Intelligence: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

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Intelligence fails to live up to its name, with corny dialogue and overblown violence that cannot be rescued by its capable leading actors.



Critic Ratings: 34


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User Ratings: 114

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Air date: Jan 7, 2014

High-concept thriller starring Josh Holloway as an intelligence operative, who, thanks to a super-computer microchip, is America's biggest secret weapon.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2014

The CyberCom team investigate a suicide bombing at a U.S. Marine base; and Gabriel thinks he may have found his wife who has been missing for six years.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2014

It's a double shock for Gabriel when he discovers that Mei Chen is alive and possesses an advanced chip that allows her to tap into his intelligence system.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2014

Riley ends up working with her ex-boyfriend, whom she encounters when she and Gabriel travel to Syria and pose as Secret Service agents in order to free two American journalists being held hostage.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2014

Gabriel and Riley cross the border in search of a senator's daughter who's being held hostage by a Mexican drug cartel who are demanding that the sale of a U.S. spy satellite be stopped; Lillian discovers a connection between her own father and the kidnappers.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2014

The Cybercom team are on the case of a deadly and rapidly spreading virus in Texas, where Gabriel determines Patient Zero to be a criminal who was believed to have been executed a week earlier.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2014

Cassidy is under possible threat when renowned artificial intelligence scientists are being targeted and killed by microscopic robots.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2014

Things get personal when Gabriel heads to Bolivia to protect a presidential candidate being targeted by a string of assassination plots.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2014

Gabriel's chip is hacked and he ends up turning on his own team and helping locate a top-secret document for Jin Cong, whom he is made to believe is the good guy.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2014

Lillian, worried about her daughter's safety, accompanies Gabriel and Riley to San Francisco to investigate a plot to carry out a terrorist attack using blackmailed people in witness protection.

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Series 1 of this action-packed spy drama centres on the U.S. Cyber Command unit and its star operative Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway), who has a microchip implanted in his brain that gives him access to key intel information. In the pilot, Cybercom director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger) recruits Secret Service agent Riley Neal (Meghan Ory) as Gabriel's partner and protector. Working together, they keep the world safe from those who threaten it, including terrorists, drug cartels and a rogue Army general. They also cross paths with a Chinese national named Mei Chen (Faye Kingslee) who's enhanced with a stolen chip that's similar to the one in Vaughn. On the personal front, Gabriel deals with the loss of his wife, Lillian has daddy issues, and an undercover assignment in Syria reunites Riley with her ex-boyfriend.


