Detroit 1-8-7 : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. 70
    Ultimately, Detroit 1-8-7, ABC's new cop series just may have enough forward thrust and raw emotion to take off.
  2. 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.
  3. 1-8-7 doesn't pop with the gritty-city dynamism of, say, The Shield, leaving us to wonder whether this is another perfectly fine cop show going by on the assembly line.
  4. 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."
  5. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    The series has developed its own original rhythm, each week breaking cases down into unexpectedly punchy vignettes. The cast is excellent. [6 Dec 2010, p.50]
  6. NYPD Blue's James McDaniel joins Imperioli and a fine cast, including the City of Detroit itself, in this show that tries to imbue a Cops-like documentary feel to its action, all shot on location.
  7. 70
    Detroit 1-8-7 has a long way to go before it comes close to equaling Homicide, but it's off to a promising start.
  8. It's definitely worth sampling, but impatient viewers might not return to the scene of the crimes.
  9. 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.
  10. 70
    Besides the location, there's little about Detroit that is particularly new or groundbreaking, but it should easily satisfy the millions who seem to have a bottomless appetite for this genre. There are plenty that do it worse.
  11. 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.
  12. The location shooting and some very strong performances lift it above standard cop-show fare.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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 timeInteresting, 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 Full Review »
  2. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    Brilliant, distinctive, striking, superb, exceptional, glorious, magnificent, marvelous, splendid, ingenious - there are not enoughBrilliant, 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    Ever since I was left orphan of my gritty cop show fix when both Homicide and NYPD Blue signed off the air I was hoping for a new show to fillEver since I was left orphan of my gritty cop show fix when both Homicide and NYPD Blue signed off the air I was hoping for a new show to fill that hole. I've finally found it! Detroit 187 not only recaptures the spirit of those landmark shows but it's clearly revitalizing a genre that's been hostage of the mind-numbing crime Cbs procedurals for too long. Get drawn into the compelling stories of Detroit 187! Full Review »