Chase : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2010
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34

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  1. Sep 21, 2010
    1
    I barely managed to get through the first 10 minutes before changing the channel. This has got to be the first show canceled this year. This show makes the canceled "Trauma" look like Masterpiece Theater. I would love to know what goes through the minds of TV executives.
  2. Sep 21, 2010
    3
    Overall dull, boring and very very predictable. I consider this just another show that will be cancelled in short order. It is not terrible just has zero to set it apart from so many other shows that try to take a pretty women and make that work for them. It didn't and won't work for long.
  3. Oct 19, 2010
    2
    The worst thing about Chase is that it's so much worse than it should be. The actors are good - in fact the actress playing Annie Frost is excellent. The setting and the sets are interesting and have the potential to show new facets of the Texas landscape. But the plotting. And the scriptwriting. O. M. G. Cringemakingly awful. I can summarize every episode as follows: 1. There is aThe worst thing about Chase is that it's so much worse than it should be. The actors are good - in fact the actress playing Annie Frost is excellent. The setting and the sets are interesting and have the potential to show new facets of the Texas landscape. But the plotting. And the scriptwriting. O. M. G. Cringemakingly awful. I can summarize every episode as follows: 1. There is a bad serial killer who commits coldblooded murder while we watch. 2. Four or five Marshals are at their HQ and hear about the murder. They go gallivanting off after the bad guy. 3. The bad guy coldbloodedly murders several more people as we watch. 4. The Marshals ineptly manage to not stop the bad guy from murdering a bunch of people.
    5. Despite their ineptitude, the Marshals apparently have limitless government funding - they have private jets and helicopters to whisk them at light speed from Texas to Las Vegas or Boston at the drop of a hat. .
    6. One of the Marshals, usually Annie, has a ridiculously unlikely psychological insight into the bad guy after each dead body. These stupid ideas give the Marshals Important Clues so they know where the bad guy will go next. Unfortunately, the Marshals will never get there in time to prevent another coldblooded murder. 7. There will be a macabre cellphone fail. 8. When the hour is almost up there will be a final chase and the Marshals - or, really, Annie- will catch the bad guy. The question in the mind of the audience is why on earth the Marshals will not be fired or demoted for their ineptitude. I mean why can't 5 trained, fit law enforcement officers bristling with weapons, & spending money like water prevent a bad guy on the lam from murdering half a dozen people in a day? The sad thing is that with some decent plotting and imaginative writing Chase has the potential to be interesting. But the insultingly predictable plots and jawdroppingly inane dialog will kill this show dead in a very short time.
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  4. Oct 26, 2010
    1
    Predictable, contrived, poorly acted, boring. Another cop show with a female lead with a chip on her shoulder and a "mysterious" past / criminal father. Um yeah, CSI already has that character (Katherine Willows). Plus it's so laughable how this lead character keeps having these narrow escapes like charging a guy with a machine gun, jumping from a semi just as it falls from a bridge, andPredictable, contrived, poorly acted, boring. Another cop show with a female lead with a chip on her shoulder and a "mysterious" past / criminal father. Um yeah, CSI already has that character (Katherine Willows). Plus it's so laughable how this lead character keeps having these narrow escapes like charging a guy with a machine gun, jumping from a semi just as it falls from a bridge, and running toward a bomber just as the bomb goes off. Really, really. I would have found that cool and believable when I was 8. That kind of stuff worked on the Dukes of Hazzard and the A Team because they were aimed at kids. But on a cop show meant for grown-ups, it's just cheesy. And the ridiculous "pearls of wisdom" that the rest of the team imparts on the stereotypical newbie character: "Don't let the bad guys get away." or "You have to be tough to be on our team." Wow, where do the writers come up with such profound knowledge. And speaking of knowledge, they writers also need to gather a little more information about Texas. First off, the accents are really, really poorly portrayed. Secondly, Texas is big. In this show they often have characters jump from one town in south Texas to another in west Texas in a matter of minutes, in a car no less. Writers, get a special piece of paper called a map, and find some places that are realistically close enough to be included in your story line. Here's a hint: Abilene and Centerville are not 15 minutes apart. Not even by jet plane.

    Both the male and female leads are poorly acted. But to be fair, they aren't given much to work with. Overall, this show is bad and needs to go away.
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Metascore
47

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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    25
    The characters couldn't be more bland, and atmospheric Texas settings are ill-used.