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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 8, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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63

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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. The first episode is entertaining and promising enough that viewers may get excited about seeing the second one.
  3. 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.
  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