The most controversial -- and one of the shortest-lived -- series of the 2005-2006 network season, The Book of Daniel concerned the troubled family of an Episcopalian priest. Aidan Quinn starred as Reverend Daniel Webster, who dealt with most crises by popping prescription pills and brooding over his inability to "reach" his parishioners. Daniel's wife, Judith (Susanna Thompson), spent much of her time drinking martinis and complaining about lost opportunities; his 23-year-old son, Peter (Christian Campbell), was a neurotic homosexual, still plagued by guilt over the death of his twin brother; 16-year-old daughter Grace (Alison Pill) was a would-be manga artist who sold marijuana on the side; and the Websters' adopted Chinese son, Adam (Ivan Shaw), was more concerned about scoring with chicks than anything else. Adding to Rev. Webster's burden was the remonstrative input of no-nonsense Bishop Beatrice Congreve (Ellen Burstyn) and rule-bound senior parish warden Roger Paxton (Dylan Baker). Whenever things became too much to bear for Rev. Webster, he would solicit the advice of his "best friend," Jesus Christ (Garret Dillahunt) -- yes, that Jesus Christ, beard, white robes, and all. It was the calculatedly irreverent portrayal of the Son of God (who trafficked in wisecracks rather than parables) that stirred up the bulk of the controversy surrounding the series. While many big-city critics liked the show, general audiences could not warm up to it at all. Debuting January 6, 2006, on NBC, The Book of Daniel had been slated for a six-week trial run before going to full series; slaughtered in the ratings and roundly condemned by conservative media commentators, it lasted only four episodes before cancellation.
Contains four episodes never before aired on TV!; Deleted scenes from 5 episodes
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Book of Daniel: the Complete Series based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I think the so-called religious people who slammed this series didn't actually watch it. God and Faith were central in this family's life, despite all their hardships and short comings, and I think it's wonderful to see a TV family of committed mainstream Christians dealing with real world problems.
I agree..Its a great show. Great writing and acting....And the people who did'nt like it never watched it, and they profess to be christians! ha! if they did'nt like it they should change the channel..There are only over 250 channels now!! thank heaven for dvd sets!!
this was such a good show. it was just like a soap opera. it should have been allowed to continue.
There are seven episodes that include very well written and acted storylines involving Sex, love, marijuana, prescription addiction, alzheimer's disease, Manga, infidelity, politics, alternate lifestyles,racism, hate crimes, romance, family, religion and the Mob. Right Wing America dismissed the show as too controversial. They obviously didn't watch the series but began a witchunt to cancel the program. It has been only three years since the show was cancelled and is better than most of what airs on television today. The unaired episodes are quite moving. "Gods Will" is so moving, had it aired, I guarantee there would have been an Emmy nomination. Aidan Quinn's performance is both honest and inspirational as priest, husband, brother and father. The OUTSTANDING ensemble cast including Ellen Burstyn and John Baker were superb. Think of it like a little mini series. There is some closure in the final episode that will keep you both satisfied and wanting more. Enjoy! It is worth every penny.
It is sad that NBC didn't stand by this series. I was hooked after the first episode and am very grateful that it was released on DVD. The acting is excellent. The writing managed to be both entertaining and powerful at the same time. I think the depiction of how Jesus lived and worked through the characters (flawed, funny, and honestly written) was respectful and realistic. I think if the folks who protested this show had actually watched it they would have found a something special in this series.