• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 28, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 100
    So what is there to like about this show? The same thing there was to like about "The Sopranos" and "The Shield" - great writing, insanely good acting, deeply troubled and deeply layered characters and a plot that will keep you glued to your seat.
  2. "Thief" pays homage to all the conventions of a traditional thriller and weaves into it complicated issues of guilt, race and family. It's a little like some of the better dramas on HBO, but finds its own unorthodox way.
  3. 90
    A stand-up, standout piece of work, one that works wonders on a seemingly tired genre.
  4. Creator-writer Norman Morrill's drama is so taut and his approach to the genre so sharp that the only significant complaint is that the first "season" is only six episodes.
  5. "Thief" brims with strong, potent performances.
  6. Braugher [has] never been better... rarely has a character hopped onto the screen feeling so completely real. [31 Mar 2006, p.51]
  7. Thief is in a different league, simultaneously intense and flamboyant, propelled by Braugher, who's even better here than in Homicide: Life on the Street.
  8. The storytelling and performances are peerless in their intensity.... At the same time, there may be too much going on here for six episodes to do this show justice.
  9. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    80
    Like plots on "Hustle," "24" and "The Shield," there's a bit of incredulousness that comes with each caper. But with persuasive writing, sharp visuals and editing, as well as a steady directorial hand, "Thief" is always convincing.
  10. 80
    Braugher's performance as Atwater is intense, scary, seductive and astonishing in its range of emotions. It leaves little doubt that he is still among the best actors ever to grace the medium.
  11. 75
    The minute "Thief" begins running tonight on cable's FX, television reclaims its best actor.
  12. "Thief" doesn't levitate with genre-busting genius, but it is very FX, which means it's very real and well executed, a series that doesn't pander.
  13. 75
    [A] smart, hard-edged new crime drama.
  14. "Thief" is a worthy addition to [FX's] schedule.
  15. 70
    Hopefully this overkill of plot twists is just series finale syndrome in reverse--an opening-episode gambit to snag viewers--and the show will settle down to work on its more subtle elements.
  16. It benefits immensely from the presence of Braugher, at long last in a role that, like that of Det. Frank Pembleton on "Homicide: Life on the Street," suits his particular intensity.
  17. "Thief" offers strong moments aplenty, but what it lacks are strong connections, both between those moments and among some of its characters.
  18. 63
    This is all well done, and it's a great-looking production, but the weight of the drama keeps tugging toward a side plot about Braugher's 14-year-old stepdaughter. [10 Apr 2006, p.35]
  19. 60
    Watching Braugher, who won an Emmy for Homicide, proves highly satisfying. But there's a big hitch: the maddening show around him.
  20. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    The show would probably be too ponderous to enjoy if Braugher weren't an actor of tremendous restraint.
  21. It requires a certain patience to stay with "Thief."
  22. 60
    As a character study of one man, "Thief" works, but it's going to take a lot more than that to pull us into this very dark, very unforgiving story.
  23. We don’t yet know if Thief will go anywhere surprising.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    Bores by being relentlessly glum.
  25. 30
    It walks the walk of Important Series Television, but no matter how hard it tries to be gutsy and existential, it rings hollow.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 68 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. path
    Apr 3, 2007
    10
    This was a GREAT show, to bad it had to end.
  2. AkeishaW
    Jan 29, 2007
    10
    I like this show! It had me sitting and thinking about what would be next and it was so REAL!!!! I felt that everything that was going on was really happening at that moment. Good Stuff.... Full Review »
  3. Anna
    Dec 28, 2006
    9
    I think this was a pretty good show, I watched every episode some were better than others and I was looking foward to a 2nd season!