• Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 21, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Aug 14, 2012
    91
    No relaxing allowed with Boss. Sorry about that, and sorry for this series, which remains smart, absorbing and particularly well done.
  2. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 17, 2012
    88
    TV's best series that few are watching hasn't lightened up, and that's mostly a good thing.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Aug 15, 2012
    88
    [Boss brings] back its intoxicating blend of soap-opera sudsiness, Shakespearean tragedy and scathing insight into big city politics, Chicago-style.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Aug 13, 2012
    83
    Boss may be florid, but its peeks into backroom in-fighting, at favors promised and betrayed, remain strong elements in its favor.
  5. 80
    Boss' mix of deft footwork and bull-in-a-china shop clumsiness can be off-putting, but it's always anchored by Grammer's alternately scary and mournful lead performance, and you're never in doubt that there's a fully formed sensibility behind it.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 16, 2012
    80
    Season two pulls viewers back on board with intriguing plot twists, more light moments and strong performances.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 16, 2012
    80
    One of the triumphs of Boss is that we care as much as he [Tom Kane] does about what kind of Chicago he will leave behind.
  8. Reviewed by: Sohrab Ahmari
    Aug 10, 2012
    80
    Boss is not flawless. But buoyed by strong performances and a haunting score, the show makes for deeply affecting television nevertheless.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 17, 2012
    75
    Kane's visions aren't done with originality, but Grammer's performance is still powerful. [27 Aug 2012, p.48]
  10. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 17, 2012
    75
    The season's first episode is pretty damned riveting.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 16, 2012
    75
    His [Kelsey Grammer's] center-ring performance pulls Boss along even when it gets bogged down. The supporting actors likewise are all capable, although Grammer's glower clearly is the series' tower of power.
  12. Reviewed by: Daniel Goldberg
    Aug 15, 2012
    75
    Though the series has its share of larger-than-life moments that ring hollow, its knack for extracting quiet beauty from all the mayhem lends Boss's best scenes the precision and artistry of a monstrous ballet.
  13. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Aug 15, 2012
    75
    Grammer is outstanding enough on his own to merit watching....Boss as a series, though, still doesn't seem like it's quite there.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 13, 2012
    75
    Although the characters have only scant or fleeting redeeming personal values, we continue to buy into their machinations because of how they are created and because of superbly convincing performances at every level of the cast.
  15. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Aug 17, 2012
    70
    Frankly, the acting merits more accolades than the storylines so far.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 17, 2012
    70
    It has sharpened this season (judging from the first five episodes) into a bolder, though still hardly subtle, urban melodrama of moral, political and sexual chicanery.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 17, 2012
    58
    While Boss has delusions of Shakespeare, it's not even in the same league as the TNT revival of "Dallas."
  18. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Aug 10, 2012
    50
    There are fitful moments that work, but the show also manages to shoot itself in the foot regularly.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 8, 2012
    9
    No Emmy nominations, but a group of loyal followers! Yes, Boss is not being watched by millions of people, that is what turns it into a dramatic "treasure". Kane is the major no city would want and that's what makes it irresistable to watch: we love tiranny in some way. Keep it like that, Grammer! Full Review »
  2. Jan 13, 2013
    10
    What a cracking season! I don't understand why Boss did not rate through the roof.
    Easily one of the best shows again in 2012. Kelsey Grammer
    is riveting in ever scene supported by excellent performances throughout the whole cast.
    Above all else Boss is entertaining and throughout season 2, continued to be less than predictable at every twist and turn in the plot.
    Considering the rubbish that keeps getting renewed I can't believe it got cancelled.
    Hopefully the movie eventuates. the story deserves an ending.
    Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2012
    10
    The only thing this show has against it is that it's not being watched by millions, nevertheless, it's as good as it gets: superb acting, intrigue, sex, dirty politics and murder, all with an excellent production. Full Review »