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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 17, 2014
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  • Summary: CIA analyst Charleston "Charlie" Tucker (Katherine Heigl) advises President Constance Payton (Alfre Woodard) on national security matters.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 19, 2014
    75
    The Claire Danes/Carrie Mathison comparisons are inevitable (especially when Heigl’s character numbs her grief with casual sex with strangers), but State of Affairs feels like an honest NBC upgrade.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Nov 14, 2014
    58
    After this overheated effort to make Charlie interesting, or at least different, she's basically just another Carrie Mathison without the pills.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Brennan
    Nov 17, 2014
    50
    The series holds out the promise of a solid, if unspectacular, network procedural.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Nov 13, 2014
    42
    A total of nine executive producers, including Heigl and her mother, Nancy. That’s too many cooks for what turns out to be a half-baked hour of ridiculosity.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Nov 14, 2014
    40
    State of Affairs is another generic Washington D.C.-set thriller drawing on current events for story points (terrorist threats, hostage-taking, global unrest) in a way that feels opportunistic and, frankly, insensitive considering the real-world tragedies that are showing up in the news.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Nov 17, 2014
    30
    Cluttered and implausible, the series premiere of NBC’s State of Affairs, hints at the show that could be engaging underneath the poor filmmaking and even more frustrating writing and performances.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Nov 17, 2014
    20
    This incredibly trite and preposterous series are serious about all the hackneyed twaddle lumbering and stumbling into view Monday night. Just when you think it can't get more laughably bad, it does.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. Apr 12, 2015
    10
    Great show. Good drama. Great faces. Critics are jeaulous. Beter than Homeland. Like the pace. Like the story. Keep it going. ReallyGreat show. Good drama. Great faces. Critics are jeaulous. Beter than Homeland. Like the pace. Like the story. Keep it going. Really like it. Like the middle east stories. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2015
    10
    One of the best shows on TV. Better than "Homeland", which I don't think is that great anyway. More entertaining than "The Blacklist", whichOne of the best shows on TV. Better than "Homeland", which I don't think is that great anyway. More entertaining than "The Blacklist", which doesn't really hold my interest. It's more realistic than many similar programs. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2014
    10
    This show is great! And Katherine Heigl really managed to impress me with her performance on this one. I don't get why this show is rated so poorly...
  4. Nov 19, 2014
    5
    Not as terrible as I expected it would be. In fact, after watching the pilot, I might have to go one more episode. We're letting it ride,Not as terrible as I expected it would be. In fact, after watching the pilot, I might have to go one more episode. We're letting it ride, people - going one episode at a time, here. Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2014
    3
    The lead Catherine Heigl seems so uncomfortable and miscast, like a cheer leader pretending to be a spy or pretending to be an actressThe lead Catherine Heigl seems so uncomfortable and miscast, like a cheer leader pretending to be a spy or pretending to be an actress pretending to be a spy. I admit to not watching a whole lot of broadcast TV shows: I'm more of a cable kinda gal. But I am enthralled by Scandal and this is no Scandal -- and this character (as played) is no Olivia Pope. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2014
    1
    Ugh. I had such high hopes for this show. I couldn't even get through the episode. The show is poorly written and is boring and soUgh. I had such high hopes for this show. I couldn't even get through the episode. The show is poorly written and is boring and so predictable. The actors don't really bring anything to the table and the episode didn't accomplish much of anything. Expand
  7. Feb 3, 2015
    0
    Seriously, some series got canceled and this POS is made. If anything is ever true in hollywood it's this...TV and Movie execs are so druggedSeriously, some series got canceled and this POS is made. If anything is ever true in hollywood it's this...TV and Movie execs are so drugged up and retarded they develop shows only people with limited intelligence truly enjoy anymore.

    Case in point, this show and the 600 million copies of CSI and Law & Order shows, absolutely pathetic.
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