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  • Series Premiere Date: May 28, 2015
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Los Angeles police Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) is paired with officer Brian Shafe (Gray Damon), who poses as a hippie in 1967 for a missing person case that will later be revealed to be connected to Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    May 28, 2015
    85
    The epic battles over race, gender, drugs, and the Vietnam war are all on display here, without any phony Let It Be soundtrack muffling the shrieks of the wounded.
  2. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 27, 2015
    80
    This isn’t connect-the-dots storytelling. It’s a blast from the past that reminds us when cop shows succeeded because they were built on great writing.
  3. Duchovny, as usual, is a kick to watch. He brings just the right touch of casual charm and swagger to the role. Meanwhile, Anthony's Manson is appropriately chilling, even as he utters kooky lines like "I pulled you out of the womb of ignorance and into the light of now." And a sound track full of evocative tunes from the era keeps things humming. All in all, Aquarius makes for a cool summer diversion.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 27, 2015
    60
    Aquarius sets up several subplots that are nicely turned, and as ’60s pieces go, it’s hardly the worst. It just doesn’t quite make you feel you’re there.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    May 28, 2015
    50
    Too much about Aquarius is boilerplate cop-drama material; by the second episode, Shafe and Hodiak are investigating other cases while the Manson plot plays out over the long term.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 27, 2015
    50
    Aquarius is watchable, but oddly bland, given its subject matter. It’s not so much “Helter Skelter” as it is “The Long and Winding Road.”
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 27, 2015
    30
    A patchwork pastiche of 1960s clichés that tracks the killings of Charles Manson through a hippy-trippy Los Angeles, because all you really want is for Duchovny to be in The X-Files instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. lah
    Sep 10, 2016
    10
    Great show. Bring it back for Season 3. Great history. Perfect mix of entertainment, intelligent plot and great acting. Strong characters.Great show. Bring it back for Season 3. Great history. Perfect mix of entertainment, intelligent plot and great acting. Strong characters. Keeps me paying attention from start to finish. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2016
    9
    This is a well made show first and foremost. Not enough thoutful well crafted shows on Network TV right now.

    I'm glad to see something like
    This is a well made show first and foremost. Not enough thoutful well crafted shows on Network TV right now.

    I'm glad to see something like this on regular Network Programming.

    Not a historically accurate account of many events, but more of a dramatized extension of the true stories. If it were 100% accurate there would be no characters to truely relate or care for. I'm really hoping this show gets the story arc and seasons they've planned for it.

    It's very well acted and of course Duchovney shines over all the cast in a big way!
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  3. Jun 5, 2015
    9
    ok so i am never really a fan of shows like this but however this is one of the most gripping exciting shows i have seen in some time now loveok so i am never really a fan of shows like this but however this is one of the most gripping exciting shows i have seen in some time now love the action the edge of the seat suspence full of excitement hope it stays for awhile well worth the time exspesually on boring thursday i say keep it away from young kids but still a must watch for teens and adults Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2015
    7
    ram1aq

    The show is really good overall, but needs more classic 60's songs. "Painted Black" put me back in the day, but a lot of the music
    ram1aq

    The show is really good overall, but needs more classic 60's songs. "Painted Black" put me back in the day, but a lot of the music was contrived to be 60's , and was not the real deal. Need songs like "Incense and Peppermints", "I Had Too Much Too Dream Last Night", "Talk, Talk", "For What It's Worth", "Purple Haze", etc. The music gives us the feel of the era. I feel the producers are cutting corners by not giving us the real originals of the day. Pay the piper and reap the rewards in ratings.
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  5. Jul 4, 2017
    4
    Only Hollywood, and worst off Network TV, could try to join the hippie mentality with Charles Manson rhetoric and show it in a positive lightOnly Hollywood, and worst off Network TV, could try to join the hippie mentality with Charles Manson rhetoric and show it in a positive light and make them the sympathetic characters while also having them be the antagonist. While this could be compelling on paper, giving the antagonist some depth, it is not translated this way on screen and just feels confused, disjointed, and inconsistent. It also sells itself as a gripping Manson bio-pic but turns out is just another TV Cop Drama. There are other big problems but these were my main ones. Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2015
    3
    There is simply not much to "Aquarius". The writing is mediocre at best, Mr. Duchovny is basically expressionless, and the plot seems largelyThere is simply not much to "Aquarius". The writing is mediocre at best, Mr. Duchovny is basically expressionless, and the plot seems largely nonexistent. The show purports to be about the Manson gang before it has started committing its major crimes. The actor playing Manson, a total non-look-alike, projects very little of the hypnotic personality that presumably allowed Manson to hold his followers completely under his control.

    I think I will have to instruct my DVR to find something better to do with its time while "Aquarius" is on.
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  7. Jun 28, 2015
    0
    Synopsis: Dull, Dull, Dull. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to this series coming for quite a while. However, I have no desire toSynopsis: Dull, Dull, Dull. Very disappointed as I was looking forward to this series coming for quite a while. However, I have no desire to sit through another hour of stereotypical "hippie-trippie" statements from the supporting cast and "grand" pronouncements from the Manson character that simply don't make sense and add nothing to the plot as he is simply spouting faux-writer imagined-made up religion mumbo-jumbo. Maybe the real Manson spoke like this but as a viewer I found it irritating and distracting. It seemed way too forced and not natural. Also have no interest in watching a Law and Order rip off that has simply been set in the 1960's given that future episodes focus on solving other cases while the Manson story line continues as a way to "give character" to the series. Way better shows out there to watch. Expand

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