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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 13, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Steve Harris, Ali Larter, Tina Majorino
  • 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: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  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. Sep 6, 2014
    8
    Albeit, this show holds many similarities to the Bourne series (among others) and seems as though it will continue on that meta. However, Sean Beans acting is without a doubt some of the best acting you will see on television and this show promises not to disappoint on that front! The introductory episodes do have a few plot holes and relatively flimsy supporting characters, but I still hold out that Legends will be another landmark in Sean Beans epic career. I was pleasantly surprised that each episode does not hold it's own story arch, generally a good sign for a show. Telling viewers that the writers are trying to bring us a more in depth story rather than force a climax at the end of every episode. As a bonus, with Brad Turner (Director of "24") and Sean Bean at the helm, Legends promises a fun ride. Whether or not it loses points for uniqueness, I hold high hopes for the remainder of the first season and will certainly enjoy watching Sean Bean no matter what direction the plot takes! We must remember that this show is being produced by TNT, a network relatively new to in depth story telling rather than episode to episode dramas. Also, nearly every show I watch on television has some derivative in past television or cinema, if they can take a generic meta and make a great show out of it who am I to fault them for it! Expand
  4. Sep 20, 2014
    7
    Despite what other reviewers are saying, this show is actually not that bad if you're not out to try and kill another Sean Bean character.

    Yes, I am no expert on what makes TV shows good or bad or what holes plots have. What I do know, though, is what shows keep me excited for the next episode. And trust me, this one is one of those shows. It's also interesting whenever Sean Bean's character starts describing another one of his legends. His passion for adopting these identities clearly goes beyond what is required to do his job. Towards the end of the character description, he even starts talking like them. Really makes you want to find out what made him like this.

    All I hope is they do the character's backstory justice. If they end up botching the reason behind his condition, this show is dead. But as of right now, I'm still glued.
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  5. Oct 9, 2014
    5
    Such a waste of talent. All these actors deserve more. This show is just a string of spy thriller cliches conjured up by a high school student in creative writing class. Once this show gets cancelled all the writers should find a new occupation. The best thing you can do as a viewer is never watch this show and pretend you never heard about it. 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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