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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 4, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Oded Fehr, James LeGros, Henri Lubatti
  • Summary: An FBI agent goes undercover in a Los Angeles-based terrorist sleeper cell in this 10-hour Showtime limited series.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. In theme and execution, in caliber of performance and level of dramatic tension, "Sleeper Cell" is an impressive, relentlessly gripping drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    A rich character drama and riveting suspenser that makes Fox's "24" seem lackluster.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    This engrossing and unnerving nail-biter is a rare treat: a thriller with a brain and a soul.
  4. Highly compelling most of the time.
  5. 60
    Despite the mostly awful dialogue, “Sleeper Cell” succeeds on the strength of its plot.
  6. Fehr's performance is worth noting, if only because his cool demeanor is frighteningly at odds with the insane rhetoric pouring out of his mouth. His portrayal may be the show's greatest point of interest -- that is, if you aren't annoyed by Shields, or hypnotized into a slumber by Ealy's never-ending "haunted past" routine.
  7. The one thing “Sleeper Cell” does commendably is to suggest that there is a struggle going on for the soul of Islam, and that al-Qaida does not have the only say in the matter. But that message is swamped by predictable thriller filler and cheap production values.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. CarnieH
    Dec 4, 2005
    This show is awesome! Couldn't beleive I was actually hearing people discuss this topic in depth. I love Michael Ealy and hoipe and pray there's a Darwin out there somewhere. Expand
  2. NancyH
    Dec 20, 2006
    Extremely chilling, terrific acting and very realistic. Can't wait for 3rd season to see if Darwyn survives.
  3. amardeeps
    Dec 18, 2005
  4. martins
    Apr 29, 2006
  5. DeydelT
    Aug 26, 2006
    excellent must watch it little kiss from France
  6. DougM
    Dec 8, 2005
    The show is really good past the first episode. Some hokeyness, but overall it's a fun ride to the end.
  7. TrentB
    Dec 13, 2006
    More mindless neocon propaganda vomited onto our screens. This country is going to collapse into a police state if people are actually believing this garbage. Fellow citizens, start questioning your government for God's sake! They're taking away our liberties and expanding federal police control over states and cities. Terrorists don't have any power over us--in fact they have less power to threaten us than street criminals. It's all a facade, and the Feds are using it to grab more control over our lives. Expand

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