• Network: BBC , Cinemax
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 19, 2012
  • Season #: 1

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Sean Higgins
    Nov 14, 2012
    Hunted balances its cheesy dialogue and gratuitous sex and violence with an overarching narrative that dramatizes endemic moral rot and the dark money pulling strings from behind the curtain.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Nov 1, 2012
    A simmering bit of silly suspense fun created by X-Files writer-producer Frank Spotnitz.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 19, 2012
    [George] is not terribly believable in any of them, forcing viewers to rely on the reactions of those around her to see that she is convincing as an uber agent. Fortunately, the other performances are strong enough to carry it off for the most part, and as the plot divides and subdivides, sending tendrils up through the vaunted British intelligence agency, recalling the Cold War and evoking more current international concerns, Hunted takes on a smart and disturbing personality of its own.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 19, 2012
    The twists are solid, if never as electrifying as on Showtime's Homeland, while George clearly learned her lessons well at the feet of Sydney Bristow.
  5. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 19, 2012
    Hunted is an intriguing and rewarding puzzle worth (trying) to solve.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 19, 2012
    George's action scenes are solid. There just aren't enough of them, and Hunted isn't comprehensible enough for the cerebral part to carry as much of the show as it has to.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 19, 2012
    The fight scenes are easily digested but those down times can really make your head hurt.
  8. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 18, 2012
    It's essentially interested in the ways in which lonely, damaged characters allow themselves to find comfort in a world that has no fixed moral moorings, and the wounded tenacity of these people is every bit as intriguing as the progress of that mystery briefcase.
  9. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 18, 2012
    Hunted ends up being a competent addition to the high-stakes-snooping genre but not a very surprising one.
  10. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Oct 18, 2012
    Despite its occasional heavy-handedness, Hunted will give genre junkies a real high--and some food for thought.
  11. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 18, 2012
    If you love "Strike Back," you'll devour Hunted.
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 18, 2012
    As with the many conspiracies of "Alias," I'm not always 100 percent clear on what's happening in Hunted, but the atmosphere and suspense are terrific, and the leading lady is compelling enough that I want to see her triumph over whoever it is she's ultimately supposed to be fighting.
  13. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 17, 2012
    It's easy to get hooked on the drama's fast-paced, international intrigue and tony visuals (shot in London, Scotland and Morocco). It's almost enough to keep you from contemplating some of the more outrageous turns.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 17, 2012
    This is really just a protracted, more explicit (virtually a prerequisite, given the venue) "Mission: Impossible," spreading its caper across multiple episodes. Yet even with bursts of bloodshed, Hunted bogs down in the episodes previewed.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. RPD
    Nov 4, 2012
    After watching two season's worth of Strike Back I was really hoping Hunted would be good. It's not. It drags along for most of every episode, with fake as hell interactions between the characters, and when the action finally arrives it's completely unbelievable. What we have here is yet another case of "girl beats up guy" and, as always, it's totally unbelievable. I'm all for suspension of disblelief but this is too much. If they want to have a female, any female, be a badass they should have her be one with her brains. I'm sorry but Sam, the main character, couldn't fight her way out of a wet paper bag.

    If you want to see an awesome female protagonist watch Homeland, not this crap...
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  2. Nov 17, 2012
    Simply the best show you aren't watching. It's smart, sexy and well-written; and while I enjoy Homeland, it doesn't make me want to devour a whole season in one sitting the way Hunted does. It might be less realistic than Homeland, but it's a heck of a lot less cynical too.

    Take the feel and atmosphere of Bourne or Ronin, combined with a multiple-season spanning mystery/conspiracy like Lost, and you have the general feel of Hunted, 6 episodes in when the first penny drops.

    If you're a fan of the BBC or British TV it's a must see. Probably the best thing I've ever watched on Skinemax. Support good TV.
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  3. Jan 13, 2014
    Just started watching this show due to a free weekend Cinemax hearding. Went in no preconceived notions as I had never even heard o this show. I must say, it reminds me a lot of the old American series "Alias" with Jennifer Garner. Though the number of times Melissa George's character beats up men twice her size or three or four dudes at once gets a little out of control, all in all, I have a fairly favorable review of this show. The action scenes are good, the spy game-like plot twists are well done, and the acting, though sometimes a little wooden, is decent. I'm surprised it was not renewed for an additional season by The BBC, but that's only because I believe "The Hunted" is head and shoulders above most pedestrian American police or spy serial shows. Full Review »