September 29, 1998, WB premieres Felicity at 9pm, kicks over four games of the season. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review reads:
If the buzz surrounding Felicity and its star Keri Russell gets any sound The bigger you are, the more you must wear the earbuds within a 10 mile radius of the device.
Not just the WB propaganda machine working overtime. In a recent survey of network entertainment presidents, four out of five said they would recommend Felicity to viewers who watch TV shows or similar.
Many compliments are well deserved. Russell likely has the face of an angel who could launch a 1,000 ad. The show can outshine everything else on the WB schedule, and Buffy looks like a mosquito killer by comparison. But not so fast.
Felicity Elizabeth Porter, played by Russell, is graduating high school in Palo Alto, California, but not interested in her future. She and others thought she would follow in her father’s footsteps and go to Stanford to study medicine. All that changes, however, after she asks Ben (Scott Speedman)—a classmate she barely knows but has a crush on—to sign her yearbook. He also saw her from a distance and admired her, he wrote. When Felicity learned he was going to college in New York (fortunately, there’s only one college in the city), she applied there too.
After enrolling, she finds out that a) Ben isn’t interested in her romance, b) Noel, Residential Assistant, c) Ben isn’t interested even if they study together, d) She might Just admit she made a mistake and go back to Palo Alto. But she’s happy with it because everyone in the series is either “good” or “completely fine.”
Obviously, the motivation for this show is not a compelling story. is an engaging actor, starting with Rose Searle, who plays the role as if she was born to script for it, whatever its flaws, still successfully exploits the anxiety, excitement, fear, and exuberance of boarding school Highly emotional experience.
Some people label this show “Ally McBeal goes to college”, which is a mistake. Felicity Lacks Ally McBeal quirky and humorous. Yet it has a warmth, a charm, and a dramatic urgency that at least partly justifies the buzz. — Barry Garron, originally published in September 28, 28.