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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 13, 2011
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  • Summary: Bridget returns home to see her twin sister, Siobhan (both roles played by Sarah Michelle Geller), after running into trouble in New York. When it appears her sister committed suicide, Bridget decides to assume her twin's identity, only to find that her sister's life is not much safer than her own.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 7, 2011
    100
    Gellar commands every scene. Hers is a true, potent star turn. [12 Sep 2011, p.43]
  2. Ringer may not be able to match the Master of Suspense at the top of his game, but it does a great job of creating a constant state of queasy tension.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 13, 2011
    75
    If you can suspend your disbelief enough to get over the improbable premise (and overlook Nestor Carbonell's abuse of eyeliner as FBI agent Victor Machado), Ringer takes you on an exciting, suspenseful ride full of more twists and turns than Siobhan's hallmark hairdo.
  4. Reviewed by: Michelle Welch
    Sep 13, 2011
    60
    Ringer is at times cleverly handled, suggesting numerous plot avenues for the future. Unfortunately, Gellar's wooden performance in the premiere episode doesn't bode well.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 12, 2011
    58
    Tuesday's premiere certainly has enough intrigue for starters. What it needs is more overall electricity.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 12, 2011
    42
    Barring a significant step up in quality--or at least the self-awareness to stop taking its silly plot and characters so seriously--those people [Gen X'ers who loved "Buffy"] will only be watching out of loyalty to a part that Gellar played a long time ago, on two different networks that no longer exist, and not because she's presently doing work that merits that kind of devotion.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 12, 2011
    25
    The lousy effects that put the twins in the same room are sloppy, and the story line--ripped from a cheesy daytime soap--is worse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Dec 30, 2011
    10
    The first 10 episodes of season 1 were amazing. Ringer is brilliantly mixing different kind of formats. At first you might think it is only aThe first 10 episodes of season 1 were amazing. Ringer is brilliantly mixing different kind of formats. At first you might think it is only a Soapy Drama because of all the shocking twists and turns but quickly you will see the show has a unique touch in the television landscape with a strong visual identity thanks to dark lightings and confined sets. Its Thriller / Film Noir aspect is really compelling, respecting all the different genre codes (a complex lead role with a far from brilliant past surrounded by strong and important supporting roles dealing with murder, adultery and treason, a fourth-rate cop manipulated by a femme fatale, night scenes, wet sidewalks, oversized sunglasses, trench-coats, firearms...) It is a great quality, mature series (especially for The CW) with amazing established actors such as Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Grudge, Buffy), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four, King Arthur), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight, Lost), Jaime Murray (The Deaths of Ian Stone, Dexter) and Jason Dohring (Deep Impact, Veronica Mars). I can't hardly wait for the next episodes! Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2011
    10
    See Sarah Michelle Gellar again is very cool ! I was waiting for this all summer long and i am not dissapointing ! The show is excellent, iSee Sarah Michelle Gellar again is very cool ! I was waiting for this all summer long and i am not dissapointing ! The show is excellent, i already love it ! Not only because she is in but also because the story is exciting ! Can't wait to see the episodes ...!! Expand
  3. Feb 1, 2012
    10
    This show is awesome. I love the concept, and I'm always wanting more from Sarah Michelle Gellar. I think she plays her roles really well.This show is awesome. I love the concept, and I'm always wanting more from Sarah Michelle Gellar. I think she plays her roles really well. I am a true fan of this show and hope it runs for a very long time. I also like the rest of the cast, and how each has their own problems but somehow it links to the whole story line. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    8
    Its good to see serialized, plot twist based, TV come back when its pretty much dead these days. Yes, the show is quite soapy and in a fewIts good to see serialized, plot twist based, TV come back when its pretty much dead these days. Yes, the show is quite soapy and in a few episodes the plot twist at the end and the follow up to the previous plot twist at the beginning are the best bits and nothing that good happens in the main part of the episode. As a whole though it does have a very interesting story that makes you want to keep watching. There are a few stupid things like the fact the cops never even consider for a second that it could be the other twin and when they find a fingerprint on something it only comes up with one of them when of course they have the same DNA but there are not enough to be a big deal. Also and there are some awkward moments, as usual for this kind of show, when she gets caught and comes up with a BS reason to explain things but its not a big issue.
    Overall there are a few small flaws but its still quite moreish and better than a lot of the mediocre shows at the moment cos TV land doesn't want to take any risks and makes everything episodic, procedural and samey.
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  5. Sep 15, 2011
    8
    It was good! And i see potential on it! Sarah is good! The story line is kind of soapy but if twists are added it could be something that canIt was good! And i see potential on it! Sarah is good! The story line is kind of soapy but if twists are added it could be something that can be addictive!! I think that all hope falls on Sarah's shoulders...! If she pulls off a great character it will kick ass! Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    7
    this is definitely an entertaining show to watch. i may not be up there with prison break or lost but it certainly keeps you coming back. ithis is definitely an entertaining show to watch. i may not be up there with prison break or lost but it certainly keeps you coming back. i may be watching it mainly for smg but if there is nothing wrong about that. ringer is an interesting thriller/mystery/drama show in its own right and i will watch at least until the first season finale. Expand
  7. Dec 31, 2011
    0
    What was only touted as the new face of television Noir in the wake of Veronica Mars fame has only been a true disappointment this show canWhat was only touted as the new face of television Noir in the wake of Veronica Mars fame has only been a true disappointment this show can only muster up enough strength to be a fourth rate soap opera. This show lacks the sly smart Noir of Veronica Mars or the soapy charm of Dynasty or Twin Peaks. The worst part of this show is that it suffers from Extra Horrible Writing, Terrible Casting, & Mediocre Acting.â Expand

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