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

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Universal acclaim- based on 110 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 19, 2011
    100
    When you have a story as thoroughly involving as this one, evoking both "King Lear" and "Citizen Kane," and when the performances are this good, Boss almost directs itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 20, 2011
    91
    Grammer's performance is thoroughly engaging and convincing. And the events swirling around him never fail to snap, crackle and pop.
  3. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Oct 21, 2011
    90
    Onto this short list of tightly written and intensely acted thrillers now comes Boss.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 21, 2011
    80
    Boss is electric with self-importance, and that is in itself is a hoot, given its particular combination of thematic pomp and expressionistic pulp.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 20, 2011
    75
    Lots of the characterizations work wonderfully, and the acting is fantastic.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Ultimately, this is an easier show to admire than it is to recommend.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  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. Expand
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    10
    It is rare that you find a show which doesn't care if its audience won't keep up. Boss makes no excuses - it powers ahead, but without fallingIt is rare that you find a show which doesn't care if its audience won't keep up. Boss makes no excuses - it powers ahead, but without falling into the Aaron Sorkin motor-mouth mode. Fans of the West Wing might enjoy this, but Boss is deeper, faster and meaner - in more ways that one. Kelsey Grammer plays the lead character as if he was born for it - and it is hard to think of anyone in TV that quite matches Mayor Kane's power, malice and sheer evil. But before you learn that lesson, you will learn to love Kane and root for him: through his political fights, his estranged relationships and his disease (which makes for some fantastic "Whu?!" moments in the show). Boss is exceptional and arguably my best new show of 2011. Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2011
    10
    Grammer is stunning in this new drama. The story is incredibly complex and intriguing, and it keeps the viewer wanting to see more. It looksGrammer is stunning in this new drama. The story is incredibly complex and intriguing, and it keeps the viewer wanting to see more. It looks like Starz has already ordered a 10 episode second season due to such an overwhelming positive response from critics. After one episode, I am addicted already. I am praying that this show takes off with viewers just as well as it has with critics. Expand
  4. Apr 26, 2014
    9
    I think the continuous plot twists keep the viewer fully engaged in the plot.
    The problem, as other people have mentioned, is that none of
    I think the continuous plot twists keep the viewer fully engaged in the plot.
    The problem, as other people have mentioned, is that none of the characters seem to be completely trustworthy.
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  5. Nov 29, 2011
    9
    Unbelievably good and it's all due to Grammer who is absolutely riveting as the brilliant/corrupt/evil mayor of Chicago. Chicago is almostUnbelievably good and it's all due to Grammer who is absolutely riveting as the brilliant/corrupt/evil mayor of Chicago. Chicago is almost too small a venue for this show. Expand
  6. Nov 19, 2011
    8
    Grammer is amazing and the insightful look into Chicago politics is thrilling but what's missing is a sense of fun. If some of the charactersGrammer is amazing and the insightful look into Chicago politics is thrilling but what's missing is a sense of fun. If some of the characters smiled and cracked a joke once in a while the show would be near perfect. Expand
  7. Jan 4, 2017
    0
    Série politicarde sur la vie chiante comme la pluie d'un maire atteint d'une maladie incurable (c'est pour titiller la corde sensible, uneSérie politicarde sur la vie chiante comme la pluie d'un maire atteint d'une maladie incurable (c'est pour titiller la corde sensible, une ficelle grosse comme une maison) un maire qui se débat dans sa vie de politicard avec un tas d'autres tocards du même acabit dont on a rien à secouer et rien à branler.

    C'est donc bourré de blablas sur une mise en scène à deux de tension. Le journal télé de TF1 en comparaison (une comparaison très con mais appropriée) et ses chats écrasés s'avère infiniment plus intéressant à suivre que cette série à la godille qui donne envie de jeter sa godasse dans la gueule de l'écran.
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