• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2010
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Chase is as close as TV gets to a Western these days, and that's a good thing. It spins a good yarn. In the end, though, it also feels like TV's version of a "tweener." It's probably too big for USA, but it may not pack quite enough flair to stand out on NBC.
  2. 60
    Blond toughie Kelli Giddish (Past Life) is fun to watch as the lead marshal, provided you don't have an excessively ACLUish temperament.
  3. 60
    The good side of the kabuki-like formalism of the Bruckheimer approach is that the story moves like a bullet toward the inevitable apprehension of the fugitive, flying past leaden dialogue and plot holes so quickly that if you enjoy the crime-drama formulas that are in play, you can enjoy the show.
  4. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    60
    Just as criminals can't help but head back to old haunts, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (the "CSI" franchise "Cold Case") uses familiar tactics in this slickly shot, breathlessly paced, formulaically plotted action drama.
  5. Chase is a very competent action-adventure with a heroine who's so far not as interesting to me as, say, the deputy U.S. marshal Mary McCormack plays on USA's "In Plain Sight." That could change, though, if I gave her a chance, and for adrenaline junkies who appreciate the professionalism Bruckheimer's company brings to just about everything it produces, this is certainly a better way to spend an hour than wishing that guy would stop talking so you could get a better look at Hawaii.
  6. Chase reminds me of "Trauma," NBC's attempt at a Monday drama last year, although the shows couldn't be more dissimilar (the latter was about first responders). They both seem to be placeholders in the prime-time schedule until the network can scrounge up something better.
  7. Action will only take the show so far, but eventually viewers need to care about the characters or they don't have a reason to keep watching and Chase turns into a show that gets watched as an afterthought, not as appointment viewing.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    50
    It isn't badly acted. I don't remember any of the performances at all. It isn't horribly written. I don't remember any of the dialogue or plot machinations. It's actually nicely shot and the art direction in the U.S. Marshals' headquarters was handsome. That's not enough.
  9. Not nearly as good or as complex as "Justified" on FX, but it's a decent hour of mindless entertainment.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Timberg
    50
    From the evidence of the pilot, this show lives up to its premise quite squarely: It's a police procedural with a lot of chases, and its lead is thoroughly and consistently hot. But we don't know that much about any of these places, or any of the people doing the chasing, and it's not clear there's that much to know, either.
  11. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    40
    For starters, they need to offer intriguing characters and meticulous plotting. The first episode of Chase provides neither.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    Chase settles for inertia, when the task of capturing viewers would appear to call for bolder strokes.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    There's not much there here, as Chase engages in violent cat-and-mouse pursuits between a team of U.S. Marshals (led by Giddish's Annie "Boots" Frost) and psycho criminals on the lam.
  14. With her winning smile, Southern twang and a tough-but-tender demeanor, Giddish makes for an instantly appealing lead. Unfortunately, she's about the only thing going for Chase, which is hampered by an unimaginative script.
  15. Jerry Bruckheimer's Chase, which premieres Monday on NBC, delivers just what its name promises, and not much more. It consists mainly of that very thing we are often aphoristically asked to cut to, with just enough banter and back-story to let you know that these are in fact humans we are watching and not just exceptionally well-coordinated robot drones.
  16. 25
    If you're looking for a quick refresher course in what the U.S. Marshals do for a living, or just need to know how many fugitives they caught last year (more than 90,000), Chase could be the show for you. But if you're looking for actual TV entertainment? Heavens, no.
  17. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    25
    The characters couldn't be more bland, and atmospheric Texas settings are ill-used.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Oct 25, 2010
    8
    Love love this show. I really hope there are more seasons to come. Plenty of action and keeps me wanting more.... with a excellent cast.. not predictable. Kelli does well as Annie Frost. It's a all new kind of woman in charge role. Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2010
    8
    Solid show. Solid action. Pretty good characters. Hopefully, there's more work drama elements in there to mix things up from the weekly job of chasing fugitives. Full Review »
  3. Oct 11, 2010
    7
    A surprisingly good detective show. Every now and then they have some very cheesy dialogue that makes it feel like it was wrote by 8 year olds. For example "Didn't your mom tell you to not play with guns?" SERIOUSLY! But that is about the only bad thing about the show. Some quite good action scene s that kept me watching, Full Review »