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The Beast: Season 1 (2009)




Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 9

The Beast offers Patrick Swayze an entertaining and rugged dark role, but the show itself is familiar and edgeless.


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7

The Beast offers Patrick Swayze an entertaining and rugged dark role, but the show itself is familiar and edgeless.



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Season Info

"The Beast" follows as unorthodox FBI veteran Charles Barker (Patrick Swayze) is paired with rookie agent Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel) in this drama. Barker attempts to impart his years undercover wisdom on his new partner as the two are often thrown into dangerous situations. "The Beast" lasted just one season and was Swayze's last acting performance before his death in 2009.

Genre: Drama

Network: A&E



Air date: Jan 15, 2009


FBI veteran Charles Barker (Patrick Swayze) takes his new partner on their first case---an undercover job to break up a weapons-smuggling ring---in the opener of a series starring Swayze as an unconventional vet paired with a rookie (Travis Fimmel).

Air date: Jan 22, 2009

Two Choices

Barker and Ellis target a drug-trafficking ring run by a man in police custody. They devise a risky plan to let the man go free in order to ensnare him and his band of criminals. The scheme becomes even riskier when they discover there's an ex-cop looking to settle a score with the ring leader.

Air date: Jan 29, 2009


Barker goes undercover to stop a Romanian human-trafficking ring. Meanwhile, Ellis befriends a prostitute (Angela Gots) whose son was sold by the gang.

Air date: Feb 5, 2009


Barker and Ellis search for blackmailers when they learn a jewelry-store executive is stealing jewels to pay extortionists who allegedly gave her son a deadly virus. Susan: Victoria Tennant.

Air date: Feb 12, 2009

The Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroo

Barker and Ellis are tasked with keeping a top nuclear physicist alive and bringing her to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to testify on a case. Meanwhile, Rose pays Ellis a visit at his apartment.

Air date: Feb 19, 2009


The partners pursue a rogue FBI agent who trained with Barker. Ellis goes undercover to track his moves while Barker searches for the man's former girlfriend, whom Barker also dated.

Air date: Feb 26, 2009


A fellow agent vanishes, sending Barker undercover to infiltrate a group of Latino drug dealers who may have something to do with the man's disappearance. Lou Diamond Phillips guest stars.

Air date: Mar 5, 2009


When three homeless Iraqi veterans are murdered the exact same way, Barker (Patrick Swayze) and Ellis (Travis Fimmel) turn to the head of Veterans Administrations, Dr. Eli Blake (guest star, John Heard), for some assistance. Not getting exactly what they are looking for, Barker goes undercover as a vet on the streets to dig up the truth behind the mysterious murders. Meanwhile, Ray (Larry Gillard Jr.) gives Ellis a little background about the previous agent investigating Barker.

Air date: Mar 19, 2009

The Walk In

Barker and Ellis investigate a Chinese spy posing as a university professor. Adding difficulty to the probe is a fellow agent who doubts Ellis' abilities and attempts to sabotage his work.

Air date: Mar 26, 2009


Barker and Ellis enter a high-stakes poker game to find an assassin hired to kill an informant who's about to go into witness protection.

Air date: Apr 9, 2009

My Brother's Keeper

Barker goes after an Irish crime family seeking to expand their business from Chicago to Wall Street. Series star Patrick Swayze's wife, Lisa Niemi, directed the episode.

Air date: Apr 16, 2009


Barker goes on the lam after he's set up for murder, and the Bureau sends a relentless agent to find him.

Air date: Apr 23, 2009

No Turning Back

In the first-season finale, Barker gets a break in a case he's followed his entire career, but never put to rest. He gets a list of six people involved in the crime, and he tries to find them before they find him.

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (9)

It's the gaunt, leathery Swayze, his face etched with age and experience, that makes the show.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source:

Some people can only howl at a line like that, and others, less sophisticated, will swing a fist in the air to cheer it, but I found it quite simple and most congenial to do both at the same time.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Slate

So long as the series continues its run as an unconvincing morality play for Dove, it will lose whatever bite it has in favor of a gentle gnaw.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Swayze brings flair to the series.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Like all good cop shows, The Beast sprinkles dark humor amid the busting of heads. Sometimes it does both at the same time, and Swayze handles that part well.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Haven't we seen enough shows in which agents reveal their sterling natures by freeing Eastern European sex slaves?

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

Swayze's performance is almost reason enough to tune in.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune

The Beast seems like a pretty plain cop drama with added Road House-style grit until the end of the first hour, when a new wrinkle adds more intrigue.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

You watch Swayze in The Beast, and you realize that this is the best performance of his career.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

Patrick Swayze's performance in The Beast is impressive for its resistance to cliche and remarkable for the mere fact of its execution.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

After two episodes, The Beast is a relatively toothless affair.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety

A&E was very smart to hire Swayze. I can't imagine anyone else making this silliness seem so good.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Talk about deadpan! You wouldn't know that Patrick Swayze and Travis Kimmel are in on the joke at all.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

There's no doubt Swayze could be a TV star in the right vehicle, but it seems highly unlikely this is it.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The Beast transcends the familiar convention because of Swayze.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: HitFix

As it is, The Beast is like watching a hero struggle in vain against bonds of his own making. Which is a cliche in itself.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Charlie's crossing over lines makes The Beast more interesting than it should be.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Swayze has shown up, and this time he has come to act.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

This stuff was old when Clint Eastwood was Dirty Harry.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The show deserves a rating of DB -- Don't Bother.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Is The Beast worth your time? Probably not.

January 14, 2009 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Swayze and the excellent quality of the production make for an immensely watchable thriller.

January 8, 2009 Full Review Source:

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