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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: A scientist (Rufus Sewell) consults for the FBI about unusual crimes in this American remake of a British series.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
  1. Sewell radiates the kind of fascination you can't buy off the rack at the TV drama store, and that alone gives Eleventh Hour a strong start.
  2. The plot of tonight's pilot, which involves cloning, hews closely to the original's first, dark episode. A second, included for review, seems more like a CBS show, a murder mystery I'd like to think any of the network's three "CSIs" could've knocked off as easily.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    A bit generic, despite the creepy particulars of this series’ science-based mysteries--think a more mainstream "Fringe."
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Eleventh Hour is ambitiously shameless in patterning its counterintuitive crank of an ill-socialized hero on the Hugh Laurie character. We sent it down after nine minutes as yet another generic detective drama.
  5. Not nearly as ambitious as "Life on Mars" but entertaining nonetheless.
  6. 40
    A little old-fashioned police brutality may seem downright appealing compared to the pseudointellectual runamok of CBS' cop drama Eleventh Hour, in which British actor Rufus Sewell plays a scientist who has regrettably turned his genius to fighting crime
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Simultaneously gross and sanctimonious, this histrionic science procedural is mainly a warning against the cloning of TV concepts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. GregS.
    Oct 22, 2008
    Really like this show. Second episode even better than first. Not crazy sci-fi conspiracy stuff but cool, intelligent science thriller stuff, with a strong cast. I will definitely keep watching! Expand
  2. DmitryS.
    Nov 9, 2008
    Pretty cool show! How did they get all their equipment, like from E.T.?
  3. VictoriaB.
    Nov 23, 2008
    Love the show. Dr Hood (Rufus Sewell) is a very interesting character. I hope new episodes are ordered for the show.
  4. AshleyB.
    Oct 13, 2008
    The storylines definitely need some work to do Dr. Hood justice, but the idea behind this show is much easier to watch than the pseudoscience of Fringe. Expand
  5. Corbin
    Oct 10, 2008
    I liked it. It was what I hoped Fringe would be more like. Better written, and much better directing than Fringe. It isn't perfect, but I'm looking forward to seeing how this one will develop. Expand
  6. EliasC.
    Nov 16, 2008
    This show needs to find it's substance and has possibilities. Adapted from the mediocre British limited series, this American adaptation has potential but must find a way to write more interesting characters than are so far portrayed. Worth keeping around and better than the abysmal Fringe. I'll look at it again mid-season. Expand
  7. RustyC
    Jan 9, 2009
    Hood is interestingly odd, but the stories are pretty lame. Last night he stated that freon damaged the ozone which has been proven wrong. A bad guy opens doors and safes without gloves, and when he asks for a chemical for an experiment it's amazingly within arms reach of the student and ready to pour. I don't feel comfortable investing any more time in this show. Expand

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