Banshee : Season 1

  • Network: Cinemax
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 11, 2013
    58
    A slow-pokey drama punctuated by shocking violence and sex.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 11, 2013
    50
    Banshee has has elements of "Justified," "Big Love," Ball's "True Blood" and, of course, the film "Witness." What it doesn't have, at least in the first two episodes, is anything new to say, about small towns, power, corruption, fear, crime or love.
  3. 60
    While it's emphatically not a great show, it is an overheated yet intriguing one, driven more by visuals than words--and if you don't mind that its gory action and soap-opera plots aren't yet matched by dialogue and performance, it's worth a look.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 8, 2013
    50
    Banshee is baloney, but viewed as pure camp, there are some good action sequences and amusing moments.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Jan 9, 2013
    50
    Neither a clear message nor steady mood can be properly discerned amid the taxing commotion.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 10, 2013
    50
    What looks like a flat noir thriller could still make for a pretty entertaining police procedural.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 11, 2013
    50
    Banshee's not a terrible show. At times it can be entertaining. But at best it's terribly, entertainingly superfluous.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 11, 2013
    60
    Banshee is a mangy mutt of a TV show and doesn't care if you know it.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 9, 2013
    42
    Its overall implausibility and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plotting work against what little promise Banshee has.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 11, 2013
    50
    The show has some unorthodox elements, but feels fairly cliched in most of its beats, largely serving as an excuse for bouts of grisly violence and gratuitous sex.
  11. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 10, 2013
    40
    Banshee has the audacity to behave as though its bloody violence, implausible set-up and studied ugliness is somehow vanguard television. In fact, it's just more of the same.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 226 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. Mar 1, 2013
    10
    This show is easily the best shock in three years. The episode that just premiered gives the famous Game of Thrones episode, "The Battle ofThis show is easily the best shock in three years. The episode that just premiered gives the famous Game of Thrones episode, "The Battle of Black Water," a run for its money. Ulrich Thomsen portrays Kai Proctor in what is some of the best acting I have seen in recent memory. I have never seen so many amazing plot twists before and look forward to watching the rest of this season and season 2. I suggest anyone that likes bloody action scenes to watch every episode immediately. Full Review »
  2. Jan 13, 2013
    8
    Banshee can become a great series in coming days if dealt with properly, it has the charm, it has believable characters, and above all theBanshee can become a great series in coming days if dealt with properly, it has the charm, it has believable characters, and above all the premise has so much potential. All it needs is great writing and its wonderful execution. As most of the reviewers say that this show is not for sissies which is totally true. The right amount of violence, direction, acting and writing can make it brilliant. Let's see how it works out in future. Full Review »
  3. Feb 22, 2014
    10
    Awesome action like you've never seen before: thumping fighting scenes, explosions galore, a spartacus like head chop-off. This show hasAwesome action like you've never seen before: thumping fighting scenes, explosions galore, a spartacus like head chop-off. This show has action, sex and great story line. This is the best show on TV today. 10/10! Full Review »