Amy Brenneman is well known all over America and the world as a renowned actress and film producer. It is also known that her career as an actress got a huge boost following her superb performance in popular classic series NYPD Blue. The show was very successful and even earned two nominations at the prestigious Primetime Emmy Award. On her own part, the veteran actress has carved a niche for herself in the entertainment industry, bagging several award nominations and winning some. She has also starred in quite a number of high-grossing films and from this seemingly long list, we shall critically assess 10 of those considered as the greatest Amy Brenneman movies and TV series, ranking them from best to worst.
10 Amy Brenneman Movies and TV Shows Rated From Best To Worst
1. NYPD Blue (1993 -2005)
Owing to the fact that Brenneman’s appearance in this American television series was largely responsible for bringing her into the limelight, we have decided to rank it first before any other film or television show. The storyline of NYPD Blue, though fictional, is set in New York City and it portrays the challenges a police squad faces in combating crime. The drama series was created for television by David Milch and Steven Bocho. The popular television show which premiered on September 21, 1993, ran successfully for 12 seasons, airing 261 episodes. 20th Century Fox took over the responsibility of producing and distributing the action thriller in 1995, succeeding Steven Bochco Productions.
It is also known that the emergence of NYPD Blue was greeted with wide praise from die-hard Hollywood fans for the show’s realistic character portrayal. Many well-known critics gave the series good approval ratings – Complex.com ranked it as number eight of all the best Hollywood television shows of all time. Some of the notable cast members of the series include John Kelly, Andy Sipowicz, Arthur Fancy, Laura Michaels, Janice Licalsi, James Martinez, Greg Medavoy, Amy Brenneman, and Diane Russell amongst others.
2. Mother and Child (2009)
This Amy Brenneman movie is a tale of three women who have directly or indirectly experienced adoption. The film which was first released on September 14, 2009, was written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Top acts like Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson, David Morse, and David Ramsey were members of the cast. The movie was rated 79% on the Tomatometer, based on the number of critical reviews it got. Metacritic film rating site also gave the film quite a good score when it was released.
3. Reign (2013-2017)
Reign is a critically acclaimed television series notable for receiving several award nominations, as well as being a one-time recipient of the prestigious People’s Choice Awards. This historical drama series tells the story of Mary I of Scotland otherwise known as Mary, Queen of Scots. The American television show was created by the duo of Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta. It began airing on The CW television network on October 17, 2013 and was terminated on June 16, 2017, after its fourth season ended.
Award-winning Australian actress Adelaide Kane portrayed the show’s main character of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Other notable cast members include Celina Sinden, Torrance Coombs, Anna Popplewell, Caitlin Stasey, Alan Van Sprang, Sean Teale and Craig Parker to mention a few. Amy Brenneman, alongside Rossif Sutherland, Anastasia Phillips, Nick Slater, Anna Walton and a couple of other actors and actresses featured in varying recurring roles. Amy starred as Marie de Guise, a character that appeared from season 1 to 3, in the popular American TV series.
4. Grey’s Anatomy (2005 to Date)
The American television show which started in late March 2005 is now in its 16th season. The medical series has aired over 340 episodes in just 15 seasons on the ABC network. Grey’s Anatomy shares the experiences of several medical personnel who start as interns and then proceed to become veteran specialists in their various fields. The popular American producer and film writer Shonda Rhimes is largely responsible for writing this series. The cast of the show comprises of Hollywood actors and actresses like Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, T.R. Knight, Patrick Dempsey, James Pickens Jr., Amy Brenneman, and Isaiah Washington, amongst many others. Pompeo plays Dr. Meredith Grey, the central character in this mega-series.
With regard to its success, this American drama series has recorded a favorable reception over the years with positive reviews from critics, as well as high approval ratings. Rotten Tomatoes gave the series an approval rating of 80% with many other well-known critics praising the superb performances of the different actors in their various roles. The show was awarded a Golden Globe Award for the Best TV Series and has been nominated 38 times at the prestigious Primetime Emmy Awards. The producers of Grey’s Anatomy announced on May 10, 2019, that the show has been renewed for two additional seasons.
