• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 13 out of 23
  1. 38
    With each misstep, E-Ring becomes more ridiculous.
  2. The unarguable truth of E-Ring's central premise -- that America's national-security bureaucracy probably spends as much time in intramural squabbles as it does fighting terrorism or rogue states -- does not make it any better drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Remember those scenes on "The West Wing" when the Joint Chiefs assemble in the "situation room" to tackle some faraway threat? Reprise the tension with none of the intelligence, inject flag-waving machismo and high-tech imagery, and what's left is this Jerry Bruckheimer drama.
  4. 30
    Unfortunately, despite an interesting pair of lead actors, ''E-Ring" is stubbornly conventional and bland.
  5. The network may feel that Bratt could stand there, read the phone book and attract millions of adoring female fans. Starring in "E-Ring" may be the closest thing to finding out whether that's true.
  6. As the mission's race against time ticks down, "E-Ring" thinks it's got you by the throat, and that's true, because you feel like you're being led around on a leash.
  7. More proof that even Jerry Bruckheimer can spit out barely watchable productions.
  8. Overcooked and preposterous to the point of being laughable.
  9. Both tonight's opening episode and next week's installment are predictable, loaded with cliched dialogue and lacking in the tension you want in this kind of show.
  10. 10
    Chest-pounding [and] inept.
  11. Interesting and exciting only when no one's saying anything, which isn't very often.
  12. [A] surprisingly brain-dead series.

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