Prime Suspect : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2011
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    75
    This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 19, 2011
    67
    Filled to the brim with good actors, from Aidan Quinn as Bello/Jane Timoney's boss to The Shield's Kenny Johnson as her boyfriend, Prime is overripe with hard-boiled detectives (and I love hard-boiled detective stories) and renders Jane not a feisty broad to admire, but rather a bullying pain in the ass you'd cross the street to avoid.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 22, 2011
    75
    If Jane Timoney continues to be an interesting character--and if the characters around her become three-dimensional enough to stand plausibly with or against her--then this could hearken back not only to the original "Prime Suspect," but "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," etc.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 21, 2011
    70
    Fortunately, terrific performances all around quickly ground the tensions in character rather than theme.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 22, 2011
    88
    Bello doesn't need to adapt to anyone else's role model (literally), because she's created her own strong, stand-alone character.
  9. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 21, 2011
    83
    There's texture galore in this city-shot cop hour, eyed by handheld lenses echoing "Homicide's" edge (and director Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" intimacy).
  10. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 27, 2011
    75
    [Bello's] sour, tough intelligence is right on the money. [3 Oct 2011, p.45]
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 21, 2011
    70
    Prime Suspect improves as the hour goes on. The guys' attitude toward Jane evolves.
  12. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 22, 2011
    75
    Thanks to the rock solid performances of Bello, O'Byrne and co-stars that include Kirk Acevedo, Kenny Johnson and Chicago homeboys Tim Griffin and Aidan Quinn, Prime Suspect rises above the formula network procedurals that focus more on forensics than good, old-fashioned grunt detective work.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sep 22, 2011
    70
    Not great, but good, and promising.
  14. Reviewed by: Aaron Riccio
    Sep 20, 2011
    88
    It's arresting and criminally entertaining.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 22, 2011
    70
    It feels awfully dated, except when Bello takes matters in her own hands to keep things fresh.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 19, 2011
    70
    Surrounded by a solid supporting cast, it's a workable if not quite prime piece of development.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User 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 bothWith 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    Not just the best cop show on network TV, the best show period. Maria Bello and the rest of the cast are fantastic, as is the writing. This isNot just the best cop show on network TV, the best show period. Maria Bello and the rest of the cast are fantastic, as is the writing. This is the most realistic police drama on network TV. Along with Southland, one of two police shows on TV that gets it. Full Review »
  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 theBy 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 Full Review »