- Summary: Maria Bello is New York detective Jane Timoney in this reimagined version of the critically acclaimed British series.
- Genre(s): Suspense
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Sep 22, 2011
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 10:00 PM
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10With 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
8One 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
The tragic thing about Prime Suspect isn't that it is a remake of a far superior British show, its that it puts so much effort into convincing the viewer that Maria Bello's Jane Timoney is a good detective, when she finally 'breaks' a case you feel as though she should have done it earlier. Prime Suspect doesn't seem able to fill out a 60 minute time slot with plots being dragged out be overly misogynistic side characters being little more than time traps. At least Bello is convincing as a career driven women, if not a heartless career driven woman. The pilot throws a few twists into the mix, letting Timoney lead her first case but it all seems like A to B storytelling with no overarching narrative or themes to think about. Its all a little bit mindless which is depressing because it had such pedigree to work with.… Expand
0I 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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