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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 12, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

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  • Summary: Cinemax's first foray into a serial television show (coproduced with British Sky Broadcasting) is an action series about an ex-US Special Forces officer (Damien Scott) who joins up with the British military to stop a terrorist group.

    [In the United Kingdom, this is the second series and
    called Strike Back: Project Dawn.] Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 12, 2011
    80
    If something has been missing from your TV screen since "24" went off the air, like an unapologetic, fist-pumping, nonstop action thriller with compelling good guys and loathsome bad guys, Cinemax's new Strike Back needs to be your appointment television for the next 10 weeks.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 12, 2011
    80
    A surprisingly stylish and addictive new counterterrorism series.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 12, 2011
    75
    Good action, good characters and, besides, it's the only show in the history of TV where the term, "f-cking pr-ck" is code. I mean, you gotta love that, no?
  4. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Aug 8, 2011
    60
    This series, about an underground British antiterror team that has joined forces with U.S. Special Forces veteran Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), does succeed in wresting plenty of high-level suspense out of these low-aiming scripts--no small miracle.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 11, 2011
    60
    Strike Back won't make anyone forget "24" or "MI-5" or even "The Unit," but it has its pleasures for the aficionado of guns and flesh in exotic locales.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 12, 2011
    58
    This is dumb, not-so-much fun shoot'em-ups.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    10
    its unapologetic,balls out and just fun love it. both leads work well together .the locales are great and the supporting cast fit perfectly. this show can't help but be great .the writing is smooth and is seamless. just wish they promoted the show in North America more definitely can get lost in and episode Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    Hip haray Hip hip haray for there will be another season, I Love this stuff great acting good plots and great entertainment Person of Interest was my favorite until Strike Back moved in and I hope there will be a 3rd season Go America and UK . Expand
  3. Aug 28, 2012
    10
    this is a man's wet dream of violence and awesomeness! its an adrenaline rush every episode. the dichotomy of Scott and Stonebridge is fantastic. they compliment each other is incredible. Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    9
    I've watched the first 2 episodes and thought they where great. A real adult, action, spy series. If you liked 24, Spooks, The Unit or the Bourne Movies then this show is for you. Lots of twists and its hard to tell who will survive for the next 5 minutes let alone the episode. Yes its shocker for those that have seen the first series "Strike Back" or read any of the Chris Ryan novels but that just added to the wow factor for me. Really looking forward to the rest of the series. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2011
    9
    This is what "the Unit" was supposed to be, but never was. Action, guns, terrorists, no "family crap story" (Ok, just a 4% of that) and it is credible, people die. Good guys aren't a 100% good and bad guys neither. So, it is extrictly recommended for those that do not like CW kinda shows. YES, it won't make us to forget 24, but who cares? move on. :-) Expand
  6. Jul 6, 2014
    8
    thoroughly enjoyed season 1 (origions in the us). from season 2 (season 1 in us) it kinda cheapened a fair bit , i blame the hobbit movies for that but im still watching. also why cant we just let australians have australian accents or just use an american actor. its the same if we need an aussie character we usually get an american actor trying to sound like crocodile dundee. always annoys me Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2011
    5
    I've watched sky's version and i gotta say: this show lost its intelligence and acting got worse. And too much SEX. However, strike back continues to provide good action scenes. Expand

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