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New York Times issues correction as critic slates Amazon’s Goliath – but later realises he watched in the wrong order


By Jennifer Faull | Deputy Editor

October 22, 2016 | 2 min read

The New York Times has been forced to issue an embarrassing correction after its TV critic slated the first few episodes of Amazon’s new programme Goliath, before realising he had watched them in the wrong order.

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Amazon's Goliath had a 'split personality' said confused NYT critic

Mike Hale, the Times’ television critic, said the show had a “split personality” and “needlessly complicated structure”.

“…presumably because the first episode leaves so much unanswered, the next jumps back in time to fill in the history of the case — and when the second episode ends, the story hasn’t even caught up to where it started,” he wrote.

“The narrative juggling has the feel of stretching — of starting with a story suited for an episode of traditional TV or maybe a feature film and extending it to more than nine hours. Final judgment on that will have to wait until all 10 episodes are available.”

The review was published in print and online on 14 October and the NYT issued a correction on 18 October.

“A television review on Friday about the new Amazon series Goliath included an inaccurate discussion of the show’s plot structure. The critic mistakenly watched the first two episodes out of order,” the publisher said.

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