• Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 6, 2020

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Feb 6, 2020
    On Briarpatch that protean mind [of creator Andy Greenwald] is put to surprisingly good use. Maybe the best idea Greenwald had was taking Benjamin Dill, the hero of Ross Thomas’s long-forgotten 1984 detective novel Briarpatch, and turning him into Allegra.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 5, 2020
    Characters flirt with type but finally come across as original and real and thus worth caring about, while the performances are first rate, rooted in decades of film history but individual and modern at the same time.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 5, 2020
    Even at its murkiest, Briarpatch is furiously entertaining and wildly unpredictable. It's that rare thrill ride with smarts--and exotic animals. [3-16 Feb 2020, p.8]
  4. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jan 30, 2020
    Dawson is a confident lead. ... She’s joined by a beautifully cast group of eccentrics. ... “Briarpatch” isn’t weighty, and thank heavens for that. There’s something to be said for a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and that goes down as easy as a frosty drink on a hot afternoon.
  5. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 9, 2019
    USA’s plan is to treat “Briarpatch” as an anthology, and to create subsequent seasons focusing on new characters within its creative world. Based on their success with Allegra, it’s easy to imagine that’s doable; for now, though, the time we have with this well-wrought, sharply observant but fallible sleuth is reward enough.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 8, 2019
    Slick, colorful ... "Briarpatch" isn’t a knockout — much of the fun is in the discovery; in seeing the weird things emerge, not return.
  7. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Feb 7, 2020
    The world that Andy Greenwald has set up in Briarpatch is one that’s worth visiting, despite the heavy hand on quirk.
  8. Reviewed by: Kaitlin Thomas
    Feb 3, 2020
    There was a lot of potential for Briarpatch, and the series is definitely watchable, but by never fully committing to one thing, it ends up with several interesting ideas rotating around one another rather than coming together to tell a fully realized story.
  9. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Feb 4, 2020
    Briarpatch has a wonderful cast and some inspired ideas; if it can slow down and figure out a more elegant way to deliver its fusion of icy cool and ramshackle quirk, St. Boniface will become a wry and appealing place for viewers to put down some roots.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 4, 2020
    A self-consciously strange series can’t quite settle on a tone. Sometimes absurdly funny, other times a little dull and draggy.
  11. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Feb 3, 2020
    The whole thing has decent energy, and boasts enough interesting visual flourishes that it’s tempting to let it slide by purely on style points. But it’s hard to locate the humanity buried underneath all this style. Like fellow oddballs Claws and On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Briarpatch tries to get by solely on quirk at times — but, sadly, man cannot live on quirk alone.
  12. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 15, 2020
    There's nobody to love or even like much in Briarpatch. Even Allegra is flat and withdrawn; her insistence on staying to pursue the case is driven by intellect rather than emotion.
  13. Briarpatch is lovely to look at and its story clicks along at an entertaining clip. The trouble is that the second you stop watching it, none of its burrs stick.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 8, 2019
    Maybe Briarpatch will become trippier and stranger as it establishes its footing. Or maybe it will become funnier, sexier and more viscerally compelling. It's currently stuck somewhere in the middle, not really all that satisfying but not without potential.
  15. Reviewed by: Nick Allen
    Feb 6, 2020
    “Briarpatch” seems to pride itself on throwing in new strange details and characters when it can, but that type of goofy pulp becomes exhausting. Any glimmer of some spirited character work (like Edi Gathegi as a lawyer that Allegra trusts) is snuffed out by the bizarre feeling of watching a show that's so kooky and yet so stagnant.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Feb 13, 2020
    What a letdown! A new show from Sam Esmail, creator of Mr Robot, such high hopes for some good entertainment! And then, maybe halfway throughWhat a letdown! A new show from Sam Esmail, creator of Mr Robot, such high hopes for some good entertainment! And then, maybe halfway through the first episode (this was the pilot?) my wife and I went on to something else.
    What's the problem with the show? 1) a hackneyed script 2) stereotyped characters 3) terrible director. These combine for an unwatchable show.
    I know they didn't start out to make a bad show. Where were the producers? Didn't they see the trainwreck coming? Isn't that what they're paid to do? Now the writers are stuck in that writers' room every week, and it must be so depressing. The actors are stuck with this show for some episodes, and it must be so depressing. Go home at the end of the day, don't tell your friends about the show, hoping they won't watch it. Such a bummer.
    What happened? It would be interesting to know. There's lots to be learned from a complete failure like this, but it takes courage to face the music and figure it out.
    Anyway, good luck to all concerned.
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