• Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 1, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. In Plain Sight is a definite for any summer TV To-Watch list; don't cross it off until you've seen at least one.
  2. Mary doesn't win 'em all, but In Plain Sight is a W for USA.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    The plots are often unbelievable. But I like Mary, especially as she's set up in the series premiere, complete with a wacky mom.
  4. Unlike "Monk," which is essentially warmed-over "Columbo" with a more interesting character in the lead, In Plain Sight augments its plain premise with a full cast of colorful characters.
  5. The plots are a little obvious--you can usually stay a jump or two ahead of the revelations--but the actors keep you well distracted.
  6. 70
    The plot and subplots of the premiere eventually deteriorate into pandemonium, but McCormack remains the steadying center that makes the show intelligible and, more important, involving. And, perhaps more important still, fun.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    60
    The show is entertaining enough on the job that it doesn’t need so-called comic relief.
  8. This latest hardboiled-but-dedicated babe with a badge follows all the clichés of the genre but knows it and will find ways to twist the formula in novel, interesting ways.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    60
    With this shaded tone and careful plotting going for it, In Plain Sight is a welcome addition to USA’s line-up of detective shows. Especially when it keeps focused on the new places and new identities, rather than the old memories.
  10. McCormack, a rangy actress who looks more comfortable in Mary Shannon's tank tops and casual jackets than she ever did in the lawyerly business suits she wore way back on "Murder One," manages to make all this crankiness intermittently endearing.
  11. 50
    It's all a bit ridiculous and the writing is scary, although the stars are first rate and the locales are pretty good too.
  12. 50
    The writers overplay the banter and allow Mary to become so harsh, you wonder why even the most devoted partner puts up with her. But for the most part, as long as McCormack and Weller are together, or sharing time with their boss (Paul Ben-Victor), the show functions as harmless hot-weather pleasure.
  13. In Plain Sight, in addition to some of the worst character names you'll ever see, has deeper problems in the writing.
  14. In Plain Sight may not offer the newest characters on the block, but they're diverting, and at least they can spell.
  15. 40
    In Plain Sight is another attempt at mixing the jokey and the serious within a loose procedural format. But Sight’s writing is distressingly predictable, and McCormack’s character is the least interesting thing about the show.
  16. Apart from its New Mexico setting and its witness protection angle, little stands out here. Stories are less than suspenseful and characters are mainly two-dimensional.
  17. 40
    Ultimately, that episode leaves only a vague sense of the rich territory that In Plain Sight could have explored with better writing.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Balancing comedy and drama within this sort of framework requires a delicate touch, and precious little about In Plain Sight achieves that equilibrium.
  19. 30
    In Plain Sight already seems tired with its crime-of-the-week, flawed-protagonist self.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    3
    Could like this show if I wasn't so focused on her top lip heading North. Baaadddd boxtox job. She looks ridiculous. Take away the upper lipCould like this show if I wasn't so focused on her top lip heading North. Baaadddd boxtox job. She looks ridiculous. Take away the upper lip and the strained smile the script aint too bad Full Review »
  2. May 6, 2012
    5
    This shows main attraction is that being about WITSEC, it is therefore not a procedural. The problem is that some episodes are too much like aThis shows main attraction is that being about WITSEC, it is therefore not a procedural. The problem is that some episodes are too much like a procedural, going through the usual motions trying to find out whats going on because the witness isn't telling them everything, and others are just plain boring. The witnesses themselves are just so uninteresting and there is no real sense of threat against them or end goal. Mary's attitude is 'lets babysit this scumbag who I hate but have to protect for my job until they become someone else's problem'. It also shows Mary's family like which is just boring. The show is not funny like many people have said although there are identifiable moments when it attempts to be funny. This shows premise gives it the opportunity to be more action based and serious and have the bad guys actually attacking the witnesses but it blew it. Full Review »
  3. JeffH
    Aug 20, 2008
    9
    This show got better with almost every episode. I'm even starting to like de la Fuente's stiff-as-a-board character. I think it This show got better with almost every episode. I'm even starting to like de la Fuente's stiff-as-a-board character. I think it will settle in as a pretty great show after time. As to the plots... just think about some of the insane things that have happened on other workplace dramas like ER or Grey's. It's TV. If they just showed the boring days at work, then no one would watch. Full Review »