• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 25
  2. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. This could all get old really fast, but Taylor's steely performance keeps the home front interesting, while the globe-trotting soldiers bring home the reality of how many troubled spots this small planet still has.
  2. 80
    One of the major strengths of "The Unit" is its ability to tackle the blurry ethical lines and confusing behavioral codes of the military during a time of war.
  3. It just oozes potential with sharp dialogue and a strong cast.
  4. "The Unit" is filled with thrilling action and heart-pounding adventure.
  5. 80
    Mamet skillfully balances the men's harrowing missions with their wives' sacrifices on the home front.
  6. Only an occasional over-spicing of melodrama keeps The Unit from TV's top echelon. Even so, it's the best new dramatic series of a TV season that started way back in September.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    This being Mamet, there's lots of folksy jargon. [10 Mar 2006, p.56]
  8. 75
    "The Unit"... is predictably Mametian only in that it's interesting, tightly written and finely shot.
  9. 75
    It's uneven in spots, with the riveting action sequences sometimes overshadowing the more subdued domestic scenes. But unlike the often gratingly shallow "JAG," "The Unit" allows for ambiguity.
  10. Sometimes formula done entertainingly is just what the country wants to eat.
  11. 70
    There are glimmers of something refreshingly different.
  12. A promising cast and respected executive producers conspire to give "The Unit" a shot at being this spring's breakout hit. But the real proof's in the pilot, a thrilling balance between the action of this sharpshooting brotherhood and the schemes of their secretive, slightly overbearing wives.
  13. 70
    Mamet offers a kind of thinking person's war movie for a nation that is, indeed, at war.
  14. After the male action sequences, alas, the feminine interludes tend to be soporific.
  15. This is news that never quite rises to the level of an event: "David Mamet Came to Television and All We Got Was a Better 'E-Ring.' "
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    60
    Some of Mamet's dialogue is certifiably awful and some certifiably brilliant, and the dichotomy is breathtaking.
  17. 50
    A grim, formulaic drama.
  18. "The Unit" features a strong cast - but for much of this show, they're cast adrift.
  19. A not-awful but not-great drama.
  20. "The Unit" becomes distinctive only when the action shifts back to the wives left behind on the base.
  21. 40
    These two extraordinary talents have done an average job with what is a surprisingly unimaginative premise.
  22. 38
    The executive producers of this series are David Mamet and Shawn Ryan, but it has none of the panache of Mamet's plays and movies such as "Glengarry Glen Ross" or "The Spanish Prisoner," and none of the blunt force of Ryan's best-known work, "The Shield" on FX.
  23. Halfway through tonight's clunky and cartoonish debut, it dawns on you that we're stuck in the middle of Operation Letdown.
  24. 30
    The Unit hits more false notes than an American Idol tryout.
  25. 20
    What you get is a show constricted by radical artistic compromises that it refuses to acknowledge having made. The result is an expulsion of Mamet's distinctive vision into the margins of the series, in which it wanders around like a director who's been fired from a movie yet will not leave the set.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 148 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 60
  2. Negative: 9 out of 60
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    6
    Compelling and interesting, however the special effects are not top notch. The acting performances are also pretty good. I like the AllstateCompelling and interesting, however the special effects are not top notch. The acting performances are also pretty good. I like the Allstate guy, lol. He doesn't do commercials anymore, apparently. Full Review »
  2. Sep 14, 2014
    10
    The Unit maybe one of the best tv shows I have ever seen. I loved the look, the style and everything. It was perfect. Such a shame that it wasThe Unit maybe one of the best tv shows I have ever seen. I loved the look, the style and everything. It was perfect. Such a shame that it was discontinued just to produce one more useless NCIS spin-off.
    Kick all NCIS stuff out of your program except ne original one that was really good and go back producing The Unit. Dennis Haysbert was awesome btw.
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  3. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    It's a fun watch. Nothing too serious and nothing unrealistic. Not every episode is great, and not always continuous. Now that I am done withIt's a fun watch. Nothing too serious and nothing unrealistic. Not every episode is great, and not always continuous. Now that I am done with the set I want more, that should tell you something. Full Review »