Medium : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 3, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25

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Critic Reviews

  1. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 16, 2013
    90
    You may groan at the premise -- a young woman helps the police solve crimes through use of her psychic intuition -- but it's brought off with so much storytelling skill and so few voguish gimmicks that it might as well be the first show of its kind. [3 Jan 2005]
  2. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    83
    Elegantly filmed, Medium is quite eerie when it stays within the chilly purview of its star.
  3. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    NBC's arresting Medium, debuting Monday, exploits a creepy premise for a few good shocks. What's more surprising is that the drama excels at tongue-in-cheek humor. [2 Jan 2005]
  4. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 16, 2013
    80
    It's an intriguing drama with an enjoyably creepy vibe. [2 Jan 2005]
  5. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jun 18, 2013
    75
    'Medium' is manipulative filmmaking, but it works. [2 Jan 2005]
  6. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    Within the context of an overly familiar, murder-saturated genre, talented "Medium" creator Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting") manages to find some emotionally rich variations on the formula, assisted by Patricia Arquette's appealing performance as a suburban, crime-solving mom who sees dead people. [3 Jan 2005]
  7. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    We expect sharp writing from Caron. "Medium" is almost too glib at times. What makes the suspension of disbelief easy is the casting. [3 Jan 2005]
  8. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by:  John Doyle
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    Medium is well-made, slick and, at times, achieves a sense of the macabre. [4 Jan 2005]
  9. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jul 16, 2013
    70
    As silly as [it] sounds, the series is actually pretty good.
  10. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Jul 16, 2013
    67
    The Medium pilot isn't as consistently stylish as Mr. Caron's other work, and some of the action strains credibility in scenes that have nothing to do with the supernatural. [3 Jan 2005]
  11. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 16, 2013
    63
    The real problem for "Medium" is that the whole thing plays much creepier than necessary. [3 Jan 2005]
  12. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    63
    Though Allison is potentially worth watching as both a medium and a mother of three, someone needs to conjure up a stronger supporting cast if this show is to hold our interest.
  13. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    The balancing act of working mom and psychic for hire, trying to be normal when you're not, is more interesting than the crime-solving. But how long can that be sustained? It's possible, in fact, that Medium would have worked better as a movie than as a series. [3 Jan 2005]
  14. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    Though the tragic-comedy tone is intriguing if a little askew in the pilot, the bigger problem looming ahead is the show's static formula. [3 Jan 2005]
  15. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    As a crime drama, "Medium" has a long way to go to match the dramatic propulsion and seductive intricacy of the likes of "Without a Trace." The storytelling is flat, even predictable, whether you're psychic or not. [3 Jan 2005]
  16. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    The best that can be said about "Medium" is that it has a little more pep than similar shows and a sense of humor. [3 Jan 2005]
  17. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    It is, to be fair, watchable enough, if watched uncritically, and not without flashes of high craft; art and inspiration are a little beyond its grasp. [3 Jan 2005]
  18. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    There's a good cast at work here - but after previewing two episodes, "Medium" seems anything but well-done. [3 Jan 2005]
  19. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    The script often just doesn't make sense. [3 Jan 2005]
  20. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 16, 2013
    50
    Medium doesn't get much help from Arquette, who gives one of the season's stranger and more off-putting performances. [3 Jan 2005]
  21. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    It has a disappointing lack of suspense. [3 Jan 2005]
  22. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    Dull. Not terrible, but dull. [3 Jan 2005]
  23. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 16, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately, Allison is such a passive heroine that it's hard to get too involved with her, and Arquette doesn't bring much life to the role. Moreover, the episodes made available are virtually devoid of supporting players or any workplace tension to augment her relatively staid (by TV standards, anyway) home life. [3 Jan 2005]
  24. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 16, 2013
    30
    Now, whether or not you believe in all this stuff is unimportant. "Medium," as a TV series, just isn't very good. [3 Jan 2005]
  25. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 16, 2013
    25
    It never rises above the mediocre level, although it certainly sinks below it occasionally. [3 Jan 2005]

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