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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2011
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: Maria Bello is New York detective Jane Timoney in this reimagined version of the critically acclaimed British series.
  • Genre(s): Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    The show sometimes lays on the misogyny a bit thick, but Timoney's alienation feels painfully realistic, thanks to Bello.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 21, 2011
    83
    The best new crime drama of the fall season doesn't necessarily have to be an original idea. It just has to have the right people in place.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 27, 2011
    75
    [Bello's] sour, tough intelligence is right on the money. [3 Oct 2011, p.45]
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 21, 2011
    70
    This Jane is not as morally spent and self-interested as Ms. Mirren's character, but she has an unusual and appealing roughness around the edges.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Sep 22, 2011
    67
    While some of the best dramas can dovetail a character's work and personal lives, Prime Suspect might be better off, at least in the beginning, focusing on solving the weekly case.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 22, 2011
    60
    It doesn't yet feel like just another cop show.
  7. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Sep 16, 2011
    10
    The only suspects of interest in this crime series are the producers and writers who threw this hapless business together and called it "Prime Suspect."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    10
    With so many cop shows around, it's hard to not be boring, but Prime Suspect is engrossing, clever and unique. Maria Bello is believably both hard and soft as the situation calls for. Her progress in winning over the "boys" in the homicide squad is one of the few parallels to the British show of the same name. But, this show is on the bubble and has been put on "hiatus" which probably means it's going to be reconfigured into something more PC but certainly less unique. Now, I like NCIS and Castle and CSI too, but this is the real deal and, if you weren't turned on on your first watch, watch it again and give it a chance. It deserves to be watched. Expand
  2. Nov 17, 2011
    10
    This is the best show. Please do NoT cancel this series. Maria is the best actress. Captivating. With all the crap that's on TV with the reality TV junk, it's so great to have a quality option to look forward to each week. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    By far the best show of the season, prime suspect is so great and it's not all Maria bellos doing. The acting is phenomenal as well as the writing and it's really great seeing all these fabulous, even funny characters interact. I think the show got some negative feedback due to its weak pilot, which really pushed the whole sexist issue and featured a dull mystery. But I gave it a second chance, and I'm glad I did cause its really just an interesting cop show with creative angles used to solve crimes with an interesting cats of characters led by the wonderful bello..... It's really worth watching Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2011
    9
    Great characters and great acting. I want it to move away from the conflict between the men and the female cop but not entirely. It seemed just this side of contrived but really was done well both script and acting wise. The show has made its female barrier point and I don't want it to be central but woven in an episode here and there. Conflicts in general do not go away overnight for everyone and with some never do.

    I am definitely going to watch every week.
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  5. Sep 23, 2011
    9
    Finally, a police procedural that is more than just a police procedural. The plot seems more realistic, the story is more than just a crime, and the acting is great. The characters here seem humor, executing a exceptional script with decent dialogue. It's fictional people, but with real problems. While I do love "Law&Order" type crime series, it's nice to actually watch a show that offers something new. Expand
  6. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    One of the better new shows, courtesy of Bello and some good writing. Don't even confuse it with the original Brit masterpiece starring Helen Mirren. I wasn't sure they wasted $ paying La Plante for the rights to use the title but I see she's a producer. If it's like the original the men will eventually respect their better, but until they do we get to see Bryan O'Byrne get to play an **** again as he did so well in "Brotherhood" although hopefully this time he's not a sociopath. The show does need to tighten it's police procedures; in the 2d episode we had at least 2 cops go hunting bad guys without a partner. Tsk, tsk. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2011
    0
    I could only spend 15 minutes on this before deciding I was wasting my time. Male cops are portrayed as uniformly incompetent, indifferent to the case, drinking on the job, blatantly hostile to women. The female lead is portrayed as brilliantly insightful. As male bashing, the show gets a 10. As a realistic representation of life, or as entertainment, a zero. Expand

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