• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 9, 2008

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic 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. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    A bit generic, despite the creepy particulars of this series’ science-based mysteries--think a more mainstream "Fringe."
  3. Reviewed by: Debra Leithauser
    Jerry Bruckheimer of "CSI" fame is behind this series, and it shows. The production is slick; the storylines are paced and told well; and the talent is top-notch.
  4. While supercool science may be the hook, the real draw of Eleventh Hour is Sewell.
  5. The show is entertaining enough, but the American Hood, played by Rufus Sewell, won't remind anyone of Patrick Stewart.
  6. 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.
  7. Both ABC's "Life on Mars" and CBS's Eleventh Hour have the comfortable feel of many shows that have come before them and lasted a long, long time.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Tonight's premiere may seem like ridiculous twaddle, and it may feel like a major downer (and kinda sloooow), too, but maybe that's just Bruckheimer playing with our heads. In fact, Hour deserves a second look (next week is definitely better).
  9. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    Hood comes across as brilliant but aloof. Young, meanwhile, seems to be angry, but the source of her anger isn't really explored (we can only assume that babysitting a scientist, no matter how brilliant, is not the job people sign up for when they go to work for the FBI).
  10. 63
    Taken from a British series (although there is enough cribbing off American shows to make it seem all too familiar), this less-than-compelling knock-off follows Hood, who like House makes house calls--or in this case, crime calls.
  11. 63
    As it is, Hour arrives as yet another import procedural on a schedule that is already awash in both.
  12. 63
    Eleventh Hour does what it sets out to do: It puts a talented actor (Rufus Sewell) through his crime-solving paces on rain-slicked streets, in dark warehouses and in spooky labs that look almost identical to the rain-slicked streets, dark warehouses and spooky labs on almost every other CBS drama.
  13. 60
    Dynamic Sewell plays brilliance with offbeat flair. The second episode, about 11-year-olds dying of heart attacks, is chilling. [But] the premiere is far-fetched yet predictable.
  14. Not nearly as ambitious as "Life on Mars" but entertaining nonetheless.
  15. Hour fits comfortably, if unimaginatively, among CBS's other crime procedurals, but with only two regular cast members, it seems like it will have less character development than any of the "CSI" series.
  16. 50
    Hood’s methods are unconventional, Eleventh Hour insists, but still, he’s strangely bland.
  17. Pizazz is what’s missing from CBS’s new drama, Eleventh Hour, in which Rufus Sewell plays Dr. Jacob Hood.
  18. 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.
  19. It's a procedural procedural.
  20. Unlike "Life on Mars," the concept seems elastic enough that the show could run for a long time, but first its American producers would need to work on storytelling basics like pacing and developing interesting characters.
  21. 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
  22. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Simultaneously gross and sanctimonious, this histrionic science procedural is mainly a warning against the cloning of TV concepts.
  23. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Unfortunately, there's not a test tube's worth of difference between this and CBS' other new drama, "The Mentalist" (that one features an advisor to the California Bureau of Investigation)--or the Eye net's procedural dramas in general.
  24. 30
    This new CBS series is just too silly, as it tries to mix up science and crime-solving like a sloppy kid with a chemistry set.
  25. 30
    I’d like to say that this crappy show is sure to bomb, but my faith in the intelligence of the American people is hanging in the balance right now, and since there seems to be enough dumbassery afoot to cheer on almost any half-witted scheme, I don’t want to make any assumptions.
  26. I’m tempted to suggest that Eleventh Hour will only be worth watching if it acquires a sorely needed sense of humor, but maybe I’m missing some laughter in the dark.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. AlanH
    Mar 11, 2009
    This show is excellent, contrary to implications suggested by labels such as "procedural" and "sanctimonious" by the weak tabloid reviewers. This show is excellent, contrary to implications suggested by labels such as "procedural" and "sanctimonious" by the weak tabloid reviewers. It gives us a rather unique portrayal of problems that actually exist yet are frequently ignored in today's glitz-and-glamor society. Well done all, and please ignore the weak minds that compare this to other shows - it simply is unique and enjoyable. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  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.