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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2014
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 396 Ratings

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  • Summary: Before he was Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), he was a young detective partnered with the legendary policeman Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). Their first case together is the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, where Gordon first meets young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfrd (SeanBefore he was Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), he was a young detective partnered with the legendary policeman Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue). Their first case together is the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne, where Gordon first meets young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Alfrd (Sean Pertwee). Other Gotham characters set to appear include Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor). Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Sep 22, 2014
    91
    The city--neon-washed, Chanderlesque, somewhat anachronistic--is itself also a character, and it turns what could be "Law & Order: Gotham" into something infinitely more layered and watchable.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 18, 2014
    83
    Gotham feels like a larger-than-life event. The challenge will be to build on that--or at the very least hold steady.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Sep 19, 2014
    80
    The mood and writing mix splashy comic book pulpiness with brooding film noir menace, sparked with bits of dark humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 18, 2014
    70
    This is solid, confidently made television, the kind of programming that has me interested in where it’s going next thanks to high production values and an expertly assembled cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Sep 22, 2014
    70
    Some of the characters aren’t able to achieve the same balance between fantasy and realism as the rest of the show.... Thankfully, Mooney isn’t as central a figure here as Bullock or Gordon, who together are fully capable of carrying the series, even without young Bruce. Logue gives an especially strong performance as Bullock, an exhausted, veteran crime-fighter who remains likable and charismatic even as his various failings seem inevitable.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 22, 2014
    70
    Gotham features some intriguing performances. But just because it's on at 8 and derived from a comic-book franchise doesn't mean it's kid stuff.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 17, 2014
    50
    While other comic book shows try to replicate the fantasy of the source material at every level, Gotham tries to walk a thin line between realism and fantasy. It seems to work--for now, at least. But you have to wonder about the challenges the series will face once those larvae become full-fledged, whackadoodle villains. Trying to have it both ways is courageous, but courage doesn’t guarantee success.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 107
  2. Negative: 25 out of 107
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    I thought that a lack of the Bruce Wayne/Batman character would ruin it, but "Gotham" proved me wrong thanks to its interesting prequelI thought that a lack of the Bruce Wayne/Batman character would ruin it, but "Gotham" proved me wrong thanks to its interesting prequel events, slew of well known actors and pot of memorable characters. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have been controlling myself not say this, but I can not take it anymore, here it goes (don't be all pissed off at me): Bruce Wayne is actually Batman. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2014
    9
    I liked the pilot a lot. The city is atmospheric and feels big. This is a city you believe a lot of **** goes down, but also where amazingI liked the pilot a lot. The city is atmospheric and feels big. This is a city you believe a lot of **** goes down, but also where amazing people live. All main and supporting characters were memorable, well maybe except for Alfred. They made him straight up American, and he didn't deliver a single line of wisdom. Fish Mooney was surprisingly good. I didn't expect to get so invested into a character that will probably get killed off in the second or third episode. Penguin is brilliant. I can't get enough of him. This is how you'd expect the famous crime lord of Gotham to start off. Expand
  4. Sep 30, 2014
    8
    A really good and interesting start to the only new show I was really going to watch. The second episode was good and better than the pilot.A really good and interesting start to the only new show I was really going to watch. The second episode was good and better than the pilot. Definitely can't wait for the rest of the season. Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Gotham do not deserve all the attention that it get. It isn't a terrible show, but it's certainly not a great show either.

    I like the concept, sort of a cop show with the characters from Batman during the youth of Bruce Wayne.
    But too many characters are introduce so the story a little "all-over the place" for me.
    Also, Ben McKenzie isn't convincing in his role. His eyes are almost inexpressive, it's creeping me out! Thankfully, they are some good actors on the show (like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Robin L. Taylor and even David Mazouz (I must admit that I thought he would be horrible, but I'm pleasantly surprised)).
    I also didn't like how the chase scene was shoot, the close-ups on Gordon face were strange.

    Anyway, I'll continue watching for now (mainly because of the villains and young Bruce, but also 'cause of the great visual effects), hoping it will get better.
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  6. Feb 20, 2015
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Take away the excellent Penguin and Harvey Bullock and you're left with the truly awful Barbara, Fish, and enough other cardboard characters to make you wonder how much people get paid to work on this show when no money went on the script or acting classes? A major disappointment that wastes a great premise. The show needs a major reboot and a plot. Expand
  7. Feb 20, 2015
    0
    how in the hell are you introducing robin already? robin is nowhere near the same age as batman. they need to take this garbage off of thehow in the hell are you introducing robin already? robin is nowhere near the same age as batman. they need to take this garbage off of the air. this will be my last comment on this show because i cannot watch it any longer. i was only watching it because of Jada Pinkett-Smith, but i can no longer do it. i would rather rip my own eyes out of my head and cut of my ears that watch this garbage any more. Expand

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