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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 5, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Ron Livingston, Michael Cudlitz, Gina Torres
  • Summary: The short summary: FBI hostage negotiators in love. The slightly longer summary: Fox tries for "Moonlighting," but the witty banter part proves to be too tough to reproduce.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
  • Creator: Craig Silverstein
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 5, 2006
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. Standoff doesn't recreate the genre, but it certainly refreshes it. [15 Sep 2006, p.64]
  2. The main thing in its favor is the chemical tension between its stars. That may not be enough, but it's something.
  3. Can we negotiate for a better premise if we release some hostages?
  4. 38
    If Matt and Emily blow up, the show doesn't get a second episode. Because they'll be dead. Keep your fingers crossed.
  5. 30
    "Standoff" isn't a terrible show, it's just an unnecessary one.
  6. I’m having a reverse case of Stockholm Syndrome with “Standoff”: The more time I spend with it, the less I like it.
  7. Never mind the unbelievable premise -- the way the audience is introduced to it is so strained it's painful to watch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Sheila
    Jul 23, 2007
    I am very disappointed that the show was canceled. It was 1 of only 2 shows I looked forward to all week and Ive already started watching past episodes on myspace. Expand
  2. JonathonW
    Nov 26, 2006
    I love it. Very smart writing that has several layers and doesn't assume complete stupidity on the part of the audience. Acting is top-notch, and the chemistry between Livingston and DeWitt really adds. Personally, I think there are enough "straight action" 24/NCIS/Vanished/Prison Break knock-offs, and like the more human side to this, along with the light-heartedness that is allowed to creep in. It's my current favorite. Keep it up. Episode 5 "Life Support" was very moving. Expand
  3. WynneS
    Feb 22, 2007
    The entusiasm and fine acting of Ron and the others are worth watching even if the storyine is bad, which it isn't
  4. KarenS
    Sep 7, 2006
    I loved it. I am programing my Tivo so I dont miss it next week. I cant wait to see it agian.
  5. veronica
    Sep 17, 2006
    great chemistry, tantalising crisis situations, good acting, and enough that's intriguing to keep me coming back every week.
  6. LatishaC
    Sep 12, 2006
    I thought it was great. Looking forward to next weeks
  7. BrandonS
    Sep 7, 2006
    A standoff every week? That'll wear thin pretty fast. With such a limited premise, the show will be a bore within weeks. I doubt this makes it to the winter. Expand

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