Graceland : Season 1

  • Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 6, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    While everything here is reasonably compatible with lead-in “Burn Notice,” the few high notes ultimately can’t disguise how ordinary a visit to Graceland feels.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 3, 2013
    60
    The show may not hold the attention of TV fans who crave complex storytelling--there's not much for fans of psychologically intriguing character development to dig into--but for viewers who enjoy a steady USA diet, Graceland may darken the network's Blue Sky programming approach just enough to intrigue.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 4, 2013
    60
    The connection of Graceland to real-life events doesn't much matter. It feels promising as television, and several characters besides Warren and Briggs--including a DEA agent played by Serinda Swan, switching sides after “Breakout Kings”--have the potential to make us care about their stories.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    [Graceland] is barely distinguishable from USA Network's long roster of crime capers featuring pretty people in gorgeous settings.
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    There’s a bit of a plot swerve at the end of the episode.... [which] suggests that with time, Graceland might venture into some ambiguous territory. Right now, it’s looking as stuck in the past as Elvis’ estate.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 5, 2013
    67
    At first, the pace is slow--make that glacial--but [the] pilot episode (and especially Sunjata) are good-natured enough to make you want to stick around to see if this gels into anything approaching an FX drama (it does not).
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    As the show moves past the setup and into its first caper, the extended introductory episode does improve. And then it hits a final twist that would be tiresome even if you believed Graceland was equipped to explore it properly. Had Elvis ever actually entered the building, this would be the point where he left. Follow suit.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 7, 2013
    70
    While it's not exactly Breaking Bad, stepping away from the too-pat world of "blue sky" TV into something edgier is a welcome diversion.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 5, 2013
    75
    Based on the three episodes I've seen, there's a lot of potential here, and an interesting blend of self-contained and long-form storytelling.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    The show's primary appeal is its "Bay Watch"-like eye candy, but the performances are decent and the scripts occasionally poke their little heads above mediocrity with clever dialogue.
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    Graceland is nothing to get all shook up about.
  12. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 6, 2013
    60
    Based on the few, non-consecutive episodes I've seen, it does seem willing, though, to pose some hard questions, including whether it's reasonable to expect that the people we pay to lie down with dogs won't ever wake up with fleas. Or worse.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    Sunjata is talented and charismatic.... He deserves a show that will cement his status as a leading man. This isn’t it. Tveit buckles under the script shifts, in one scene a dweeb, in the next, a canny agent.
  14. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 24, 2013
    75
    It wouldn't hurt to pick up the pace, but Graceland is a successful move toward true grittiness. [3 Jun 2013, p.43]
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    Tveit is kind of an underwhelming Officer Opie here, while Sunjata brings a menacingly ambivalent character to life.
  16. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 6, 2013
    38
    A new, trite and pretty awful scripted formulaic cop show.
  17. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Graceland is an entertaining addition to a strong summer lineup in which attractive people trade witty banter and engage in serious work that provides good clean episodic fun while teaching the main characters the importance of love and loyalty.
  18. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    The series needs to work more on the writing and less on the lighting to make these particular characters welcome week after week.
  19. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 6, 2013
    80
    The answers unfold with a delicious tension that makes Graceland an unexpected pleasure.
  20. 75
    We've seen that countless times. But Sunjata and Tveit are both appealing, and the rest of the cast is colorfully eclectic, including Vanessa Ferlito as Charlie, a DEA agent undercover as a druggie.
  21. 80
    It's the kind of work that I like to classify as "deep shallow," in that it deals in familiar tropes and simple themes but articulates them in a clever, stylish way.
  22. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jun 5, 2013
    75
    It’s the broader story of Briggs--is his hat white or black?--and his unfolding relationship Warren that elevates Graceland a cut above your dime-a-dozen crime dramas.
  23. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    May 31, 2013
    10
    Government agents loll around the beach, exchanging the kind of banter for which television writers would, in a just world, be sent to some quiet place to reflect on their idiocy. All this, amid the plotting of incoherent designs to trap drug dealers, and plenty of sand and dazzling blue skies--elements that have on occasion succeeded in mitigating the flaws of some deadly TV series. This deadly series isn't one of them.
  24. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jun 5, 2013
    60
    Many of the opening episodes blend, particularly when the cases hover in the same ball park. When it strays, we learn a bit more about the relationships established before Warren stepped in. That interests. The cases? Not so much.
  25. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jun 6, 2013
    42
    As well-engineered, demographically balanced and ethnically diverse as this show is, it’s still pretty daffy how it cuts back and forth between sun and fun and drug wastoids and gangstas.
  26. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    May 24, 2013
    75
    Graceland is Not The Wire. But it won't have you shooting up your television set, either. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.131]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. Jun 6, 2013
    10
    Surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this show. Found it quite enjoyable. Hope the rest of the season follows the pilot's formula. SomeSurprised at how much I actually enjoyed this show. Found it quite enjoyable. Hope the rest of the season follows the pilot's formula. Some may find it to be another cop show but like I said I was quite surprised, I didn't expect it to grab my attention so much. Full Review »
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    8
    Intriguing, well written. The episodes of the show get better and better. It never stops surprising through believable turning points.Intriguing, well written. The episodes of the show get better and better. It never stops surprising through believable turning points. Similarly, the characters get more and more believable. Not as excellent as True detective, but definitely an enjoyable show. Full Review »
  3. Dec 21, 2013
    10
    As fun to watch as Justified. This show is much better than the other USA shows I have seen. A great new show about law enforcement whoAs fun to watch as Justified. This show is much better than the other USA shows I have seen. A great new show about law enforcement who actually do effective work and it doesn't bog the viewer down with the standard procedural stuff. There is enough danger, intrigue, humor, and most importantly consequence to keep the episodes interesting even with some overdone drama. The acting and the entire show is believable in spite of the unlikelihood of an undercover house. Also there is a fun dog on the beach, though he doesn't get much screen time. Full Review »