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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: J.J. Abrams' latest spy series follows the lives of a married couple (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who come out of retirement to join the CIA.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Brill Bundy
    Undercovers [is]quite possibly one of the best meldings of the two sides of Abrams thus far: the action-adventure guy and the seriously modern romantic.
  2. The writers seem so concerned with ensuring that their characters are preternaturally decent and likable that they go for sunny skies when there should be storm clouds....But Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw are so energetic and appealing that it's hard to take your eyes off them long enough to worry about such matters, and they both seem up to just about anything.
  3. 75
    The guy who brought you "Alias," "Fringe," and the not-so-successful but interesting "Dollhouse," so, of course, the expectations are high. No, Undercovers isn't as good as those shows, but it is still a lot of fun.
  4. The pilot episode isn't a total knockout, coming off as a tad bland and safe. Although Abrams does enough to hold our interest, it feels like he's let up on the gas pedal.
  5. Undercovers is watchable only because of its stars, whose chemistry recalls the fonder days of "Hart to Hart"-style high jinks.
  6. 50
    The efficiency and charisma of these two, enhanced by the haute couture and clich├ęd exotic locales, makes watching Undercovers really fun-but not very believable as a spy drama. It is all a little too casual and humorous to be convincing.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Bailey
    Abrams and company, including Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw, who possess chemistry but lack sufficient charm and delivery, must find some way to jump-start this misfire before it fades into obscurity, or before Abrams shifts his focus to the forthcoming mystery production "Super 8," which hints at a more intriguing fusion of "Lost" and "Cloverfield."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Jan 3, 2011
    When watching the premiere of Undercovers I was taken back by how intriguing the Bloom agents were when coming to agent Nashes rescue. Excellent action(ie.sky scraper fight rpging vehicle) acting and story. Steven's proclaimed to Samantha were just getting started it couldn't be such of an understatement. Following shows went away from bringing the blooms and rest of cast to such a ethralling scenario because story focus was not on key characters for far too long. Once Sams professor came into play ep.7, and Stevens brother ep.10 grounds were laid to get things back on track. The professors death and the dispute between brothering agents made good sense to make things more personal. Writing, casting, and acting has never been so strong in an telivision series. Rating is a 10 and from here on i think more shows could learn from making a whole package like Undercovers has become. I plan on buying this season 1 on dvd and wish i could see a Undecovers movie. Cancelation not here please!!! Collapse
  2. Oct 25, 2010
    I really love this show it is about time regular tv mixes marriage relationships in a positive way. The actors are awesome. I am hoping more viewers tune in so this show can remain on the air. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2010
    Not great, but not bad either. Probably good enough to survive long enough to give the cast and crew a chance to find their legs. The characters are likeable, the dialogue smart and zippy (though on the sweet side), the action is good, the concept is OK, but it's all rather shallow. No real meat. Is this really J.J. Abrams? Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2010
    Not a very good first-impression. Dry and unoriginal so far. Didn't feel like JJ. Still, I like the genre, cast and creator, so I'll give it another go. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2010
    I wanted to like this show. I really did. I've loved everything I've seen from J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek) and his other works look amazing as well (Alias, MI:3). But I don't enjoy this show. For such a formula show that relies on the likability and believability of its characters, the writers don't seem that interested in creating a realistic marriage. While the actors are perfectly believable in their action roles and their characters work well enough as separate entities, I don't buy their marriage. The actors don't have much chemistry together and I can't understand how either of them would want to stay together. They seem to be in the middle of a divorce as opposed to reviving their marriage. Their sweet looks at each other seem forced.

    Apart from that, the spy aspects of the show flat and don't excite as much as they should. Chuck and Human Target do much better in choreography for their action scenes. I'm going to give this show a try, hoping the characters fall out of the cliches they've appeared to be up til now (failing marriage, only getting back into action would make them realize their love for each other, blah blah blah) Lost is my favorite tv show of all time, so I'm hoping J.J. can whip up his writers and actors into shape and remind them that we need some interesting characters (and soon) to go with some great action (which we haven't gotten yet - the "climactic' scene at the end of the pilot had one too many rockets heading our heroes' direction)
  6. Sep 23, 2010
    Coming from JJ Abrams, I was expecting a lot more from this show. So far, I haven't been impressed. It failed to explain or illustrate why these two spies are so highly regarded. Or at the very least, establish some reason for me to watch it again. As a JJ Abrams fanboy, I really wanted to like this show. Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2010
    This is even more cute and cloying version of "Covert Affairs" with a pair of blandly gorgeous fashion models breezing through the exciting and totally safe world of romance novel grade sexspionage, Moonlighting-style, but with less-than-zero charisma and fun. Think Pamela Anderson's VIP, but for desperate housewives. This is probably J. J. Abrams' "Dollhouse", ie. a sharp drop into tired fluff after several hits. Expand

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