Strike Back : Season 1

  • Network: Cinemax
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 12, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  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: Aaron Riccio
    Aug 8, 2011
    75
    Strike Back isn't brilliant television, but it's plenty entertaining, and by fitting the action of 24 with the grit of The Unit (and the nudity of Cinemax), it fills a .22 caliber hole in American television.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Aug 12, 2011
    70
    Strike Back unfolds quickly and confidently with brilliantly choreographed fight sequences and the exotic locales. But nothing trumps the friendship of the two male leads.
  6. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 12, 2011
    63
    There isn't anything too deeply intellectual here because the action moves the plot. And "Strike Back" has action to spare.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 12, 2011
    58
    This is dumb, not-so-much fun shoot'em-ups.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Gratuitous elements aside, Strike Back is a decent enough cops 'n' terrorists drama.
  11. Reviewed by: Brent McKnight
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Despite some obvious faults, Strike Back is a decent enough action yarn with slick production values. At the same time, though, the series is more concerned with gratuitous nudity--this is Cinemax, after all, so each episode includes a lifetime's worth of breasts and butt cheeks-than creating a story with any substance, character, or emotional weight.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 12, 2011
    50
    Strike Back does incorporate a few wrinkles regarding its leads, with hints of a larger plot to guide its 10 episodes. Mostly, though, pretty much everyone is reduced to geopolitical stereotypes--starting with the American cowboy and more cautious (if equally sweaty and buff) Brit.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  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.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 Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2013
    9
    Fan of 24? Watch Strike Back. It might be the next best thing. Strike Back is an adult drama on Cinemax about a British Delta Force team knownFan of 24? Watch Strike Back. It might be the next best thing. Strike Back is an adult drama on Cinemax about a British Delta Force team known as "Section 20" Together, Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge enter foreign countries filled with terrorists to stop threats to national security. The entire show takes place about. The show almost always takes place outdoors, and every episode contains at least 3 massive gun fights and 20 deaths. Start to finish, each episode is exciting, action packed, sexy, thrilling, suspenseful and extremely well made. The series isn't heavily advertised, but it's had 3 seasons and is now getting it's own Spinoff series called Strike Back: Origins, so just because you may not have heard of it, doesn't mean it's not great, and doing well. Check out this series, there is none like it, and each episode feels like a movie. Full Review »
  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 isthis 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. Full Review »