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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 3, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Canadian made series focuses on a telepathic paramedic who helps solve local crimes with the ability he's been trying to deny.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. MelissaN
    Aug 12, 2009
    10
    A show the whole family can sit down together and watch. A likable cast and a different story line from the normal doom and gloom dramas. Then to find it cancelled. It had one of the best cliffhangers I've seen in a while and we don't even get to see what happens. Not nice. Expand
  2. MargB.
    Jun 20, 2009
    10
    My whole family likes this show! It seems that every time we find a show that we all like and can sit down together as a family to watch... they want to ditch it. We are still missing our Eli Stone and worried about Chuck. Why do they compare this show with HBO's True Blood, this is NOT a vampire show. We don't like those kind of shows. Expand
  3. Mari
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    I love this show. I'm really sad that NBC decided not to show the last 4 episodes in favor of doing re-runs. I would've watched. I accidentally caught this show during one of the beginning episodes and purposely watched it last week only to find out I'd have to watch the rest online! So sad. Expand
  4. RobbieB
    Jun 4, 2009
    8
    Very interesting. I think this show is very good, a bit underrated. (So far.) I recommend it.. if you want to sit through a very interesting series. If you don't, you're missing out.. Expand
  5. TinaG.
    Jun 11, 2009
    8
    I love this show! Not so wild about the doctor girl that plays Toby's girlfriend, I think she is kind of a bad actress, but otherwise a pretty cool show. Expand
  6. MaryAnnB
    Jun 7, 2009
    5
    I so wanted to give this so a better rating. But after seeing 2 episodes I am almost ready to say good bye! The Cop and the Ex girlfriend are terrible. Great looks but stupid. The Cop has Everybody's Guilty No ones innocent complex. The Doc is Not very trusting of anyone. The partner is funny. Not sure about the Boss. If they calm the two women down I think this show just might work. Expand
  7. buzzzedzzzzzzz
    Jun 4, 2009
    0
    Bland Generic Boring. The Listener should've remained silent. Bring back Da Vinci's Inquest and Cold Squad!

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