The Book of Daniel

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The Book of Daniel
The Book of Daniel-Logo.jpg
Premiere January 6, 2006
Finale January 20, 2006
Creator Jack Kenny
Network NBC
Style 60-minute comedic drama
Company FlodyCo,
Bumpy Night, Inc.,
NBC Universal Television,
Sony Pictures Television
Seasons 1
Episodes 8 (4 unaired)
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

The Book of Daniel is a drama series that aired on NBC about an unconventional Episcopal priest and his dysfunctional family. Although the series was initially advertised as a serious drama about Christians and faith, by the time the show aired it had become apparent that the producers had taken a much lighter approach to the matter, even including Jesus as kind of a hip sidekick.

Once the advertising changed to reflect the show's actual style, many Christian groups stood in opposition of the series. The American Family Association, a conservative Christian group, accused NBC of being anti-Christian and objected to the positive portrayal of homosexuality (as well as the fact that the series creator, Jack Kenny, is openly gay). Other groups like Focus on the Families took offense to the portrayal of Jesus (although many spokespeople admitted to be basing their offense off of commercials they had seen and not the actual show itself).

Although there was a great deal of opposition, several liberal Episcopal clergy members praised the show for giving the church a more real face. In one instance, Rev. Susan Russell commented that "How surprising might it be to many who tune in to find out there actually is a church where women can be bishops – clergy can be human – and there's enough good news around to extend to everybody?" Although, this point was commonly dismissed by the opposing groups as being a "hypocritical" and "contradictory" view of the church.

Eventually the series was cancelled on January 20, 2006, after a mere four episodes. Although NBC did not give a statement on why the series was cancelled, it can be presumed that the controversy was a major factor. Before the series was officially cancelled, eight affiliates (including WSMV, the NBC affiliate for Nashville, TN) refused to air the series and the network reportedly had difficulty selling advertising for the hour.

The final three episodes of the series were made available online until February 10, 2006 when the finale was streamed.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Aidan Quinn Rev. Daniel Webster
Susanna Thompson Judith Webster
Christian Campbell Peter Webster
Ivan Shaw Adam Webster
Alison Pill Grace Webster
Garret Dillahunt Jesus Christ
Dylan Baker Roger Northrup
Ellen Burstyn Dr. Beatrice Congreve


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One January 6, 2006 January 20, 2006 8


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series September 26, 2006 2


External Sites