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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 16, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Beach
  • Summary: When a school bus of students from Ballard High is taken a national crisis is created as one of the students is the niece of an FBI agent and another is the son of the president.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Rand Ravich, Far Shariat
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Mar 16, 2014
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 13, 2014
    Crisis ultimately gets its priorities straight by giving viewers a reason to care--about the characters, outcome and mystery.
  2. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 14, 2014
    The pilot is terrific, and it was directed by Phillip Noyce, whose credits include the Harrison Ford movie “Clear and Present Danger” and the pilot of ABC’s “Revenge.”
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 14, 2014
    With its frantic pacing, ­vicious masterminds and ­valiant law enforcement agents, Crisis might remind you of Fox’s “24.” Not the best seasons of “24,” but still. There’s a lot to be said for a show that works up a sweat trying to surprise you.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 13, 2014
    The mood music in Crisis can be over-wrought at times--and downright over-bearing when a male vocalist breaks into “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” But the first two hours are nicely paced and eventful, with the ad hoc partnership between Marcus and an initially resistant Susie gaining traction as the stakes increase.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 14, 2014
    It’s gloriously stupid, but not always aware that’s what it’s doing, which leaves it in a messy middle ground--too bad to be good, too good to be bad.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Mar 19, 2014
    The show does a good job of setting up a lot of conflict in a very short time, but I'd be more invested if I got to know the characters more — and if they had more dimension..... It felt too contrived.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 14, 2014
    You don’t have to take Crisis too seriously; it will happily do that for you, spreading its pompous misery evenly among a cast large enough to fill at least three or four mediocre TV shows, if you count all the teenagers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Jun 22, 2014
    I have to say the 2 hour ending was amazing!! It made me want to see so much more. Especially with sending that last text. I wanna know what it is!! and What it leads too. C'mon Season 2!! PLEASE! Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2014
    10/10 This is a very high quality TV series and has a lot of content that can be added to it. Despite some critics arguing that it will be impossible to make it multi-season. In my opinion all the script writers have to do is create a new plot each season. Season 1 will be about the hostage crisis and Season 2 could be something else inter-related. I REALLY enjoyed watching the Pilot and enjoyed how different it was from cheesy TV series such has NCIS and action- packed but otherwise lacking Hawaii Five 0. This is the ultimate police police mystery drama being played today. Others include another NBC start up series Chicago P.D. but I find Chicago P.D. heavily lacking in plot. It seems like the plot is never going to be advanced because of how seemly unrelated each episode is. Crisis is an awesome and mind blowing TV series that SHOULD be renewed for a second season. Expand
  3. Jun 23, 2014
    In the beginning, the show didn't have much to distinguish itself from other TV shows with similar premises. The pilot episode wasn't too original (a school bus is hijacked and the students kidnapped/held hostage), and the shows name is forgettable (another TV show with a one-word name).

    By episode 9 though, Crisis had really improved. The pilot was OK, but the later episodes were really great (especially episode 8). This show is really great, entertaining, and enjoyable. The cast have been put through challenges; decisions, moral dilemmas, and crisis’s (get my pun?). All of these have made the cast more relatable and interesting characters. Once one-dimensional characters have been fleshed out well. The teenagers, Agent Finley and Dunn, Gibson and his crew, the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, the parents—the whole cast, for the most part were good. Agent Finley and Dunn were especially good. The scale and impact of all the events have made this show more global in scale. Everything came together and wrapped up in the last episodes. I recommend this show. There were some plotholes and some mistakes, but that can be forgiven.

    Some feel the first few episodes were good. Most of the critics feel this way too, which surprises me because I feel that the first few episodes were OK. Nothing special. Later, the plot got better and it was clear that this was more than just a kidnapping.

    Unfortunately, on May 9th Crisis was canceled. However, on May 25th the 9th episode aired. The last few episodes aired and thankfully it gave me closure.

    Crisis aired with low ratings. I guess that was because it’s on Sunday. On Sunday, there’s a lot of completion. Why did they have to air it on a Sunday, with so much competition to face? If it had been on another day, it would’ve done better. Also, I think too many people gave up on this show because based on the first episode they thought it wasn’t unique enough and too generic. (Oh no! Kids get kidnapped, now what? They get saved and bad guys lose. The end!) NBC should re-launch the show later, and maybe gain a wider audience during the summer.

    The premise, "How far would you be willing to go for your child?" sounded promising and the potential was certainly there. The potential was certainly been used. The villain is more complex than most, and the cast is good. Some of the dialogue in earlier episodes was cheesy, but that has improved. The show wasn't special at first, or really really great, but it could kill an hour of time so I was fine with it. Now, the show is truly entertaining in my opinion.

    I just wish there could be a season two. Maybe with a new “Crisis”—a terrorist attack, with Finley and Dunn there? I’d love to see that!

    If you liked this review, read my other ones on movies, TV shows, and videogames. I have reviewed Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men Days of Future Past, Godzilla, Blended, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Lego Movie, and more. I am actually still trying to find time for other film reviews. I have also reviewed the TV shows Sleepy Hollow, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, The 100, I Wanna Marry Harry, Crisis, and more.

    Goodbye! AG732
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    Oh, no! Another kidnapped school bus full of kids. I've lost count. Isn't that the opening of three or four series so far? At any rate, the pilot of "Crisis" was extremely well set and produced. Reasonably good suspense. Some (and only some) interesting characters. Many, many stereotypes. It held my attention but my mind kept repeating over and over, "This whole concept is ridiculous." And it is. I will stick around to see what happens but I suspect I will bail out about as soon as I did on "Hostages". Expand
  5. Mar 17, 2014
    This is pretty much the Die Hard storyline based on the first episode. A group of people are hostages. The star even killed one of the bad guy's brother and took his machine gun. Expand
  6. Jul 12, 2014
    Crisis is ultimately bad in every aspect.
    The worst of all is that it's the type of series that one doesn't take seriously but has fun;
    Crisis, however, takes itself so serious that it becomes hilarious. Dermot Mulroney is pathetic as the super-smart villain-who-became-hero and everything gets so unbelievable by the mid-end that you keep wondering why you still watch this. I'd probably should be reading a book or spending some quality time. Whatever that means. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2014
    Where to begin. I just had the misfortune of sitting through a second episode of this nonsense and it will be the last. It is ridiculous, every scene has some glaring aspect that makes no sense and would never happen in the real world. Throw is some terrible overacting and a story that will drag on for months with im guessing no pay off and you have one of the worst new shows in living memory, staring into space would be more productive than this. Avoid Expand

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