Forever: Season 1 Reviews

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May 9, 2020
The show finds a funny way to explore the purgatory of other people and the hell of one's own self.
October 3, 2018
The show feels built from an Ikea-particle-board notion of committed love.
September 23, 2014
Forever is an easy hour because Gruffudd is a fine, quite likeable actor, and the mystery-of-the-week procedural continues to be candy for viewers. Just know going into it that explanation is not a key part of the series.
September 22, 2014
The combination of will-they-or-won't-they romance, detective stories and supernatural hooey clashes rather than melds. If the people behind Forever can't solve this fundamental flaw, a better title might be "One Season."
September 22, 2014
Gruffudd is an immediately likable hero, radiating just the right mix of hope and resignation as he both leverages his inability to die and attempts to "cure" it.
September 22, 2014
Just OK, although I like Gruffudd in the role.
September 22, 2014
Henry's ability to cheat death may be absurd, but the writers seem to have thought through the gimmick, from the reason why no one catches on (if they do, he moves) to the skills a long life has allowed him to develop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2014
Gruffudd's characterization is a bit uneven; sometimes he's gruff and aloof and still pining over the loss of his World War II-era love, yet he's able to turn on the charm when he wants to.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 22, 2014
It's risky to base an entire TV show around the charisma of your lead actor, but if you insist on doing so, you could do a lot worse than hire Ioan Gruffudd,
September 22, 2014
Feeling familiar is the least of Forever's problems. The worst offense is wasting Gruffudd's assets on an underdeveloped premise better suited for a made for TV movie.
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September 22, 2014
Castle with a twist and a pair of hugely attractive leads.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 22, 2014
[Forever] is nothing more than a shameless Sherlock ripoff, from the opening music to the British-accented protagonist with a knack for deductive reasoning. Why stop there when there are more shows to crib?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 22, 2014
A strong hero and a positive theme enrich this crime drama.
September 22, 2014
Despite its strong cast and potentially interesting premise, Forever fails to distinguish itself among a network landscape littered with quasi-serialized crime procedurals.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 19, 2014
Forever isn't the freshest new show this fall, but its classiness is appreciated.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 19, 2014
Monday's premiere has to work hard to get you to suspend disbelief, but the actual crimes...are well plotted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 19, 2014
Too much of Forever is either overwrought or half-baked.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 18, 2014
An oddly uninvolving drama that forces one to contemplate what Castle might look like if the lead character couldn't die. Star Ioan Gruffudd is likable enough, but the rules of the show tend to blunt any emotional attachment.
September 18, 2014
There's no gravity here. No weight to the character or his unique ability. It's just a gimmick to find some new way to tie in to the "Sherlockian" subgenre.
September 17, 2014
Forever is a procedural with a dash of magic and a giant schmear of schmaltz.
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