Downtown Pleasures

SHOW: TRIBECA

TIME: TUESDAYS, 9 P.M. EST, FOX

THE BOTTOM LINE: Robert De Niro's new anthology show is original and exciting; just please don't call it quality.

Get ready for that word again. Tribeca, the first TV series from Robert De Niro's New York City-based Tribeca Productions, is sure to be hailed by critics as "quality" television. The term once conveyed innocent praise, but lately it has become freighted with sanctimoniousness -- a club to beat the heads of dopey network executives who won't renew Brooklyn Bridge. TV shows should not strive for "quality." They should strive to be good. Tribeca...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!