• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 80
    The opener has been smoothly filmed, but the second episode supplies personal angles that deepen Kidnapped and suggest its potential.
  2. 80
    Thanks to a top-notch cast and unusually intelligent writing, "Kidnapped" is among the more promising of many new shows that pay homage to the granddaddy of the current suspense boom, "24."
  3. A superbly constructed and unpredictable tale of intrigue and mystery.
  4. 80
    The most tautly written of all the new serialized dramas.
  5. After each of the first two hours of "Kidnapped," you're eager to learn what happens next. In any TV series, that's a good sign. In a serialized drama, it's crucial - and "Kidnapped" makes it look easy.
  6. 75
    All in all, it's a good show. The problem, however, is the retreaded storyline.
  7. Tonight's pilot has a film quality to it and the narrative flow is both intriguing and unexpected.
  8. 75
    It's a gripper. [25 Sep 2006, p.43]
  9. "Kidnapped" is stylishly executed TV brain food, a little too moody for its own good but otherwise fine pulp.
  10. “Kidnapped,” which is filmed with a keener intelligence [than "Jericho"] and elegant restraint, focuses on a much smaller catastrophe and finds more to say.
  11. Great cast and intriguing storytelling may get viewers, and, more important, network honchos, hooked.
  12. 70
    For what it is, it's an extremely accomplished piece of work -- unsettling in ways that few suspense thrillers manage to be.
  13. Sleek, action-packed and heavy on the acting talent.
  14. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Yes, there have been some valid questions about TV's recent embrace of the serial. (Too many? Will people stay tuned?) "Kidnapped" feels so fresh that viewers won't even care.
  15. An emotionally grounded thriller that might just spirit you away.
  16. "Kidnapped" plays out like a point-by-point criticism of everything "Vanished" gets wrong.
  17. In addition to a less convoluted story, "Kidnapped" bests "Vanished" with its high-sheen cast.
  18. The show doesn't look as if it will get too complex for its own good, the mystery has an internal logic that works and, best of all, there are moments... that suggest the creators are constructing some real flesh-and-blood characters.
  19. In a TV landscape bloated with serialized, surprise-a-minute thrillers, it'll take more than a sparkly thespian roster to keep viewers interested. [22 Sep 2006, p.89]
  20. "Kidnapped," which gives us a frequently riveting story populated by intriguing, complex characters, is regular-grade TV trying too hard to be gourmet.
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    60
    It's an all-around high-class production. And yet, after watching two episodes, I had much the same thought I did after seeing a few minutes in May: the show basically seems like a stretched-out Law & Order episode.
  22. 60
    It's good, but not quite inventive or mysterious enough to demand we swallow yet another serving of serial.
  23. 50
    Good cast. Nice narrative flow. But I don't quite care about this drama yet -- villains are too smart and heavyhanded, and tension is slack.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    A high-octane cast brings some promise to the show.
  25. For the time being it's a hard slog.
  26. 50
    You can easily imagine yourself settling in with Kidnapped for six, eight, maybe even 13 episodes. But 22? Sorry, no.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. everettg
    Feb 17, 2007
    10
    Best show ever.
  2. JoeG
    Dec 23, 2006
    10
    This is the best drama series I have seen in years. The ending left it open to a possible spin off. I would be a definate watcher as long as This is the best drama series I have seen in years. The ending left it open to a possible spin off. I would be a definate watcher as long as it has Jeremy Sisto in it (great drama actor). Full Review »
  3. JoHoy
    Nov 9, 2006
    9
    Kidnapped must be gone already - what happens to these excellent series? I guess most people want junk soap operas. I hate to see it go.