Boss : Season 1

  • Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 21, 2011
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Its early episodes are a mix of power and disappointment.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Ultimately, this is an easier show to admire than it is to recommend.
  3. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 20, 2011
    60
    The problem is, the show that's been built around the actor (who's also a producer on the project) isn't nearly as interesting as what Grammer brings to the screen, and the sluggish pacing and melodramatic excesses of Boss could put off those drawn in by the actor's confident star turn.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Oct 20, 2011
    60
    A smart look at political power brokers that gets silly on the subjects of sex and violence.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 17, 2011
    60
    It's all played solidly enough, though so many elements seem plucked from other fare.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 21, 2011
    58
    It's hard to imagine viewers voting with their clickers for this pretentious political soap.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 21, 2011
    58
    Boss works hard to resist the usual "this is how we do things in Chicago" nonsense and dutifully aims for a somewhat "Wire"-esque believability. Yet it can also feel like a burden to watch.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Dec 31, 2011
    10
    Great show worth watching, it may not be perfect or as good as Breaking Bad or Homeland, but compared to most other shows on other networksGreat show worth watching, it may not be perfect or as good as Breaking Bad or Homeland, but compared to most other shows on other networks this is bounds and leaps ahead of them, I'd say this year Homeland, The Killing and Boss are the best new shows on TV. Full Review »
  2. Dec 14, 2011
    10
    I'm very much impressed. Homeland was my favorite this year - before I've started watching The Boss, and now the tale from Chicago has meI'm very much impressed. Homeland was my favorite this year - before I've started watching The Boss, and now the tale from Chicago has me among it's most avid fans. I didn't expect such level of artistry from the Starz, the channel that was peddling T & A in "historical" settings, it's a very pleasant surprise. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2011
    9
    Boss unlike most shows this season doesnâ