• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 22, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22

Critic Reviews

  1. 88
    "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
  2. Fun to watch, cleverly written and filled with engaging characters.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Far and away the best new pilot on NBC this season.
  4. The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
  5. As silly concoctions go, it's rather tasty.
  6. 63
    A comedy-laced caper requires a light, sure touch. Heist tends to plod.
  7. It's an entertaining enough diversion if you're not expecting much.
  8. 60
    It's worth keeping an eye on the show, in case it finds somewhere to go that's both intricate and unusual.
  9. A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    An hour of snide cleverness--especially one in which you can predict all the plot twists--gets tired fast. [24 Mar 2006, p.59]
  11. It may be that in the long run, "Heist" proves to be something you can admire simply for its pure entertainment value. But right now, it's a show that looks good on the surface but is empty at the core.
  12. 50
    In between the sardonic wisecracks and tangled storytelling, it's easy to lose interest.
  13. Although we are meant to regard its dishonest protagonists as the epitome of contemporary cool, they come off as self-satisfied and pretentious.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    [The pilot] works a little too hard at establishing a fun-loving, "Swingers""Swingers"-type tone, though at least that represents something of an alternative to "CSI: NY" and ABC's new procedural "The Evidence."
  15. 40
    The flippant tone grows tiresome and clashes with harrowing bursts of violence.
  16. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Heist is a tiresome mess.
  17. All the clever, sexy banter in this thing cannot cover up its utter lack of believability, from the casting to the excessively hip repartee.
  18. 30
    Employing the kind of overly clever, self-consciously "witty" dialogue that unfailingly announces a lack of real ideas on the part of the writers, "Heist" is by far the least compelling of these new crime-life series.
  19. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    The pilot episode of this caper series is cheaply derivative, generally condescending, and largely hollow. It is also swank and busy enough to create the occasional illusion that it is entertaining.
  20. The writing in "Heist" is self-consciously forced, as if the writers are breaking their backs to be quick-witted and clever. It's painful to hear.
  21. 10
    "Heist" seems derivative of an imitation of a copy of a clone -- so plastic-coated and phony that it's hard to tell what it's ripping off.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  1. philh
    Oct 24, 2006
    I tuned in every single week!! The acting was on point and it was truely unquie show withall the good stuff thats good tv man!!!!! bring it back!!!!
  2. katies
    Oct 23, 2006
    what happened?? the reviews were ok- the show was good- the people were buzzing about it....what happened to it?
  3. cbby
    Aug 22, 2006
    I think they discontinued this show midseason, but I hope I am wrong and that there is a second season. I think this show was a good I think they discontinued this show midseason, but I hope I am wrong and that there is a second season. I think this show was a good idea-stealing stuff in Beverly Hills. Great show. Watched every episode. Also has a lot of cliffhangers that make you want to watch the next episode. Full Review »