Crisis: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Crisis

Critics Consensus

Though Crisis may be engaging and exciting to some, its premise is too silly to be taken seriously.

61%

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Critic Ratings: 33

68%

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User Ratings: 89

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 16, 2014
2
Air date: Mar 23, 2014
3
Air date: Mar 30, 2014
4
Air date: Apr 6, 2014
5
Air date: Apr 13, 2014
6
Air date: Apr 20, 2014
7
Air date: Apr 27, 2014
8
Air date: May 4, 2014
9
Air date: May 25, 2014
10
Air date: Jun 1, 2014
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Critic Reviews for Crisis Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (17)

The mood music in Crisis can be over-wrought at times -- and downright over-bearing when a male vocalist breaks into "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." But the first two hours are nicely paced and eventful.

Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The story itself relies on a series of coincidences that may be improbable, but the character responses feel authentic.

Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Smart new techno-thriller led by the always good Mulroney.

Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Crisis may wind up being only half as long as a season of 24, but it also may wind up being just as intense - and just as good.

Mar 21, 2014 | Full Review…
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Crisis spends so much time constructing a complicated world that it forgets to populate it with anyone worth watching.

Mar 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Sometimes the only way to save a stupid TV show is to make it more stupid. This, anyway, is my note to the creators of Crisis.

Mar 17, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Crisis is a surprisingly gripping thriller about the horrors that befall a group of rich, overeducated teens when their cell phones enter a network-free dead zone.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Crisis is a limp series that relies too much on plot contrivances and fails miserably at connecting with its audience.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

After I'd seen two hours of Crisis, did I want to see what happened next to any of these characters? Not particularly.

Mar 17, 2014 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a series that's a heady mix of action movie, political thriller, teen soap opera and network crime drama, you'll want to get on the bus.

Mar 17, 2014 | Full Review…

With its frantic pacing, vicious masterminds and valiant law enforcement agents, Crisis might remind you of Fox's 24. Not the best seasons of 24, but still.

Mar 17, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

NBC's midseason release seems like the perfect mainstream alternative to the night's otherwise prestige programming.

Mar 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crisis: Season 1

  • Mar 03, 2017
    As a fan of political dramas, I decided to give "Crisis" a try because it looked like a very interesting premise. Plus, being an X-Files junkie, I was curious about Gillian Anderson's return to network TV. Those assumptions did hold...for about two episodes. After that, unfortunately, the show turns into a standard crime procedural lacking any sort of "new ground". After the first two episodes of "Crisis", I thought that I had found the next great political drama. A group of high-society prep students on a school field trip (one being the son of the President of the United States) are kidnapped and held hostage. It is very interesting to see the different dynamics between the students and how they all react a little bit differently to the situation. Even the heavily-advertised Gillian Anderson return is a hit, as her character adds a toughness angle to the show that seems intriguing. Sadly, that is where the innovation of this show ends. For the next 3/4 episodes, it turns into a complete procedural. It has the stereotypical "one male, one female F.B.I. agent" (played by Lance Gross & Rachael Taylor) premise, and follows a "one parent of a hostage each week" approach to storytelling. It is sad, because had the show-runners been able to focus on the relationships between the teen hostages themselves, THAT is where the interesting material was. As soon as the focus shifted to the parents, it became tedious and un-inspiring. Even Anderson's character has been pretty much in invisible since those first couple episodes. I compare "Crisis" to a show like "Intelligence" on CBS. Both shows had great kernels of concepts/ideas, but instead of truly breaking ground with original storytelling, the networks instead shoe-horn those interesting plots into tired TV storytelling conventions. Both shows were also advertised as something almost completely different from what they turned out to be. Much like "Intelligence", I would be surprised if "Crisis" gets a renewal for a second season. It just doesn't differentiate itself enough from other similar "stock" fare on television these days.
  • Jun 03, 2016
    One good scene that looks to be setting up an excellent story and plot can't save the show. The way it's made doesn't work with the type of show it wants to be. It's very boring, and kinda cheesy. Seems content to coast on the one scene that was good. There's one decent twist in the first episode, but it wasn't executed well which made it worse. This was very disappointing, especially because that first scene was so great and showed so much potential, but then they reveal why it happened and it's just so stupid.
  • Nov 16, 2014
    A shamed that got canceled
  • Jul 22, 2014
    Crisis is sappy, cheap and gloriously stupid, although it had its fun moments (the pilot is decent and so are the first episodes). The characters are shallow and the plot is utter unbelievable. It fits somewhere between Hostages and The Following - meaning: it sucks.
  • Jun 26, 2014
    Liked the characters and the intricate set up.
  • Jun 23, 2014
    Series Finale!!! The show has a very good premise! It took kidnapping, CIA mastermind, escape/trap plan into a new height, how a man on a mission could cripple a nation and how far parent could go for their child! It is great but it didn't tick :/ and so we get something special at the two hour finale, I think they wrapped up the entire to be season two in that episode :p and It was great with a disappointing ending :/ a mastermind with caliber shouldn't end this way -_- but it always did to make the good prevails -_- the great few who make him either disappear or to do the hard, evil choice when his psychopathic behavior control for the sake of survival :/ but that didn't happen here! even with the last panel it didn't make it better! Anyways! It's CANCELLED after a half first season! so :/ I wasn't rooting for it really! but it got a good story, a great premise but :/ I liked enough to give it 7/10
  • Jun 09, 2014
    I love it!!!! I want to see more!
  • Jun 02, 2014
    The plot would be OK for 1 or 2 episodes but hard to see how the same "parent mission" routine can be repeated for all children. After the cancellation the writing took a serious down turn, with super convenient developments and ludicrous situations (like the guys in the bar all pulling weapons on a tactical squad fully armed...)
  • May 30, 2014
    Too bad spring shows are always cancelled before they can find an audience. This show wasn't that bad.
  • Apr 01, 2014
    There's just not much to like here at all. Bad writing and unintelligent characters are off putting.

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