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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 17, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Mia Maestro, Joaquim de Almeida, Sam Neill
  • Summary: This international coproduction changes some of the classic book's details, including a younger Robinson whose backstory is different from the one in the classic novel.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Some of the pirates tonight, perhaps inevitably, take on a little of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. But the acting is generally solid and the action is both stirring and, happily, easy to follow.
  2. The latest re-imagining of Daniel Defoe’s classic tale of a man shipwrecked on an island far from home has already earned its keep.
  3. 70
    The irony of a series like Crusoe is that its provenance is a classic, much-analyzed novel, but the creators and NBC really just hope you’ll watch it because it’s Lost without the pretentious reach. And that’s fine, too.
  4. The tone varies wildly from action-adventure to serious costume drama.
  5. 50
    Instead of breaking new ground, Crusoe falls back on hokey Saturday matinee swashbuckling, a treasure map, explosions, and jungle sets with fake torches that invite you to look for "Survivor" host Jeff Probst around the next boulder.
  6. 30
    The business deals might have been artful, but the show certainly isn't.
  7. 25
    As remakes go, Crusoe is at least a couple of cuts above NBC's brainless "Knight Rider," but let's face it, the bar couldn't be set any lower.

See all 24 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. TerryA.
    Oct 24, 2008
    9
    Crusoe and Friday are both great eye candy but the humor and effects and story line -- wow! I love this show! May it live long and prosper!!
  2. DaveW.
    Nov 25, 2008
    9
    Something rarely presented on television: integrity, loyalty, friendship, living by principle; with excellent production standards. May Something rarely presented on television: integrity, loyalty, friendship, living by principle; with excellent production standards. May "Crusoe" know many seasons. Expand
  3. JimS.
    Nov 15, 2008
    8
    Have only seen first two episodes, but story line, authentic settings, etc is good so far.
  4. Aug 16, 2012
    8
    This show was actually pretty good. Despite its lack of realism, it had pretty good acting and entertainment. Sometimes the story was a bitThis show was actually pretty good. Despite its lack of realism, it had pretty good acting and entertainment. Sometimes the story was a bit weak but otherwise, it was a good story. Expand
  5. BrandonS.
    Oct 21, 2008
    2
    I was really disappointed in this, one of the only shows of the new season that I thought could be worth watching. Why on earth did they I was really disappointed in this, one of the only shows of the new season that I thought could be worth watching. Why on earth did they decide to start the series with Crusoe already on the island? Already friends with Friday? And the plot of the overly bloated 2-hour premiere was a lame search for pirate treasure, with the least frightening villains I've seen on TV in a long time. This show as a real dud. It seemed to want to do a Hercules/Xena thing at times, but it lacks all of the charm of those great series. It was just one bad decision after another. Too bad. I wanted to like this one. Expand
  6. EliasC.
    Nov 16, 2008
    2
    Terrible re-invention of the Daniel DeFoe novel. With so may characters landing on the island you must ask the following question: Is this Terrible re-invention of the Daniel DeFoe novel. With so may characters landing on the island you must ask the following question: Is this Crusoe's island or grand Central Station? Expand
  7. FredC.
    Oct 18, 2008
    1
    Just plain awful (and stupid). Nice scenery, nice looking stars and not much else.