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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2014
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 383 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: 71 out of 106
  2. Negative: 25 out of 106
  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. Oct 13, 2014
    8
    REVIEW AFTER FIRST 2 episodes- So far Gotham has a dark exciting start with a good blend of action mystery and drama but the first episode toREVIEW AFTER FIRST 2 episodes- So far Gotham has a dark exciting start with a good blend of action mystery and drama but the first episode to me was much better than the second. Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2014
    6
    Sporadically solid but not without it's flaws, Gotham's relation to it's Batman mythology is unfortunately what sets it apart from otherSporadically solid but not without it's flaws, Gotham's relation to it's Batman mythology is unfortunately what sets it apart from other similar shows. Expand
  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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