Golden Boy : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 26, 2013
Season #: 1, 15
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Feb 26, 2013
    60
    It's a terrific idea. But it doesn't quite measure up to its potential.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 26, 2013
    60
    The show, from Greg Berlanti and Nicolas Wootton, does a good job of making Clark both appealing and overly ambitious.... What doesn’t work at all in the first two episodes of Golden Boy is the more familiar procedural material.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 26, 2013
    60
    We quickly care what happens to these characters, which gets any show off to a strong start. Just as quickly, though, the time-jumping makes the story feel more complicated than it needs to.
  4. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Feb 26, 2013
    50
    Golden Boy’s half-bakedness--part totally competent TV show, part lazily executed one--permeates throughout.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Feb 26, 2013
    50
    An ambitious character-driven drama over-enamored from the get-go with its tricky structure and coy premise.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Feb 26, 2013
    50
    Nicholas Wootton's uniformly by-the-book series quickly eradicates itself of any authentic tension by unwisely depicting its hero alive and well (despite a slight limp that has yet to be thoroughly explained) seven years in the future.
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Feb 25, 2013
    50
    It’s just another police procedural pretending to be something bigger, and I don’t feel all that compelled to stick around and watch this golden boy grow up.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 25, 2013
    50
    Golden Boy is a smoothly made but entirely generic show that rides the squad-room-as-family metaphor hard.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 25, 2013
    50
    Golden Boy is a passable new cop show from CBS that relies on a flash-forward gimmick to set it apart from other TV cop shows.
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 22, 2013
    50
    Beyond the pilot, though, it appears to be a blandly generic precinct drama. [5 Mar 2013]
  11. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 22, 2013
    40
    Other than the unspooling of the ghost of policework past, Golden Boy is so formulaic as to be instantly forgettable.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Mar 20, 2013
    8
    First episode was intriguing and quite good, but not great. However, it has gotten better. The characters are all interesting and the actingFirst episode was intriguing and quite good, but not great. However, it has gotten better. The characters are all interesting and the acting is very good. Good story, good acting and Chi McBride--what more could you want? Full Review »
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    1
    Golden Boy is a Japanese anime series based around the comedic flavors of Great Teacher Onizuka. This is not the same Golden Boy.

    Disappointed.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    10
    Excelent serie with great interpretations,make you love and hate characters,something you can't say about other tv series this days.

    I wait
    Excelent serie with great interpretations,make you love and hate characters,something you can't say about other tv series this days.

    I wait everyweek for the next chapter,please give me more!
    Full Review »