• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 1, 2013
    25
    While it’s better than getting stung by a bee, I’d rather watch fingernails dry.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
3.5

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 23 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 »