The Nine : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 4, 2006

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

Critic Reviews

  1. It's a fantastic show, neck-and-neck with Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for best new show of the season.
  2. 90
    The writing is daring, the editing dazzling and bold... this is prime-time storytelling that pops.
  3. 80
    Based on the pilot, [the] mystery promises to be surprising, psychological, and addictive.
  4. 63
    There's nothing wrong with "The Nine." It's just essentially a step above pedestrian.
  5. 90
    Though it has an almost flawless pilot, and one of the best casts of the season, how long will the writers be able to tease out the mysteries of those 52 hours without driving viewers mad?
  6. It will certainly make you wonder how you might survive such an event yourself - though whether that premise can fuel a whole series remains to be seen.
  7. 75
    "The Nine" unfolds with an abundance of emotion-charged imagination.
  8. The biggest worry with The Nine is that its mystery will start to crumble after a dozen episodes or so. But for now, it's one smooth, creepy, cool operation.
  9. The first hour... hits you with a potent cocktail of action and intrigue.
  10. 70
    The Nine doesn’t quite feel like a Lost knockoff since its missing-piece, jigsaw-puzzle construct has a basis in reality: the unknowable feelings of those who have weathered personal crisis.
  11. Without making any great claims for the show's depth, I do sense a desire behind the sensation and soap to investigate something significant, if deceptively simple: how life changes in a moment.
  12. 70
    If you're willing to invest some time and brain cells, The Nine is an absorbing experience.
  13. "The Nine," starting tomorrow, is the show most people will want to discuss at the office water cooler.
  14. 75
    Sure, I'm in, but I'm not quite a hostage to the show - not yet, anyway.
  15. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    "The Nine" may well be the best of the crop - smart, clever and especially wise to the ways of this genre - but the challenge remains the same. This is work - admittedly often pleasurable work, but come 10 p.m. next Wednesday, we've got to do it all over again.
  16. 100
    There are few answers in this excellent premiere, but The Nine makes you want to find out.
  17. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    This could be the fall's finest drama. [9 Oct 2006, p.41]
  18. Easily the best of ABC's overly similar, large-cast ensemble dramas.
  19. What helps separate "The Nine" from others in this season's crowded field are stellar performances throughout and a steady, sure hand in the pilot.
  20. The way these characters interact and relate in the first hour is dazzling and involving without being self-consciously clever.
  21. In a fall season full of lofty recommendations and solid, well-made pilots, it's the only series truly worth getting excited about.
  22. Whether or not "The Nine" succeeds -- and, personally, I'm pulling for it -- it deserves credit for advancing the art of TV storytelling to new heights, both complex and rewarding.
  23. There is nothing supernatural behind the mystery, and there is no deep-rooted government conspiracy lurking behind seemingly mundane events. But suspense builds, personalities strengthen and change, and “The Nine” takes on a life of its own.
  24. 60
    Watching “The Nine” is like trying to do a crossword with only the Across clues. But it promises to reward our vigilance.
  25. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    The tense pilot suggests the series has a few twists up its sleeve and a cast up to the challenge.
  26. 100
    A satisfying, intriguingly complex ABC drama that emerges from the season's serialized pack as the best new show of the year.
  27. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The challenge, structurally, will be finding a way to keep these characters interacting (logic that already seems a bit strained in the pilot) as the incident drifts into the distance.
  28. 30
    It's not so much a narrative as a collection of character studies, and the characters aren't particularly fascinating.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Jessica
    Aug 16, 2007
    I am addicted to this show. I can't wait to find out what actually happened in the bank!
  2. TroyI
    Mar 22, 2007
    This show had me on the edge of my seat every week! Great acting, superb storyline, and excellent filming! Why noone watched it to give it This show had me on the edge of my seat every week! Great acting, superb storyline, and excellent filming! Why noone watched it to give it bad reviews is beyond me....finally a show comes along with quality acting (second to Lost) and isn't cheesy like all the crime-crap out there and it gets cancelled..? Comeon' America... Full Review »
  3. RodP
    Jan 5, 2007
    Don't cancel... It is the best show no one is watching.