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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 25, 2019
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  • Summary: Ex-CIA-spy-turned-traitor Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is serving a life term in a Supermax prison when FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) is forced to turn to her to help him find a criminal in this Ken Woodruff drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 18, 2019
    85
    A near-perfect mixture of the chess-piece intricacy of The Good Shepherd and the loony bang-bang of the Mission: Impossible movies, Enemy is a classic infinity-of-mirrors counterintelligence drama—and in more ways than one.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 25, 2019
    67
    If its characters continue to be dumb about someone in their midst (hey, see how that title comes into play), it could diminish them and the show. ... [Unlike ABC's Whiskey Cavalier,] this show goes beyond the standard cloak and dagger to ask some serious ethical questions about methods and how even the most seemingly benign operation can lead to civilian collateral damage. For treating us like grown-ups, you might be willing to make friends with “Enemy.”
  3. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Feb 25, 2019
    67
    In the episodes given to critics for review, it remains escapist fare with a self-serious veneer of danger. Carpenter brings the emotional weight; let’s hope the show lives up to her performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 26, 2019
    58
    Carpenter and Chestnut solidly play their roles, but Enemy Within doesn’t crackle the way The Blacklist did in early episodes. There’s nothing particularly special going on here, and it’s hard to muster the enthusiasm to say much more than that.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Feb 25, 2019
    50
    If the show can find more unique ways of harnessing its star’s power going forward, it might find a more interesting groove. Until then, “The Enemy Within” will remain more of a shrug than a must watch.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 25, 2019
    50
    The Enemy Within is a predictably thin and hyped-up network concoction. But connoisseurs of gothic silliness can appreciate it as a gender-switched homage to “The Silence of the Lambs.”
  7. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Feb 25, 2019
    40
    It’s not even pretending to be anything other than broadcast TV comfort food.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Feb 26, 2019
    10
    Amazing show!!! Jennifer Carpenter acting is incredible, can't wait for the next episode.
  2. Mar 16, 2019
    10
    Love this show! Jennifer Carpenter is awesome. I just wish i could keep watching.
  3. Mar 12, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Amazaing show need season 2!! Moris chestnut love the acting
    Is this remake of blacklist
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  4. Apr 8, 2019
    7
    Lots of potential. Sometimes it takes itself too seriously and the plot is improbable, but they are trying, I find myself interested by mostLots of potential. Sometimes it takes itself too seriously and the plot is improbable, but they are trying, I find myself interested by most storylines and like that the bad guy may not actually be bad. Jennifer Carpenter does as good of a job as possible for how they have written her character, which can be somewhat uneven. Not sure why some people have such strong feelings of anger and hatred about this show, yet Whiskey Cavelier gets a pass. I am enjoying it for what it is and look forward to further episodes. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2019
    3
    Stunningly dumb. Unabashedly predictable. Watchable when Jennifer Carpenter is in the scene but that isn't enough to make the show work.
  6. Mar 8, 2019
    1
    Unabashedly dumb, painfully predictable, extraordinarily bad acting, worst story line ever fathomed, who gave their OK for this show and whoUnabashedly dumb, painfully predictable, extraordinarily bad acting, worst story line ever fathomed, who gave their OK for this show and who is providing the budget? I'm amazed it's on TV. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2019
    1
    I came because of Dexter. I liked her portrayal of the histrionic sister and for at least a few seasons that was a modern classic. I leaveI came because of Dexter. I liked her portrayal of the histrionic sister and for at least a few seasons that was a modern classic. I leave Enemy Within after 2 episodes as it clearly is nothing more than typical rote by-the-numbers network junk. Poorly written and conceived and I am embarrassed for the actors watching them try to pull it off. This show is a perfect example of why Netflix, Prime and the others are succeeding. Expand

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