Limitless: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Even with a likable hero, Limitless cannot overcome its credulity-straining premise and shaky, hole-riddled narrative.



Critic Ratings: 48


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User Ratings: 822

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Air date: Sep 22, 2015

A man named Brian Finch develops superhuman abilities after taking a mysterious drug called NZT in the series premiere of this adaptation of the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper, who serves as executive producer and reprises his role as Eddie Mora. First up: Brian attempts to clear his name of an NZT-related murder being investigated by the FBI.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2015

Brian puts his new job with the FBI in jeopardy when he disobeys orders to stay out of an investigation into the murder of a renowned journalist.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2015

Brian uncovers a surprising link to the murder of a retired FBI agent and the elusive head of a notorious drug cartel; and in his personal life, rekindles a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, but worries her renewed interest is only a result of the NZT.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2015

Brian's loyalty to the FBI is tested when a representative for Eddie Morra demands he steal secret files on NZT; at the same time, Agent Harris finds herself dealing with strong emotions after learning what was left to her by her recently deceased estranged father.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2015

Brian discovers a shocking secret about Rebecca's late father, but worries that telling her will land him in legal trouble; at the same time, he ends up meddling in her personal life while learning self-defense from her secret FBI boyfriend.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2015

Brian's physical and mental health begin to deteriorate again, but Edward Morra is demanding a high price in exchange for another inoculation.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2015

Brian fakes being sick in order to take a day off from working with the FBI. Unfortunately, the plan backfires when the CIA abducts him from home to "borrow" his NZT-enhanced skills for what turns out to be a dangerous black ops mission that ends up spiraling out of control.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2015

Brian tangles with real pirates who are holding a girl against her will; at the same time, he and Rebecca work to clear Naz of treason charges, only to discover that there's a family secret she is keeping from the FBI.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2015

Brian makes a deal with Naz to get his own personal work "headquarters," but to score the space he has to capture the FBI's 10 Most Wanted criminals in just two weeks. Meanwhile, Brian's relationship with his father becomes strained under the secretive nature of his new life working for the Bureau.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2015

Boyle comes to the aid of a former military buddy who's being charged with murder, and he asks Brian for help proving that his friend's prosthetic arm was hacked to commit the crime. Elsewhere, Brian's dad is adamant that his son stop working for the FBI.

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A heavy dose of humor and fun lightens this procedural drama based on the 2011 film of the same name starring Bradley Cooper, who serves as executive producer and reprises his role as Eddie Morra. Taking place four years after the events of the movie, series protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), is introduced as a 28-year-old who's basically failing at life when he's given a mysterious drug called NZT, which transforms him into some sort of a crime-solving genius. With his new incredible powers and a seemingly rare immunity to the side effects of the pill, Brian suddenly becomes a precious asset for the FBI, who take him on as a consultant with no-nonsense, tough gal Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter) as his handler. Over the course of the season, the chemistry between Brian and Rebecca grows stronger as they watch each other's back in all situations, both on and off duty. Memorable Season 1 episodes include an homage to "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"; Brian trying to earn his own office, which he calls his "headquarters," by attempting to track down all 10 fugitives on the FBI's Most Wanted list; and a midseason finale with a major cliffhanger involving Agent Spelman Boyle (Hill Harper) and will he or won't he surrender a loose NZT pill he found under his desk. Rounding out the cast is Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio playing FBI boss Nasreen "Naz" Pouran.


