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Persons Unknown: Season 1 (2010)

Seasons:
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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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33

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Season Info

This mystery-drama series follows s even strangers who are abducted and locked in hotel rooms under constant surveillance as they try to escape, build friendships and discover betrayals. Escaping isn't all it's cracked up to be, though, as the group are constantly tested, often put in life or death situations. Gerald Kyd stars as Mark Renbe, a reporter searching for his missing ex-wife, who happens to be one of the abductees.

Network: NBC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 7, 2010

Pilot

When seven strangers are abducted and wake up in an abandoned town, confusion sets in. They soon discover cameras are watching their every move and whoever took them has taken extreme measures to keep them from leaving. The mystery thickens after dinner a

2
Air date: Jun 14, 2010

The Edge

While the group attempts to understand why they were kidnapped, Moira painfully removes the implant device that has been embedded in each person's thigh. Elsewhere, trying to escape back to their normal lives, Joe and McNair carefully test the limits of t

3
Air date: Jun 21, 2010

The Way Through

After a week of escape attempts end in failure, tension begins to grow within the group. When a helicopter appears above the hostages, they are hopeful that help has arrived, but the craft only hovers long enough to drop a mysterious box. Meanwhile, San F

4
Air date: Jun 28, 2010

Exit One

The group fret over news that someone will be leaving, and a taxi arrives to pick up Janet and a guest of her choice. Later, Tori begs for freedom, a plea that seems to produce results, and Joe meets with someone unexpected.

5
Air date: Jul 5, 2010

Incoming

The group search for the missing Tori and find a new prisoner, Erika, who attacks Joe and the others. Meanwhile, Renbe learns about Tori's fate and realizes that it's connected to Janet's disappearance.

6
Air date: Jul 17, 2010

The Truth

Dread sweeps through the group when Joe falls seriously ill. Although she has an antidote, Erika rejects giving it to Joe---unless he owns up to his secret. Elsewhere, reporter Renbe and Kat appear at Tori's funeral in Rome. Before long, they discover tha

7
Air date: Jul 24, 2010

Smoke and Steel

When Joe (Jason Wiles) confesses everything he knows about the kidnappers and their organization to Janet (Daisy Betts), he puts himself in a vulnerable position with all involved. Angry and mistrustful of Joe's involvement in "the program," Blackham (Sea

8
Air date: Jul 31, 2010

Saved

When Joe wakes up strapped to a table, he is told he must be "reeducated" in order to return to the program, or he will die. He then endures a dizzying array of dreams, hallucinations and flashbacks designed to steer him back to the program and away from

9
Air date: Aug 7, 2010

Static

After returning to town, Joe's troubles worsen as he suffers from frightening side effects caused by his "reeducation." The rest of the group is left wondering whether they would simply be better off without him. Concerned by the chaotic mess the town has

10
Air date: Aug 21, 2010

Identity

When new night manager Mr. Ulrich informs the group that all "guests" are restricted to the hotel they feel even more trapped. The level of uneasiness heightens when they return to their rooms and find very personal items that remind them of their pasts.

11
Air date: Aug 21, 2010

Seven Sacrifices

Unable to trust Joe, Janet sets her sights on the new Night Manager Ulrich as her ticket out of town.

12
Air date: Aug 28, 2010

And Then There Was One

When the group goes searching for Janet and Ulrich, they discover all their supplies have disappeared. After finding the pair, they turn to Ulrich for help, but soon realize they are left on their own to survive. Meanwhile, Kat and Renbe receive crucial i

13
Air date: Aug 28, 2010

Shadows in the Cave

In the first-season finale, the abductees escape following a van crash and try to restore normalcy to their lives. Elsewhere, Renbe and Kat's attempt to help Janet leads them to an unexpected reunion.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

Persons Unknown isn't built around an ensemble of characters who are engaging in their own right, beyond the mildly provocative situation they're in.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

It would help if the dialogue wasn't so clunky or if the actors didn't utter it as if they were auditioning for their local production of And Then There Were None.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Let's just go ahead declare all Persons Unknown as dead, stuck in the Hotel Purgatory. Get a room someplace else.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

This new suspense drama has promise.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

We feel only a marginal bond with the characters - which is presumably the main reason someone who isn't a hard-core sci-fi fan would watch.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

This workmanlike drama, for all its modern-day touches, has echoes of classic Agatha Christie country-house mysteries:

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune

A series that doesn't give viewers enough reason to care in its premiere episode.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The premiere is heavy on set-up and light on action. It's more about mood than plot. Whether that will hold up over 13 hours is questionable.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Not only are none of the seven characters particularly interesting, they simply fail to react realistically to their bizarre circumstances.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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