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‘Band of Brothers’: THR’s 2001 Review

On Sept. 9, 2001, HBO premiered Band of Brothers, exec produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. The World War II ensemble series went on to nab 20 Emmy Awards nominations and 7 wins, including outstanding miniseries. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  With the brilliant, realistic and compelling Saving Private Ryan still fresh […]

‘The O.C.’: THR’s 2003 Review

On August 5, 2003, Fox premiered creator Josh Schwartz’s hourlong teen drama The O.C., which aired for four seasons on the network. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  The title notwithstanding, it’s not likely that the Orange County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the first new series of the season, The O.C. For entirely […]

‘Angels in America’: THR’s 2003 Review

On Dec. 7, 2003, HBO unveiled the first part of its adaptation of Angels in America. The drama went on to earn 21 Emmy nominations and claimed 11 wins including outstanding miniseries. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Demanding and rewarding and with sweeping themes that more than justify its extraordinary length, Angels in […]

‘Weeds’ First Episode: THR’s 2005 Review

On Aug. 7, 2005, Showtime unveiled Jenji Kohan’s Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker. The dramedy went on to run for eight seasons on the premium cabler. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review of the first episode is below:  Last fall, Desperate Housewives became the most recent TV series to establish that not everything is what it seems […]

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ First Episode: THR’s 2003 Review

On January 26, 2003, ABC trotted out a new late-night show for the 12:05 am to 1:05 am time slot featuring a former Comedy Central host. Still skewering pop culture with ease, Jimmy Kimmel Live is going strong on the network years later. Below is The Hollywood Reporter’s first review of the show’s debut:  After […]

’30 Rock’ First Episode: THR’s 2006 Review

On Oct. 11, 2006, NBC introduced Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy and Tracy Jordan during the 8 p.m. hour with 30 Rock. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Maybe a good place to start is to attack the notion that 30 Rock is a satirical take on Saturday Night Live. If that’s what you want, visit […]

‘Will & Grace’ First Episode: THR’s 1998 Review

In fall 1998, NBC debuted a new comedy, Will & Grace, during the 9 p.m. hour on Sept. 21. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  It’s been said that virtually every comedic premise has been explored. Some many times over. Chances are, though, there’s never been a comedy about a gay man and straight […]

‘Firefly’ First Episode: THR’s 2002 Review

In fall 2002, Fox rolled the dice with a new sci-fi series, Firefly, which debuted Sept. 20 and became a cult favorite. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below: In a new season largely bereft of innovative ideas or daring concepts, Firefly stands out like a supermodel at a bus stop. In this, the first […]

‘The Sopranos’ First Episodes: THR’s 1999 Review

On Jan. 10, 1999 at 9 pm, America met Tony Soprano. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review of The Sopranos, published days before the HBO Sunday night premiere, is below:  Grandma is reclusive and forgetful but she doesn’t want to move from the house she’s lived in forever; the rebellious teenage daughter keeps getting caught sneaking […]

‘The Office’: THR’s 2005 Review

On March 24, 2005, America met Michael Scott (and Dwight Schrute). NBC’s The Office, an adaptation of the U.K. series created by Ricky Gervais, grew into a network staple for nine seasons. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below: Come to think of it, maybe Dan Rather’s last word as a news anchor was intended […]

‘The West Wing’ First Episodes: THR’s 1999 Review

On Sept. 22, 1999 at 9 p.m., The West Wing premiered on NBC. Earlier that Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the new drama, praising the series as “wonderfully engaging.” Read the original review below: Even in a season in which new dramas outnumber comedies, it’s not hard to pick the best. In this case, it’s […]

No Ordinary Family — TV Review

What's different -- and refreshing -- about ABC's "No Ordinary Family" is that the efforts made to convince you that the Powells are normal, while entirely sincere, don't last long.