Jake McDorman
as Brian Finch
Jennifer Carpenter
as Agent Rebecca Harris
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
as SAC Nasreen 'Naz' Pouran
Hill Harper
as Agent Spellman Boyle
Michael James Shaw
as Agent Mike
Ron Rifkin
as Dennis Finch
Tom Degnan
as Agent Ike
Blair Brown
as Marie Finch
Michael Devine
as FBI Tech James
Megan Guinan
as Rachel Finch
Bradley Cooper
as Senator Edward Morra
Patch Darragh
as Cameron Finch
Desmond Harrington
as FBI Agent Casey Rooks
Jeremy Burnett
as Evidence Control Agent
Henry Gagliardi
as 10-year-old Brian
Terry Serpico
as David Englander
Gbenga Akinnagbe
as Quentin Waters
Joe Holt
as Sgt. Moore
Arjun Gupta
as Eli Whitford
Christina Vidal
as Lucy Church
Eddie Pepitone
as Josh-O-Saurus Josh
Stephen O'Reilly
as Spike Four
James Riordan
as Dr. Howard Gilroy
Georgina Haig
as Piper Baird
Sarah Wilson
as Jessamyn Eubanks
Gabriel Sloyer
as Marcos Ramos
Wole Parks
as Kevin Mitchell
Edward Chin-Lyn
as Spike One
Matt Walton
as Jeffrey Vachs
Dashiell Eaves
as Darren Cullen
Todd Litzinger
as Nolan Bale
Marc Blucas
as Nick Tanner
Zach Miko
as Cameron
Karim Sioud
as Russ Marinovich
Patrick Cooley
as Spike Two
Sam Robards
as Miles Amos
Victor Costa
as Officer Rodriguez
Caitlin Mehner
as Alicia Tanner
James Lloyd Reynolds
as Gerard Turmann
Mihran Shlougian
as Gen. Ram Ananda
Gian-Murray Gianino
as The Scrub Jay
Gian-Murray Gianino
as The Scrub Jay
Kecia Lewis-Evans
as Jamaican Woman
Venida Evans
as Cora Boyle
Paton Ashbrook
as Sarah Braden
Nicholas Verina
as Sarah's Husband
Norma Chu
as Cantonese Speaking Commuter
Todd A. Horman
as AC Dealer
Julee Cerda
as Gerd Rep
Tom Malmed
as 16-year-old Brian
Walker Hare
as Bartender
Lipica Shah
as Receptionist
Daniel Eric Gold
as Adam Honeycutt
Danny Lee
as Doctor Lee
Warren Bub
as Bank Security Guard
Cole Hagen
as Young Luke
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Critic Reviews for Limitless Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21)

Limitless deserves a sampling and then a second look. It could be either a temporary high or truly addictive.

Aug 26, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The first episode is a cut or two better than so-so, with Cooper's brief but pivotal appearance something that many opening night viewers might be willing to wait on.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

But for one episode anyway, Limitless's potential seems ... well, hardly limitless, but perhaps promising.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With this new series, CBS seems to have squandered the potential of a weird, compelling premise by cramming it into an average procedural crime-show mold.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The producers here may have finally cracked the McDorman code.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

McDorman, a great screen presence who may have finally found the right vehicle, sells the effects of the drugs. I'm ready to take a few more pills to see where things go.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The show just works. Yes, it does have that feel of a normal guy turned superhero vibe to it but we can overlook it, with all the great actors and catchy storylines the show has developed...

Jul 17, 2020 | Full Review…

The series begins with a familiar mix of FBI procedural and cheeky class clown comedy but the series gets more clever with the humor in later episodes, goofing on Brian's narration and playing games with shifting perspectives...

Oct 28, 2016 | Full Review…

The fact that Bradley is excited about what's going on -- that he doesn't get all angst-y -- is something Limitless has going in its favor.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Limitless may give you an immediate high, but side effects may include listlessness, dangerous plot holes and a sinking feeling you've wasted an hour of your life.

Sep 22, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The superhero aspects can be fun to watch, but they don't make a lot of sense.

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Turns out there are limits when it comes to adapting movies into TV-and the feeble sequel to 2011's Limitless is especially off-putting...

