• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. 63
    K-Ville's" heavy tone and sober acting capture enough of that essence to make it interesting.
  2. 60
    K-Ville is a solidly crafted drama with admirable focus and energy.
  3. This new cop series is filmed in New Orleans, giving it at times too much topicality for its own good.
  4. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    58
    K-Ville plays like a tired retooling of the pre-"Homicide" cop-show formula.
  5. 60
    There are intriguing elements here that promise to explore the aches, pains and joys of those committed to rebuilding something wrenched from them.
  6. Lost in all the plot and character contrivance is any sense of the city--a few gumbo and bourbon references are most certainly not enough.
  7. Fox and K-Ville creator Jonathan Lisco get credit for setting their new police drama in post-Katrina New Orleans--but future episodes will have to settle down and get serious if the show is to do justice to its setting and potential.
  8. K-Ville’s co–executive producers are both cop-show veterans--Jonathan Lisco of NYPD Blue and The District, Craig Silverstein of Bones and Standoff--who know how to yank our chains with close-ups, jump cuts, booster shots of adrenaline, and low-rent noir.
  9. 50
    After a few minutes, it becomes clear that this is yet another formulaic cop drama off the "Lethal Weapon" template.
  10. All the gunplay, pedal-to-the-metal action and cartoon villains cheapen any serious talk of what's going on in the city.
  11. K-Ville's Lisco seems to want to have it both ways, presenting very complex cases and then wrapping them up neatly within the hour.
  12. Filmed in New Orleans, the show does have an authentic look, but as a cop drama, it's so hackneyed and ham-handed, it's not even funny.
  13. The show squanders any high-mindedness with ridiculous shoot-'em-up scenes reminiscent of any cop show circa 1979.
  14. Right now, outside of Anderson struggling to make something from the limited ingredients he's been given, New Orleans itself is the only interesting element.
  15. So what we have here is "Miami Vice" minus the palm trees and sports cars, and plus a sliver of an earnest message.
  16. The more K-ville captures this aura of gloom, the more depressing it is to watch.
  17. This first episode doesn’t offer enough payoff for those first scenes: far too much Hauser and running, and too little Boulet and talking. But the opening scenes give proof of intelligence, and the series might yet display that intelligence more effectively, and give Mr. Anderson room to play.
  18. 25
    A badly acted, clumsily constructed "Starsky & Hutch"/"Miami Vice" revival that imposes fictional clichés on top of harsh realities.
  19. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    The intent seems to be baiting a drama with a tantalizing marketing hook, but the resulting gumbo--despite a few promising ingredients--is all gristle, no beef.
  20. As the denizens of K-Ville move among the ruins of the city, the real and the fake merge until you forget that this is mere entertainment. It's a new experience, and an invigorating one.

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