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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 12, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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Universal acclaim- based on 38 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: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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. 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
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    10
    First season was totally British. I loved that.

    I stopped watching at season 2: too much blood, pornography and unexplainable act of
    characters. Couldn't enjoy anymore. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2011
    9
    Strike Back is great. It does not mess around, straight to the point, fast paced and well written. There is no ridiculous plot ala 24 and is clearly written to be as real as possible, through the eyes of the two main soldiers. This is polished action at it's best so don't expect something complicated. Though at the same time don't take that negatively. It's intricate in it's simplicity and you are there for the ride. Expand
  5. 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 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. Collapse
  6. 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
  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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