• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 15, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. It's good, complicated drama, sometimes hard to watch, but more compelling evidence that the best storytelling for adults these days is on the small screen.
  2. 100
    "Day Break" asks viewers for faith, to believe unanswered questions will not go unanswered forever, and that every episode will be worth experiencing. For now, I'm willing to take that leap of faith, because the action is swift, the acting is taut and the premise is cool.
  3. It's a one-of-a-kind thriller that rewards your attention with nonstop action, endless surprises, exciting cinematography and a great assortment of characters.
  4. 80
    Intense and fascinating.
  5. A well-made rocket ride that's closer to 24 than anything else on TV.
  6. 75
    Diggs is a very good actor. Attempting to pull off a complicated scenario like this would be tough for a vet, let alone someone who made his bones in musical theater.
  7. 70
    Because Hopper can radically rejigger events for better or worse -- a decision that prevents one disaster might cause another - Day Break... feels like the first video-game-era series.
  8. Following the show will require some effort for viewers accustomed to less demanding fare.
  9. After the nerve-jangling first episode, I predict you’ll be hooked.
  10. The thing is, if you can let go of the "Groundhog Taye" problem, it's a decent little thriller with a sci-fi twist.
  11. "Day Break" has enough suspense and clever turns to tempt viewers to stay and see how the next day breaks.
  12. At its best, Day Break has a Choose Your Own Adventure feel... [It] just needs to get those pages flying a little faster.
  13. 60
    It may not be blessed with the most felicitous dialogue of all time, but “Day Break” is a solidly constructed and fast-paced drama.
  14. "Day Break" is an intricate, imaginative series designed to make you ask questions at every turn, but the killer will be, "What else is on?"
  15. As much fun as it might be for some of us to start our Wednesday nights watching a shirtless Taye Diggs get out of bed - just as it was once fun to watch Agents Mulder and Scully chase goblins and ghosties and things that go bump in the night - these TV conspiracies have a way of ending badly.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    There's a fine line between mysterious and just plain mystifying, and "Day Break" lurches over it.
  17. 50
    Slick, predictably convoluted and pumped up on conspiratorial dread, "Day Break" may be a trifle late to the serial thriller party.
  18. You begin to feel strung along on an errand whose complexities can't mask the fact that the main character isn't great company.
  19. At some point, your head will explode.
  20. 50
    Spend two hours tonight with this murky, muddled serial, and you may already feel as if you've been trapped in this day for an eternity.
  21. 50
    Intriguing and confounding though it is, this is anything but easy, funsy television. In fact, there are times when a viewer may feel he's being punished almost to the same degree as Detective Hopper.
  22. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    50
    Diggs has considerable magnetism, but it would take the charisma of a cult leader to disguise the fact that this show sometimes reads like a '70s conspiracy thriller as interpreted by the makers of Bad Boys II.
  23. "Day Break" is both dark and frustrating.
  24. The upside to the series is that Diggs is good enough and the production slick enough that, for a while, you might be willing to play along the don't-think-too-hard-about-it premise.... [But] Hopper's day becomes pretty boring after a while.
  25. 40
    "Day Break" doesn't quite work, not only because of its redundancies but because its story line becomes simultaneously convoluted and pointless.
  26. And you thought Lost could be confusing. At least it doesn't give you a headache just thinking about it.
  27. They say insanity is performing the same action repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome. For ABC and "Day Break," insanity may be expecting viewers to watch the same day over and over and be interested in the infinite minor and major variations.
  28. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    20
    The season's silliest new action-fantasy-adventure.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 143 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 98
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 98
  3. Negative: 6 out of 98
  1. PrincessH.
    May 12, 2008
    9
    I love the show and the complex twist. It's not the type of show you would expect when the same day repeats itself. Definitely a good I love the show and the complex twist. It's not the type of show you would expect when the same day repeats itself. Definitely a good example of 'decisions and consequences'. why was it ever canceled? Full Review »
  2. DayBroken
    Apr 17, 2008
    10
    Fantastic show... why'd it go?
  3. MarciaB.
    Mar 28, 2008
    10
    Daybreak is totally awesome!!! Taye Diggs is a terrific actor and I am hooked on the storyline. Thank you for switching it to TVOne! Thank Daybreak is totally awesome!!! Taye Diggs is a terrific actor and I am hooked on the storyline. Thank you for switching it to TVOne! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Full Review »