Everwood: Richard Twarog
Nicholas Fonseca
September 17, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Everwood: The Complete First Season

Current Status
In Season
1022 minutes
Vivien Cardone, Gregory Smith, Debra Mooney, Emily VanCamp, Treat Williams

We gave it a B+

If the tinkling piano music and John Beasley’s ”Pooh Corner” narration scare you away from The WB’s Everwood, a.k.a. their finest weekly hour, it’s time to get over yourself and give in to the show’s ample charms. In Williams, creator Greg Berlanti found a perfectly imperfect match for widowed neurosurgeon Andrew Brown, who moves his two children from Manhattan to the teensyweensy, offbeat Rocky Mountain town. Season 1’s big stories — son Ephram’s (Smith) heart-breaking first love, Amy (the stellar Emil VanCamp); the saga of Amy’s comatose boyfriend, Colin (Mike Erwin); Andrew’s struggle to redefine himself — are solid family-drama plots rendered fresh by Berlanti’s mix of empathy and quirkiness. Pay special attention to the infamous ”Episode 20”: The powerful hour explores the abortion issue while showcasing the series’ penchant for a strong morality that’s never garishly wrapped in piety.

EXTRAS Nothing fancy — commentary tracks on four shows, deleted scenes, and a standard behind-the-scenes special.

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