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Ironside: Season 1 (2013)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 28
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 24

Critics Consensus: Ironside is an unnecessary, lackluster remake that could be a decent police procedural if it wasn't so mundane and monotonous.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: Ironside is an unnecessary, lackluster remake that could be a decent police procedural if it wasn't so mundane and monotonous.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 6


Season Info

This remake of the 1960s crime drama of the same name follows paraplegic police detective Robert Ironside (Blair Underwood) as he solves criminal cases in New York City. In Season 1, Ironside deals with a mistake from his past when a suspected murderer is released from prison. Other series regulars include Brent Sexton, Kenneth Choi, Neal Bledsoe and Pablo Schreiber.

Premiere Date:
Oct 2, 2013


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Air date: Oct 2, 2013

The team is introduced in the opener of this series, in which a paraplegic police detective solves criminal cases in New York City.

Air date: Oct 9, 2013

Two witnesses are untruthful when questioned about a crime.

Air date: Oct 16, 2013

A high-end poker game is robbed. Meanwhile, Teddy goes on an undercover assignment.

Air date: Oct 23, 2013

The team investigate the murder of a college honor student.

Air date:

Members of a notorious motorcycle gang are suspected when severed body parts are found in a garbage bag.

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (24)

As much as I like Underwood, the plot is all rather routine and most of this series wouldn't have looked out of place in the 1960s.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
Buffalo News

Ironside tries to be "not just another cop procedural", but it actually is, and it's not as special as we wanted it to be.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
E! Online

While Underwood does his best to add bite to the title character, he can't overcome the recycled feel of Ironside.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Time Out Chicago

Violence, police brutality in unremarkable procedural.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
Common Sense Media

Moments... are so bad they are almost laughable.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As independent as this new Ironside is, thanks to the plodding writing here, he is being defined by his disability, the exact opposite of what someone in his condition would want.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
New York Times

A lot of the show plays like a parody of hard-boiled cop show cliches.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013

All this Ironside does is talk tough and spout exposition endlessly. Yak, yak, yak.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Hollywood Reporter

It's the most cliched, least believable, least fun, and just awful new drama of the year. It is aggressively bad. Avoid at all costs.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013

This Ironside is a cliche-ridden cop show that's violent and unpleasant.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

The ageless Underwood remains one of TV's most charismatic actors, and is long overdue for a hit.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Boston Herald

It's a show that will take viewers down a dark and hopefully enlightening path with Ironside and his team, and it looks like that path will be a good one.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013

To be fair, Ironside could very well succeed: Stranger things have happened, particularly in weak time slots. Whether it can become less dreadful in the process is an open question, but nothing in Wednesday's opener would cause one to answer "yes."

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
USA Today

Gruff at every turn, including when he's coaching hockey, and always working, even in the middle of an amorous interlude, Ironside overdoes the dedicated cop role, overcompensating for the wheelchair with his relentless pursuit of criminals.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Under the Radar

I can neither recommend it nor recommend you leave it alone.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times

Underwood tries hard throughout and is still a small-screen presence. But that doesn't save Ironside from being thoroughly overcooked and stuffed with convoluted deductions on how the featured wrongdoing went down.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Uncle Barky

Blair Underwood's oppressive, angrier portrayal of Robert Ironside... isn't quite the worst thing about this lackluster reimagining (that would be the clichéd cop-procedural plot structuring), but it's the most obvious one.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Slant Magazine

The plotting of the premiere oscillates between sensational and sanctimonious, splattered, whenever creativity runs thin, with the raw entrails of Ironside's maudlin backstory.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013

If Ironside is going for more than cop-show-with-a-gimmick, it needs to go even bigger.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

I'm not quite sure why anyone felt the need to revive Ironside. While the original did run for nine successful seasons... it otherwise didn't have the same pop-culture, baby-boomer impact of other revived shows (Charlie's Angels and Knight Rider)

Full Review… | October 2, 2013
New York Post

A competent, connect-the-dots procedural that never offers much of a case for why a remake was needed.

Full Review… | October 2, 2013

IIronside's manifest failings go well beyond the political incorrectness of its producers. It is a dank and ugly affair, with Underwood playing a dour, Nietzschean superhero.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Miami Herald

This Ironside starts out as a good cop show that Underwood could turn into a very good one.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
New York Daily News

What do beehives, freshly painted fingernails and Raymond Burr's old cop drama have in common? They're all things better left alone.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times

There's a disability at work here, all right, but it has nothing to do with the show's wheelchair-bound hero.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

Ironside is back for no discernible reason.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013

Ironside has all the right ingredients for viewers looking to have their expectations met before - or while - they doze off. The rest of us will be occasionally distracted but mostly bored.

Full Review… | September 19, 2013
Media Life

There's an interesting psychological drama to explore here, if Ironside's writers and its seasoned cast can resist the easy, repetitive lure of cop-show pro-forma.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Washington Post

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