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Hostages: Season 1 (2013-2014)



Critic Consensus: Hostages has an intriguing premise and handsome production values, but its twisty plot sometimes strains credulity.


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A deadly cat-and-mouse game between a world-renowned surgeon and a rogue FBI agent begins in Series 1 of this high-octane suspense thriller. Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette), a respected Washington, D.C., surgeon is selected to operate on U.S. president Paul Kincaid (James Naughton). But the day before the surgery armed intruders, led by FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott), take her family hostage and demand that she kill Kincaid during surgery or they will murder her husband, son and daughter. To buy some time, Ellen slips the president some blood thinner which causes the procedure to be postponed for two weeks. As Duncan and his gun-toting allies hold the Sanders family hostage until the assassination can take place, dark secrets begin to spill out and it becomes clear that Duncan is taking orders from someone higher up and that the conspiracy is much bigger than anyone could imagine.


Toni Collette
as Ellen Sanders
Dylan McDermott
as Duncan Carlisle
Tate Donovan
as Brian Sanders
Sandrine Holt
as Sandrine Gonzales
Rhys Coiro
as Kramer Delaney
Quinn Shephard
as Morgan Sanders
Billy Brown
as Archer Petit
Mateus Ward
as Jake Sanders
James Naughton
as President Kincaid
Larry Pine
as Burton Delaney
Jeremy Bobb
as Quentin Creasy
Lola Cook
as Sawyer
Paul Calderon
as Stan Hoffman
Joanne Kelly
as Vanessa
Toni Trucks
as Angela Nix
Larry Mitchell
as Det. Peter Hall
Alex Manette
as Ted Jankowski
Kate Burton
as Mary Kincaid
Allyson Morgan
as Assistant
Matthew Schatz
as Male Colleague
Graham Powell
as Randall Burke
Royce Johnson
as Agent Graham Adams
Kevin Prowse
as Security Guard
Nancy Nagrant
as Nurse Reed
Frank Deal
as John Norton
Andy Powers
as Charlie Andrews
Duke Lafoon
as Dr. Kagan
Ali Farahnakian
as Dr. Jim Miller
Jonathan C. Kaplan
as Martin Hayes
Richard Hughes
as Kate's Husband
Stewart J. Zully
as Det. Connors
Kevyn Morrow
as Police Captain
Tom Greer
as Male Station Attendant
Greg Brostrom
as Janitor/Security Guard
Bhavesh Patel
as Journalist
Derek Peith
as Bus Driver
Tom Kemnitz Jr.
as Medical Tech
Debra Kay Anderson
as Mrs. Watson
Danielle Slavick
as Nurse Karen
Sharrieff Pugh
as Herman Walker
Nicholas J. Coleman
as Young Burton
Nick Chinlund
as Det. Miller
Eric Schroeder
as Pawnbroker
Josh Banks
as Lab Tech
Jay O. Sanders
as Lynn Shipley
Phil Nee
as Principal
Li Jun Li
as Attractive Woman
Bret Lada
as Young Kincaid
Garth Kravits
as Polygrath Expert
Harriett D. Foy
as Nurse Delores
Tim Ransom
as Dr. Hank Evans
Timothy Adams
as Jack Cahill
Robert McKay
as Agent Seabury
Mark Doherty
as Thug Leader
Tonya Pinkins
as Beth Nix
Robert Eli
as Irritating Guy
Napiera Groves
as Press Secretary
Jermel Howard
as Tattoo Dude
Germar Terrell Gardner
as Correctional Officer Miller
Lizzy Brooks
as Teenage Girl
Josiah Nolan
as Thug #2
Martín Solá
as Secret Service Agent
Matthew Lawler
as Private Detective
Iris Delgado
as TV Reporter
Veronica Dang
as Assistant
Raushanah Simmons
as Reporter #2
Jason Altman
as Security Officer
Harry Sutton Jr.
as Reporter #3
Ed Moran
as Det. Fritz
Kenita Miller
as Whimpering Woman
Angel Rosa
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for Hostages: Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21)

Hostages hardly breaks new ground as a psychodrama with violence hovering in the air. But it could open new options for the television procedural.

September 23, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Smart, intriguing thriller, but the opener is slightly overheated.

September 23, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite all its unanswered questions, Hostages is appreciably easier to grasp than NBC's competing new The Black List.

September 19, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you get past the large leap and buy into the premise, Hostages promises surprising switchbacks and character development ranking among the best of the season.

September 6, 2013 | Full Review…

A show like Hostages really only has one chance to sink the hook into viewers. This premiere lets us get away.

August 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Suspense-filled from the get-go, Hostages revolves around a family full of secrets.

October 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hostages: Season 1


Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette lead the cast in the CBS drama Hostages. When the President goes under the knife for a routine surgery a group of mercenaries hold the surgeon's family hostage in order to force her to kill the President; but soon things get complicated and the family begins to question whether they should be helping the mercenaries instead of resisting them. The season starts out a little weak as it tries to seed too many subplots, but around midseason it finds its focus and begins to weave a compelling conspiracy. While there are some problem with story structure, Hostages delivers an entertaining 15 episode first season that's exciting and full of thrills.


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