Deception: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

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Deception isn't particularly original or thoughtful, but there's still some lighthearted fun to be found hidden up its sleeve.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 308

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Air date: Mar 11, 2018

The series premiere of the crime drama about a magician who uses his skills to help the FBI after his superstar career is tarnished.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2018

As Cameron continues to focus on helping his brother, he and Kay get to work on a case that has unknowing tourists participating in a reality show—yet it's anything but real, it's deadly.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2018

When an art museum docent is held hostage, Kay enlists Cameron and his team to help rescue her using the art of escapology.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2018

When a psychic is murdered, Kay and Cam investigate only to learn she had a partner who's now on the run. Enlisting her help, Cameron and the team take down an international arms dealer.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2018

When a church's stained glass window is stolen while a famous—yet elusive—street artist is painting a mural nearby, Cam and the team's investigation leads them to the criminal—and an unlikely accomplice.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2018

When Cameron's ex-girlfriend is robbed during Fashion Week, he insists on helping Kay with the investigation and the team finds themselves in the middle of a high-speed, dangerous chase.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2018

When the Mystery Woman kidnaps Cameron, the FBI calls on Jonathan Black to help find him—and stop the Mystery Woman from committing her next crime.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2018

The FBI works with the Deception group to help stop the Mystery Woman from successfully committing one of the largest jewel heists in history.

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Air date: May 6, 2018

The Deception team gets an unexpected partner, while Gunter makes a discovery that will change the team's lives forever.

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Air date: May 13, 2018

Cameron and Kay investigate a secret society where they learn that one of them has a close family connection.

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When his career takes a nosedive after a scandal, famous magician Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) decides to offer his skills to the FBI, thinking he can help them solve cases. He's partnered with Kay Daniels (Ilfenesh Hadera), a by-the-book agent who reluctantly allows him to follow her around. In the first season of the drama series Black also has a secret mission: helping his twin brother Jonathan (also played by Jack Cutmore-Scott), who was framed for murder and is now in jail. Makeup artist Dina Clark (Lenora Crichlow) and street magician Jordan Kwon (Justin Chon) are also part of Black's team, making Daniels' life much more difficult as they tend to not follow any protocol.

Cast & Crew

Jack Cutmore-Scott
Cameron Black
Ilfenesh Hadera
Kay Daniels
Lenora Crichlow
Dina Clark
Amaury Nolasco
FBI Agent Mike Alvarez
Justin Chon
Jordan Kwon
Laila Robins
FBI Agent Deakins
Vinnie Jones
Gunter Gustafsen
Joe Carroll
Henri Morel
Tanc Sade
Lance Bauer
Jack Davenport
Alistair Black
Erica Cho
Danny Corbo
Young Cameron
Yorgo Constantine
Kostya Veradin
Kevin Elden
Chris Fedak
Executive Producer
Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer
Martin Gero
Executive Producer
Sarah Schechter
Executive Producer
Lexi La Roche
Mike Smith
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Critic Reviews for Deception Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

As escapist fare, though, it turns the trick, plays its cards well, pulls a rabbit from the hat, etc. Or as ABC might say, "Abracadabra, here's to another Castle."

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Platinum-plated nonsense -- but also self-aware enough to know just how nonsensical. Deception is mostly just a lot of fun.

Mar 8, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's all pretty absurd, but the show is too light on its feet to begrudge for long.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Never rising above its hokey premise, the procedural is further sunk by transparent mysteries, hollow supporting characters, and a fatal lack of surprises.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, Deception is a show about the magic of illusion that has a great deal of difficulty being, y'know, magical.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The "Magician helps the FBI fight crime" hook of Deception sounds silly, but the early episodes prove that "silly" isn't the same as "bad."

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The storyline is smart.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Deception is fairly charming in spite of its blah procedural trappings thanks to Mr. Cutmore-Scott and his character's bag of tricks and magic team.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Anything is better than this.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Improbable but still fun magic-themed crime drama.

Mar 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Mush up some MacGyver with a little Leverage and then throw in, well, just about every "Cocky Specialist teams with Perpetually Perturbed FBI Agent" series and you've got Deception.

Jul 20, 2017 | Rating: 5.8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deception: Season 1

  • Apr 02, 2021
    This is really awfully bad
  • Feb 25, 2021
    It's an amazing show.. Must watch.. Such a different concept and the work on this show is Spectacular
  • Dec 28, 2020
    It's just awesome! The plot is amazing! There are, of course, a couple of plot moves that are easy to guess, but this does not deprive the series of its special charm. And the ending, damn it, makes you cry. And the realization that the continuation won't do, makes you cry even more.
  • Mar 08, 2020
    Cant believe they cancelled this show, and they HAD to put a major cliffhanger at the end. Was an extremely exciting and fun show however
  • Dec 13, 2019
    Fabulous! Must watch! Fantastic! Bravo! Excellent! Lovely! Thrilled! Loved! Best! Awesome Soundtracks! Want season 2 and more seasons... it's worth it!
  • Dec 10, 2019
    I havent seen such a good tv show I dont know why its season 2 is cancelled Big bummer
  • Oct 23, 2019
    Although some episodes can be boring (or nevertheless the series does not call you attention), Deception in my opinion is an entertaining series, with a good suspense, surprise that I did not expect, good performances, and above all an ending that can blow your head
  • Feb 11, 2019
    ????? ?????? ??????, ??????? ???????????!!
  • Nov 29, 2018
    Awesome and new concept works for me. Keep it up. Hope season 2 somehow gets picked up. Looking forward to it.
  • Sep 19, 2018
    Amazing and refreshing show! Loved it, hope for season two :)

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