• Network: NBC , CTV
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 3, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. The plots are complex enough to sustain mystery, and if the mean streets of Toronto aren’t all that scary, this is a good thing for a show that is trying not to shock, but to entertain.
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    63
    His light blue eyes are so piercing you may forget that his special skill isn't X-ray vision. But he's supported by writing and characters that may induce eye rolling.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    58
    In a word, The Listener is boring. Or, if you prefer alliteration, listless.
  4. 50
    It's all dopey--and as believable as a telepathic paramedic, a supermodel detective and a partner who doesn't notice he's riding around with a psychic.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel Carlson
    50
    Listener is a serviceable supernatural drama with legitimate narrative potential that's undercut by its visually bland presentation and geographically nonspecific execution.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    42
    This guy Toby the Listener wouldn't even qualify for NBC's Legion of Substitute Heroes.
  7. For the moment, it would be nice if the show could just make the present more compelling.
  8. A co-production with the Canadian network CTV that is a ponderous exercise in the paranormal. Yes, here the science fiction is intentional, but The Listener is plagued by the same gloomy lack of urgency that afflicts “Flashpoint.”
  9. The writers, while showing a certain lack of imagination in feeding Toby the voices of passers-by--no, it's unlikely that woman who passes you on the street, guys, is thinking what they think she's thinking--have at least invested their lead with a mildly intriguing backstory.
  10. Canadian actor Craig Olejnik sports choppy black hair and piercing blue eyes--the only standout attribute in NBC's The Listener, an otherwise generic procedural drama.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Actually, it's really just more of a bore (bore ... bore).
  12. 30
    The premiere is filled with flaws that may well be endemic to the series, one of them being that the characters behave so stupidly that one loses sympathy for them.
  13. 30
    A show so stunningly derivative that it feels a little bit insulting.
  14. 20
    Chemistry is just one of the ingredients lacking in the Canadian-made The Listener, NBC's new drama about a psychic paramedic. Others include but are not limited to plot, dialogue and acting skill.

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