Castle : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 9, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 388 Ratings

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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: A mystery novelist (Nathan Fillion) seeks inspiration for his next book by shadowing NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic).
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    Lotsa fast banter and stylish direction will make some viewers dimly recall--as they are doubtlessly meant to--William Powell and Myrna Loy's late, great "Thin Man" movie series.
  2. 70
    Fillion and Katic occasionally seem a little too self-conscious--a little smirk goes a long way--but ultimately the characters are too appealing to resist.
  3. 63
    Yes, it is all kind of dopey and has that "been there/ done that" feel. But Fillion is so right for the part and carries the show so well that he makes the show more fun than it deserves for an otherwise by-the-book procedural.
  4. 50
    This sort of banter takes up a good portion of the Castle premiere episode, each instance of it reinforcing the always-already familiar premise.
  5. I know this is going to come as a shock, but when the scene is designed around Kate, the show sags. By contrast, when Rick strolls into the room, the show perks up.
  6. If ABC's new cop drama, Castle, can slightly tweak its title character, it could turn into a very nice little show. In Monday night's premiere episode, it's just not quite there.
  7. The trouble with Castle is that it's just so completely fluffy - which is annoying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 103
  2. Negative: 1 out of 103
  1. heribertos
    Mar 30, 2010
    10
    Intelligent, smart sexy and characters and story line that are magnetic. You start watching and are so enthralled by the characters and story Intelligent, smart sexy and characters and story line that are magnetic. You start watching and are so enthralled by the characters and story that you want to catch up with everything you have missed in previous episodes. Expand
  2. CarolR
    Oct 28, 2009
    10
    Yes, it's predictable, formulatic etc and so on. However, life's difficult and light, breezy entertainment isn't a bad thing. Yes, it's predictable, formulatic etc and so on. However, life's difficult and light, breezy entertainment isn't a bad thing. Personally, I absolutely love the Family relationships. There's a mutual love, trust and support that melts my heart. And underneath the "will they/won't they" silliness, there is a caring. Expand
  3. HannahP
    Apr 24, 2009
    10
    It's funny, engaging and interesting. It keeps me watching for the quality of the interplay between the two characters, rather than for It's funny, engaging and interesting. It keeps me watching for the quality of the interplay between the two characters, rather than for the heavier aspect of the murder cases tackled by the show. Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2013
    10
    One of the best T.V shows on right now! Extremely addictive show! Inspired me to study forensics in high school! I wonder if real detectivesOne of the best T.V shows on right now! Extremely addictive show! Inspired me to study forensics in high school! I wonder if real detectives have this much fun on the job! The characters are very likeable! Expand
  5. karenj
    Apr 21, 2009
    9
    My husband and I both watch the show and enjoy it. I don't usually like "funny" shows, but I like the humor in Castle. I love the stars My husband and I both watch the show and enjoy it. I don't usually like "funny" shows, but I like the humor in Castle. I love the stars and like the premise. I read tons of mysteries and have often thought that the really good, experienced authors could probably solve a murder. I want to see Castle with more of his writer friends, love that!! Of course if I get to like a show and watch regularly, it's the kiss of death and the show is replaced with some moronic sitcom or worse. ; it's a fun show and much needed in depressing times. I love all of the characters just as they are and I don't care if they've been done before. I like Castle and want to see it thrive. Expand
  6. danaa
    Mar 10, 2009
    9
    Call me shallow, but I loved the "moonlighting" imitation and I did buy the chemistry.
  7. KenC
    Mar 17, 2009
    1
    Can't get into a rich, arrogant, wise-cracking character who has no regard for anyone alive or dead.

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