• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 17, 2013
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 15, 2013
    88
    This late entry in the fall season is one of the best. [25 Nov 2013, p.43]
  2. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Nov 14, 2013
    88
    [Creator J.H. Wyman] peppers what really is a police procedural with enough not-so-distant science to make Almost Human a sci-fi thriller, and enough humor to make it a buddy cop comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Nov 15, 2013
    83
    The pilot--part of two night, two episode premiere event--is a slick, polished formulation of familiar dystopian future tropes elevated by an unusual and central relationship, well played by Urban and co-star Michael Ealy.
  4. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    While its premise isn’t new--anyone remember “Total Recall 2070” or “Mann and Machine”?--the show’s ambition, solid cast and pure production values make it a worthwhile diversion.
  5. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 15, 2013
    80
    Some of the life forms in Almost Human are artificial. The intelligence is genuine.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Nov 5, 2013
    80
    Luckily, nobody overdoes the modernity angle in their acting and so Almost Human feels grounded -- dark, dirty and lived-in, almost like Blade Runner.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 11, 2013
    80
    Beyond profundities laced with humor, the action drama from J.J. Abrams, created by “Fringe’s” J.H. Wyman and starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, is a visual feast.
  8. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    The pilot (only the first hour was sent for review) is well made with strong leads and several intriguing hooks. Almost Human is almost there.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 15, 2013
    75
    Lively pilot, with plenty of pop--but you've seen it all before.
  10. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Nov 14, 2013
    75
    Karl Urban is the main draw as an emotionally and physically damaged detective in Fox’s sci-fi police procedural with a heavy “Fringe” pedigree.
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 14, 2013
    75
    It captures the teeming bleakness of the future world and establishes winning chemistry between Kennex and Dorian.
  12. 70
    The show is derivative but passionate, verging on corny. It means what it’s telling us and showing us, and there’s a sense of curiosity and commitment in every frame.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 15, 2013
    70
    Because for all of the show's high-octane action trappings, the human connection between these buddy cops is what ultimately will make Almost Human compute.
  14. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Nov 15, 2013
    70
    Urban and Ealy quickly establish a familiar rhythm that will hopefully deepen over time, grounding the fantastical elements of the future in the universals of interpersonal interaction.
  15. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Nov 15, 2013
    70
    I've only seen one episode, which is enough to feel hopeful about the chemistry between Karl Urban (playing an angry, damaged human cop) and Michael Ealy (his possibly misprogrammed android partner) but not quite enough to tell why Lili Taylor would sign on to play the captain in a sci-fi buddy-cop show.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Nov 14, 2013
    63
    If you can look past a few disquieting flaws and get past that odd feeling that you've seen it all before, you'll find the bones of a potentially entertaining series in Almost Human.
  17. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Nov 14, 2013
    60
    The sci-fi here is easily digestible, so for fans of cop dramas, Almost Human is worth a look.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Nov 18, 2013
    58
    Urban and Ealy are competent in their roles, damaged spirits destined to become brothers of a sort, not if, but only when.... While some viewers will be oblivious to the show’s racial politics, others will struggle to find a point. Somebody at Fox short-circuited.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Nov 15, 2013
    58
    Generic cop heroes aren’t always a problem if the show around them boasts other interesting characters or an intriguing premise. Almost Human has both, but, sadly, everything else in the show’s universe takes more after the Urban side of things than the Ealy.
  20. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 15, 2013
    58
    Urban is usually a likable presence, and in time Kennex might calm down and start feeling like a person rather than a cliché, at which point Almost Human could settle into being an acceptable spin on buddy cop tropes. Right now, though, it's Ealy or bust.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 15, 2013
    58
    The Kennex-Dorian combo is the best part of Almost Human, which otherwise keeps twisting and turning itself into a series of unwieldy plot knots.
  22. Reviewed by: Alee Karim
    Nov 15, 2013
    55
    It's hard to fall in love with a world that feels...borrowed.
  23. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Nov 15, 2013
    50
    Almost Human isn't terrible, it's just not terribly interesting, at least in the first hour.
  24. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 15, 2013
    50
    Dorian has potential, but Kennex, at least in the pilot, is as grim and humorless as they come. He needs to loosen up.
  25. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 14, 2013
    50
    It is mostly humorless, grave sci-fi, but in the pilot the best moments are the most human.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Nov 14, 2013
    50
    Coming from J.J. Abrams's aptly-titled Bad Robot Productions, Almost Human certainly has the means to develop into something more innovative, but as it hardly makes an effort to differentiate from the material it habitually duplicates, it's a series that repeatedly finds itself on the fritz.
  27. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Nov 8, 2013
    50
    Almost Human is a tolerably silly sci-fi action show set in a Blade Runner-ish future where human cops are paired with robots to battle the high-tech gangs that have the run of the seedy streets.
  28. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 15, 2013
    40
    Urban is perfectly fine as this futuristic Dirty Harry, but Ealy never hits anything approximating a rhythm as his eager-to-please partner. Then again, neither is helped much by the tin-eared dialogue.
  29. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Nov 18, 2013
    20
    If the premise intrigues you, watch or rewatch Blade Runner instead, and offer Almost Human the all-too-human body swerve.
  30. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 15, 2013
    0
    Another dull example of the manufacturing of sci-fi factory goods with the (increasingly devalued) J.J. Abrams label slapped on.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 303 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 70
  2. Negative: 7 out of 70
  1. Nov 18, 2013
    10
    Very good. Solid acting, great visual effects, promising story. And most important thing that there was no good TV series in this cyberpunkVery good. Solid acting, great visual effects, promising story. And most important thing that there was no good TV series in this cyberpunk climate till now. Looking forward to next episodes Full Review »
  2. Nov 17, 2013
    9
    Is it original? That's arguable. With all of the garbage on TV these days, this is extremely refreshing. Futuristic type shows usually don'tIs it original? That's arguable. With all of the garbage on TV these days, this is extremely refreshing. Futuristic type shows usually don't do well but I have to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Karl Urban is one of my favorite actors and is pretty good in this too.

    I really hope that this around for a while but futuristic shows don't seem to last long. Fingers crossed.
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  3. Dec 12, 2013
    1
    Gave it a shot by watching the first 3 episodes, but it was quickly obvious that this is yet another cookie cutter show. By episode 3 we hadGave it a shot by watching the first 3 episodes, but it was quickly obvious that this is yet another cookie cutter show. By episode 3 we had the laughable scenario where someone who would never, ever be given a field assignment in real life (the robot technician) was thrown into an undercover assignment and, predictably, his life was in danger without ever actually being in danger. At the end of this formulaic episode the previews for episode 4 showed yet another secondary character once again being in danger unless our protagonists comply with the bad guys' demands.

    This type of unimaginative and predictable plot lines are simply not engaging or entertaining. It get very old to see the same plots dressed up in different settings.

    Add to this the utter implausibility of the show's timeline, and what we end up with is a ridiculous piece of nonsense that, while well-acted, cannot stand up to even casual scrutiny.
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