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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 8, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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61

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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 69 Ratings

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  • Summary: Vice cop Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) is transferred to a quirky and sometimes unusual homicide squad.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    88
    A refreshing dramedy that captures the hard-boiled world of New York City homicide investigators and their twisted sense of humor
  2. 80
    Look a little closer, though, and what you'll find is a truly strange cop dramedy with lots of sharp dialogue, jocular banter and offbeat scenarios.
  3. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    70
    That's a lot of eccentricity, but creator/writer Noah Hawley meshes humor and pathos with deft plotting and dialogue.
  4. 63
    Clearly the show is trying to contrast humor with murder, lightening the mood with cat kidnappers and plushie hot dogs. But like too many ABC shows, it pushes the quirkiness too hard.
  5. 60
    It’s not new or challenging or even very strange. It is, however, plenty quirky.
  6. 58
    It's the kind of setting that befits a cop show more focused on characters than cases, and The Unusuals delivers there. The problem is the policing; after one episode, it doesn't really grab me as a cop show yet--partly, perhaps, because the show is so whimsical its stakes don't yet feel real.
  7. The series is flat-out tone deaf; a limp drama and a grating, messy misfire as a comedy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. AllieA
    Dec 23, 2009
    10
    My family and I loved this show!!! We're so disappointed that it was cancelled!!! We thought Amber Tamblyn was GREAT!! The show had just My family and I loved this show!!! We're so disappointed that it was cancelled!!! We thought Amber Tamblyn was GREAT!! The show had just the right amount of humor and was edgy also. Even our kids (who are in their twenties) like it. Expand
  2. DavidK
    May 14, 2009
    10
    This is the new NYPD Blue. I didn't realize how much I missed Blue until I began watching this. Great characters, just quirky enough This is the new NYPD Blue. I didn't realize how much I missed Blue until I began watching this. Great characters, just quirky enough with being cloying. Nice pacing, smart writing. Expand
  3. DoyleS
    Apr 9, 2009
    10
    Liked it! Intriguing, humorous, entertaining, thanks.
  4. MichaelAustin
    Jun 4, 2009
    10
    I am very sorry this show has been canceled already.
  5. RazzleC
    May 7, 2009
    9
    This week i watched the entire 1st season on line during my lunchbreak.....I am so so so looking forward to seeing the next season. I fell in This week i watched the entire 1st season on line during my lunchbreak.....I am so so so looking forward to seeing the next season. I fell in love with each of the charachters at 1st watch...i'm actually considering a second viewing for next weeks lunch. Expand
  6. Callum
    May 19, 2009
    9
    So much potential, unique mix of comedy and drama that provides a fun show. Great cast with great acting and a massive range of charcters. So much potential, unique mix of comedy and drama that provides a fun show. Great cast with great acting and a massive range of charcters. BAD NEWS THOUGH: It's been cancelled! Expand
  7. WendyM
    Apr 8, 2009
    0
    I can't believe that ABC replaced Life on Mars, a brilliant and witty show, with The Unusuals. Shame on you ABC!

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