• 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. 38
    It demonstrates how a show can be a run-of-the-mill cop drama despite a talented cast and a few interesting twists.
  2. 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.
  3. 30
    It all feels inessential.
  4. In the end, it's just a case of pouring old crime into new bottles.
  5. Has little to offer but formula storytelling and conventional crime-drama techniques.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 25
    Just another tediously cliched crime procedural. Whodunit? Who cares.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    20
    If there exists a device called a Procedural-O-Matic, then it created this show.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    20
    This basically feels like the fifth best cop drama of the 1978 TV season.

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