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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 210 Ratings

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  • Summary: The adaptation of Douglas Adams series (which also was made as a 2012 BBC comedy) follows holistic detective Dirk (Samuel Barnett) and his assistant Todd (Elijah Wood) as they investigate cases.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Suspense, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 31, 2016
    88
    It’s equal parts outlandish, incoherent, funny, cartoonishly violent and confusing--all in a good way. It’s one of those series in which you just have to kick back and enjoy the ride.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 24, 2016
    83
    The tone bounces cannily from humor to pathos to suspense. The one knock against “Gently”? So much is going on here, the plot is so dense, this is a show that might be better off binged in a marathon. Just one more thing to look forward to, then.
  3. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Oct 21, 2016
    80
    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” may start in an oddly untethered state, but it is marvelously strange and entertaining enough to warrant sticking around as its heroes and writers connect the dots.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 21, 2016
    67
    Those who have devoured the swervy, same-named Douglas Adams books could very well find themselves immensely entertained. Those who haven’t--guilty as charged--at least can admire the energy, cheekiness and slick production values without caring all that much how everything comes out.
  5. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Oct 24, 2016
    67
    What the show brings though is off-kilter energy, which is at times exhausting, but occasionally entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin P. Sullivan
    Oct 17, 2016
    50
    The series' attempts at cleverness come off as a screechy homage to Adams rather than channeling his wit and the big, silly heart hidden inside. [21/28 Oct 2016, p.95]
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 19, 2016
    30
    All in all, it’s difficult to tell what the goals of this version of Dirk Gently are, given how manic, disorganized and incoherent it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Mar 13, 2018
    10
    What f$#@wit cancelled this show, it was the best American program out there!
  2. Jan 30, 2017
    10
    With Westworld its the best show of 2016. What a performance from the actors!!! I was doubtful to see it cause the low metacritc scoresWith Westworld its the best show of 2016. What a performance from the actors!!! I was doubtful to see it cause the low metacritc scores fortunately I believed the user scores!! What a show, so good so entertaining, i hope for a second season! Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2016
    10
    I love this show! Bizarre, funny, and plenty of head-scratching moments, much like the books. I really felt like I was on some sort of twistedI love this show! Bizarre, funny, and plenty of head-scratching moments, much like the books. I really felt like I was on some sort of twisted journey with our characters and can't wait to see where it leads. Expand
  4. Jan 15, 2018
    9
    This is a completely weird series, not for everybody, and a must for some others.
    I haven't read the books it is based on, but i would
    This is a completely weird series, not for everybody, and a must for some others.
    I haven't read the books it is based on, but i would absolutely loved to get them just to know how was the author's original idea on the characters, elijah wood has done something like this (i think it was named wilfred), a complete bizarre series-thing that you love or hate... I'm in the love section by the way
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  5. Dec 19, 2016
    8
    Dirk Gently started off as one of the most frustrating shows I had ever seen. Dirk himself as a character that selects specific information toDirk Gently started off as one of the most frustrating shows I had ever seen. Dirk himself as a character that selects specific information to give when it is obvious he knows more; however as the series progresses, the chemistry between the characters and the performances, especially by veteran Elijah Wood, really make the show worth watching. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2017
    8
    Quite a nice surprise. Dirk Gently is a very original TV series. I find it funny with drama. The first episodes hides a lot of informationQuite a nice surprise. Dirk Gently is a very original TV series. I find it funny with drama. The first episodes hides a lot of information that you get later, and it's a nice sens of finding the truth and discovery. The acting from the two main characters (Elijah is very good) and the main villain is quite amazing, but the secondary actors are a work in progress. The best is to watch them in a succession of 2-3 episodes because it's eclectic you can be discourage to watch just one episode at a time. I recommend this series very gently at a rating of 85%. Expand
  7. Nov 6, 2016
    0
    Horrible show compared to the brilliant BBC 3 version we had a while back. Awful

    The cast aren't as likeable, the writing is sloppy and you
    Horrible show compared to the brilliant BBC 3 version we had a while back. Awful

    The cast aren't as likeable, the writing is sloppy and you can tell it has Max Landis written all over this.
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