• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 8, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The series has assembled a promising cast, including Perrineau, Goldberg and Terry Kinney as the unit's snarling captain. In addition, there are vague hints at more sober storylines to come--if, thus far, little reason to emotionally invest in them.
  2. The Unusuals offers an odd combo platter of tones that don't allow the show to jell in its premiere episode.
  3. ABC'S latest police drama, The Unusuals, manages to tap into both the dark tension and the zany absurdity of a cop's life in New York. If you're looking for a show that captures the best of both those worlds, however, call Wednesday night's premiere episode a work-in-progress.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    The Unusuals is not a good show; it is a messy, uneven, silly, inconsequential show.
  5. 50
    The show is neither here nor there, neither amusing nor affecting. It doesn't really call out for further viewing, which is not so unusual at all.
  6. 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.
  7. The series is flat-out tone deaf; a limp drama and a grating, messy misfire as a comedy.
  8. What The Unusuals lacks in cinematic sheen, it compensates with humor and a more interesting group of characters.
  9. 63
    The Unusuals doesn’t have the balance between the comedy and the serious stuff right yet, but Terry Kinney lends a welcome acerbic note as the station’s seen-it-all leader, Sgt. Harvey Brown.
  10. Hawley, who cited two of the best cop shows ever, "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue," as models, might want to hold off on the patent application. The one episode I've seen of The Unusuals felt unreal and unoriginal. Too bad, because Hawley's assembled some terrific players to populate his precinct of supposed misfits.
  11. The cast is excellent, and there's potential here, even though tonight's opening episode, as pilots will, tries a little too hard.
  12. 63
    The series--a replacement of sorts for "Life On Mars" as the strange, spiritually-infused cop show--definitely has its moments, and they aren't as few and far between as I'd imagined.
  13. 70
    Shraeger is played with breezy, cynical wit by Amber Tamblyn (who may have her own secrets; she's looking rather more bosomy than she did a few years back as God's BFF in in "Joan of Arcadia"). And she gets capable backup from a cast that includes Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau.
  14. The Unusuals, which begins on Wednesday, isn’t nearly as thrilling [as "Southland"]. But it isn’t bad, just more predictable.
  15. The first episode is entertaining and promising enough that viewers may get excited about seeing the second one.
  16. 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.
  17. Everygirl Amber Tamblyn is miscast as a cop with a fancy Upper East Side pedigree, but the rest of the ensemble is great, including Harold Perrineau as a paranoid cop and Adam Goldberg as his self-destructive partner. Quirky feels like a curse word, tainted forever by the legacy of David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, etc.), but The Unusuals might actually turn the word back into praise.
  18. 60
    It’s not new or challenging or even very strange. It is, however, plenty quirky.
  19. A refreshing dramedy that captures the hard-boiled world of New York City homicide investigators and their twisted sense of humor
  20. The oddball overload bugs at first, but the incredibly likable cast makes The Unusuals unusually promising.
  21. That's a lot of eccentricity, but creator/writer Noah Hawley meshes humor and pathos with deft plotting and dialogue.
  22. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 81
  2. Negative: 14 out of 81
  1. ShaunV
    Jan 11, 2010
    TO all the critics out there who were under a 60 rating, you all were upset because the show didn't match up to something else you had TO all the critics out there who were under a 60 rating, you all were upset because the show didn't match up to something else you had in mind, and didn't base your reviews on the merit of what the show was. This show is intelligent, fun and has some great lines every episode... if you want something that isn't the same old formula, with a great, quirky sense of humour, give the Unusuals a try. Full Review »
  2. AllieA
    Dec 23, 2009
    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. Full Review »
  3. BillyM
    Dec 15, 2009
    ABC what are you thinking? there are other shows that reallly suck, and this was a good one! you're losing me