Close to Home : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 4, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20

Critic Reviews

  1. 75
    Women -- especially young mothers juggling responsibilities at home and the office — will find much with which to identify in the story of Annabeth.
  2. 75
    It's well cast, well executed and solidly competent across the board. But exciting, it's not.
  3. The show isn't a terrific one, but its working-mom protagonist, and its element of "Blue Velvet"-style suburban creepiness, might well find a very receptive and loyal audience for this CBS drama.
  4. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    63
    Finnigan's performance dovetails perfectly with Close's neat if heavy- handed dramatic concept. [17 Oct 2005, p.39]
  5. Those still smarting over [Judging Amy's] cancellation may take a while to warm up to the way "Close to Home" wraps justice in a small fuzzy blanket.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    "Close to Home" lives up and down to its title -- staying very close to what's worked for CBS before.
  7. 60
    It's a contrived product, but the storytelling reveals the cases and their solutions nicely, if straightforwardly.
  8. Close to Home is supposed to be playing on the dark-underbelly-of-the-burbs fascination supposedly stirred by Desperate Housewives. But it's basically just another lawyer/crime show with a mommy twist.
  9. It is instructive to observe how working woman's guilt plays out in a postfeminist era when having it all is considered a privilege, not a right.
  10. 60
    [The show has] married the procedural to melodrama, with occasionally intriguing results.
  11. 50
    What would otherwise be a tedious collection of working-mom and lawyer-show clichés is saved by an excellent cast.
  12. 50
    The trouble with this drama is that it doesn't veer much from the often dark tone of the other procedurals from the Bruckheimer TV factory.
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Alynda Wheat
    42
    Home isn't a bad show--it's just bad-intentioned. [7 Oct 2005, p.64]
  14. Finnigan, who was so right in NBC's loopy comedy "Committed," lacks the heft for the role of the no-nonsense prosecutor. Not that, as written, the role would be easy for anyone. It requires Annabeth to be a vigorous and energetic protagonist and, simultaneously, a weepy young mother with postpartum blues.
  15. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    40
    This canned stew is further flavored with too-snappy comebacks, too-slick repartee and too-clever contrivances. Making it bearable are cast members who do somehow manage to seem like people next door.
  16. A pedestrian, predictable crime procedural.
  17. A production that tends to make everything look artificial, that freezes the air between the characters and keeps them distant.
  18. 38
    It can't be this much like glorified Lifetime every week, can it?
  19. 25
    Crusading criminal prosecutor Annabeth Chase... [is] the most irritating lead character on any new drama series this fall.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    10
    By far the best of the Bruckheimer shows, it is a shame it was not on the air longer. It blended drama and humor so well, something that isBy far the best of the Bruckheimer shows, it is a shame it was not on the air longer. It blended drama and humor so well, something that is sorely missing in most of contemporary television. Full Review »
  2. AF
    Apr 6, 2007
    0
    I usually like this type of show. But this show seems predicitable, judgemental and ridiculously right-wing. I think the main actress could I usually like this type of show. But this show seems predicitable, judgemental and ridiculously right-wing. I think the main actress could be very good. It's a shame her talents are wasted on this conservative predictable tightly wound drivel. Full Review »
  3. LilyH
    Jan 13, 2007
    10
    I absolutely LOVE this show!! I think the cast is great, and Jennifer Finnigan is my favourite actress!