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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. ae
    Apr 22, 2007
    Character driven series have to start off slow. It takes a little time to get to know people. A second season would let the show really hit it's stride--and make me extremely happy. Expand
  3. Jessica
    Aug 16, 2007
    Love It! This is my replacement for Charmed.
  4. stevnj
    Jun 7, 2009
    I don't think you should rate this show on how it differs from the book and it may not be the best detective show out there it packs a punch in some of the episodes. Expand
  5. DanE
    Feb 8, 2007
    After finding out that Jim Butcher had agreed to all of the changes that were made to his characters, I felt a little better about the show. Granted we've only been allowed to see 2 episodes. People are very quick to judge this series, but I'm going to give it a good shot. I know that a lot of things were changed to help keep the budget in check and for actors comfort (Paul B. is too tall for a VW Bug, hence the Willies Jeep). If JB is okay with the changes, then so am I. Expand
  6. ArtW
    Jan 25, 2007
    Being a big fan of the books, I can't help but be judgmental of the TV series. With such a huge fan base, it's truly surprising that the TV writers chose to veer so far away from the original characterizations and minutiae that made the books such a hit. Also, isn't the idea of a pilot to bring in as much interest at the beginning of a show so you can get the viewers to return? The pilot was kind of a snore and did very little to entice a viewer to stay with the show. There was very little evidence that Harry was a wizard of some power. At least give us a little FX to whet our appetites...'Fuego'! Still, I'm willing to watch a few more episodes to see if they manage to pick up the ball and make it work. Expand
  7. JustinS.
    Jul 12, 2007
    This show sucks! The books are SOOO much better, the tone is way off, Dresden is WAAAY off, well everything 'cept the name is off, and the banter with Bob is kinda close. But even on its own merits, its a really bad show. Not engaging, way to cliche, nothing really original. Expand

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