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Ironside: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

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14

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

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

14

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

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

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Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 5

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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.

Network: NBC

Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 2, 2013

Pilot

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

2
Air date: Oct 9, 2013

Sleeping Dogs

"Sleeping Dogs," 10/09/2013: Ironside and his team track a serial killer who posts his murders online. HD Version

3
Air date: Oct 16, 2013

Action

"Action," 10/16/2013: A poker game gone wrong sends Ironside on a hunt - and Teddy undercover. HD Version

4
Air date: Oct 23, 2013

Uptown Murders

"Uptown Murders," 10/23/2013: A New York University honors student's murder has Ironside and team racing the clock to keep a hit man behind bars. HD Version

5
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Hell on Wheels

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

6
Air date: Oct 23, 2013

Pentimento

Ironside deals with a mistake from his past when a suspected murderer is released from prison.

7
Air date:

Minor Infractions

An unusual ransom payment is demanded after a student is kidnapped.

8
Air date:

Brothers in Arms

Soldiers are targeted by a street gang after a pimp and a prostitute are killed. Meanwhile, Ironside finds himself at odds with Rollins.

9
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Hidden Agenda

A student is suspected after two people are killed by a car bomb.

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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.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Violence, police brutality in unremarkable procedural.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

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

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

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

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

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

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

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

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
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.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

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."

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
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.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

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

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
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.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
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)

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

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

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

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.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

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

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Ironside is back for no discernible reason.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

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.

September 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
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.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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