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Undercovers: Season 1 (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 14

Visually sharp but narratively undercooked, Undercovers is occasionally fun but lacks the dramatic tension needed to pull off its blend of action and comedy.

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 9

Visually sharp but narratively undercooked, Undercovers is occasionally fun but lacks the dramatic tension needed to pull off its blend of action and comedy.

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Season Info

Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star as a bored married couple who get their groove back by reentering the world of espionage, which the former CIA agents thought they had left behind after retiring five years earlier to open a catering company. Cocreator J.J. Abrams directed the pilot, in which the pair accept a mission to track down their missing friend and fellow agent, played by Carter MacIntyre. Gerald McRaney, Ben Schwartz and Mekia Cox round out the cast.

Network: NBC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 22, 2010

Pilot

Married former spies Steven and Samantha Bloom (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) reenter the world of espionage to track down a friend and fellow agent (Carter MacIntyre), who disappeared while on the trail of an arms dealer, in the series premiere. The pair find that their globe-spanning mission reignites their passion for the job and for each other.

2
Air date: Sep 29, 2010

Instructions

Steven and Samantha go on the hunt for a kidnapped scientist whose captors plan to force her to make a bomb to be used in an attack. Elsewhere, Leo meets Samantha's sister Lizzy.

3
Air date: Oct 6, 2010

Devices

Steven and Samantha go to Berlin to make contact with an informant who claims to have a code-breaking device that could put all CIA agents at risk. During the mission, the pair struggle to find a balance between their personal and professional lives. Elsewhere, Lizzy forms a bond with a man while she caters his father's funeral.

4
Air date: Oct 13, 2010

Jailbreak

Steven and Samantha search for a missing CIA hard drive and must go undercover at the London Philharmonic to follow a lead. Elsewhere, Samantha reconsiders her arrangement with Steven about discussing their pasts; and Lizzy gets more involved in the catering business.

5
Air date: Oct 20, 2010

Not Without My Daughter

Steven and Samantha receive a mission to bring a North Korean physicist to the U.S., but the man refuses to leave without his daughter. Defying orders, the Blooms go after the girl and encounter another pair of spies who are also looking for her. Elsewhere, Samantha misses an event that's important to Lizzy.

6
Air date: Oct 27, 2010

Xerces

The Blooms try to recover a painting that's hiding a formula for a biological weapon. During the mission, Samantha must adopt her old cover and work with Steven's enemy (Sean Maguire), putting a strain on the couple's relationship. Elsewhere, Hoyt develops a crush that could end up helping the mission.

7
Air date: Nov 3, 2010

Assassin

Leo and the Blooms are sent to thwart an assassination plot targeting Peru's president-elect (Alex Fernandez), but Samantha's emotional involvement in the case puts their mission in danger. Meanwhile, Lizzy works an event for Samantha's college friend.

8
Air date: Nov 10, 2010

Crashed

A pilot disappears off the radar while in possession of a dangerous bomb. During the hunt for the man, Steven and Samantha hit several obstacles and Hoyt is injured. Elsewhere, Shaw worries that his ulterior motives will be discovered, and Lizzy asserts herself with a client.

9
Air date: Dec 1, 2010

A Night to Forget

Leo becomes a murder suspect in Mexico when he wakes up in a hotel room with a dead woman and has no memory of what happened. Steven, Samantha and Hoyt waste no time attempting to clear Leo's name, but more trouble awaits them when they learn that a terrorist is also on the loose.

10
Air date: Dec 22, 2010

Funny Money

Steven and Samantha's latest mission---tracking down stolen currency plates that could be used to make counterfeit money---requires the duo to work with Steven's estranged brother. Elsewhere, Lizzy makes a big decision about her future with input from Leo.

11
Air date: Dec 29, 2010

The Key to It All

Steven and Samantha have to abandon their romantic getaway in Greece to help diffuse a hostage situation at a hotel in Tel Aviv. The pair go undercover to start the mission but soon realize the situation is more complicated than they initially thought.

12
Air date: Jan 2, 2012

Dark Cover

After a chance meeting with a former criminal accomplice, Steven resumes his former bad guy cover in an attempt to foil a plot to release a deadly smallpox virus.

13
Air date: Jan 9, 2012

The Reason

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (14)

It feels more like a trip to nowhere.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Spy dramas sometimes get too enamored of their own twists, subplots and dark details, but this one never becomes impenetrable.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Feels a bit undercooked.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Fun to watch but rather forgettable, because the stakes just don't feel all that high.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

I'll keep watching, in the hopes that 'Undercovers' does not remain weightless and rote underneath its glossy exterior.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

The series also feels redundant and only on NBC's schedule because of its pedigree -- JJ Abrams ("Lost," "Star Trek").

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's Alias for people who believe that the best parts of Alias were the first ten minutes of any given episode, and who could have done without the rest.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The banter between the Blooms is so full of cloying sugar substitutes and so devoid of any real tension that there is no voyeuristic thrill to be had.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

At times witty and always good-looking, Undercovers needs to figure out how to balance its serious, silly, and gimmicky inclinations.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

What's missing is a stronger supporting cast and the right narrative vehicle for their adventures.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

With dazzling action scenes and a pair of stars who ooze charm and sensuality, Undercovers easily overcomes its predictability.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

"Undercovers:" quite possibly one of the best meldings of the two sides of Abrams thus far.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Abrams and company, including Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw, who possess chemistry but lack sufficient charm and delivery, must find some way to jump-start this misfire before it fades into obscurity.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Undercovers, a creation that is more hype than heft, is from J.J. Abrams. No, it isn't as good as those shows ["Alias," "Fringe," and "Dollhouse"], but it is still a lot of fun.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Adventure is always more fun when there's romantic frisson in the background.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

It's light but predictable fun.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

It is all a little too casual and humorous to be convincing.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Undercovers is watchable only because of its stars, whose chemistry recalls the fonder days of "Hart to Hart"-style high jinks.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

When I write that "Undercovers is basically a slicker, more expensive, less geeky version of 'Chuck,'" that's not quite meant as an insult. The pilot is stylish, sexy and, at its best, quite fun.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

If only their show didn't feel so flat.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

"Undercovers" in some respects mirrors the initial problem with the central duo's relationship -- comfortable, perhaps, but failing to spark the kind of passion necessary to elicit fidelity from viewers.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

"Undercovers" is so content to lapse into genre conventions, that it feels complacent and banal.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

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