• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    The world is well-constructed, down to the details: By the third episode this season, Ulrich's hair has grown into a messy and convincing frontier mullet. And the characters are intriguing; Esai Morales is notable as an Allied States Army major who might soon be convinced that his superiors are up to no good.
  2. 75
    I predict those struggles for allegiance to be reflected in the microcosm of smalltown Jericho. Instead of “North and South,” we may be about to get “East and West.”
  3. 80
    In Season 2, the show, brought back by fans who vociferously protested its cancellation, has become more topical and even more intriguing.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    67
    I'll never be a Jericho nut, but I'm all for performers like these [Daniel Benzali] who'll inject some cracked intensity into this grim fantasy.
  5. The show itself, however, does much of its best work in the shadows, where nothing is that clear.
  6. On paper, the idea of building a new democracy from the ruins of war while government contractors run amok--in other words, showing what would happen if the reconstruction of Iraq took place in our heartland--is just as strong as the original premise of Jericho. But the execution remains mediocre.
  7. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    The second season of CBS' cult fave broadens beyond the first season's lawless action and family sentiment, even its rallying sense of community, to a wider and deeper purpose.
  8. From the three episodes I've seen, I'd say that even after all this time, Jericho still has something to say.
  9. The story's too good to be undermined by a little woodenness.
  10. Was this resurrection worth the effort? In a word, yes.
  11. There's a crispness to the series that was lacking at times last season, and it's impossible not to get caught up in the twists and turns that come in rapid-fire succession.
  12. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    70
    Like "Alias" or "The X-Files," Jericho has enough wheel-within-wheels, double agents, and ad hoc alliances to draw in viewers who love a long-playing puzzle.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    The dialogue's still pulpy, but its action story is the bomb.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    50
    The action is fast-paced, the plotting dense, if often simplistic, and the tension generally sustained, as long as you don't overthink the improbabilities of the cover-up over who's responsible for the bomb attacks.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. MarkL
    Dec 31, 2009
    10
    Great show, great writing, great characters..too bad CBS was so shortsighted in cancelling it, but you can't just blame them, rather Great show, great writing, great characters..too bad CBS was so shortsighted in cancelling it, but you can't just blame them, rather blame the generally brain dead American populace who would rather watch "So you think your monkey can dance with the stars" than anything intelligent. Full Review »
  2. Jun 27, 2013
    10
    The second season moves fast and there are big gaps in what is happening, but for being forced into a shortened season, the writers covered aThe second season moves fast and there are big gaps in what is happening, but for being forced into a shortened season, the writers covered a ton of material and they covered it really well. I love how the show wrapped up, ending the town of Jericho's story line but leaving the rest of the world full of possibilities. Hopefully someday, someone picks up this show. Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2012
    10
    The depressingly short season that deserved a full season pickup. The fact that people would rather watch terrible programs like NCIS orThe depressingly short season that deserved a full season pickup. The fact that people would rather watch terrible programs like NCIS or Gossip Girl where nothing happens, except for a small cliff hanger here and there. Jericho has the audience hocked but people just seem to get busy with their daily lives. The first season managed over 10 million viewers per episode while this one barely managed 6 or 7 million make me deeply saddened. I hope to see a third season one day. It was a short season but it was terrific. We miss you Jericho. Full Review »