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Pan Am - S01E11

Drama . History
 

Dean is tapped to fly the first-ever commercial flight to Moscow, but the day of departure, a blowhard veteran pilot, Broyles, takes the controls and makes Dean co-pilot. While in Russia, Kate tries to pull off an important mission, but when Laura and another Pan Am stewardess are mistaken for spies, Kate tries to expedite their release with the help of an unlikely ally. Back at home, Congressman Rawlings and his staff work to track down whoever anonymously wrote the negative new story about him, and Maggie agrees to be his date at a fund-raiser. Can she keep her temper dealing with so many conservative political supporters and retain her cover as the article's author? Ted's relationship with Amanda gets serious, but Maggie learns something about her that may hinder this whirlwind romance.

 
Episode Title: Diplomatic Relations
Airs: 2012-01-15 at 10:00 pm
  • Verne Gay

    A gorgeous production, though the story sometimes keeps it on the tarmac.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    So far, so great.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Pan Am is nostalgic bonbons for the mind, made with the finest ingredients.

    Salon Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The glamour in Pan Am may indeed be manufactured--doubly manufactured, given the re-created places and planes--but it's not empty: The show says, yes, this is as good as it looks, and it looks very good

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Derivative Pan Am may be, but that doesn't make it any less watchable.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    It's definitely a flight worth booking.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Pan Am's easy whirl fits the bill, when its chatter is snappy and also when it's not.

    Slate Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Watching Pan Am is like getting a free upgrade to escapist class.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Right now Pan Am doesn't seem to know exactly what it wants to be; it's experimenting with tone, and seeing what works and what doesn't. That's the kind of attitude that, if done right, should lead to an interesting series. [30 Sep 2011, p.62]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The female leads are appealing, the world promising and the pilot much more clear-eyed and less compromised in its view of the era than "Playboy Club" is.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    For shows that play to our longing for America's lost days of glory, the sky's the limit.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    This is a series where surface is substance, and surfaces don't come much dreamier than in this beautifully realized flight fantasy, from its lovely, terror-free airport to its even lovelier cast.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The action is set to the beat of "Mack the Knife" and other swingin' songs that, along with some stunning production design, help the show deliver a hefty dose of '60s nostalgia.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The show is fueled with so much soap-operatic hot air that it takes off. [26 Sep 2011, p.54]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The romance and the attractively stylized innocence of the era is addictive, but the espionage plot, with its link to political history, is absurd.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    My favorite so far of the fall's two "Mad Men" wannabes and a show with more moving parts than a jumbo jet.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Every television series launches on a wing and a prayer, perhaps none more than this entertaining, glossy drama.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Take the back stories, add the unfolding drama of love, loss, disappearances and danger, shake it all up with exotic locales from Paris and Berlin to Monaco and Rio--and it could be a tasty cocktail

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Nancy Franklin

    The new shows are more concerned with hitting their marks and getting the sociology right than with character, but Pan Am has a bit of style to it, and a note of darkness, and the formula might just work.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Renee Scolaro Mora

    Set in 1963, Pan Am's production is highly stylized, neat, and dreamy, perfectly suited to the nostalgia it is eager to evoke.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun, it makes flying look like fun, and yes, that line of stewardesses does look good enough to stop an airport.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Beneath all the visual dazzle of the premiere episode, a bit of the groundwork is there, but Schlamme and Orman need to build on it very soon.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Beyond selling the glamour of it all, Pan Am may be very hard-pressed to come up with weekly storylines that impel viewers to climb aboard.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Phillip Maciak

    The show's extravagant, aggressive joy about the friendly skies sometimes makes even that pinnacle of historical romance seem like a Lars Von Trier film in comparison.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    If only for the costumes and '60s music, Pan Am is amusing to see at least once, but if it has any instructive benefit at all, it's as a mood indicator for these times, not those.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It's a handsome study in perfect mediocrity.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Even so, the disjointed, choppy approach leaves this meticulously outfitted production looking overdressed for the occasion, and while there are enough moving parts to potentially turn up something interesting, turbulent takeoffs seldom bode well for the rest of the trip.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, ala Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review