Sep 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Limitless: Season 1

  • Jun 29, 2020
    A fun, creative show with plot twists and surprises.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    I mourn the death of this series (and that it was cancelled in favor of comedies written by Laffy Taffy wrappers and procedurals so dead-eyed and formulaic that the target audience could only be Sisyphus (and possibly his graduating class). Limitless is a wildly creative, brave, and entangling show that was cancelled after the first season, obviously with the intent of diminishing humanity as a whole. Limitless joins the ranks of Cult Classics that Some Tasteless Studio Exec Axed (may they forever be kicked aggressively in the groin when venturing into public spaces): Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, Daybreak, The Oblongs, Crazyhead, Better Off Ted, My Name is Earl, Santa Clarita Diet, and so many more. Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment, said during the network's Television Critics Association panel. "Yeah, we could have brought it back. But we also have to put on new shows and give other things a shot." " was a very good show, but I don't think it connected with the viewers." Limitless was the highest-rated canceled show of the 2015-2016 season. It connected. Glenn Geller was "exited" from CBS before the next season of shows even began after less than two years in the position. Sadly, he had already cancelled Limitless (opting instead for Kevin Can Wait and Young Sheldon). Rant over. Thoughts on the show. I was very doubtful on starting the series, but now nearly finished (with the single season) I can unreservedly state that Limitless is brilliantly constructed and executed to an extent of viewing pleasure rarely found over a near century of television show creation. It wonderfully blends the humor of Psych, the humanity and human failings of Monk, the whimsey and child-like wonder of Chuck, is just a bit shy the mystery and depth of Mr. Robot, but without routinely overdoing and falling face-first off of cliffs of their own creation. Limitless doesn't just pick up where the movie left off, or exist in the same (but never crossing á la Agents of Shield) universe. The star of the original 2011 film, Bradley Cooper, reprises his role on the show. Not as a single pilot cameo, but as a repeat character with an over-arching presence. Most impressively, he does this without at all detracting from the current protagonist's journey. Additionally, casting and performances are so right that you genuinely find yourself wanting to watch the cast do nearly anything (clean a cat box, fall asleep watching Shark Week, force themselves to eat that last extra slice of pizza and immediately regret it, even forgive them a musical episode - maybe). Any one of these traits is worthy of more episodes, completed arcs, and more dipping into to the grey areas that made you constantly wonder who is actually a villain. Side characters all are well developed and given backstory. A world was being created. The depth of character makes you question if anyone is at all a true antagonist (outside the brilliantly portrayed mother and father). The good and bad of characters is much in the vein of Blacklist, but with worlds more humor. If Chuck and Blacklist had a child. Most impressively, Limitless created whole new and near-seamless set of plot devices that figuratively (but a hair's breadth from literally) make it a crime that this was cancelled after one season. Even the Deadpool-esque 4th wall breaks are creatively and amazingly well utilized. For example; rather than 1) Bore the audience with an accurate depiction of hacking, or B) Vomit up yet another unintentionally comedic ten seconds of "tense" mystery typing followed by the declaration "I'm In!", The protagonist informs the viewer that real-life hacking is at best arduous to perform and even worse to watch, so instead he will show you a bunch of clips of the YouTube dog, Mishka, saying "I Ruv You!". Which he does. And when that brilliance ends, he catches you up and the procedural comedy/crime drama continues. Not only bypassing both major pitfalls of including hacking in any storyline, but actually somehow making it a surprising high point. Just... I love this show. Of course there were some parts that could have used far more attention, such as: - Why the protagonist doesn't spend some of his brilliance on learning to create the drug and the needed booster by himself? - The inconsistent withdrawal effects and timeframes (Russia) - How Piper Baird kept functional without the booster for so long. - About a third less of the "word replacement" in the profiler episode would have kept it wonderful. Sadly, it crossed a bit into tedious. But these are very small gripes that I only include out of a desire to be thorough. Watch this series. You will not regret it. I refuse to say straight-faced that the potential for this series was limitless, but they damned sure deserve the cringe/pun. This show will be rewatched by many. And sorely missed.
  • May 18, 2020
    Please make a season 2!! It's so good!!
  • May 13, 2020
    Please go and watch it right now !!! It's an amazing show that switch's it up a lot and it's about a drug that unlocks your mind Everything about this show is amazing but unfortunately cbs cancelled the show and Netflix passed on it because of the whole drug thing let's just hope we get a season 2 soon 🙁
  • Dec 31, 2019
    Unfortunately in many occasion the critics view on a movie is quite different than most of us. So when I want to see a movie, don't believe what the critics say, instead read what real people have to say about the movie. Maybe they just lost their spontaneity in order to look smart or brilliant :). Please make more seasons, this one is awesome..
  • Dec 27, 2019
    This show's concept deserved so much more than just one season. It's smart, well done, and apart from a relatively predictable episodic story structure with overarching story not really kicking in until halfway through the show, it's some of the most fun TV available. I get serious Sean Spencer vibes from Brian Finch, and it works very well.
  • Dec 10, 2019
    Love this show! Please renew. 😭
  • Dec 08, 2019
    I loved this show. The combination of humor and intrigue made it delightful. So disappointed that there was only one season. It's not to late to reboot.
  • Dec 06, 2019
    I love this show - such a shame it got cancelled. It was a different play on the typical 'murder mystery' show. Fairly good acting & developing characters. A real shame in my opinion
  • Oct 20, 2019
    It's hard to find a show where the main character is a genuinely good person PLUS an interesting storyline. Hands down favorite show. I want a second season so much!

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