• Network: CBS , NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 1, 1995
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jul 17, 2013
    88
    Deserves a medal for daring gambles in timely storytelling. [22 Sep 1995]
  2. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 17, 2013
    75
    While some of "JAG" is cerebral and character-driven like "Columbo," other portions are jazzed-up enough to feel like a high-tech Navy recruiting film. [22 Sep 1995]
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 17, 2013
    75
    The whodunit isn't bad, satisfying enough in an old-hat way, but what sets JAG apart is its crisp, sleek tone. [22 Sep 1995]
  4. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 17, 2013
    75
    The story proves interesting enough, the visuals are impressive and the acting lands somewhere above average. [10 Sep 1995]
  5. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jul 17, 2013
    75
    JAG's a long, long way from just another courtroom scene. [23 Sep 1995]
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 11, 2013
    75
    There's nothing new about JAG's plots; they're the sort of good-guy-against-the-establishment stuff you'd expect. ... But [David James] Elliott has quickly established himself as a real TV star anyway.
  7. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 17, 2013
    70
    The suspense is effectively maintained in this high-seas whodunit. [22 Sep 1995]
  8. Variety
    Reviewed by: Todd Everett
    Jul 17, 2013
    70
    "JAG" borrows from recent features "Crimson Tide" and "Apollo 13" in being jargon-heavy to help generate atmosphere but as Rabb's character is allowed to develop, "JAG" could become one of the season's highlights. [22 Sep 1995]
  9. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 17, 2013
    70
    A neat melding of character, mystery, and big, glossy action. [23 Sep 1995]
  10. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Frederic M. Biddle
    Jul 17, 2013
    67
    The pilot's first hour is a sensational military drama, buffed to a spit shine and unafraid to condemn military sexism and homophobia. The second hour falls apart into eye-glazing flag-waving - like "Top Gun" with lesser production values. [16 Sep 1995]
  11. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: John Freeman
    Jul 17, 2013
    63
    In the air, it's a case of "Top Gun" meets "Star Wars," with all the cool, high-tech trappings. Aboard ship, however, it's a low-brow melodrama. [23 Sep 1995]
  12. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 17, 2013
    60
    Comparisons to Top Gun are inevitable, but NBC's JAG flies at lower and more predictable altitudes. This "Midlevel Gun" fires mostly blanks. [23 Sep 1995]
  13. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 17, 2013
    60
    Though I'm happy to recommend 'JAG' as simple, lightweight fun, there are some moments that may try your patience. [23 Sep 1995]
  14. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 26, 2013
    58
    This is an old scow of a series, hefty and handsome but listing toward tedium.
  15. Miami Herald
    Jul 17, 2013
    50
    Pilot plays like network TV's answer to the Tailhook scandal, pretending to wear a feminist attitude while managing to make its women characters ridiculous, obnoxious or scantily clad. [23 Sep 1995]
  16. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 17, 2013
    40
    The premiere has a nice look, but not nice enough to compensate for a plot that lacks suspense and features a mystery whose culprit should be so obvious that you may suspect a red herring. [22 Sep 1995]
  17. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 17, 2013
    30
    But when it's not literally up in the air, "JAG" sinks. It's bottom-of-the-barrel "Top Gun." The exploits of a Navy lawyer who walks around as if he's balancing a chafing dish on his head prove to be yawnable and predictable. [23 Sep 1995]
  18. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jul 17, 2013
    30
    A contrived and predictable drama in military dress. [23 Sep 1995]

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