Kevin Hill Although we usually deny it, we all like to have our feelings manipulated by entertainment -- it's just that some of us are more comfortable… Kevin Hill Although we usually deny it, we all like to have our feelings manipulated by entertainment -- it's just that some of us are more comfortable… 2004-09-29 Crime Drama Taye Diggs Patrick Breen Michael Michele UPN
TV Review

Kevin Hill (2004)

GRIN AND BEAR IT Hill 's Diggs
GRIN AND BEAR IT Hill's Diggs
EW's GRADE
B

Details Start Date: Sep 29, 2004; Genres: Crime, Drama; With: Taye Diggs; Network: UPN

Although we usually deny it, we all like to have our feelings manipulated by entertainment -- it's just that some of us are more comfortable with our mushy side than others, and that some entertainment is better at mushing than others. Cases in point: Kevin Hill, starring Taye Diggs as the title character, a slick ladies' man and lawyer who looks after a cute, vulnerable baby.

Kevin Hill's Diggs descends from feature films to flash his devastating smile on the small screen. He's perfectly matched with the 10-month-old baby girl, whom he unexpectedly inherits from his dead cousin. There's lots of material in Kevin's running-with-his-boys lifestyle, his flashy entertainment-law practice, and his culture-clash bonding with a gay male nanny (the adroit Patrick Breen). But the payoff scene -- the one that's going to get viewers tuning in for at least a few weeks out of charmed curiosity -- is a beautifully shot throwaway: the baby, asleep on Kevin's chest as our man sits on his living-room sofa. It's got a huge awwwww factor; it establishes Kevin as a sensitive guy; and it makes you wonder, how many takes did it require to get the kid to snooze, or is Diggs' soothing charisma truly that trance-inducing?

Sign up for EW.com's What to Watch Newsletter!

What to watch on TV. Hear what's on tap for the night ahead and get witty, morning after recaps of top shows (sent weekday mornings).
Originally posted Oct 01, 2004 Published in issue #786 Oct 01, 2004 Order article reprints