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Those Who Kill: Season 1 (2014)

Seasons:
1

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29

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 17

In spite of its suspenseful premise and an effective performance by Chloe Sevigny, Those Who Kill is bogged down by monotonous plots and senseless violence.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 7

In spite of its suspenseful premise and an effective performance by Chloe Sevigny, Those Who Kill is bogged down by monotonous plots and senseless violence.

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 41

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Season Info

An unpredictable homicide detective teams with a forensic psychologist to solve murders in Pittsburgh.

Network: A&E

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 3, 2014

Pilot

A serial killer is pursued in the opener of this series about an unpredictable homicide detective who teams with a forensic psychologist to solve murders in Pittsburgh.

2
Air date: Mar 10, 2014

The Way Home

While Catherine Jensen waits to be cleared for duty by the D.A.'s office following a recent incident, a murder victim is discovered alongside a curious message. Meanwhile, Thomas Schaeffer secretly investigates Catherine's past.

3
Air date: Mar 30, 2014

Rocking the Boat

Following an unsolved murder, Catherine Jensen and Thomas Schaeffer team up to investigate the victim's past and reach out to Catherine's step-father Howard Burgess for more information on the case.

4
Air date: Apr 6, 2014

Sunday

Catherine is forced to ask her step-father for help. Meanwhile, Thomas discusses the minds of murderers with his son.

5
Air date: Apr 13, 2014

Souvenirs

Thomas' decision to stop working on active cases causes Catherine to investigate his past, leading her to an unexpected family history. Catherine takes Thomas to the scene of her childhood trauma.

6
Air date: Apr 20, 2014

Always After

Catherine is reeling from Thomas' revelation about her mother Marie and throws herself into investigating a devastating new case. Meanwhile, Thomas goes too deep into a murderer's psyche.

7
Air date: Apr 27, 2014

A Safe Place

As the killer invades another family, Thomas' profile causes Catherine to take on an unlikely role.

8
Air date: May 4, 2014

Insomnia

Thomas obsesses over an ominous letter that puts his career and family in jeopardy. Meanwhile, an old acquaintance resurfaces in Catherine's life.

9
Air date: May 11, 2014

Untethered

A daughter struggles after her mother's death; a killer abducts couples.

10
Air date: May 18, 2014

Surrender

Thomas and Bisgaard struggle to keep Catherine from going off the rails following the attack on Molbeck. Catherine and Thomas come face to face with their greatest foes.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (17)

Proof positive that sometimes it takes truly talented people to make something deeply mediocre.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

The writing here is paper-thin, the kind of scripted crime drama that we've seen too many times for it to feel fresh again.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

I was almost instantly uninterested - not just in the crimes at hand, but in the interpersonal relationships of the cop characters themselves.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

If it moves away from lingering on shots of torture and sees the virtue in developing its characters, it could grow into something intriguing. If not, then Those Who Kill could be DOA even with the superb Sevigny as its star.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

American TV doesn't need to import things that have already become clichés.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

This angle was sort of fresh and interesting when Cagney & Lacey did it 1982. Not so much now.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The end of the episode that sheds quite a bit of light on the direction of the series. If it can follow through on what's promised, this may be a gem for A&E.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Although Sevigny brings some of her flair for playing stubbornly outré characters to this role, Those Who Kill fails to distinguish itself from Hannibal, The Following and so much else in TV's corpse-strewn imagination.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

The surprise-filled plot of A&E's Those Who Kill will put you on the edge of your seat, and Chloë Sevigny's performance will keep you there.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The show piles on plot and cliché.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Those Who Kill is a gloomy game of Jenga that topples into its own graveyard of lunacy.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

The Those Who Kill pilot, the only episode A&E made available for review, falters in its murkiness. It suggests but doesn't reveal.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Filled with talented people both behind the scenes and in front of the camera, A&E's new Nordic noir remake Those Who Kill is a needlessly grim slog.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

Lacking the nutritious value of originality, we're left with Catherine's mantra about her prey: "You have to be worse than they are." It doesn't get much worse than Those Who Kill.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Judging by the first episode, it may already have started a one-way walk down a dark alley.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

I am tired of TV shows where anonymous naked women are tortured and killed for set dressing.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Those Who Kill can be a tough watch, because it has some intense scenes. Fortunately, they aren't unduly extended, and for those who stick it out, there look to be rewards.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

The mise-en-scène runs deep here. Everything the eye sees, the ear hears, the nerves feel. That amplifies the happenings, making the characters' air heavy, their energy so tightly coiled you await an explosive jolt.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Those Who Kill emits a sickening charge.

March 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The show is mostly just guilty of a rather mundane form of petty theft - and a decided lack of imagination.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Sevigny works hard at being complex, haunted, etc. while the show around her collapses into a voyeuristic mess with a denouement that makes one wonder how Catherine Jensen could possibly remain on the force beyond the opening episode.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Only sometimes the horror is too much. The grip pushes your face toward the screen, while all the rest of you is begging to turn away.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Akron Beacon Journal

No other drama on this subject has the asset in this instance of Chloë Sevigny.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

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