Lights Out: Season 1 (2011)


Critic Consensus: Boxing fans and non-fans alike will gravitate towards Lights Out with its fervent leading actors and a dramatic narrative that doesn't pull any punches.


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Air date: Jan 11, 2011
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Patrick "Lights" Leary (Holt McCallany) is an ex-heavyweight champ who's scrambling to support his wife, Theresa (Catherine McCormack), a medical resident, and their three daughters. The series takes place five years after Lights' retirement (at Theresa's insistence) following a controversial split-decision loss. The Learys may live in a mansion, but he's going broke, and the IRS is after him and his manager-brother (Pablo Schreiber). In addition, Lights is showing signs of "pugilistic dementia."


Holt McCallany
as Patrick 'Lights' Leary
Catherine McCormack
as Theresa Leary
Pablo Schreiber
as Johnny Leary
Stacy Keach
as 'Pops' Leary
Meredith Hagner
as Ava Leary
Ryann Shane
as Daniella Leary
Lily Pilblad
as Katherine Leary
Billy Brown
as Richard 'Death Row' Reynolds
Reg E. Cathey
as Barry Word
Elizabeth Marvel
as Margaret Leary
Bill Irwin
as Hal Brennan
Ben Shenkman
as Mike Fumosa
Reiko Aylesworth
as Jennifer Reynolds
Annika Boras
as Charlie
Patrick Collins
as Councilman
Gavin-Keith Umeh
as Javier 'El Diablo Morales
Mike Doyle
as Dr. Brennan
Lenny Venito
as Officer Velez
Bil Irwin
as Brennan
Frank Wood
as Dr. Wexler
John Dossett
as Dr. Peter Wilson
Paul Fitzgerald
as Agent Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Lights Out Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (19)

Viewers will be hooked from the start.

Jan 10, 2011 | Full Review…
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FX gives us Lights Out - which may well end up, 50 weeks from now, as the best new drama series of the year.

Jan 11, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

No other sport better reflects our most primeval instincts - and FX's new Lights Out captures enough of that intensity to become one of the most arresting new shows on television.

Jan 11, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You really don't need to be a fan of the sport to be a fan of the show.

Jan 11, 2011 | Full Review…

Gloves on or off, it keeps scoring points.

Jan 11, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

A particularly fine new FX drama marred only by a tepid pace in the pilot. But pace and story pick up in subsequent episodes.

Jan 11, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The pilot introduces a number of well written, complicated story arcs that never devolve into the cartoonish, even in the few scenes when a couple of unlucky guys want to poke the bear that is Lights Leary.

Jan 10, 2011 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

There aren't enough right-hook moments in the script, which could prompt some viewers to beat it before the getting gets good.

Jan 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We're particularly drawn to the way the series taps into Leary's family life outside the ring.

Jan 10, 2011 | Full Review…

Lights Out might not deliver a knockabout blow in its opening round, but it goes the distance and ensures you'll be planted on your seat ready for the bell to sound for round two.

Jan 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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