5. Judging Amy (1999)
Judging Amy is arguably one of the best legal television series of all time. The show which began on September 19, 1999, on CBS network, depicts the many experiences of Amy Brenneman’s mother who was a family court judge in the Connecticut Supreme Court. The family drama was created by Amy Brenneman, Bill D’Elia, John Tinker and Connie Tavel. The legal thriller also starred Amy Brenneman, alongside the likes of dan Futterman, Richard Jones, Jessica Tuck, Marcus Giamatti, Kyle Warren, Tyne Daly, Jillian Armenante, Kevin Rahm and Timothy Omundson.
The show was terminated upon completion of its 6th and final season on May 3, 2005. It is also worthy of note that critics have praised Amy Brenneman for being responsible for the success recorded by the series. The legal television series, throughout the broadcast of its six seasons, has been viewed by over 70 million people.
6. Heat (1995)
Heat is a popular crime classic film released in the mid-1990s, written, directed and produced by Michael Mann. The film starred the likes of Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Wes Studi, Dennis Haysbert, and Robert De Niro. The storyline of Heat is based on the events surrounding a chase involving Chuck Adamson, a former police officer based in Chicago, who also happens to be a notorious criminal. This widely acclaimed film went on to become a huge success, grossing well over $180 million globally against a budget of $60 million.
7. Off the Map (2003)
The star cast members in this movie include the likes of Sam Elliot, J.K. Simmons, Valentina de Angelis, Joan Allen, and our very own Amy Brenneman. Off the Map was adapted from a play by Joan Ackerman, the same person who wrote the screenplay for the film. The drama film was directed and produced by Campbell Scott and Paul Cohen. It was released in the United States of America in 2003 by Independent Artists and the next year, it was awarded the Audience Award at the 2004 edition of the Sarasota Film Festival. Off the Map also won the Taos Land Grant Award at the 2006 Taos Talking Picture Festival.
8. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017-2019)
This American dark comedy series was created by Barry Sonnenfeld and Mark Hudis. The story was adapted from a children’s book series titled ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket. The series stars popular actors and actresses like Neil Patrick Harris, Malina Weissman, Patrick Warburton, Louis Hynes, Amy Brenneman, as well as Lucy Punch who joined later in the successive season.
The award-winning show was released on Netflix on January 13, 2017, and ended on January 1, 2019, having run for almost two years. As of the time it ended, A Series of Unfortunate Events was made up of three seasons consisting of 25 episodes collectively. Rotten Tomatoes scored the series 8.06 out of 10 with an approval rating of 94% which was based on 69 critical reviews.
9. Private Practice (2007-2013)
Private Practice is more or less a spin-off of the popular medical television show Grey’s Anatomy. This medical drama series which was created by Shonda Rhimes began airing on the ABC network on September 26, 2007. Private Practice ended on January 22, 2013. Like Grey’s Anatomy, it followed suit in the medical issues as it tells the story of Dr. Addison Montgomery, a fictional character, as she decides to pursue a career in private practice. Dr. Montgomery was portrayed by popular American actress Kate Walsh. Other top-billed cast members of the popular series include Tim Daly, Audra McDonald, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, Chris Lowell, Taye Diggs, Brian Benben, Benjamin Bratt and Amy Brenneman.
However, unlike Grey’s Anatomy, the general reception of Private Practice was mixed as all the different reviews contained varying perspectives towards the series. Popular American film review aggregator website, Metacritic, scored the film a weighted average of 45 out of 100 which was based on 25 reviews.
10. Nine Lives (2016)
For many not familiar with Nine Lives, especially those in Australia and its environs, what you know as Mr. Fuzzypants is one and the same film. The film was written by an array of writers which include Caleb Wilson, Gwyn Lurie, Ben Shiffrin, Matt Allen, and Dan Antoniazzi. Its storyline centers on the character Tom Brand portrayed by Kevin Spacey, who eventually gets trapped in the body of a cat. Other actors and actresses in the film include Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner, Cheryl Hines, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman, and Amy Brenneman. However, in spite of its interesting storyline, Nine Lives was criticized negatively by film critics as unfunny and unoriginal.