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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 7, 2006
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Starring: Robert Patrick, Scott Foley, Dennis Haysbert
  • Summary: Playwright David Mamet's first real stab at network television follows an elite Special Forces unit (led by 24's Dennis Haysbert) on covert missions around the globe, while also focusing on the wives left behind.
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: David Mamet
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Mar 7, 2006
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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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. "The Unit" is filled with thrilling action and heart-pounding adventure.
  3. 75
    "The Unit"... is predictably Mametian only in that it's interesting, tightly written and finely shot.
  4. 70
    Mamet offers a kind of thinking person's war movie for a nation that is, indeed, at war.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Some of Mamet's dialogue is certifiably awful and some certifiably brilliant, and the dichotomy is breathtaking.
  6. "The Unit" becomes distinctive only when the action shifts back to the wives left behind on the base.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 59
  2. Negative: 9 out of 59
  1. Jul 20, 2011
    The Unit represents one of the most compelling hours of television anywhere and anytime. I am flummoxed by the critics average score, other than to say critics are generally against any TV drama that purveys the military in anything approaching a favorable light.

    In fact the drama is many times so gripping that the episode becomes difficult to watch. Is it too much for at least some home viewers to reach star status?

    Ultimately, I believe the the show suffered from two flaws that lead to its failure; one common and one not so common. The common one is that in 5 years the characters did not evolve enough to deep the deeply faithful viewership alive. The show was at its best presenting the army's best soldiers in impossible situations, but floundered in the continuing Kafkaesque moments with wives and girlfriends.

    The second flaw was the wife story line. It was frustratingly unrealistic. No one, and I mean no one, can watch even 1 season of absolutely shunned wife long suffering and comparatively uneventful story lines while being complicitly lied to, and not be frustrated. Not even Jonas would not tell the love of his life what he was doing. The evolution in the last season was a band-aid to this issue, not a solution.

    Kudos to the writers and the producers of an absolutely brilliant idea and some of the best writing on TV. But Andy Griffin shows are dead. People need to change. It's part of the fun.
  2. Nov 14, 2011
    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 with the set I want more, that should tell you something. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2012
    Compelling 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. Expand

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