• 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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 22, 2013
    50
    Beyond the pilot, though, it appears to be a blandly generic precinct drama. [5 Mar 2013]
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 26, 2013
    70
    Golden Boy works as a decent cop show. But an epic one? Not yet.
  14. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Feb 26, 2013
    60
    It's a terrific idea. But it doesn't quite measure up to its potential.
  15. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Feb 26, 2013
    50
    Golden Boy’s half-bakedness--part totally competent TV show, part lazily executed one--permeates throughout.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 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 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
    everyweek for the next chapter,please give me more! Full Review »