully be ameliorated in the rest of the show's short season.
Babylon delivers a mixed bag in which it's deceptively simple to applaud the effort to handle the bizarre intersection of publicity and policing, and yet that attempt doesn't make it entertaining or insightful on its own.
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