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‘Good Girls Revolt’ Critical Roundup: Reviews Say Amazon Period Drama Almost Reaches Lofty Ambitions

The series constantly gets compared to "Mad Men."

Good Girls Revolt

“Good Girls Revolt”


Amazon’s new drama “Good Girls Revolt” is a look at the personal and professional lives of female researchers at News of the Week, who decide to ask for equal treatment. Created by Dana Calvo, the series stars Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp and Erin Darke. The show debuted on October 28, here’s what critics are saying.

IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller gave the series a B+ and wrote that the drama “could stand more subtlety, but its message has real impact.”

“The way the show digs into the process of writing and researching the news in a pre-Internet era is perhaps one of its strongest qualities; many of the stories being investigated by the ‘News of the Week’ staff are legitimately fascinating.”

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Sonia Saraiya of Variety adds that the show is “not polemical,” adding:

“The show is not perfect. At times, ‘Good Girls Revolt’ can be very smart about the themes of the ‘60s; at others, it can be painfully obvious…The drama suffers from an overcrowded cast and not much economy of storytelling — mostly because it seeks to make a character drama out of a plot with a clear beginning and end…With a show that is as much about atmosphere as plot, some sprawl can be forgiven.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman’s bottom line is: “Pretty good, but is that good enough?”

“There’s a story worth telling. Could it have been told more compellingly in a more modern setting and untethered to the book and thus the historical event? Definitely. Unless ‘Good Girls Revolt’ can make the stories it tells more interesting and better paced, it’ll just be a pretty good show in a world that’s churning out great shows — breaking-news alert — at an awe-inspiring clip.”

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James Poniewozik of The New York Times writes “despite energy and a surprisingly timely premise, it generates only sparks and smoke.”

“Is it unfair to compare ‘Good Girls Revolt’ with ‘Mad Men?’ You bet. Is it possible not to? You try…The true measure of the series, though, is the challenge of every period drama: to make the characters feel as if they live in their own present, not in our past hindsight. This is the biggest weakness of ‘Good Girls Revolt,’ which feels more playacted than lived in.”

“Flawed but pertinent” is what Deadline’s Dominic Patten has to say.

“[‘Good Girls Revolt’] often gets tangled in its own best intentions and multi-directional storylines. And that’s really a shame because at its core this look at the fictional News Of The World magazine and the female researchers who do most of the reporting but aren’t allowed to be reporters is a strong workplace tale.”

The Guardian’s Sam Wollaston adds:

“‘Good Girls Revolt’s’ closeness to ‘Mad Men,’ one of the greatest TV shows ever, is the problem…It’s not as good as ‘Mad Men’: it doesn’t have the multiple strands, the understated artistry, the splendour, the characters that are so three-dimensional they actually elbow their way into your life. It is more obvious, less surprising, less original. If ‘Mad Men’ were a band, ‘Good Girls Revolt’ would be the tribute act.”

“Good Girls Revolt” is now streaming on Amazon.

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