Eli Stone: A Review

Or maybe I should just call it like I see it – WATCH THIS SHOW!

Television shows come and go.  Some are more popular than others, obviously.  Not that that assures them of a long tenure on the air.  (Firefly rocked but the people in charge dropped it anyway damn it.)

I’ve followed quite a lot of TV shows over the years, from Joan of Arcadia, Farscape and Dead Like Me to The Walking Dead and Orphan Black.  While I enjoy The Big Bang Theory, I’m not often a fan of the sitcoms airing these days.  Co-workers have raved about some of them so I’ve had JD look them up online and given them a look-see only to be disappointed at how lame I find them.  What happened?  Where are the shows like M*A*S*H and Night Court?  When I look back at Night Court now, even though it does seem silly, I still laugh out loud at scenes like the one where Roz has tied Dan Fielding into a human pretzel.

More recently, JD stumbled across a show online that he thought looked interesting.  Since it only lasted two seasons, he saved both of them so we could check it out.

Oh my goodness!  Why didn’t this program last longer than two seasons?!  It only took one episode to hook me; I had to see the next one, and the next.  I let my other shows linger in limbo while we binged on 20-something episodes over the course of several days (I can only watch a couple hours after work before I have to hit the sack).  As we neared the end I started slowing down and including other programs between episodes.  I didn’t want it to end!  Knowing it was truly the end — of the show — not just the season, was heartbreaking.  Okay, that might be a tad of an exaggeration.  But I really loved the show, the characters, the stories, the premise itself!  And part of me dreaded how they ended it.  Would it have closure?  Were they given enough notice to tie up loose ends or wind up the storyline?

No spoilers here folks; watch it yourself and find out.  But to whet your appetites, here are two videos which will give you an idea of what the show is all about.  If it turns out I’m the only one who found this entertaining, then I guess we’ll know why it wasn’t around very long.  But that won’t change that I love this show.  So much that I’ll probably watch both seasons again.  And again.


11 thoughts on “Eli Stone: A Review

  1. i watched this show on netflix awhile back, because i like johnny lee miller on elementary, and had the same reaction as you. it’s really good right out of the gate.

    i never watched it when it was on tv b/c i thought it was just another legal show. it’s definitely worth a viewing but i’m glad that it’s gone. jlm on elementary is great – his facial expressions and body posture are emmy worthy alone.

    p.s. night court is one of a kind. there really aren’t any large cast comedies on anymore, let alone those crazy madcap ones.
    p.p.s. farscape was a revelation!

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  2. Long time favorites for me: Northern Exposure, Picket Fences, Taxi, Dave’s World (with Patrick Warburton), Seinfeld (with Patrick Warburton), Rules of Engagement (Patrick Warburton again–do I see a trend here?), Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, Everybody loves Raymond and Hot in Cleveland. That’s about it.

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  3. You had me at “Firefly rocked”. I remember seeing ads for Eli Stone and thinking, that might be worth a look. And yet I completely missed it. I’m so glad for this reminder.

    The thing about M*A*S*H is that it was very nearly cancelled but the network execs saw something in it that they decided to keep it around a little longer, and only then did it begin to pick up. Night Court benefited from the Thursday lineup that preceded it. Had it started the evening too many people probably would have turned it off.

    And sad as it is I think maybe it’s better that Firefly and Eli Stone got cancelled before they got ruined. Maybe that’s just sour grapes.


    • Yeah, I can see the benefit of having them go away before they effed them up. Another show that ended way too soon was Life On Mars. Thankfully they had enough notice the writers were able to shape a finale that tied it all up in a satisfying way. I never knew that about M*A*S*H or Night Court so I suppose I should be grateful I got to experience them.


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