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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 13, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: Deep cover FBI agent Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is just returning from an assignment when a stranger plants doubts about who he actually is, in this adaptation of Robert Littell's novel of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Aug 13, 2014
    83
    Multiple-personality thriller starts a bit slowly Wednesday night, but early signs still indicate a summer keeper for TNT.
  2. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 11, 2014
    75
    In the early going, the series works best as sort of a modern-day “Mission: Impossible,” and could actually use more of that show’s caper elements.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Aug 11, 2014
    70
    It’s a pleasure to watch Bean fall into his “legends,” or fake identities, even as the show pushes the boundaries of what TV audiences might accept when it comes to instantaneous computer heroics.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 12, 2014
    60
    To its credit, Legends goes a bit beyond the expected stings, as a shadowy figure prompts Martin to doubt everything he knows and question whom he can trust. For the most part, though, almost everything here feels culled from earlier variations on this theme.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 13, 2014
    60
    It's no fault of Bean's, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes. The rest of the series could use a personality transplant.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 12, 2014
    50
    The show is off to a rocky start, but there's the chance each week that it might redeem itself because a well-tailored script could rectify most of its issues.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Aug 7, 2014
    30
    Obvious similarities to the Jason Bourne films and other espionage stories are only part of the derivative drama's problems. The lurching plot turns are preposterous. The supporting characters are thinly drawn. The structure is terribly disjointed. And the dialogue ranges from ham-fisted to stilted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    The Show in its two first episodes is maybe slow and has too many cliches, but it worth give it a chance because in the next episodes begins to be more interesting and leaves the open gate of too many possibilities, maybe you can see this possibilities the same for others shows or maybe it will take an unexpected turn.... i hope it be renewed, only to see Sean Bean acting the show worths to be seen, he is brilliant in everything he does Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2014
    10
    Legends is brilliant. Sean Bean plays a believable undercover operative assuming the names of criminal legends (fictional based characters) for eg. British arms dealer. I have never been disappointed by any role that has been played by Sean Bean. I'm Looking forward to watching more episodes and hope the show continues to grow and receives good ratings. I Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2014
    8
    The pilot was good and very interesting. Sean Bean kills it as Martin Odum or whoever he really is. He is the star of the show and he delivers. The rest of the cast is pretty good. I'm a sucker for these kind of shows and the rest of the season looks very entertaining and very compelling. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    5
    This show shamelessly uses every device ever conceived by actual writers, throws them into a writing Cuisinart, and churns out a hilarious melange every week. I finally realized they use the top-secret "JB" principle: use primarily character quirks from lead characters from other shows and movies whose names conform to that principle: Hence: the utterly erratic behavior of Jack Bauer; the past identity confusion of Jason Bourne; and continental accent of James Bond. Throw in supporting characters whose loyalty may be suspect, estranged exes, adorable children who serve no useful function whatsoever, and you get a Mulligan Stew that would confound even Mulligan himself. BTW, it's virtually impossible to deliver a "spoiler" review on this show, as it is so disjointed and schizophrenic in its plot structure, that even the most dedicated viewer can barely keep up. It's like having Thanksgiving dinner with your extremely bi-polar great uncle... many stories, not all connected very well. That said, I watch it regularly for the raucous ride. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2014
    4
    A most appalling piece of trash for Bean to dig himself into. The opening dialog is grade C pulp fiction. Then it gets steadily more embarrassing. The plot has holes you could drive a C5 through, and the cute trick is that he's supposed to be a dissociative. It's a cookie cutter format: a cute blond, an Indian nerd, an evil homegrown terrrrorrrist who's six steps beyond the tea party. Sean find a decent series, please, you're a great actor. Expand
  6. Sep 14, 2014
    4
    It started interesting in the pilot episode but when you watch further it will be more and more boring. A shame because Sean Bean plays awesome. Kind of reminds me on Cranston's Heisenberg. But I think the show is dead. Expand
  7. Aug 20, 2014
    0
    Looked like It had potential first, but then they started inserting clichés and incredibly obvious turnouts minute after minute followed by a massive "sigh" cliffhanger which really killed it for me. I know you need a plot-point but this is the 21th f*cking century and you directors have learned absolutely nothing about distinguishing yourself (avoiding the streamline garbage) from hundreds of years filled with rich cinema?

    Just pathetic.
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