• Network: BBC-1 , BBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 2, 2006
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11

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Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 70
    By the time the many story threads link up... "The State Within" has an unstoppable momentum that’s as good as the best of "24."
  2. A rip-roaring thriller... that pulls off the rare trick of being both massively intelligent and unbearably intense.
  3. 60
    Quick confusion in grasping the conspiracy web is understandable, but that doesn’t mean this series’ many hours... aren’t sufficiently tense and jarring to warrant your time. But if you’re even a mildly cynical A-section reader and/or devourer of suspense novels, and especially if you’ve enjoyed the many fine British multipart political thrillers that have graced our airwaves, like To Play the King and A Very British Coup and State of Play, then The State Within will seem either too familiar or too diffuse.