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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User Ratings: 356

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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..


Hugh Laurie
as Eldon Chance
Gretchen Mol
as Jaclyn Blackstone
Diane Farr
as Christina Chance
Lisa Gay Hamilton
as Suzanne Silver
Stefania Owen
as Nicole Chance
Greta Lee
as Lucy
Paul Adelstein
as Raymond Blackstone
Stefania LaVie Owen
as Nicole Chance
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Critic Reviews for Chance Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (20)

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

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is enthralling and intelligent entertainment.

Dec 26, 2017 | 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…
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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…
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[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

  • 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.
  • Nov 03, 2017
    Hugh Laurie is back, as another diagnostician. It may seem to be a repeat, but it isn't and you will want to see it. Mr. Laurie is back as a neuropsychiatrist who diagnoses people and sends them to specialists they need. That is where the similarity to House ends. It is about what happens when a patient comes into his life and turns it upside down. Rather then being a narcissistic jerk (whom we all watched House for) he is a family man, shortly after a divorce with a teenage daughter. He accidentally gets involved in an underworld he doesn't understand, but fortunately he has a friend named "D" (don't call him Darius). D steals the show for me though. I liked Hugh Laurie, but Ethan Suplee's acting and just his character in general made me even more interested. Sadly I can't give any more details without spoilers, so all I can say is go see it. Pros: Interesting from the first episode, great actors/actresses and the chemistry is worth seeing. Cons: The trope of multiple personality (not Chance) and the fact that it takes forever for Chance to figure out how the underworld works. Season 2 just came out, and I am going to go see it.
  • Oct 25, 2017
    Just started watching, decided to give it chance. On like episode 6 and the thoughts that my mind had been thinking three episodes back, finally came out my mouth in these words, "how the hell can an established DOCTER be THIS stupid"
  • Jun 16, 2017
    Excellent show! Great acting! Thrilling story telling. I want more of this!
  • Jan 02, 2017
    Classic noir premise. Don't want to spoil femme fatale specifics, but lovers of the genre will like it. Too much praise for Laurie instead of Suplee who completely steals the show IMO. Leaves room for season 2, but also ends with satisfying closure if this is it.

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