The Unit : Season 1

  • 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

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Critic Reviews

  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. Entertainment Weekly
    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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 11 out of 62
  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. Jan 19, 2017
    3
    Une série dont la réalisation est sans reproche mais qui reste trop basse de plafond et qui connaît beaucoup de passages à vide. ça faitUne série dont la réalisation est sans reproche mais qui reste trop basse de plafond et qui connaît beaucoup de passages à vide. ça fait penser à du Tom Clancy légèrement dégrossi, soit la propagande pro-américaine habituelle (protégez et sauvez le monde libre etc).

    Le point qui aurait pu être intéressant concerne la vie quotidienne des protagonistes qui aurait pu donner lieu à quelques questionnements sur leur métier si particulier mais que nenni : on garde les oeillères et on ne relève surtout pas la tête sous peine de se cogner brutalement au plafond dogmatique du genre vu, revu et usé jusqu'à la corde.

    Certes, cela reste étonnamment sobre en comparaison d'un 24H Chrono mais le train-train et la répétition des situations ont raison un peu trop vite de notre patience.
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  3. Jul 8, 2016
    2
    Surprisingly bad action/drama series from David Mamet, the mind behind such brilliant works as Glengarry Glenn Ross, The Verdict, and House ofSurprisingly bad action/drama series from David Mamet, the mind behind such brilliant works as Glengarry Glenn Ross, The Verdict, and House of Games. The Unit is badly paced, poorly acted, jingoistic drivel. And, yet, the worst thing about it is that it is unbelievably boring. Full Review »