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: Brian Lowry
    Feb 26, 2013
    70
    The cases themselves are nothing new--indeed, it's all pretty standard procedural stuff, with the only extracurricular detour involving Clark's young sister (Stella Maeve), who he looks after. Yet the device of the flashbacks offers a nifty kicker, teasing at things to come--like why the older Clark walks with a pronounced limp. Ultimately, the series benefits enormously from the interplay between James and McBride.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 25, 2013
    75
    The scripts offer a well-balanced mix of office politics, underlying mystery and weekly cop procedural. And the first-rate cast ties it all together with abundant skill.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 25, 2013
    67
    We know how this ends (he becomes commish) but there's little evidence suggesting how or why that happens, and even less reason why we should care. Meanwhile, the best stuff in Golden Boy is the little stuff--sharp, brittle dialogue, nice performances and a street cred that's a cut above average.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 26, 2013
    75
    It's a solid, meat-and-potatoes police procedural, and one that could potentially evolve into more depending on how the flash-forwards are used down the road.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 26, 2013
    70
    Golden Boy works as a decent cop show. But an epic one? Not yet.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 22, 2013
    83
    The cast is engaging, the premise is intriguing and the genre long has been CBS' ratings-rich specialty.
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 26, 2013
    63
    If yet one more cop show about the brash young rookie and the older, tired guy thisclose to retirement is enough to make you go completely insane and start watching, say, “Smash” or something equally upsetting, then for sure you want to stay away from Golden Boy. However, if you love cop shows that aren’t really procedurals so much as stories about the internal politicking of the NYPD, than maybe Golden Boy is just what you’re looking for.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 26, 2013
    67
    In its best moments, the drama has the grit of something more likely to be found on cable channel TNT.
  9. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Happily, Golden Boy not only manages a fairly original take on cop shows but actually turns out to be surprisingly intriguing.
  10. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 26, 2013
    63
    Somebody tell the creators of shows like this, please, that viewers want engaging characters and entertaining, absorbing storytelling. We really don't need to be whooshing around in time while our heads spin.
  11. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Feb 22, 2013
    90
    Golden Boy is packed with fine performances, but no amount of actorly talent could have done for this series what its intelligently twisty plots, its nuanced dialogue bearing a distinct resemblance to human exchange--even from the mouths of TV police detectives--has done.
  12. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Feb 22, 2013
    67
    To say this ground was covered better on The Wire is both an understatement and unnecessary--although the setup has promise. [1 Mar 2013, p.62]
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!
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