Josh Holloway
as Gabriel
Meghan Ory
as Riley Neal
Marg Helgenberger
as Lillian Strand
Michael Rady
as Chris Jameson
John Billingsley
as Dr. Shenendoah Cassidy
P.J. Byrne
as Nelson Cassidy
Tomas Arana
as DNI Adam Weatherly
Lance Reddick
as DCI Tetazoo
Faye Kingslee
as Mei Chen
Peter Coyote
as Leland Strand
Elden Henson
as Amos Pembroke
Sandra Cevallos
as DHS Anna Rachey
James Martinez
as Gonzalo "Gonzo" Rodriguez
Tommy Dewey
as Bryce Tyler
Kristof Konrad
as Torbin Salvi
Laura Wiggins
as Rebecca Strand
Nick Searcy
as Gen. Greg Carter
Richard Chiu
as Jung Ahn
Bill Smitrovich
as Stanwick Finnegan
Alan Ruck
as Jonathan Cain
Ilia Volok
as Dominik Salvi
Michael Trucco
as Agent Griffin
Robert Curtis Brown
as Sen. Thomas Bradshaw
Yancey Arias
as Javier Leon
Samantha Smith
as Susan Hawkins
James MacDonald (II)
as DFBI Oliver Sicola
Iris Almario
as Marcela Leon
Rosalind Chao
as Sheng-Li Wang
René Ashton
as Erika Bradshaw
James MacDonald
as DFBI Oliver Sicola
David Marciano
as Gordon Greyson
Cas Anvar
as Ibrahim Al-Munin
Charlie Koznick
as David Collingsworth
Annie Wersching
as Kate Anderson
Chloe Noelle
as Farrah Mahar
Jack Topalian
as Vincent Canello
Grace Huang
as Mei Chen
Joseph David Jones
as Lance Corporal
Abbie Cobb
as Mackenzie Bradshaw
Yves Bright
as Professor Donovan
Andrea Grano
as Susan Marsham
Debra Mooney
as Mary Vaughn
Michael Klesic
as Bearded Ukrainian
Carrie Coon
as Luanne Vick
Tom Connolly
as MP Security Officer
Tania Raymonde
as Emily Tyner
Konstantin Lavysh
as Large Ukrainian Man
Jagua Arneja
as Jeep Driver
Russ Bain
as Tristan Bissette
John Pollono
as Eric Hanson
Bonita Friedericy
as Governor Christy Cameron
Stephen Oyoung
as Gunman Bravo
Monica Herman
as Jenna Hanson
Tony Amendola
as Parviz Shirazi
Lucas Davis
as Carlos Reyes
Michael Albala
as Undersecretary
Michael Benyaer
as Badri Adani
Yorgo Constantine
as Marius Cottier
Garret T. Sato
as Chinese Ambassador
Omar Elba
as SMI Officer
Peter Bryant
as DNI Carl Russell
Todd Quillen
as Security Manager
Kim Whalen
as Samantha Royce
Brooke Robinson
as Hanna Hanson
Simon Chin
as Huang Fu
Said Faraj
as Col. Hafez Shawqat
Paris Benjamin
as Afghan Mother
Stephanie Nash
as Mrs. Cain
David Wong
as Chinese Embassy Guard #1
Tina D'Marco
as Luisa Reyes
Scott Speiser
as Paramedic
Dan Klass
as Director of NRC
Lidia Porto
as Office Worker
Paris Benjamin
as Afghan Mother
Joey Anaya
as Officer Worker #2
Roy Vongtama
as Chinese Embassy Guard #2
Lamont Holmes
as Security Officer
Henry Mah
as Anesthesiologist
Yanellie Ireland
as Afghan Girl
Misha Gonz-Cirkl
as Agent Thomas
Gerald Webb
as Cybercom Agent
Vachik Mangassarian
as Principal Abu Bakr
Mesha Toor
as Female Officer
Endre Hules
as Ambassador Serge Rudonov
Ken Shocknek
as Newscaster
Miredys Peguero
as Naked Woman
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Critic Reviews for Intelligence Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (20)

Lots of cartoon violence mixed with -- irony alert -- not enough intelligence.

Jan 6, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series too often builds tension by drawing on the reasonable fear we have of terrorist attacks.

Dec 20, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Call yourself whatever you want, Intelligence. Just don't insult ours.

Feb 3, 2014 | Full Review…

The attempt to ground the show in reality feels unnecessary and not fun, because nothing here is all that unbelievable.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The opener offers plenty of running, fighting and shooting, plus a spy-vs.-spy plot that's barely interesting enough to warrant the energy it takes to follow.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The producers provide plenty of action, much of it triggered by the understandable fact that every enemy on Earth would like to get hold of Gabriel's microchip, or find one of his own.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

After a weak start, the show has found its voice and is telling the type of future tech stories that other procedurals can't.

Feb 20, 2014 | Full Review…

Somehow, the show works, and that's solely thanks to Holloway.

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

This new Intelligence insults ours.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…

The series seems like it's been cobbled together from pieces of other shows and movies and resulting product is not equal to the sum of its parts.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While this procedural action-drama may seem like one of CBS's typical case-of-the-week shows, it certainly stands out thanks to its high-concept premise and likable leading man.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

Sometimes the concept is enough and Intelligence may be just barely smart enough to be a hit.

Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Intelligence: Season 1

  • Oct 28, 2019
    Excessive and unnecessary violence.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    It's as if they remade the Trailer Park Boys, but as a drama. It's not good, at all.
  • Mar 04, 2017
    There were two reasons why "Intelligence" caught my eye: First, I was a fan of lead actor Josh Holloway on LOST. Second, I was intrigued by the concept of a man being "plugged in" to the Internet at all times. However, while the acting on "Intelligence" is quite solid and the underlying concept is indeed interesting, the show is set up to be little more than a case-of-the-week action slugfest. For the basic premise, "Intelligence" revolves around "Project Clockwork" of the American future's Cyber-Terrorism center. Gabriel (Holloway) has had a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to be connected to the information grid at all times. An unforeseen aspect of the experiment, however, is that Gabriel is also able to extrapolate on the data, making him a useful tool at crime scenes. Created by Dr. Cassidy (John Billingsley), overseen by Lillian Strand (Marge Helgenberger), and partnered with Riley Neal (Meghan Ory), Gabriel is called upon each week to help solve another seemingly impossibly, usually politically-oriented case. To be frank, I am not a huge fan of "case of the week" shows. Basically, I have become spoiled by the storytelling conventions of shows like "LOST", "Homeland", and "Mad Men", for example, where plots and characters are continued for episodes or seasons. "Intelligence" is not that type of show. Besides its "Pilot" and maybe a little bit into the second episode, it becomes little more than a new case for Gabriel and Riley to solve each week. Some viewers are perfectly fine with that type of storytelling, but I tend to get antsy (the only week-by-week show that could ever hold my interest was "The X-Files"). Another part of the problem is that the show's advertising on CBS was very misleading. While watching the trailers and viewing other promotional materials, it looked like a show about a guy trying to find his missing wife (and using the chip in his head to do it). Well, that plot line was essentially dropped (though perhaps not for good) after the second episode, with all the rest (at least to episode 7 after which I stopped watching) focusing on a "plot of the week". Thus, I made the decision to drop "Intelligence" from my weekly viewing slate. Though Holloway is superb as the leading man (in fact, I wish them would let him emote even more, but too often he's just quipping tough and running around) and the "Internet brain chip" concept is enticing, there just isn't enough here to sustain my interest week-to-week.
  • Sep 30, 2014
    Josh Holloway has such a screen presence and easy charisma that it's a shame the rest of his show couldn't match his talent. After a great start it slowly fell into the same old lame US government conspiracy theories and patriotism guff. The characters just weren't that interesting and although I appreciate a strong female character like Riley, she increasingly acted like Gabriel's nanny and the deep connection between them just wasn't believable. And I'm sure that if I'd kept a tally from the start they would have said "Gabriel" at least a 100 times, which soon got super annoying.
  • Sep 24, 2014
    Great concept, well acted original story. Josh Holloway and Meghan Ory play off each other great. Absolutely deserves a season 2. Shame on you CBS
  • Jul 15, 2014
    I can't believe that they are not bringing it back for a second series. So sad. Great characters!
  • Jun 29, 2014
    This could have been a great show, especially with Josh Holloway in the cast, but the science and technology were dealt with in such a lame way most of the time that it became embarrassingly painful to watch. Gabriel can get into any system, anywhere in the world, with no security concerns. The chip can do things designers never anticipated. It might as well be a magic wand.
  • Apr 28, 2014
    Great idea, awkward execution. Needs improvement, but has the potential to be a great series if renewed for a second season. Sometimes the episodes are a bit rushed, predictable, and cliche. However, there is always lots of action and the actors are wonderful. Definitely hoping for a season two.
  • Apr 22, 2014
    Horrible writing. Actually downright stupid. Good premise, bad follow through.
  • Apr 12, 2014
    This was a great show. It puts itself above most CBS crime shows with better visuals and premise, but yet falls short of most of them with a little weaker of screenwriting, execution, and is clearly a more/less advanced version of NBC's superior show Chuck. But it's led by a great performance from Holloway, and hopefully gets a second season to improve upon its flaws in this season.

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