Gotham : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 489 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 AlfredBefore 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 Alfred (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

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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 127
  2. Negative: 29 out of 127
  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 7, 2016
    10
    I was extremely skeptical of this show because all of my friends told me it was very good but it wasn't about batman so I as a lover ofI was extremely skeptical of this show because all of my friends told me it was very good but it wasn't about batman so I as a lover of everything batman wasn't to interested in a show about the city of gotham that wasn't all about batman. I end up binging on super hero tv shows on Netflix and once i found my self done with The Flash and The Arrow I figured why not and decided to make the jump and watch Gotham. Lets just say I watched every available episode with in two days and if it was a possible career choice I would sign up today to be a member of the GCPD (Gotham City Police Department). I highly recommend watching Gotham Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a very long review, so be warned.

    Where. Do I. Begin. This series had me sitting on the fence about ready to stomp it out as a pathetic spin off of a beloved comic book franchise, but am I glad I stuck it out. The assault of Batman villains in the first episode had me reeling back in frustration as I try to figure out why they would introduce each of these people, most of which are only referenced once throughout the episode and are then forgotten like they never existed, but that is not important in this series. What is important is sticking with it, watching it to the end, and then thanking yourself for not coming to a quick conclusion. In order to fully appreciate this series, you have to be able to see it as a fan of Batman and a person who does not know much about Batman. That is what makes this series truly beautiful; it can capture somebody who's flipping channels and stumbles across this, and it will ensnare those who have been long awaiting this series.

    As a stranger to the Batman universe, Gotham is much more than your run of the mill Law & Order series. It explores the deep, dark, and crime riddled streets of Gotham in a roller coaster ride that will keep your hands up! Imagine instead of a typical TV series that is only a collection of stories, Gotham is a book that is played out to the viewer chapter by chapter, each one getting progressively more captivating. While they do have Gordon (the main protagonist) and Dent (protagonist #2) chasing crimes that are seemingly unconnected on an episode by episode basis, everything comes together the further you look into it, and that's the beauty behind Gotham. It's a line-tracers dream, where connections can be made between every occurrence, but doubt will always linger when you drag the string across the pictures, because the city of Gotham does not open itself to us like we may want. Corruption and deceit run amok in this metropolis, and it's impossible to be sure that any two things are as they may seem. To those who do not know Batman, Gotham is a book about mystery, lies, and turnarounds that will keep you on your feet.

    Now, to those fans of Batman who are revolted by this series, I beg you to look differently. Gotham is so much more than simply a copycat of Batman without the bat himself. It is an amazingly well done look into the evolution of the city of Gotham before the caped-crusader took up the mantle of its defender. Its introduction of beloved villains - both those who are currently good and already evil - is a beautiful composition of a prequel before a well beloved play. Gotham leaves fans of the Batman universe wondering what drug down those who are good into the infamy they hold against the dark knight, and what events unfolded to bring those already evil into their thrones of power by the time Batman arrived. The most heavily involved villain in this TV series is the Penguin, Oswald Cobblepot. Watching him grow from the errand boy of a lower raking criminal into what we already know as (arguably) second only to Carmine Falcone in the world of crime leaves you wanting more as this series teases you with recipes for disaster and success. The Penguins integral part in the play of Gotham is more than enough to keep this series interesting.

    In summary, the only people who won't like this series are those who can't like it because of their deluded sense of fanboyism to Batman. Those fans with open minds and those strangers with enough time will find more than enough to keep them tuning in each week to watch the next chapter of this book unfold.
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  4. Sep 23, 2014
    7
    The Gotham opener had a surprisingly enjoyable case-of-the-week, which moved at rapid pace and was full of interesting characters. At it'sThe Gotham opener had a surprisingly enjoyable case-of-the-week, which moved at rapid pace and was full of interesting characters. At it's heart it is basically a cop show. A cop show about partners. Something you don't see very much any more. Plus: one of them is corrupt! Even better. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2014
    6
    It seems a good start for this series. The city is very well built and you can sense it from the beginning. Sometimes the acting is not soIt seems a good start for this series. The city is very well built and you can sense it from the beginning. Sometimes the acting is not so good. Hope to see the real batman in the future of the show. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2014
    4
    wtf its in the 1 episode and already got thousands of plot holes and man , where is the gotham gothic style ,where is the characters spirit ,wtf its in the 1 episode and already got thousands of plot holes and man , where is the gotham gothic style ,where is the characters spirit , and what an awful alfred , what an out of character penguin what an horrible writing , i´ve tried to like it but its just too bad Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2015
    0
    Instead of this garbage they should done a batman year one tv show, this show is bad , bad acting, poor choice of casting and why the hell isInstead of this garbage they should done a batman year one tv show, this show is bad , bad acting, poor choice of casting and why the hell is catwoman and every villain in this show a bad guy almost since they are born... i watched the fisrt 4 chapters and im done, theres a lot out there a lot better than this cr@p Expand

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