Ironside (2013) : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2013
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 9 out of 27

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    75
    There's an interesting psychological drama to explore here, if Ironside's writers and its seasoned cast can resist the easy, repetitive lure of cop-show pro-forma.
  2. Reviewed by: Terri Schwartz
    Oct 2, 2013
    70
    It's Detective Ironside who carries this entire show. No other character is especially memorable in the pilot, with the two characters who stick out the most being Ironside's jerk former partner (Brent Sexton as Gary Stanton) and blonde fellow detective (Spencer Grammer as Holly). Fortunately Underwood lives up to the hype and delivers a flawed, wounded man who is simultaneously a fantastic cop while also being very troubled.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 2, 2013
    67
    Underwood’s Ironside rolls over everyone in his life, figuratively and literally.... As flashbacks show, Ironside was shot in the back two years ago while pursuing a suspect. His ex-partner Gary (Brent Sexton) has never recovered emotionally from what happened that night.... Their prickly relationship now is the most daring part of the show.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Oct 3, 2013
    63
    It’s well-shot, professionally acted and adequately paced--but, at least to me, it’s missing that spark of originality that will keep viewers coming back week after week.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    This Ironside starts out as a good cop show that Underwood could turn into a very good one.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 1, 2013
    58
    A competent, connect-the-dots procedural that never offers much of a case for why a remake was needed.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 2, 2013
    50
    Apart from Underwood, who has class-A TV-star appeal, the show is nothing special. No worse than or much different from your average character-driven cop show.
  8. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 2, 2013
    50
    If Ironside is going for more than cop-show-with-a-gimmick, it needs to go even bigger.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 1, 2013
    50
    Underwood tries hard throughout and is still a small-screen presence. But that doesn’t save Ironside from being thoroughly overcooked and stuffed with convoluted deductions on how the featured wrongdoing went down.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Oct 1, 2013
    50
    Despite Underwood's compelling presence and a good-looking cast, this is a rather standard police procedural. Handsome looking, but unremarkable.
  11. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 30, 2013
    50
    Ironside might be a better show if it didn't follow the "rules" of standard police procedurals quite so faithfully.
  12. 50
    The show is partly redeemed by Underwood’s snitty charisma and The Killing co-star Brent Sexton’s affecting work as the hero’s self-loathing former partner, who blames his inaction for Ironside’s condition. Overall, though, this is weak stuff.
  13. Reviewed by: David Sims
    Oct 1, 2013
    42
    If Ironside becomes a serialized fantasy drama exploring the mystery behind the fountain of youth, which Underwood must have discovered, then it will definitely be worth watching. Otherwise, it’s eminently skippable.
  14. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Sep 26, 2013
    42
    Too bad [Blair Underwood's] talent is wasted on this Raymond Burr reboot, which casts him as a wheelchairbound cop who dangles bad guys over buildings and delivers hacky dialogue. [4 Oct 2013, p.60]
  15. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Oct 2, 2013
    40
    Underwood always plays overconfident characters, and Ironside is no exception, but the wheelchair aspect makes it feel like he is trying too hard. None of the other characters are defined enough to balance out anything Underwood is doing. The stories are textbook cop fodder.
  16. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 1, 2013
    40
    It’s a thoroughly uninspired remake.... The only promise of entertainment comes from Blair Underwood, who brings some slight layering to the role of Detective Robert Ironside.
  17. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 1, 2013
    40
    The relationship between Ironside and his ex-partner, Gary (Brent Sexton), is somewhat interesting but everything else in Ironside is a well-worn cop show cliché, from Ironside’s tough guy routine to the dialogue.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 27, 2013
    40
    It’s all so tired and warmed over that the show feels like it’s stuck in a rut almost from the get-go, which doesn’t bode well for it either commercially or creatively.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Oct 2, 2013
    38
    Being confined to a wheelchair might someday teach Ironside some humility, diminishing his round-the-clock animosity as the series progresses, but for now all it's apparently done is turn him into even more of a jerk.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 1, 2013
    37
    An atrociously clunky [revival] that keeps only the rough outline--a wounded detective confined to a wheelchair--while jettisoning whatever wit and intelligence the original possessed makes no sense at all.
  21. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 2, 2013
    30
    [Ironside's] handicap has nothing to do with a wheelchair but with a preposterous attitude that's in your face and laughably over-the-top. When the show isn't being a thuddingly ordinary procedural, it's mawkish, wasting The Killing's Brent Sexton as Ironside's shattered partner--yes, an emotional cripple.
  22. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 2, 2013
    30
    All this Ironside does is talk tough and spout exposition endlessly. Yak, yak, yak. There's more talking and less action in Ironside than there is in The Newsroom. Oh, and when there is action, it's just ridiculous.
  23. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Oct 2, 2013
    30
    Ironside is an exercise in cynicism, a safety-first raid on the vaults with not a shred of respect for either the its prospective audience.
  24. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Oct 1, 2013
    30
    Blair Underwood makes the title character an unpleasant combination of macho and brusque. That’s how you get people to go looking for something else to watch.... As independent as this new Ironside is, thanks to the plodding writing here, he is being defined by his disability, the exact opposite of what someone in his condition would want.
  25. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 1, 2013
    25
    While it’s better than getting stung by a bee, I’d rather watch fingernails dry.
  26. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 2, 2013
    20
    It is a dank and ugly affair, with Underwood playing a dour, Nietzschean superhero who is encumbered neither by his paralyzed legs (rendered useless by a criminal’s bullet) nor petit bourgeois considerations of law and morality.
  27. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 1, 2013
    20
    It’s just manipulative drama that hopes to make you stand up and cheer by reminding you over and over again how tough its title character remains.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 14, 2013
    4
    Despite a nice peformance by blair underwood, this nonsense remake of the 1967-75 classic brings nothing new to the table, except a tiredDespite a nice peformance by blair underwood, this nonsense remake of the 1967-75 classic brings nothing new to the table, except a tired teleplay, some other bad acting and poorly written dialogue, this should have never been remade in the first place, very poor show. Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2013
    4
    Drab and unoriginal. Ironside isn't terrible, but it offers nothing new to the most overdone genre on television. The characters aren'tDrab and unoriginal. Ironside isn't terrible, but it offers nothing new to the most overdone genre on television. The characters aren't necessarily unlikable, but we're also given little reason to like them. There are better ways to spend your time than watching this reboot. Full Review »