Perception : Season 1

  • Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 9, 2012
Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    75
    People who like procedurals will enjoy playing along. But the real charm of the series--as in a lot of cable originals--is in its ensemble.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Jul 6, 2012
    75
    The pace is nicely brisk and both leads are amiable presences, but the writers could have worked a little harder on the prof's quirks. [13 Jul 2012, p.67]
  3. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 6, 2012
    70
    While it's no "Closer," the Eric McCormack vehicle Perception is perfectly adequate "Eccentric Consulting Genius" fare.
  4. Reviewed by: Emily Yahr
    Jul 5, 2012
    70
    For those who don't mind getting sent off in lots of false directions, or aren't going to even try to keep up, Perception offers the chance to just go along for an enjoyable ride.
  5. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 18, 2012
    63
    It's an enjoyable enough whodunit. The problem is McCormack. [23 Jul 2012, p.38]
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Jul 5, 2012
    63
    The ["quirky-genius" cop] genre is getting a bit moldy around the edges--and Perception doesn't add much to the tired mix.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Aug 1, 2012
    10
    McCormack is brilliant. This is a mix of Monk, the Mentalist and A Beautiful Mind. In response to somebody's criticism that the disorders areMcCormack is brilliant. This is a mix of Monk, the Mentalist and A Beautiful Mind. In response to somebody's criticism that the disorders are too outlandish--you mean too interesting? Would it be that great of a show if the mental disorders were ordinary? It's quirky yet smart, the dialogue is poetic, and the problems are complex yet simple to follow in context. Cook is very likeable and contrary to the opinions of some critics, she is smart and confident in her role. It's a nice break to have youth and excitement along with experience in a head law enforcement role, instead of the stereotypical cold, sarcastic and/or angry narcissist with a control fetish. I hope for many more seasons, and that the pretentious critics don't spoil it for the rest of us. Full Review »
  2. Jul 30, 2012
    3
    The first episode seemed interesting, but as soon as with the second episode it started to go downhill. The basic concept of the series is notThe first episode seemed interesting, but as soon as with the second episode it started to go downhill. The basic concept of the series is not bad, but the execution is. Most importantly, the foreshadowing technique that is used is essentially sloppy and not credible, the plots are clearly based on a very simple formula and so far there is no meta-plot visible. The main character is likable and quirky in a nice way, but unfortunately most of the other characters are not. Full Review »
  3. Jul 10, 2012
    6
    I've only seen the pilot, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. McCormack is excellent in his role, but they really need to give Rachel LeighI've only seen the pilot, but I was pleasantly surprised by it. McCormack is excellent in his role, but they really need to give Rachel Leigh Cook some backbone if I'm going to keep watching the show. TNT, USA, FX - they specialize in strong female leads. Even though Cook showed some gutsiness in tackling someone from a 2nd floor fire escape, she needs to be able to exude more confidence in her verbal exchanges to make it truly interesting. Full Review »