• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 10, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 10, 2013
    80
    A promising new summer series.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 10, 2013
    75
    A smoothly executed vehicle for Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney, it knows exactly what it's doing, [16 Jun 2013]
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 10, 2013
    70
    Tenney and Romijn make fun partners, and the pilot by executive producer Shane Brennan follows an intriguing course that might have seemed far-fetched only a week ago, before we learned that truth might be stranger than "Person of Interest."
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 7, 2013
    70
    King & Maxwell doesn't have much that's new to offer, but it's fine, forgettable, escapist summer fare.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 7, 2013
    67
    The script and circumstances really labor down the stretch. Still, Tenney and Romijn make for a pretty nifty pair, whether quipping on cue or subduing some henchmen with their feet and fists.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 10, 2013
    60
    Most of what doesn't work in the pilot happens when the production strives for a big effect or grand stroke, while all of what works best happens in the close space between the leads.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jun 10, 2013
    60
    It’s a solid start, and were this the first series of its kind, King & Maxwell would seem like a sure hit. That it’s working the same territory as various other well-made shows costs it some luster, but it could still settle in as a reliable schedule filler.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 10, 2013
    58
    TNT’s latest crime drama reeks of stale TV crime procedurals from the ’70s and ’80s.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 10, 2013
    50
    Every detail in the show looks and feels false and phony--from the weird, yellow-tinged warehouse/prison to the skyline view of Washington that seems to insert national monuments at random.
  10. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 10, 2013
    50
    Together, they're charming, but the "will they or won't they?" romantic tension feels forced, and that takes much of the fun out of it.
  11. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 10, 2013
    50
    More focus on their day jobs and less “Moonlighting” by the producers is needed here.
  12. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 10, 2013
    50
    It’s a bland, cliched kind of offbeat, as she teases him and he teases her in an all too familiar manner.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    King and Maxwell banter like a fourth-rate Nick and Nora Charles.... This stuff is much more credible, and interesting, in series like "Castle" and "Bones," but, again, those shows have better actors than Romijn as well as better writers.
  14. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 7, 2013
    42
    The dialogue's preposterous, the plot ludicrous, and the premise as fresh as a wrung-out old mop.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 7, 2013
    40
    Forgive TNT for returning to the ampersand well (following “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Franklin & Bash”), but creatively speaking, this is all fairly stale & mediocre.
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 5, 2013
    40
    For a moment, it feels like a big screen action flick. Then the plot unfolds and it’s back to Familiarville.
  17. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jun 10, 2013
    38
    [King & Maxwell] will live and die on the casting--because everything else about it feels as stale and standard as week-old white bread.
  18. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jun 10, 2013
    30
    King & Maxwell is all lazy writing, clumsy plotting, and somnambulistic acting.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 13, 2013
    8
    I love this show and i love the banter between Tenney and Romijin. The actor who plays edgar is ryan hurst he does a great. The rest of the cast is great as well. Full Review »
  2. Aug 6, 2013
    9
    I think it is refreshing to have a detective show that is finally just about detecting. Jon Tenney and Rebecca Rominji don't have to show their skin, or use bad language this show reminds me of the "Rockford Files". Just good old fashioned detecting pure entertainment. It's about time! Full Review »
  3. Aug 5, 2013
    9
    Different than the Baldacci book that its based on, but I really enjoy this show. Both actors are likable and their playful banter is fun to watch. Liked Tenney in "The Closer", and Romijn comes across as having a good sense of humor. Don't let the critics' opinion stop you from watching. I generally find that if the critics like something, it'll be a slow-moving bore.
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