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

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 13 out of 23
  1. 80
    Besides its surefire pacing and startling moments, "Invasion" features a promising cast.
  2. 70
    [It has] a tick-tick-tick pace almost as intense as that of 24.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    An effective and well-wrought drama, with enough cinematic flair and energy to paper over some of its more obvious faults.
  4. 63
    "E-Ring" is sometimes kind of silly, sometimes tightly drawn, and sometimes it's fun.
  5. 60
    We don't really learn anything new about the military or its operations, of course, but with the slick scenes and snappy one-liners coming in rapid succession, who really cares?
  6. 50
    The half-tense dramatic payoff is a pleasant surprise, but the bluster -- oh, the bluster and machismo are palpable.
  7. 50
    Anyone who saw Team America, the movie send-up of all things Bruckheimerian, will find E-Ring hard to take too seriously. [24 Oct 2005, p.41]
  8. It pulsates with the requisite flash and dash we've come to expect of a Bruckheimer outing, in this case rather like "JAG" on steroids. But at the end of the day it rings emotionally hollow.
  9. 40
    Hopper [is] so misfitted for this role that he seems perversely perfect.
  10. 38
    With each misstep, E-Ring becomes more ridiculous.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    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.
  13. 30
    Unfortunately, despite an interesting pair of lead actors, ''E-Ring" is stubbornly conventional and bland.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. More proof that even Jerry Bruckheimer can spit out barely watchable productions.
  17. Overcooked and preposterous to the point of being laughable.
  18. 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.
  19. 10
    Chest-pounding [and] inept.
  20. Interesting and exciting only when no one's saying anything, which isn't very often.
  21. [A] surprisingly brain-dead series.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 84
  2. Negative: 5 out of 84
  1. RobN.
    Oct 23, 2007
    Awesome show, bring it back soon!
  2. RichardK.
    Sep 25, 2007
    Its one off the best series I ever Sean.
  3. MaggieL.
    Aug 31, 2007
    So disappointing that such a great show was taken off the air. Perhaps it told the truth too well.