Crossbones: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

John Malkovich's show-stealing performance keeps Crossbones partially afloat, but an overly serious tone and choppy editing make this a leaky vessel for his talents.



Critic Ratings: 29


Audience Score

User Ratings: 108
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Air date: May 30, 2014
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Tv Season Info

In the year 1715, the notorious pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich) rules New Providence, a rogue nation in the Bahamas. His absolute power is threatened, however, when the British government hires an assassin to infiltrate his marauding band of outlaws and kill him.

Critic Reviews for Crossbones Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

In Crossbones, low-tech fight scenes are a welcome relief from the customary mind-blowing special effects. Mostly, however, the reason to watch is Malkovich.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

All in all, Crossbones is about as believable as Casanova in a seminary.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's never lost time when you're watching Malkovich and Coyle.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An oddity with additional oddness in the form of Malkovich. But as summer diversions go, this looks to be a good one.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Full of odd pauses and volume modulation, Malkovich's big acting holds our attention even when the show's fuzzy plotting and minor absurdities are distracting us. He doesn't steal scenes so much as rape and pillage them.

May 28, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too much of Crossbones takes itself overly seriously, especially when Malkovich is off-screen. Serious music, serious glances, serious lines, serious people -- it's a Pirates of the Caribbean movie without Jack Sparrow.

May 27, 2014 | Full Review…

Crossbones struggles to keep things interesting.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Even if NBC's Crossbones was not the second pirate TV show this year, after Starz's Black Sails, Crossbones would still be a disappointment.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Costume dramas with first-rate actors don't come along every day on broadcast television, so I'm inclined to grade NBC's Crossbones on a curve. If only for the pleasure of John Malkovich's company.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

I'm happy to be along for the ride. I just hope Crossbones knows where it's going.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crossbones: Season 1

  • Dec 13, 2014
    Great series. Love Malkovich. Sad that it's been cancelled.
  • Sep 22, 2014
    The best use of the English language in any TV show ever, with enough heart to win one over to whatever the cause of the protagonists might eventually be proven to be (the final mystery).
  • Sep 14, 2014
    Complicated and riveting plot
  • Aug 09, 2014
    usual Hollywood unwatchable rehash of who knows what script, a living old bald Blackbeard without a beard, the usual annoying power women, strutting about and being 'tough'. Garbage, could not face episode two
  • Aug 03, 2014
    Everybody started watching this show was for John Malkovich as the great pirate Blackbeard, that was the prospect and that what you get for the most of time... but the intriguing story wasn't there even when tried to spice it up with Coyle - Tom Lowe - the English spy on the island it was great for the first couple of episode then it went away, as the show evolved it became unclear where they are going with it :/ ... The finale was great! but still, the future is unknown ... I liked for the most of it, I get what I was signed up for, John Malkovich performance is great! I was impressed with Richard Coyle, I didn't like the story that much, I don't think it will be renewed for a second a season :/ but if it is I'll be here next year :) I'm going to give it a 7/10
  • Jul 26, 2014
    Loved it! Why are all the good ones cancelled?
  • Jul 20, 2014
    Great acting, interesting complex characters and a period drama featuring Malkovich as legendary Blackbeard. Some will still prefer to watch half baked reality shows or another spinoff cop drama, but I sincerely hope Crossbones gets renewed.
  • Jul 05, 2014
    A bit slow at times, CROSSBONES brings a strong cast led by John Malkovich to tell a historical story that will entertain many.
  • Jun 28, 2014
    Stor skuffelse, både med hensyn til historien, som er ren Hallmark-farvelade, og (især) med hensyn til Malkovich, som slet ikke lever op til, hvad man kan tillade sig at forvente af manden, der udødeliggjorde Cyrus the Virus. Stod af efter afsnit 3. Hvis du ikke kan undvære sørøver-soaps, så se Black Sails i stedet. Den er ikke perfekt, men meget bedre.
  • Jun 27, 2014
    Crossbones premise is so bad it overshadows what little good there is to see. The protagonist is a Super Secret Agent Doctor that apparently has the mental acuity of Stephen Hawking, the charm of Don Juan, and the Healing Factor of Wolverine. He was literally shot in the chest and then less than 24 hours later he is going for a dip in the ocean with another man's wife. And I understand that Black Beard is incognito but why did he disguise himself as John Malkovich?

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