Instinct: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Instinct is ultimately an underwhelming police procedural, despite having Alan Cumming in its arsenal.



Critic Ratings: 26


Audience Score

User Ratings: 162
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Tv Season Info

Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) has settled into a life of retirement from the CIA and spends his days writing books, teaching at university, and being husband to lawyer/bar-owner Andrew Wilson (Daniel Ings). However, things become more hectic for Reinhart when NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) seeks his help in a case – which involves a serial killer using Reinhart's book as their playbook for murder. The cast for the first season of "Instinct" includes Naveen Andrews as Julian Cousins, Sharon Leal as Lt. Jasmine Gooden, Michael B. Silver as Sgt. Kanter Harris, Danny Mastrogiorgio as Det. Anthony Fucci, and Whoopi Goldberg as Joan Ross.


Alan Cumming
as Dylan Reinhart
Daniel Ings
as Tracy
Sharon Leal
as Lt. Jasmine Gooden
Daniel Mastrogiorgio
as Det. Anthony Fucci
Stephen Rider
as Zack Clark
John Mainieri
as House Mouse
Alejandro Hernández
as Det. Rafael Sosa
Alejandro Hernández
as Det. Rafael Sosa
Andrew Polk
as Doug the Medical Examiner
Tom Day
as Squad Leader Wyatt
Stephen Sable
as David Wu
Lesli Margherita
as Maria Fucci
Mark Evans
as Det. Tom
Kate Arrington
as Abby Wright
Judith Ivey
as Social Worker Sheila
Ashley Williams
as Nora Cecchino
Michael B. Harris
as Det. Harris
Peter Hermann
as Russell Wright
Brian Avers
as Charlie
Bill Heck
as Roman Cecchino
Emma Kikue
as Charlotte
Elliott Fullam
as Young Dylan
Sean Dugan
as Dr. Beams
Rayna Starr
as Hostess
Dakin Matthews
as Judge Brooks
Christopher Shyer
as Robert Trevor
Matt Wood
as Justin
Bianca D'Aprile
as Female Teen
Max Gordon Moore
as Solly Smigel
Marcus Ho
as Elliot the Clerk
Brian Hutchison
as Dr. Walters
Sutton Foster
as Celia Baxter
Terrence Mann
as John Whitehead
J.C. MacKenzie
as Frank Fallon
Leslie Margherita
as Monica Fucci
Casey Cott
as Dino Moretti
Daryl Paris Bright
as Efficient Nurse
Alma Cuervo
as Marisol
Arash Mokhtar
as Hassan Rajami
April Ortiz
as Veterinarian
Michael Genet
as Geoff Marston
Stacey Yen
as Celine
David Aron Damane
as Conductor Johnson
James Saito
as Akiro Sato
Abdel Gonzalez
as Delivery Man
Eston Fung
as Restaurant Waiter
John Behlmann
as Brett Miller
Vincenzo Amato
as Mr. Moretti
David Harris
as Building Super
Jackson Pace
as Male Teen
Rachel Christopher
as E.R. Resident
Keith Pillow
as Det. Marks
Isaach De Bankolé
as Ben Richfield
Roderick Hill
as Bobby Concannon
John Herrera
as Reverend
Maceo Oliver
as Security Officer
Amy V. Morse
as Barbara
Matt Walton
as Dr. Damian Grant
Richard H. Blake
as Dylan's Dad
Gary Perez
as Claude
Gabriel Ebert
as Richard Brophy
Rey Lucas
as Hector
Kimberly S. Fairbanks
as Cornell Cutler
Thom Sesma
as Mr. Jorry
Lynne Winstersteller
as Sondra Conrad
Nedra McClyde
as Dr. Chandler
Charlie Semine
as Steve Rizzo
Gene Gillette
as Motorcycle Man
Laura Sohn
as Millenial
Dena Tyler
as Nurse Albany
Ito Aghayere
as Tammy Sarkeysian
Michael Kostroff
as John Raymond
Shay Vawn
as Grace
Rodney Richardson
as Tom "Tomahawk" Sarkeysian
Zoë Sophia Garcia
as Woman at AA Meeting
Prema Cruz
as Hotel Manager
Steve Cirbus
as Nelson Grimes
Zainab Jah
as Rebreau
Paco Lozano
as Radiology Tech
Lev Gordon
as Uri Marshak
Stephanie Leone
as Renata Pendell
Bill Cwikowski
as Shopkeeper
Jeb Brown
as Daniel
Veladya Chapman
as Student 1
Sawyer Nunes
as Young John Raymond
Ben Livingston
as Chuck Conrad
Kristin Villanueva
as Woman at Apartment
Kevin Porter Young
as Fire Inspector
José Gamo
as Student 2
Samuel Gomez
as Rodrigo
Guiesseppe Jones
as Court Officer
Philp Hoffman
as Professor
April Mathis
as Vanessa
Karl Iglesias
as Henchman #2
Kenya Brome
as Reporter
Justine Rappaport
as Driving Student
David Carranza
as Medical Investigator
Lucca De Oliveira
as Fucci's Nephew
Lauri Landry
as Dr. Eldridge
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Critic Reviews for Instinct Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (13)

