• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 8, 2010
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Created by Ted Griffin and produced with "The Shield's" Shawn Ryan, Terriers is all about atmosphere. The individual cases aren't particularly enthralling, the characters are kind of a downer, yet each hour ended with enough momentum to drag me somewhat grudgingly into the next.
  2. [Executive producer Shawn] Ryan's a good juggler, especially when he can work at a cable pace. He likes to take a moment and roll it around in his hands. He's helped by first-rate chemistry between the show's two main dudes, and a uniformly strong supporting cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Terriers has license to entertain, and this fall, that's saying something.
  4. 80
    Every so often, a show arrives and instantly feels lived-in, like a comfortable old couch with slight depressions in all the right places. FX's Terriers is one of those shows, beautifully torn and frayed from the get-go.
  5. 75
    It can't match HBO's upcoming Boardwalk Empire's budget or any network premiere's publicity push. Yet when it comes to scrappy, scruffy charm and sheer entertainment value, Terriers can run with the best of them.
  6. Logue and Raymond-James are, straight out of the gate, the two most believable and funny buddies you'll see on the screen.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    25
    It's lackadaisical, weary, bland and off-center.
  8. 100
    Here's one of the most offbeat new shows of the new season. Also one of the best. [13 Sep 2010, p.48]
  9. The diverting and enjoyable Terriers occupies a different stylistic territory, but there's a noir strain underneath its shaggy exterior. As the best detective stories do, it features a smart, flawed lead character who is too stubborn and inquisitive for his own good.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    90
    It's not an ambitious show. It doesn't have the historical sweep and dazzling visuals of something like HBO's upcoming "Boardwalk Empire." Yet in trying to tell good old-fashioned detective stories featuring a pair of leads I kept wanting to spend time with, it quickly joined "Boardwalk" as one of my two favorite new shows of this fall.
  11. 75
    Lots of fun--and I for one am thrilled to see a show in which most of the characters don't look like they took time off from modeling to act.
  12. Logue and Raymond-James have enough chemistry that I might have been content to wander behind them, at least for a while, as they poked their noses into one small and ill-conceived job after another.
  13. The premise is nonsensical, the characters little more substantial than fog and the central season long mystery is less a whodunit and more a why-bother.
  14. Tone is everything in a detective show, and this one's is unique: easy-rolling yet prickly. [10 Sep 2010, p.82]
  15. Terriers is a wonderfully well-conceived, well-made and well-played series about a pair of soft-boiled downmarket private detectives in over their heads in San Diego.
  16. 80
    Terriers, FX's comedy-drama about a pair of bargain-basement private eyes, is a piquantly funny sojourn among lovable losers.
  17. 80
    Effortlessly smart, easy to like and exciting to follow.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    Like its characters themselves, Terriers has higher aims, but its appeal comes from being likeable and familiar. It balances its running storyline with individual cases, carried largely by Logue and Raymond-James' charm.
  19. Although their characters are as vivid as they are distinctive, these two interact so effortlessly, in conversation and body language, it's easy to forget they are just acting. And inside these "lost boys" are real men struggling to get out.
  20. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    50
    A typical episode of Terriers jolts abruptly from cutesy escapades to head-cracking fights, from loud escapism to misty tenderness, from easygoing comedy to strained seriousness. The tonal unevenness feels less like the conscious product of an ambitious design than the unplanned consequence of an exceedingly ambitious one.
  21. Terriers hangs rich people out to dry, makes fun of yuppie affectation and seeks as much to position itself on the right side of the class war as it does to amuse us. It succeeds amiably on both fronts.
  22. 80
    Terriers teases out both the pleasures and the perversities.
  23. Terriers is unlike any private detective series and it more than upholds FX's tradition of original programming with clever writing and solid acting.
  24. Reviewed by: Scott Timberg
    80
    The writing is generally witty, the tone light, the tempo satisfying, the sense of place--palm-reading shops, dead-end bars, beach-town slackers--well drawn.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Sep 9, 2010
    8
    I loved the "feel" of the first episode. The cast is great (including the love interests of the two lead actors), and the guy from True Blood is a treat as the side-kick to the mangy lead. It has that Fletch feel, but the characters are less snarky and more accessible. Full Review »
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    "Terriers" is currently my favorite show. It's smart, funny, well written, and well acted. Best written show I've seen in awhile. Dialogue and story telling. The characters are so well drawn. Complex and real. I don't see how anyone wouldn't get absorbed in Hank's and Britt's lives, if they give the show a chance. Too bad more people aren't watching. It's much better than any program on network. I hope FX sticks with it based on critical reception. Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    This is yet another great show put together by FX. The main characters work so well together as a duo and the supporting cast just add to that. I would recommend this show to pretty much everyone. Its a great hour of television when there is so much undesirable shows out there. I will definitely be tuning in each week to watch this show! Full Review »