Chance: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Chance is an entertaining and profoundly dark thriller primarily kept afloat by Hugh Laurie's outstanding performance.



Critic Ratings: 32


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Air date: Oct 19, 2016

Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie), a neuropsychiatrist with a troubled life, makes a life-altering choice to intervene when his alluring patient is beaten by her abusive husband. The series premiere.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2016

Chance investigates Jaclyn's last psychiatrist and a secret rendezvous with Jaclyn forces an ominous encounter. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Oct 26, 2016

Chance fends off Jackie, which returns Jaclyn to herself, much to his relief (and regret). Also, it becomes apparent that her husband has no intention to discontinue his threats against Chance as Chance tries to get psychiatric help for Jaclyn.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2016

D lacks a driver's license, so Chance serves as wheelman in the surveillance of Blackstone, and the duo try to prove that Blackstone is a corrupt cop. Chance begins to question the mission and his own sanity as his quest to help Jaclyn turns obsessive.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2016

Chance undergoes a brain scan in a bid to find a medical explanation for his uncharacteristic behavior. Meanwhile, Blackstone arrives to deliver a beatdown, and Chance teams with D to incriminate Blackstone, but their in-the-shadows mission turns deadly.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2016

Chance fears for his family's safety while awaiting fallout from a mission. Also, Chance spends a night alone with Jaclyn and begins to suspect she's not as helpless as originally thought.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2016

Chance's world is thrown into chaos when he uncovers the truth about the people closest to him. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Nov 30, 2016

Proof of Blackstone's criminal activities comes from an unexpected source as Chance is finally poised to take down his enemy. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016

Chance is trained in hand-to-hand combat in preparation for a confrontation with Blackstone. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: Dec 14, 2016

Chance struggles to understand the truth of his tragic encounter with Blackstone. -- (C) HULU

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A thriller centring on a San Francisco forensic neuropsychiatrist who spirals into a perilous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness..

Cast & Crew

Hugh Laurie
Dr. Eldon Chance
Gretchen Mol
Jaclyn Blackstone
LisaGay Hamilton
Dr. Suzanne Sims
Paul Adelstein
Raymond Blackstone
Stefania LaVie Owen
Nicole Chance
Alexandra Cunningham
Executive Producer
Kem Nunn
Executive Producer
Lenny Abrahamson
Executive Producer
Michael London
Executive Producer
Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer
Brian Grazer
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Chance Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (22)

Chance wants to be a kind of seedy California noir, complete with femme fatale but is personality-less instead.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Chance seems natural for binge watching, and that makes Hulu's strategy of releasing episodes week by week, just like on television, seem frustrating. Fans of psychological thrillers, though, are likely to find Chance worth the wait.

Oct 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Chance, despite a great cast and a pilot directed by Lenny Abrahamson, relies too much on coincidence and gullibility to be effective.

Oct 19, 2016 | Full Review…

So far it's involving to a degree but never enthralling to the max... Whatever this is -- it's watchable.

Oct 19, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Chance is buoyed by a strong supporting turn from Embry and an aptly nuanced take from the hot-like-fire Laurie, meaning audiences open to a little self-reflection should volunteer to be victims for this one.

Oct 18, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

One of the best new fall series and - double bonus points - it stars the great Hugh Laurie and Ethan Suplee, who ruthlessly hijacks his scenes.

Oct 17, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

[Huhg] Laurie is excellent, with an air of priestly weariness and a rougher, sadder version of his House growl. The shape of the story takes a while to emerge, but it could run and run.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a glum, glacially-paced noir, and I probably would've stopped watching midway through the first episode had it not been for the presence of Hugh Laurie.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Even if it's only serendipitous, you won't want to miss out on Chance.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall Chance is a mixed bag - but stick with it for the first couple of episodes and you may find it draws you in.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Though the series remains entertaining, attractively moody, and sensationally well-acted, there's a lack of urgency and personal import that can be felt throughout.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Slow, murky, and expertly written, Chance is the kind of dark drama that rewards viewers who don't need an explosion or twist every seven minutes.

Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chance: Season 1

  • May 02, 2021
    Started out with a lot of suspense and intrigue, like a San Francisco film noir, complete with femme fatale, morally flawed protagonist, and fascinating off-beat character D. But the plot gets silly in the middle, Chance is just a plain bad psychiatrist, his extreme choices make no sense, and Laurie and Moll have no sexual chemistry. D's lines provide some comic relief. Not worth the time investment. Should have been a tight two-hour film.
  • Apr 17, 2021
    Average. Hugh Laurie's character becomes rather unlikeable and I found myself rooting for his death to stop his stupidity.
  • Dec 07, 2020
    Dark and disturbing. Barrage of F-bombs diminishes the terrific story line. "D" is a perplexing character. You never know what he will or won't do but someone is going to get hurt badly.
  • Aug 27, 2020
    Hugh Laurie should never be cast in a show with sex scenes....he is like flat soda. No charisma, sexiness, appeal and he isn't even attractive. A better actor cast in his part would probably have kept this show on the air longer
  • Feb 20, 2018
    Brilliant. Gripping. Why O why only 2 seasons?
  • Feb 16, 2018
    Anything with Hugh Laurie is class but the Ethen Guy was top class too in this!
  • Feb 02, 2018
    A Thriller that has you guessing at what's to come next ... and you'll be wrong. Ethan Suplee and Hugh Laurie head up this cast of excellence!
  • Jan 03, 2018
    For the first few episodes I thought Hugh Laurie is not the right guy for the part but that quickly changes. The story is strong and will hook you. I hope Hulu can put some more coin into the series to keep the fire going.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Great in parts, repetitive and tedious in others. Hugh Laurie resisted playing a doctor again after “House” but was persuaded as the character was so different. He pulls it off which is a credit to him.
  • Dec 14, 2017
    Wonderful psychological drama.

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