Vanished : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 21, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23

Critic Reviews

  1. "Vanished" is indeed compelling. And it is without question Fox's best fall offering (though, having seen all its shows, that praise is not as high as you might expect).
  2. 63
    As in other TV serials of this type, the plot thickens long before it ever starts to thin.
  3. 63
    Whatever one thinks of the format, the briskly paced setup is effectively done.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Lacking "Prison Break's" tough milieu and its initial narrative drive, "Vanished" doesn't exactly scream "Watch me." Nevertheless, it's polished enough and very much a work in progress.
  5. The pilot moves along at a cracking pace, introducing new clues and characters and settings so fast that it's very tempting to sit back and enjoy the ride, ludicrous though some of it may be.
  6. “Vanished” offers suspense and high-society melodrama.
  7. 60
    Nothing that happens next is particularly surprising, though the plot rolls forward with workmanlike efficiency.
  8. 60
    For all its cribbing from plots gone by, "Vanished" still makes for good, escapist fun.
  9. 50
    This is what you'd get if Without a Trace somehow turned into a cartoonish conspiracy chase thriller.
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    So far, Vanished seems more interested in keeping us spinning than pulling us in. [25 Aug 2006, p.75]
  11. For those who make the effort to stay tuned, the reward at the end of the first episode is meager. One hopes for bigger payoffs in subsequent outings.
  12. 50
    Though the glossily well-made "Vanished" may prove intermittently diverting, it lacks any of the original serial thriller zing of far better shows like "24," "Lost" or "Prison Break."
  13. The show teeters at times on incomprehensibility but is brought back each time by its two stars.
  14. I, the Jury, am still out on this one; it could go either way from here.
  15. 50
    A dumb but powerful serialized mystery that has an equal shot at being the season's biggest cult hit and its most mind-boggling flop.
  16. 50
    The premiere... doesn't inspire an instant commitment the way the premieres of "Prison Break" and "24" did.
  17. This is a series trying to be fresh but succeeding only in trading on the predictable cliches.
  18. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    The case seems more like a good crusade for Nancy Grace than the starting point for a series. [28 Aug 2006, p.35]
  19. "Vanished" is already lacking in the kind of star performances that make "Prison Break" or "24" worthwhile even when they're foot-dragging.
  20. 38
    It's not a bad show.... But I don't care about the characters or plot after watching the first episode.
  21. The initial story... is a lot more complicated than it is compelling - and by the time tonight's first hour is up, you aren't hungry for more.
  22. "Vanished" is a show that should leave viewers begging for more, but instead engenders more of a shrug because nothing in the pilot is convincing -- not the characters, not the setting, not the performances.
  23. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    The filming is urgent! The dialogue is obvious! The actors get choked up! It's as if a film school class put together a thriller following all the rules precisely.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 295 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. staciac
    Aug 27, 2007
    I loved the show and can't wait to see the end.
  2. LyleM
    May 14, 2007
    Fair to poor. Would-be clever scenes tacked together to look like a thrilling TV show, but not making much sense. Characters all over the map Fair to poor. Would-be clever scenes tacked together to look like a thrilling TV show, but not making much sense. Characters all over the map but not really going anywhere. Frantically dull. I didn't keep watching when it changed times. The finishing up on a website was good for a laugh, though. Full Review »
  3. JeanaW
    Feb 14, 2007
    I loved the show and want to see the rest of it.