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Chris Pratt laughs at critics panning his new show as ratings soar


While top critics have panned Chris Pratt’s new action series "The Terminal List" as “an alpha male cry for help,” the Amazon Prime Video show has been a smash hit among audiences.

The show, which stars Pratt as a Navy SEAL and premiered on July 1, came in second place on the list of America's most-streamed shows after the series' first full week on Amazon Prime. (Netflix’s "Stranger Things" took the top spot.) "The Terminal List’s" official Instagram account revealed last month that it was the top TV series on Prime Video over Fourth of July weekend.

While the show has been a hit with fans, garnering a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have shown a near-universal disdain for the military thriller. Daniel Fienberg of "The Hollywood Reporter" called the show “the entertainment equivalent of a charred hockey puck, with the same limited range of flavor and aesthetics.”

Pratt, 43, has taken the criticism in stride, posting to his Instagram story a report that noted "The Terminal List" “defies woke critics' scathing reviews.” Pratt also shared a picture of Dr. Evil from the "Austin Powers" movie franchise, saying, "One point six BILLLLLLLLLION minutes." The number is in reference the amount of time people had viewed his show on Amazon, according to Nielsen reports.

"The Terminal List" is based on a "New York Times" best-selling novel by former Navy SEAL Jack Carr. It follows Navy SEAL Commander James Reece (Pratt), who seeks vengeance as he investigates the “mysterious forces behind the murder of his entire platoon.”

Carr spoke about critics’ reaction to the series on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in early July, saying, “It seems to have triggered quite a few of these critics.”

"We didn’t make it for the critics. We made it for those in the arena. We made it for the soldier, sailor, airman and Marine that went downrange to Iraq and Afghanistan,” Carr told Carlson.

Carr, who is also one of the executive producers of the series, said that a critic asked him what to even call a show like "The Terminal List." Carr’s response? “You call that the No. 1 series on Prime Video.”

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