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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2007
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Conrad Coates, Paul Blackthorne, Terrence Mann
  • Summary: This supernatural detective procedural about a Chicago P.I. with ties to the spirit world is based on a series of books by Jim Butcher.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Suspense
  • Creator: Jim Butcher
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jan 21, 2007
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. These unsettling scenes are tough on the eyes, but happily, star Paul Blackthorne is well worth watching, full time.
  2. Brooding, seductive and smart.
  3. 75
    Like Harry, the show has yet to fully master its tricks. There are a few decent jolts, but nothing is truly frightening or even that threatening. And while the show can be amusing, it's never exactly side-splitting.
  4. An uneven fantasy series that's not eerie enough to be a culty favorite or goofy enough to be a guilty pleasure.
  5. 50
    The series has great potential, and frankly I can't tell you why it doesn't ever quite reach it - other than it somehow lacks, er, magic.
  6. "The Dresden Files" is currently mediocre, a series searching for the right tone, seemingly unsure of itself and all the while not quite selling itself to the non sci-fi crowd.
  7. Dresden's investigations amount to a lot of ho-hum hokum... and his relationships are largely paint-by-number bland.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 7 out of 39
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    Frankly if you want to like this show read the books after you finish the series's one season. It will get you interested but you wont have the screaming fits "That's not what happens in the book, What is this BS!"
    Trust me.
  2. Sep 1, 2013
    This is a terrible attempt at capturing the delight of Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files" book series. It is a massive disappointment and failure in general.

    Dresden is too likable. Instead of a hard-boiled detective you'd see in detective noir, he's an all-around softy. More often than not he appears incredibly weak. He's more like a more useless version of Kwai Chang Cain from Kung Fu the Legend Continues than a tough guy wizard detective with a soft heart.

    The episode to episode plots are all weak, full of holes and plot induced stupidity. The relationship between magic and the world is uneven, seemingly made up on the spot rather than being part of well thought out cohesive set. Worst, most of the episodes include very little actual magic occurring at all.

    I cannot think of a single change made for the tv shows from the book that were good, or even necessary.

    As an adaptation of a beloved book series, this rates a 1. A 2 if you try really hard to think of ways it could have been done worse. As a Sci-fi series it might eek out a 4. It's not as good as Eureka, or even Kyle XY. But it does at least have more entertainment value than Ghosthunters.

    I'll average out the score to a 3, the highest "negative" rating I can give it.
  3. Dec 13, 2011
    This is a terrible, terrible version of Harry Dresden's world. The characters are well off mark and far too many liberties have been taken, turning this into another obnoxious Sci-Fi original series. Dialogue and acting are mediocre as usual, and there's simply not enough engaging material to hold my attention. I'm not a very picky person when it comes to TV, for that matter. Please don't take this show as a representation of the novels. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2011
    This show is a huge disappointment... im talking HUGE. I just finished Changes the other day and i was gonna see if the show is anything like the books. the creators of this show cant even get one thing right... Harry has long shoulder length hair, a duster, a fat cat, his moms 5 pointed star necklace,and the blue beetle! who the heck is laura? and murphy? im pretty sure that she has blonde hair? did anyone try and put an effort into tryin to find a blonde girl? at least make her wear a wig? oh and another thing, Harry's house has no upstairs. its in a basement under a old apartment building. I hate that people dont even try to stick to the books anymore. take a tip from the books : Millions of people bought the books and loved them because of the way the author made it! now who in their right mind thought that it would be a good idea to change some of the most critical stuff right off the bat? the show would be good for people who have never read the books. Im gonna assume im right that a large majority of the people who have watched one episode read the books and were kinda ticked off like i am. I wont watch this show because its horrible next to the books. Expand

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