• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 22, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  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. 50
    Even if The Evidence were the first show of its kind, it would still be mediocre.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. 40
    You can pretty much watch this show any night of the week under its other titles, CSI and Law & Order.
  9. The show's main characters are all too familiar.
  10. 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."
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    The very definition of generic.
  12. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    40
    [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.
  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. 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.
  15. 30
    It all feels inessential.
  16. In the end, it's just a case of pouring old crime into new bottles.
  17. Has little to offer but formula storytelling and conventional crime-drama techniques.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 25
    Just another tediously cliched crime procedural. Whodunit? Who cares.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    20
    If there exists a device called a Procedural-O-Matic, then it created this show.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    This basically feels like the fifth best cop drama of the 1978 TV season.
User Score
8.4

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
    10
    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
    10
    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
    10
    i love it!!