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The Red Tent - S01 E01

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The story of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob of the Old Testament, is dramatized, along with the four wives of Jacob. In the opener, Dinah listens to stories from the women in her tribe who gather inside a red tent.

Episode Title: Part 1
Airs: 2014-12-7 at 09:00 pm
  • David Hinckley

    With Minnie Driver and Morena Baccarin as two of Jacob’s wives, and Debra Winger as Dinah’s blunt-speaking grandmother, the story is engaging both as untold Biblical fable and modern-day television.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    Ferguson's voiceover hits the holiday season sweet spot: Just sentimental enough. Frankly decorous sex scenes and brutal conditions for men and women help save The Red Tent from becoming overly cloying. It's got just enough red blood pulsing through it to avoid that.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    It is at times charming and different, and a good fit for Lifetime. It just falls short of a higher calling.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kat Ward

    The first half is soapy but enjoyable, anchored by Minnie Driver as Dinah's mom. But plot twists drag down the second act. [5 Dec 2014, p.77]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    The Red Tent would have benefited from more subtlety--hardly Lifetime’s stock-in-trade. Still, it is a major step up from the network’s usual fare of films.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    The film doesn't reinvent the Biblical fiction format but it is interesting enough to move you to read Diamant's take on ancient sisterhood.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    At times, you might mistake Lifetime's enjoyably earnest Biblical epic The Red Tent for an Old Testament version of Call the Midwife.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The biblical setting provides an arresting backdrop for soapy material that otherwise falls squarely in Lifetime’s wheelhouse.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    It’s a bit of a mess.... Between the issues of race, tribalism, rape and consent, The Red Tent covers more ground than expected.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Fans of the novel will no doubt watch and revel in this relatively big-budget treatment. Others might find its pseudo-biblical, pseudo-feminist mix hard to take.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    If it could be judged merely on the merits of its aspirations, The Red Tent would get two “you-go-girl!” snaps up. Unfortunately, how the miniseries turns those aspirations into drama leaves much to be desired over its four hours, stranding the viewer in a place as dry and desolate--and sometimes as confusing--as the desert inhabited by its characters.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Though chock-full of plot, it is decidedly short on dialogue, there is little narrative transition and, with a few very notable exceptions, no character development.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review