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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 9, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics What's this?

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 398 Ratings

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  • Summary: A mystery novelist (Nathan Fillion) seeks inspiration for his next book by shadowing NYPD detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic).
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    Lotsa fast banter and stylish direction will make some viewers dimly recall--as they are doubtlessly meant to--William Powell and Myrna Loy's late, great "Thin Man" movie series.
  2. 70
    Fillion and Katic occasionally seem a little too self-conscious--a little smirk goes a long way--but ultimately the characters are too appealing to resist.
  3. 63
    Yes, it is all kind of dopey and has that "been there/ done that" feel. But Fillion is so right for the part and carries the show so well that he makes the show more fun than it deserves for an otherwise by-the-book procedural.
  4. 50
    This sort of banter takes up a good portion of the Castle premiere episode, each instance of it reinforcing the always-already familiar premise.
  5. I know this is going to come as a shock, but when the scene is designed around Kate, the show sags. By contrast, when Rick strolls into the room, the show perks up.
  6. If ABC's new cop drama, Castle, can slightly tweak its title character, it could turn into a very nice little show. In Monday night's premiere episode, it's just not quite there.
  7. The trouble with Castle is that it's just so completely fluffy - which is annoying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 104
  2. Negative: 1 out of 104
  1. heribertos
    Mar 30, 2010
    10
    Intelligent, smart sexy and characters and story line that are magnetic. You start watching and are so enthralled by the characters and story Intelligent, smart sexy and characters and story line that are magnetic. You start watching and are so enthralled by the characters and story that you want to catch up with everything you have missed in previous episodes. Expand
  2. LarryB
    Sep 24, 2009
    10
    Clever writing, great leads, strong supporting cast, wonderful production value...what's not to love?
  3. ClaudS
    Apr 6, 2009
    10
    Great Show. Keep it coming, the banter between character are good.
  4. Dec 9, 2012
    10
    Love the show. Nathan Fillion is one of my fav actors. The girl playing his daughter is really cute. I appreciate a show with wisecracking characters.
  5. KerryF
    Mar 17, 2009
    9
    I liked it and its just the first show!
  6. Jan 16, 2014
    9
    Castle is incredibly fun and well put together in its entirety, but the chemistry between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic on screen is whatCastle is incredibly fun and well put together in its entirety, but the chemistry between Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic on screen is what makes the show something more than just another crime mystery/drama. It never takes itself too seriously but never settles to be just surface level. Seeing the critics dampen the metascore of this fun show is disheartening and reminds me why I can't always trust a review, even if its averaged amongst "professionals". Castle is definitely worth a watch. Expand
  7. KenC
    Mar 17, 2009
    1
    Can't get into a rich, arrogant, wise-cracking character who has no regard for anyone alive or dead.

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