• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 12, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 75
  2. Negative: 18 out of 75

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  1. Jun 21, 2012
    2
    Some of the worst writing I have ever seen acted out on the small screen. The dialogue between the two principals is ludicrously corny. I feel sorry for them. They deserve so much better.
  2. Sep 10, 2010
    0
    I watched the first episode, and the main character, Rizzoli, conveniently manages to escape from some criminals, and then proceeds to shoot an unarmed criminal as he is laying on the ground. In the second episode, she assaults another unarmed perpetrator with a metal pipe. In the third episode, she blackmails a school administrator into giving a student a scholarship. I don't findI watched the first episode, and the main character, Rizzoli, conveniently manages to escape from some criminals, and then proceeds to shoot an unarmed criminal as he is laying on the ground. In the second episode, she assaults another unarmed perpetrator with a metal pipe. In the third episode, she blackmails a school administrator into giving a student a scholarship. I don't find Angie Harmon's semi-dirty cop who always seems to have the keys to solving the case fall into her lap a compelling main character. The fashionista forensic scientist is attractive, but not believable.

    The writing is below average. The characters and situations are far-fetched.
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Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 70
    Though it's intended to be a female buddy show in which she plays off Sasha Alexander's coolly uppercrust medical examiner Maura Isles, Harmon definitely gets the upper hand--at least in the pilot episode.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    67
    Mostly this show belongs to Harmon, once a key member of the "Law & Order" ensemble. She's likable and intriguing. That salvages an otherwise average cop show.
  3. 75
    Their interaction is friendly, if mildly teasing, professional and catfight-free. This allows the show to have the relaxing, unchallenging pleasures of good fluff even when the premiere is actually going a bit heavy on the gore.