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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful:

One of the best new shows of the season!

Author: lcbryan-1 from United States
3 June 2006

I love this show! It is fun and refreshing. Rebecca Romain as "Pepper Dennis" is a delight to watch. So is her sister, Brook Burke, who adds a nice touch to the show. One does not expect Rebecca Romain to do comedy. However, she pulls it off beautifully. Pepper always gets her story, but for some reason, she does not always get her man! The "banter" is great between her and Charlie, and always seems to take a twist of some sort. All of the supporting cast do a great job too. Including Pepper's "sidekick" cameraman and her makeup artist. Check out this great new show! Bring a little comedy and drama into your world with Pepper Dennis. It is witty and addictive!

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful:

Funny Refreshment

Author: Erin (lotr_freak514) from United States
28 May 2006

Rebecca Romijn is great in Pepper Dennis! Although the acting from her (which is really surprising) and a few others is a little choppy, they haven't exactly settled into the characters yet, so it is to be expected. Other than that, I don't find much wrong with the show.

It is refreshing to see a show that isn't centered around seriousness, because even though Pepper Dennis is a drama, there is so much comedy that after watching it you don't necessarily feel depressed for the characters. And, as a devoted Charmed watcher, it has a big comfort for me and my mom, who is obsessed with the show Gilmore Girls, when the characters in those shows are distressed.

Pepper Dennis is great, and, as I said, Romijn is great in it. Along with her co-stars Burns who play her sister Kathy, Hopkins who plays her um...I don't know what to call him...Charlie, and Price as her best friend Kimmy. These are great supporting actors and actresses. I enjoy Pepper Dennis, and hope it will have a long run.

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

The Comedy We Know and Love, Made Better!

Author: Denana Bunic ( from Canada
2 May 2006

Pepper Dennis is a very good show. I mean when I first started watching it I was surprised because I thought that it would be just another show copying the great ones. This show however is not copying anyone and is extremely hilarious. I watched the first episode and I cried because I was laughing so much. The chemistry between the actors is extremely strong and I don't think that anyone will break it in a long while. Dennis and Babcock hate each other while loving each other at the same time and I think that the show has made the classic love/hate relationship and turned it into a great comedy everyone will love. I watch the show every time it is on and I share it with my family and we laugh our eyes out. The comedy we know and love, made better.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Plagued with freshman season kinks, bad slapstick and a happy-go-lucky take on the press, but "Dennis" is an original, ambitious and downright adorable screwball throwback

Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from
19 July 2006

Network: WB; Genre: Comedy, Guilty Pleasure; Content Rating: TV-PG (for some sexual content); Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

Seasons Reviewed: Complete Series (1 season)

In "Pepper Dennis" one of the most beautiful women in the world shows that she needs to be doing more comedy. Rebecca Romijn (now free from the shackles of the Stamos) plays the title character, an ambitious news reporter for a local Chicago affiliate who lives somewhere between our contemporary world and "His Girl Friday".

"Pepper" takes a shallow and rather simplistic approach to local news as a subject of ridicule. It is a target just dripping with sweet nectar just begging to be bitten into and show after show has gone a softer direction. You won't find anything more biting here than wooden anchors with white teeth and weaselly news directors that implement wacky stunts to get the ratings up. The show's treatment of journalism as a noble endeavor in which Pepper crusades to uncover the truth and bring it to the public is from a time long past.

I didn't like "Pepper" at first, but it grew on me. There is a delightful old fashioned screwball whimsy to the show that we just don't have enough of on TV today. So for that, I'm going to forgive it for some truly lame and predictable slapstick. This is a guilty pleasure with enough cutely funny moments to make it work and a willingness to go deeper into the gags than I'd expect from a fluffy WB show. It isn't unusual to do bit where an anchor is causing a viewer to have seizures, but not very many series will go as far as to show us the seizure and play it for laughs. Whoa, I like it.

The stories pull themselves along with one improbable leap in logic after another in a fantastic contortion to get where it wants to go. But thanks to some fast and witty dialog, the show pulls it out. Witness the "ACoRNs" episode in which local news awards become a red-carpet spectacle so we can have Pepper rent out designer earrings, save the day with an impromptu crisis news stand-up and reconcile with her neglecting father. There is a gag involving an automatic flush toilet I've just been waiting for someone to go for.

