Castle : Season 1

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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. If you watch the CBS show more for Baker's sunny smile than for the way he always seems to know when people are lying, ABC's Castle might be more your style.
  2. 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.
  3. It's going for a screwball comedy/mystery mash-up, but Castle is just an implausible muddle.
  4. The series is primarily goofy formulaic fun, and so far, Katic is no Deschanel, but like its twin, the series uses that shockingly durable Remington Steele DNA--peacock dude, furrowed-brow femme--to build neat puzzles out of human suffering.
  5. 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.
  6. The problem is that in the pilot and an early episode, the crimes are nowhere as compelling as the characters. For a show like "Castle" that dares to launch a more classic version into an already saturated and tarted-up market, the murders have to be as complicated and compelling as the push-me-pull-you glances between the main characters, and so far, they just aren't.
  7. Days after announcing the cancellation of the brilliant "Life on Mars," ABC premieres Castle, dumping an original concept, beautifully achieved, with genius casting, and picking up the most averagely entertaining series in a long time.
  8. The pilot and second installment are fun but utterly implausible, and the chemistry between the leads is passable but mostly forced.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Sullivan's theatrics notwithstanding, Castle's home environment also proves relatively bland (does primetime really need another precocious teenager?), which means the two episodes previewed pivot largely on the strength of the cases, whose twists certainly don't break new ground (though it is nice to see Keir Dullea in a guest role).
  11. 40
    I'd like to fall for Castle, but ultimately there's not that much there to love.
  12. There's nothing in ABC's Castle viewers haven't seen a million times before, but the cast elevates the pedestrian material.
  13. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    60
    Katic has the more thankless role, as the actress in this scenario inevitably does, but the necessary sparks fly when she and Fillion are on screen together swapping barbs, and hopefully as time goes on, she'll get more to do than play kindergarten teacher to Castle. How much you like the series will depend almost entirely on how you enjoy watching these two spar; for me, that was enough.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 390 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 102
  2. Negative: 1 out of 102
  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. Full Review »
  2. ejw
    Apr 18, 2010
    10
    BEST COP SHOW EVER. I dont even like cop shows. But this rocks. Especially with Nathan fillion and the lead female is great too. Excellent writing.
  3. JamesS
    Apr 3, 2009
    10
    Love the tongue in cheek feel of this show, it really should be classified as a parady. Fallion is great and so is Katic. Normally I would Love the tongue in cheek feel of this show, it really should be classified as a parady. Fallion is great and so is Katic. Normally I would hate these cops shows, but the characters drive the show, not the plot. Full Review »