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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 10, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: "True Believer" Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo) must keep extraordinary 10-year-old Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) safe from dangerous forces and recruits Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongly convicted inmate, to help keep them one step ahead in this drama created by Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    What’s extremely effective is the relationship (and chemistry) between Sequoyah and McLaughlin. You will find yourself rooting for them and hoping nothing comes between them.
  2. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 6, 2014
    Grand special effects, impressive acting by the young Sequoyah and an enduring interest in all things supernatural may help Believe to catch on.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 10, 2014
    As you'd hope from an hour directed by Cuarón, Monday's premiere moves swiftly and surely, with well-shot action sequences and bursts of visual flare, led by a nightmarish image of birds coming to Bo's rescue. Small touches of humor mix with large doses of pseudo-spiritual sentiment.... Yet for all those flourishes, nothing really shakes that feeling that it's all been done before and it won't end well.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 7, 2014
    Despite some beautiful images--starting with bright blue butterflies--Believe has the makings of a very old-fashioned procedural, with Tate and Bo destined to journey from place to place changing the lives of those she meets with her cryptic insights while staying one step ahead from those who would capture her.
  5. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Mar 10, 2014
    The pilot is at its best when Cuaron's visual choreography takes center stage; at its worst, when any of the characters open their mouths.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 10, 2014
    An OK (but visually unexceptional) pilot that does little to set viewers up for what the show will be on a week-to-week basis.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 7, 2014
    Darkly shot and dimly plotted, the premiere episode never comes close to firming its grip. It instead plods and meanders, inviting viewers to invest elsewhere rather than buy into this poorly put-together jumble of something or other.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. Apr 24, 2014
    I really like this show. It is engaging and the character development is really getting good. Cannot wait to see what is going to happen next. I really hope this does not get canceled because now I am hooked on the show. Love the casting it is perfect. Expand
  2. May 18, 2014
    I think Believe is an amazing family show, we really love Believe! we think it is an amazing story. the show made us laugh and made us cry only ! Please don't cancel. This is the only series I watch on TV. I really look forward to watching it on Sunday Nights!! Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a beautiful series, with so much potential for growth. It's wonderful to see that quality, wholesome TV can still be made that you can watch with your kids.
    It's absolutely disappointing that NBC would cancel a show with so much potential for success. Then again, they did cancel Star Trek in 1966. Bet they wish they could have that one back.
    If NBC goes through with the stupid idea to cancel this beautiful show, I certainly hope another network will see its potential and pick it up.
    The character development was slow in the first few episodes, but the last few it has really come into its own. I love the "father/daughter" part of the series---the two characters are really growing close, and it really makes the series more exciting.
    Thank you, Mr. Cuaron---for getting me back to a network show, if only for a brief time. Please don't let this show die---fight for it---it deserves to live!
  4. Mar 11, 2014
    I enjoyed my first look at this show, but I need to see more. My biggest concern is investing in a show that might not be given enough time to develop by the network. I hope they do give this show a chance. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    I have looked forward to Believe for a long time, I was disappointed by the Pilot as it did not explain what had occurred previously or what was to come. The acting was not good and the female assassin was dreadful. I will watch the next couple of episodes. On its present performance there will not be a season 2. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2014
    Child prodigy breaks out of a facility where her powers had been exploited for profit. Now, where did I see that before... Ah, The Pretender! Same plot, only a few variables changed. Only for the fact that the protagonist is a little girl, it might appeal to young woman with a romanticized view of life. I personally don't think it will go too far, but you never know... standards have never been so low these days. Expand
  7. Apr 17, 2014
    This is what I thought from the first minute of the show. GREAT idea, terrible writing. The escaped Con, on the run, that goes into a vegas casino with 3 billion cameras pointed at him, swaggers up to a craps table, amber alert child 2 feet from him. Do they even have a conscious person in hollywood these days?

    Let's look at the over the top acting. The lead character is over the top with his disdain of the little girl. He is over the top with his disdain for the asian agent. The only character that is even believable in the whole show is the Black gentleman's (sorry I can't remember anyone's name, even after watching 2 episodes back to back.).

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