• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 29, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 24, 2011
    70
    The show will thus ultimately sink or swim on its protagonist, and while it's a long way back to her TV-medicine internship on "China Beach," Delany can still make scrubs and dialogue about fatal drug combinations and post-mortem wounds sound surprisingly interesting.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Body of Proof would be interesting enough if it were just "Quincy" with better legs. Add the other elements and you have something worth checking out.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 28, 2011
    50
    The problem with toning her down is that it means diluting the only thing that distinguishes Body of Proof from all the other crime procedurals, and what's left is a generic show with an above-average star.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 29, 2011
    60
    From the few episodes I've seen so far, Body of Proof is just ordinary enough to be a success. There's nothing in it you haven't seen several hundred times before: a blend of CSI science, Bones banter, Mentalist uncanny acuity, House haughtiness, Rizzoli & Isles eye candy.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 29, 2011
    40
    It's too bad Body of Proof is so unambitious and, at times, clumsy, as it goes through the motions of solving murder mysteries. If the writing were fresher, Delany might have a better chance of finally creating a dynamic and successful drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 29, 2011
    63
    While Delany's obviously too good for her show, the later episodes offer at least some evidence it might be able to rise a little closer to her level.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 28, 2011
    75
    With the second episode, though, the whole tone improves: Delany's performance seems to have caught some of the coppery warmth of her hair, and we spend more time with a good ensemble. [4 Apr 2011, p.49]
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 25, 2011
    60
    Body of Proof doesn't break any new ground as a procedural and has more than enough hokey moments to make you look elsewhere. But as a case study of how and why star vehicles get made, this is textbook.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 28, 2011
    50
    Body of Proof feels like a show that has nearly been nibbled to death by network ducks. You can almost see the TV executive Post-it notes on the screen.
  10. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 30, 2011
    40
    Despite all the show's flaws, she makes some quieter emotional moments work, thanks to her undeniable presence and skills. The by-the-numbers vehicle that has been constructed around her isn't worthy of her talent, however.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 29, 2011
    70
    Body of Proof is, in other words, a mash-up of half the popular mystery series on TV right now: a little bit "Castle," a little bit "Bones" and a whole lot "House." How effective you find it depends almost entirely on how you feel about Delany.
  12. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 28, 2011
    40
    This particular M.E., who's a bit of a Sherlock Holmes type, tags along with police on their investigations and isn't shy about interrogating suspects. Or even accusing them. Which can be kind of annoying. And not just to the cops she's upstaging (who include Sonja Sojn, of "The Wire").
  13. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 29, 2011
    67
    Delany can be both captivating and infuriating as the know-it-all medical examiner, but she always holds the screen.
  14. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Watching her construct a self from a handful of jagged fragments is a seductive pleasure.
  15. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 28, 2011
    60
    It's well made and enjoyable enough, but it follows convention so closely that it doesn't give Ms. Delany, an actress with range and great presence, a chance to riff on the genre.
  16. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 29, 2011
    40
    Murphey and the writers will have to do a lot of heavy lifting for Body of Proof to transcend its immediate predictability. There's only so much Delany can do with a cardboard show.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 28, 2011
    25
    Body of Proof for the most part plays dead within the realm of plausible crime-solving, interesting characters and assumptions that Delany's once-promising career would do more than wither on this vine.
  18. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 29, 2011
    40
    The always-appreciable Dana Delany does her level best to lift Body of Proof, a paint-by-numbers morgue drama premiering Tuesday night on ABC, from its stale premise and up to the level of a beautifully-flawed-character study, something more akin to Julianna Margulies's legal procedural, "The Good Wife."
  19. For now, though, Delany is enough to hold our attention. With a deft touch, she blends just enough warmth and vulnerability with the sass and smarts to make it all palatable.
  20. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Mar 29, 2011
    40
    Yet another medical-mystery-forensics drama set in a large American city.
  21. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Mar 29, 2011
    50
    Delany is as likable as possible in an extremely unlikable role. But the writing is a bit too tidy, and Delany's smarty-pants approach gets old in the first 10 minutes.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. May 3, 2011
    10
    its a great one. she Delaney emotes really well..you can sometimes actually feel as though she is suffering like th echaracters. she seems t have a smirk on her fce all th t time. the society hill episode was the best one!!!! Does anybody know the name of the song? (I mean the line: "I don't wanna die.") Full Review »
  2. Apr 19, 2011
    3
    I feel so sorry for Delaney that she has such a miserable script to work from. What a comedown from the wonderful writing that was China Beach and her steller performances in that series. Full Review »
  3. Apr 6, 2011
    3
    Avoid. It seems they've tried to pick some concepts that make other crime series great, but here it just doesn't work. Biggest problem, the main character comes through as extremely annoying. Second, it's just boring and humourless and does not feel fresh in any way. 5 years back this may have worked, but I can't see that it does now, with a market already flooded with crime shows. Full Review »