• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 22, 2006
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
  1. 60
    It's worth keeping an eye on the show, in case it finds somewhere to go that's both intricate and unusual.
  2. 88
    "Heist" is good TV -- not great yet, but good -- from the cast to the suspenseful pacing and a cool musical score.
  3. 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.
  4. 50
    In between the sardonic wisecracks and tangled storytelling, it's easy to lose interest.
  5. 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]
  6. Although we are meant to regard its dishonest protagonists as the epitome of contemporary cool, they come off as self-satisfied and pretentious.
  7. As silly concoctions go, it's rather tasty.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Far and away the best new pilot on NBC this season.
  9. 40
    The flippant tone grows tiresome and clashes with harrowing bursts of violence.
  10. A caper that's as clever and grandiose as any TV series has presented in a long time. And fun.
  11. It's an entertaining enough diversion if you're not expecting much.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. All the clever, sexy banter in this thing cannot cover up its utter lack of believability, from the casting to the excessively hip repartee.
  15. 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.
  16. Fun to watch, cleverly written and filled with engaging characters.
  17. The story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Heist is a tiresome mess.
  19. 63
    A comedy-laced caper requires a light, sure touch. Heist tends to plod.
  20. 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."
  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.

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