Clarice: Season 1 (2021)

Season 1

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Effectively grim, but narratively bland, Clarice is a disturbingly safe procedural that lets down both its talented cast and source material.



Critic Ratings: 38


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User Ratings: 192

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Air date: Feb 11, 2021

A year after rescuing Catherine Martin from the horror of Buffalo Bill's basement, FBI Agent Clarice Starling gets an urgent assignment from Catherine's mother, Attorney General Ruth Martin, to join the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) in the investigation of three serial killings.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2021

Clarice Starling and the VICAP team are deployed to Tennessee where the FBI is laying siege against a fringe militia group called "The Statesmen."

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Air date: Feb 25, 2021

In order to prove to Krendler and the VICAP team that she is fit for duty, Clarice must find the psychological key that will unlock a confession from the suspect in the three river murders

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Air date: Mar 4, 2021

Following the assassination of a suspect, Clarice and VICAP are investigated by Krendler's rival at the Bureau, SA Anthony Herman. When Ardelia is recruited to assist him, it causes friction between the two friends.

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Cast & Crew

Michael Cudlitz
Paul Krendler
Marnee Carpenter
Catherine Martin
Nick Sandow
Murray Clarke
Rebecca Breeds
FBI Agent Clarice Starling
Kal Penn
Shaan Tripathi
Devyn Tyler
Ardelia Mapp
Lucca De Oliveira
Tomas Esquivel
Natalie Brown
Marilyn Felker
Simon Northwood
Jame Gumb/Buffalo Bill
Caitlin Stryker
Rebecca Clark-Sherman
Dave Lapsley
Paramedic Kimball Dunn
Alyssa Goodridge
Reporter #1
Matteo De Cola
Reporter #2
Caitlin Robson
Clarice's Mother
Patrick McManus
Sheriff Tucker Rowan
Tess Leibowitz
Lydia Teffera
William Harper
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Critic Reviews for Clarice Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

I think the network will have to work a little harder to find something unique to say outside of the crime of the week.

Feb 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Despite its mimicry of the nightmarish visual vibe of Bryan Fuller's adaptation Hannibal, [Clarice] ... devotes itself too much to cramming the sprawling strangeness of this world into a tidy procedural.

Feb 10, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a run-of-the-mill network creep show, more bland evidence of the franchise madness of contemporary entertainment.

Feb 4, 2021 | Full Review…

In a television landscape littered with gruesome procedurals and compelling female protagonists, "Clarice" feels less like a trailblazer and more like a three-decades-later attempt to catch up.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

"Clarice" feels like a cheap knockoff that squanders its source material.

Feb 18, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It restricts a uniquely charismatic figure by placing her inside of a standard procedural, which is a shame because Clarice Starling isn't your average agent. In this show, on this network, she might as well be.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

It remains to be seen if the show can pull off a completely new and interesting take on the character, but the fact that it has more going on than just being a killer of the week show has us hopeful.

Feb 23, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

These heavy themes seem to butt heads with the construct of a CBS procedural and end up being played out fairly chunkily.

Feb 19, 2021 | Full Review…

I do see glimmers of hope in the slow start that leave me curious enough to keep watching, but not enough to pull me through the rest of the season if this pace keeps up much longer.

Feb 17, 2021 | Full Review…

Suffers from a lot of legacy and little liftoff.

Feb 16, 2021 | Full Review…

Creepy, suspenseful, and well-executed, the cast, crew, and creators on this offshoot of The Silence of the Lambs world have created a worthy world to investigate the origins of Clarice Starling.

Feb 16, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The most egregious aspect of Clarice isn't that it's a Lecterverse show without its most iconic killer. It's that it doesn't want to focus on hunting down serial killers to begin with.

Feb 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Clarice: Season 1

  • 17h ago
    The show isn't awful, but it's definitely dreary and fairly lifeless. There's rarely anything in a scene to draw the viewer's eye in a positive way. The episode storylines are generic SVU-type scenarios, and the overarching storyline has been quite predictable so far. I'll keep watching via DVR because Rebecca Breeds and Devyn Tyler are WONDERFUL, but looking back on the first 3 episodes I'm not holding out much hope for the show as a whole.
  • 1d ago
    Rebecca Breeds delivers a quality performance however her character has been plucked from an amazing franchise and dropped into a boring crime procedural with no uniqueness amongst plots or characters whatsoever leaving it without an ounce of distinctiveness. While previous adaptations in the franchise (both Film and TV) possessed stunningly morbid visuals and tantalising writing in abundance Clarice fails to meet this expectation leaving it bereft of the artistry that makes the franchise so successful. However if you're without such expectations and enjoy generic CBS procedurals this will no doubt pass the time.
  • 1d ago
    I find Clarice a entertaining new tv series for 2021 very intriguing......
  • 2d ago
    Couldn't get into it. Seems very plain, not sure if it has potential to improve.
  • 2d ago
    Love the show so far! Hold my attention from start to finish!! Love the actress playing Clarice...I think they chose perfectly!! Great storyline and believable acting all around!! Michael Cudlitz is amazing as he is in everything he does!!! So much better to watch than all the lame sitcoms that are on tv!! Thoroughly enjoy! A+++ from me!
  • 2d ago
    Such an Excellent show as well as an Exceptional cast & crew
  • 2d ago
    I was very much looking forward to this show, but, unfortunately, it just doesn't deliver. At best, it feels like a run-of-the-mill procedural with a flat rendition of the Clarice Starling we know and love grafted on top. The exploration of her and Catherine's trauma feels heavy-handed and shallow, painted through cliches and lacking nuance. The actors seem to be doing the best they can, but much of the dialogue is cringe-worthy, and the weekly crimes feel like they'd be at home on any killer-of-the-week show. In addition, the attempts at artsy cinematography clash terrifically with the banal crime procedural vibe of the show, and feel awkward and contrived. I also take great issue with the ableism prevalent throughout the plot so far, and find the show's treatment and discussion of autism deplorable and a massive turn-off.
  • 2d ago
    Very bland, nothing out of the usual stuff you would expect from CBS
  • 2d ago
    The concept had potential but with clunky, bland dialogue and a plot nowhere near worthy of the source material, Clarice is yet another police procedural on the trash pile.
  • 2d ago
    Don't know what I expected but I did have high hopes for this show... have watched a few episodes now but won't be watching anymore Disappointed in it TBH.

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