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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

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  • Summary: Michael Imperioli is Louis Fitch, a detective at Detroit's homicide department, in this ensemble crime drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 88
    What will remain is the terrific, admirably diverse cast; the tough-but-uncynical attitude; and, perhaps best of all, the out-of-the-TV-norm location. The show isn't just set in Detroit; it's shot there, which gives it an authenticity and a palpable sense of place.
  2. Detroit 1-8-7 is a lovingly updated tribute to shows that were on the air so long ago that almost none of the detectives were black.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    75
    Absent the overworked conceit of actors glancing at the camera to register annoyance or irony, this has turned into just another well-produced cop show with some excellent actors, like Imperioli or James McDaniel, who plays Det. Jesse Long and played Lt. Arthur Fancy on "NYPD Blue."
  4. Detroit's on-location shooting aids its authenticity, but the show goes awry when it goes for a joke. For example, medical examiner Abbey Ward (Erin Cummings, "Mad Men") carries bruises from her after-hours avocation: roller derby. Detroit 1-8-7 is one of those shows that is going to need some time to finds its destination.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    It's not bad, but it initially looks relatively uninspired next to TV's best copshows, including current entries such as TNT's "Southland."
  6. Detroit 1-8-7 is disappointingly generic. It's not a show that compels viewers to tune in on a weekly basis, but die-hard cop show fans may be satisfied.
  7. 20
    The rest of Detroit 1-8-7's cast is fill-in-the-blanks police fodder. The only two characteristics that separate this show is one, it is filmed wholly in Detroit (who cares, a soundstage looks just as convincing) and two, the cameras are handheld (who cares, that shakiness can become very annoying).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    Brilliant, distinctive, striking, superb, exceptional, glorious, magnificent, marvelous, splendid, ingenious - there are not enough commendable words in the English language to describe this show. Absolutely wonderful in every way. Expand
  2. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    I really enjoyed the pilot of this Detroit-based cop drama. I love how most of the cast are unknowns! It's nice to finally get some fresh faces up on tv. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next week! Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2010
    10
    We love, love this show! Read somewhere that some of the filming occurs in Atlanta. We have mourned about the lack of a complete recording of NYPD Blue for years. If anyone can make that happen please do it! You would make money!!! Anyway we have been gratified to see this new show likened to the object of our missing older series... We felt that just a few minutes into the season opener. Can't wait for more! Natural, believable, immediately comfortable and intriguing. Keep it up! Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    An amazing show that really gets in the nitty gritty of cop dramas. i am usually not a fan of cop dramas but this has changed my out look. You bet i will be watching this every tuesday. Fantastic show. Gotta watch it Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2010
    9
    This one is off to a solid start. Without a doubt the best cop show in a LONG time. Michael Imperioli is fantastic as always and the guy who plays his partner is great! Eager to find out whether it makes it to episode 2! Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2010
    9
    Interesting, well directed, and yielding more surprises and intrigue then one would expect from a seemingly common show. We shall see if time will drain such surprises from a show with great potential. 9/10 Expand
  7. Feb 24, 2011
    6
    Yet another gritty cop show. I find it more depressing than anything else. The characters are so intense and multi dimensional you can't get interested in them. Baggage anyone? Expand

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