• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2007
Season #: 1, 2
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 124 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 124

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  1. MarkH
    Oct 6, 2007
    5
    Anyone who remembers the Show "Brimstone from 1998, about a corrupt cop sentenced to Hell being given a 2nd chance to clear his record by the devil. The catch: Round up a bunch of souls who busted out and send them back to Hell for eternal incarceration. Viewers of Reaper will no doubt recognize the basic concept only rewritten as a comedy. I liked Brimstone but apparently not enough Anyone who remembers the Show "Brimstone from 1998, about a corrupt cop sentenced to Hell being given a 2nd chance to clear his record by the devil. The catch: Round up a bunch of souls who busted out and send them back to Hell for eternal incarceration. Viewers of Reaper will no doubt recognize the basic concept only rewritten as a comedy. I liked Brimstone but apparently not enough viewers felt the same way to let to go beyond one season. I do however understand why it never found its groove: it was too brooding and heavy. Reaper suffers from the same problem on the flip side. The whole hour is comic relief but lacking in dramatic conflict that would make you identify with its main character. The writers of Reaper will have quite a challenge to avoid Brimstone's other pitfall: Each week's script essentially followed the same formula: find the fugitive from Hell, have a battle and then send the fugitive back to Hell. In spite of some very good character development, once you had seen 3 shows there was no need to keep watching. If the writers can find some interesting diversions for Sam the show has a chance. Otherwise I predict viewership may fall off mid-season. Expand
  2. MirandaP.
    Sep 27, 2007
    6
    Reaper is OK, but not great. After the critics' response, I expected something awesome, but the pilot didn't really hold my attention (and I'm a huge fan of Kevin Smith, and I love boy humor like "Knocked Up" and "Superbad"). I'll probably give it a couple more episodes' worth of a chance, but so far, I'm not hooked. Ray Wise is great as Satan, but the rest Reaper is OK, but not great. After the critics' response, I expected something awesome, but the pilot didn't really hold my attention (and I'm a huge fan of Kevin Smith, and I love boy humor like "Knocked Up" and "Superbad"). I'll probably give it a couple more episodes' worth of a chance, but so far, I'm not hooked. Ray Wise is great as Satan, but the rest of the cast doesn't really stand out. We'll see. Expand
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    91
    Wise steals this, show, and his costars aren't easy prey. What's more, the dynamic is quite clever. [28 Sep 2007, p.94]
  2. 80
    Kevin Smith directs the pilot episode with his typically expert comic timing. But he also handles the dark action bits nicely. Because even though Reaper is generous with its humor, it’s not entirely wink-wink.
  3. Besides being the funniest pilot, it has the best cast.