Cumming's talents are ill-used...

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

... [Instinct] tries to capture Castle-style charm but mostly falls flat. Cumming, however, is always a treat, and does his best to elevate the show.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The setup isn't groundbreaking, but Cumming's character, who has a husband, Andy (Daniel Ings), who'd rather he stuck to academia, is, if only for the matter-of-factness of that one biographical detail.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

With mischievous charm, Cumming freshens a premise familiar from "The Mentalist," "Castle" and "Elementary."

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

By-the-numbers procedural with a pair of appealing leads. Otherwise, by-the-book bland.

Mar 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Instinct isn't always very good, but that's what makes it special. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Instinct's refusal to discuss real issues renders it exactly what Alan Cumming said he wanted to avoid: remarkable only for having gay lead.

Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.00/5 | Full Review…

Alan Cumming playing the first openly gay lead in a CBS crime drama? What's not to like? Unfortunately, just the script, the plot, the pacing and most of the other characters.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

File under promising, if somewhat predictable.

Jun 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Cumming deserves a much better starring vehicle than this.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Silly, fluffy throwback mystery show goes down easy.

Mar 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If predictable drama is your choice, this is adequate Monday night fodder.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Instinct: Season 1

  • Sep 21, 2019
    I love the show! Wish they had more episodes in a season.
  • Sep 16, 2019
    Just dreadful. Terrible acting and a dodgy US accent from a UK actor.
  • Sep 08, 2019
    It was a good show❤️
  • Aug 12, 2019
    A bad one-off from Elementary.
  • Aug 04, 2019
    Thought it was pretty good
  • May 01, 2019
    Clever, inventive plots, brilliant casting, better than average acting. What is not to like?
  • Oct 25, 2018
    A show I don't want to stop, I enjoy the way it's formatted and the mystery going on throughout the series. I also love how the relationships work in this series, it's not the mains falling for each other and the main man has a wonderful healthy relationship with his partner which is wonderful to see on the tv. The show touches on various topics which can be hard but it is relatable and they present them realistically in my opinion.
  • Aug 25, 2018
    As a British viewer, I thought this was excellent
  • Aug 01, 2018
    The show is growing on me... a gentle cop/detective show. I like the rather unusual premise... like Alan Cummings and Bojana Novakovic... I do find the characters of Dylan and Andy lacking chemistry. Lizzie and Julian easier to imagine. I hope the show continues to grow and meld over the next 13 episodes.
  • Aug 01, 2018
    This show has grown on us... a different concept... no love interest between main characters... usually good story lines. I like Alan Cummings and Bojana Novakovik very much... the couple of Dylan and Andy just don't seem to have chemistry though... I can buy Lizzie and Julian. I hope it continues to grow and gel during the next 13 episodes.

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