Dropped like an anvil in the middle of this old-fashioned screwball romantic comedy are snappy real-world one liners (Pepper gets a "Today Show" style wedding). The shows light jabs at contemporary media figures are much appreciated, but awkwardly fit. "Pepper" wants to have its cake and eat it too.

At the center of this silliness is the 6-foot Romijn who melds with the cartoonish beats of the show and throws herself headlong into Pepper like a comic natural and forces everyone else to keep up. That includes Brooke Burns as her virginal, recently divorced sister, Lindsey Price (the US "Coupling") as her experienced best friend/make-up artist and Rider Strong who has apparently given up on breaking away from his "Boy Meets World" persona and settles in the thankless role of Pepper's unrequited love.

The show gets better as it goes, like many, but it still never fully gels together. If "Pepper" could have developed all of the relationships just a little bit more, and it wasn't canceled, it could have been something great. What is a screwball comedy without a romance, and "Pepper" delivers us a couple right off the bat with Pepper and Charlie Babcock (Josh Hopkins), the new anchor who took the job Pepper felt was rightfully hers. While we don't necessarily root for them (the unrequited love from Chip could have been a compelling story, but the show's heart isn't in that), everybody tries to give us the feeling that there is sharp banter going back and forth - even if Romijn and Hopkins don't have the greatest chemistry. The show also sets up Pepper as an independent single women, but only so we can root for her to find romance, mellow out and join the flock.

"Pepper" could easily be self-indulgent - easily. So easily that it deserves real credit for not going that direction. By God, you wouldn't know it to hear about it, but Romijn sells this wackiness. "Pepper Dennis" tries to do a lot that is admirable, and the show is an entertaining guilty pleasure even if none of the parts really quite come together, and its grasp on journalism as a target is flimsy at best. What it suffers from are typical first season kinks that would have easily been ironed out and made the show recommendable.

* * ½ / 4

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

I think this series is very clever and smart

Author: nunnie63 from United States
28 June 2006

I think this series is very clever and smart. Rebecca is carries off her part beautifully. I really didn't even care for her that much before I saw this show. Now she is one of my favorites. I did prefer the original news director, but the nephew does a pretty good job. Charlie Babcock is a real looker and the chemistry between the two is very believable. Although I did enjoy her little tangle with the Mayor. I understand Charlie and Pepper can never really get together, which would be the death of the show, but it is fun thinking they will. I think the plot has real substance and has always kept me entertained. The entire cast works well, especially Pepper Dennis' sister and makeup artist. I can't wait for next season, I hope there will be one.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Pepper Dennis is the BEST!

Author: janfergy from United States
14 June 2006

Pepper Dennis is the best show I've seen in years!

The characters are great! And the chance meeting of Pepper and Charlie in the first show is a switch from usual story lines. You have to wait for the 3rd season to see the main characters together!

I just can't say enough good things about this show. I love every character except the new station manager. He's too much of a goof, but I guess he blends in more for the comedy of the show than the old station manager.

Pepper Dennis the serious reporter that always seems to run in to a snag. The cast of her sister, cameraman, make-up woman and the rest of her family all work very well together. Not to mention Charlie!

I hope this show is renewed and is on for a very, very long time!

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What a Great Show! Long Live Pepper Dennis in our TV memories!

Author: A Shipper from New Zealand
17 February 2010

PEPPER DENNIS!..What a gem! and I've seen the show almost 4yrs after it aired!

I was watching Life Time's "12 Men of Christmas" recently and thought Josh Hopkins a real looker so I trawled the web looking for more eye candy on the fella :) So lo & behold I came upon some scenes from PEPPER DENNIS and fell line, hook & sinker for this GREAT show! It was well written, well acted, the cast had great chemistry and it was pure fun & entertaining to watch the protagonists Charlie & Pepper's path to the final amazing scene. Rebecca & Josh played off each well in both charm, looks (& height) dept and was ably supported by Brooke Burns, Ryder Strong etc.

