The Evidence : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 22, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24

Critic Reviews

  1. It doesn't happen very often that halfway into the pilot for a new show, you're already looking forward to subsequent episodes just to find out more about the characters you've glimpsed in the first few minutes.
  2. Good casting and well-paced writing give hope.
  3. 70
    What lifts "Evidence" well above the clamor of standard cop shows is the charisma between its two male leads.
  4. 60
    The Evidence needs more distinctive twists to stand out in the overpopulated crime lineup.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Dalton Ross
    It's funny, I was just saying how there aren't enough procedural forensic/police dramas on TV these days. [24 Mar 2006, p.64]
  6. 50
    Estes and Jones are appealing, slightly underplaying their buddy shtick. In a galaxy far, far away, their act might click. But in our universe of cop show overload, they're just another team grappling with grisly violence and unrepentant evil.
  7. 50
    Even if The Evidence were the first show of its kind, it would still be mediocre.
  8. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    The very definition of generic.
  9. 40
    You can pretty much watch this show any night of the week under its other titles, CSI and Law & Order.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    [A] shamelessly derivative cop show set in the shamelessly overexposed city by the bay, with high-school-play-level acting performances which help make the overall effect cornier than a cornfield in Kansas. And yet ... and yet, there's something appealing about ABC's new cop drama.
  11. In the pilot tonight, one of the clues has nothing to do with the murder, and that hardly seems fair, though "fair" in another sense might be the best way to describe The Evidence. Unless you want to go for "poor."
  12. The show's main characters are all too familiar.
  13. 38
    It demonstrates how a show can be a run-of-the-mill cop drama despite a talented cast and a few interesting twists.
  14. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Showing the evidence really adds nothing as the story twists, turns and contorts itself in an attempt to keep viewers from tuning out before the hour is up.
  15. In the end, it's just a case of pouring old crime into new bottles.
  16. 30
    It all feels inessential.
  17. Has little to offer but formula storytelling and conventional crime-drama techniques.
  18. It isn't a bad gimmick, establishing a certain tension, but the premise is about the only thing that recommends "The Evidence," a show that otherwise seems to be moving you -- rather than moving -- through its procedural paces.
  19. Let's present some evidence for you to analyze: A tired premise. Overly familiar characters. Dull writing. An unclear tone. A series that pales in comparison to any of the "CSI" shows and pretty much every new crime and punishment procedural in the last five years.
  20. 25
    Just another tediously cliched crime procedural. Whodunit? Who cares.
  21. The drama has more false frights than a student horror film, and such an uneven and incompatible tone that it's tough to tell which is funnier, the scenes of alleged humor or the scenes of alleged drama.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    This basically feels like the fifth best cop drama of the 1978 TV season.
  23. I'm not sure which is worse, that tired back story or Martin Landau besmirching his career by appearing in this as a wizened forensics guy.
  24. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    If there exists a device called a Procedural-O-Matic, then it created this show.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. NicoleK
    Apr 3, 2007
    Would love to see "The Evidence" back on the airs. These critics need to let the viewers determine what we want like, and furthermore Rob Would love to see "The Evidence" back on the airs. These critics need to let the viewers determine what we want like, and furthermore Rob Estes has a presence on screen and needs to have more of an opportunity to showcase his talents. Full Review »
  2. cheyennew
    Oct 2, 2006
    I loved this show and i don't understand why it was cancelled so quickly. they didn't even give it a chance!
  3. britneyt
    Sep 4, 2006
    i love it!!