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Meadowlands: Episode 1 (series premiere)

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 18th 2007 2:01PM

David Morrissey and Sharon Stone(S01E01) Showtime has decided to air the English drama Meadowlands starring David Morrissey (Viva Blackpool) as the head of a family who must enter the witness relocation program. Now that description may seem simple and if this were an American drama on network TV, that's all it would be.

The show opens with the newly renamed Brogan family wearing blindfolds while being delivered to their new home in the community known as Meadowlands. As the show unfolds the meet their new neighbor, the local handyman, the town cop as well as a host of other interesting characters.

I must admit that I am unfamiliar with British culture so it was a little difficult for me to discern what exactly was supposed to be weird about the show. I mean, when the neighborhood constable kicks the crap out of the lecherous handyman during a soccer (football) game, is it because he's a psychopath or is he just an average English soccer fan?

The big twist of the show is that the Brogans aren't the only residents who are in hiding. It seems that the entire community of Meadowlands is made up of folks in the witness relocation program. Even stranger, the entire goings-on of the neighborhood are under constant surveillance by a mysterious organization.

The first few episodes give small hints as to what happened to bring the Brogans to Meadowlands and other past events that are meant to build interest, but for my money the show is a more style than substance. There's a little too much sexual overtones and I prefer my supporting characters to have better descriptions than just "strange."

Ralph Brown (Life on Mars, Coronation Street) is one of the brighter spots of the show as Wintersgill, the top cop. He almost makes the show worth watching ... almost.

Meadowlands is an eight episode limited series.

What is your reaction to Meadowlands?
Loved it93 (48.4%)
It's okay48 (25.0%)
Could be better29 (15.1%)
Hated it22 (11.5%)

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Paul Levinson

Oops - forgot to include the url for my review ... http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2007/06/meadowlands-opens-with-tongues-and.html

June 18 2007 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul Levinson

I liked Meadowlands ... the humor, style, sex, and strangeness worked well for me ... Meadowlands Opens - with Tongues and Grooves...

June 18 2007 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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