I grew up watching Mary Tyler Moore and Pepper Dennis had the same type of feel to it. Light, not too serious and very funny to watch. It was classic TV entertainment and one could sit through a 50min episode without losing interest...very rare with all the angst on TV nowadays. I think too in a way the show's timing was a bit off by a season or two and had stiff competition when reality TV ruled the airways.

Despite it only having 13 episodes, I liked that the show was wrapped up decently, unlike others where fans who invest so much emo & time, is so often left in the cold with unresolved story lines & endings.

What a GREAT show and although I'm sad that it ended after 1 season it probably would not have had drawn the same "fan power" as some other mindless drivel on telly. At least as a pay-off the cast got other TV shows to shine in, more so Rebecca in Eastwick & Josh as the laconic Grayson in the quirky Cougar Town.

So long live PEPPER DENNIS in lala-land and in our TV memories! So fingers x to get the whole series on DVD some day.

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Love the Show!

Author: stillspeaking06 from United States
22 June 2006

I think Pepper Dennis is one of the best shows the WB has put out in a while! Pepper is a hilarious character,and Brooke Burns is funny especially in the fact that in real life she looks un-approachable but here she's just cute!The only character I don't like is Peppers' boss.The way he messes with her to get more money and ratings is annoying,but somewhat fun.As for Rider Strong,I used to watch him on Boy Meets World and never thought he could pull off the quirky nerd character but he can!I hope this show gets picked up and put on the same nights as the Gilmore Girls because that show provides an excellent lead in.Great show!!!!!

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Better Than Movies !

Author: ahmed elshikh ( from Egypt
21 December 2008

Everybody knows about the eternal clash between TV and cinema. I even believe that for instance nudity during the 1990s and the 2000s became some effective weapon at that war. So it's about how any team of those would make you be at home or leave it. Yet when it comes to "Pepper Dennis", I definitely will stay home, or even go speedily to it whenever it's on. This show is so cute and comic, it centers on very attractive character, almost all the cast is hilarious, and every episode is an assured merriment of pure fun. It happens that the cinematic romantic comedies at the 2000s aren't that good, so when I watch Pepper Dennis I feel impressed out of this effort (in writing mainly) which's not available for a lot of movies out there. The hot witty conflicts, the sarcastic ironies, the fast pace, and the soft mood are already here. It even got a yummy colorful look, like a tasty tart more than a show. I always recall the first episode as a proof of being excellent to rare ideal extent. And so every episode managed cleverly to leave the feel of being a fine 45 minutes movie. Like elegant one of the 1950s or 1960s, or maybe better. (Rebecca Romijn) is another surprise that confirms the loss of cinema in this battle, this show illustrates how she got charisma, talent, and a special flavor as a super comedienne, that's totally different from cinematic works she was in like (Femme Fatale) which was nothing but utter crap where she has been displayed as a sex toy only. Even (Brooke Burns) shows for the first time a talent else being a fascinating beauty in a Bikini. Actually the show itself says a lot about women succeed without relying on their sexuality, so this show talked about something and achieved it as well. It was just (Josh Hopkins) as (Charlie Babcock) who wasn't the right choice at all, he lacks the equal presence or the spontaneous joviality compared to the lead, and although the character was well written, but I didn't believe that (Hopkins) is that ladies' man, and he still not convincing as the most beloved number one anchor in TV ! In any case, this is one of the most enjoyable TV shows in the 2000s, I'm so mad that it didn't get the attention it deserves, or the time period to continue for more, to end up like a mini-series with 13 episodes and sort of forced ending!. I'm dying to know what "poor ratings" that due to them, the show got slaughtered (read : cancelled) ?! What kind of fools watched it and didn't love it ? or what kind of fools didn't watch it in the first place ?!. Anyhow not many shows (or movies) could reach to this level of sweetness. This time the TV smartly WINS. But sorry, their makers were unlucky just like us missing them and the joy they dazzled us with through all what we're suffering of ugly shows, movies, life !. So, whenever I saw a hasty, unfunny, bad romantic comedy I'll salute Pepper Dennis for being the right thing, the real deal, and a brilliant short memory. For anyone didn't experience it yet : Watch, learn, and enjoy.

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