Summer 2005 Critics Poll: Best … and Worst

Jul 11, 2005  •  Post A Comment

With critics widely split on some shows, two programs landed on both the best list and the worst list in their categories.

Fox’s “American Idol” and CBS’s “Elvis” biopic were shows critics loved to love-and loved to hate. Both managed to find places on their respective worst and best lists.

“American Idol” ranked 22nd among the best series, yet tied for ninth among the worst series. Sonia Mansfield of the San Francisco Examiner called it “America’s biggest guilty pleasure.”

“Thirty million viewers, but I can’t find one person who admits watching it,” she wrote.

Nancy Van Valkenburg of the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah, named it her least favorite reality show. “It’s about hype and conformity, not talent and unique creativity,” she wrote.

“Elvis” came in 10th on the best movies, miniseries and specials list-and held the same rank on the worst list.

“What it did best is what’s important about the subject: Elvis in the moment of creating his art, either in the studio or on the stage,” wrote Dave Walker of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. “This is the first Elvis project to understand that.”

Countered Us Weekly’s John Griffiths: “The two-parter managed to suck the life out of Elvis again.”