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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 301 Ratings

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  • Starring: Donal Logue, John Doman, Jada Pinkett Smith
  • 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: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 22, 2014
    70
    In its early going, Gotham is hamhanded and a little bombastic, but drop-dead gorgeous.
  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: 58 out of 83
  2. Negative: 18 out of 83
  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. Oct 1, 2014
    9
    The show begins with arguably the most influential deaths in comic book history and it only gets better from there. I'm going to keep thisThe show begins with arguably the most influential deaths in comic book history and it only gets better from there. I'm going to keep this readable so I'll begin with the pros and move onto the cons.

    ==Pros==

    - Cinematography - This show is one of the best shot I've ever seen. Exciting camera angles when it's warranted, dramatic backdrops taken right from the pages of Batman and a tone which is right on par with the Christopher Nolan trilogy.

    - Acting - The cast is absolutely phenomenal. You always expect actors to be finding their feet in the first season of a show but honestly this is one of the best collection of actors and actresses I've ever seen on a TV show.

    - Plot - I've read Batman for years and yes this is an origin story we all know but getting a glimpse at those years which forged the character we all know and love outside of a bunch of flashbacks is a real treat. The Pilot kept me hooked from start to finish and by the end of it I wanted to jump right into the next episode.

    - Characters - The various nods and character introductions may annoy some people but I thought they were handled wonderfully. A lot of characters got introduced but it wasn't just a case of here's catwoman, looks here's penguin oh and riddler too. It felt like each character was given their time on screen and yes they all had little quirks which suggested who they were to become but I felt it was charming not forced.

    - Music - Much in the way we all seem to know what Star Wars music should sound like there is a similar expectation for the Batman series. Well although it isn't breaking new ground in terms of score I found the music captured the dark, seedy world Batman was born from and once again was on par with it's movie counterparts.

    ==Cons==

    - Mystery Shooter - One of the reasons why I love the Batman origin story so much is that the man who killed his parents was nothing more than just a regular, lowlife criminal in it for the money. Although there have been attempts to change this it's never really stuck. I feel they are going to revolve a lot around who the shooter was and why he did it which I just believe takes something away from what makes Batman's story truly tragic.

    - Alfred - Now I don't mean the actor playing him I think he's good at what he does. However my first impressions of Alfred are a little disappointing. I guess I was hoping for more of an Alfred from the animated series as opposed too the most recent beware the batman. Hopefully we will see Alfred grow into the backbone of the Batman legacy that we know him as today.

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    I intend to review the first season fully when it ends but having viewed the pilot I feel the show has started out exceptionally strong and is one of the most impressive first episodes I've ever seen. I feel they managed to avoid the pitfalls of being overwhelming to their audience whilst still giving something for DC fans to smile and chuckle at (Come on that riddler moment was brilliant!). By the end of the first episode I felt invested in the characters and plot of the show and feel like it brings something very unique to the superhero TV show formula we've all grown accustomed too.
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  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. Nov 6, 2014
    7
    Well written, good cast (unlike Agents of Shield) There is only one issue. Bruce should have been older, and had a more active role in theWell written, good cast (unlike Agents of Shield) There is only one issue. Bruce should have been older, and had a more active role in the show. Gordon is great, but Bruce Wayne (Batman) is Gotham. Bruce's journey from a teen boy to Batman would have been much more enjoyable. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2014
    5
    The programe was okay. There were good and bad points to the episode . I think the start was too fast for one villain to die in the firstThe programe was okay. There were good and bad points to the episode . I think the start was too fast for one villain to die in the first episode the timing was really bad. (.the cop(gordon) was really good Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2014
    0
    Unwatchable, and cringe worthy. I wanted to gag. It's a disgrace to the Batman universe. I really can't understand why it's doing so well.Unwatchable, and cringe worthy. I wanted to gag. It's a disgrace to the Batman universe. I really can't understand why it's doing so well. There really isn't much of a redeeming quality about this show. Expand

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