Lone Star: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
Lone Star

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Playing a charming con man, James Wolk heads an outstanding cast that helps make Lone Star an intriguing, well-scripted drama.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2010

The series premiere introduces Bob Allen (James Wolk), a second-generation con man who wants to leave the family business and go straight while keeping his two identities---and two relationships---intact.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2010

Bob recruits his dad to help him with the wind-farm scheme. Meanwhile, Lindsay begins to suspect that she doesn't know Bob as well as she thought; and Cat is compelled to continually bail her brother out of trouble.

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Tv Season Info

The soap from "Party of Five" creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman centers on a charismatic schemer (James Wolk) who's created two distinct lives for himself in different parts of Texas. As Bob, he lives in Houston with wife Cat (Adrianne Palick), the daughter of an extremely wealthy oil man (Jon Voight) whose bank account he hopes to drain. Four hundred miles away in Midland, however, he's known as Robert, has a sweet girlfriend (Eloise Mumford)—and is running a scam that's successfully parting victims from their cash. In the short-lived series' only season, he first contemplates going straight; and then calls upon his father (David Keith), a con man who long ago taught him the tricks of the trade, for help with his Midland scheme.

Critic Reviews for Lone Star Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

Lone Star, the tale of a charming creep trying to atone for a life of theft and deception, has plenty of intrigue and drama. What it may not have is any good place to go.

Sep 20, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Let's say Lone Star has its work cut out for it, and so does Wolk. His portrayal is too nice - too romantic, too good-hearted, too bland - to make Allen interesting, or at least convincing.

Sep 20, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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What I like about Lone Star, what could make it the strongest TV newcomer of the season, is the ways in which it differs from classic nighttime melodramas.

Sep 20, 2010 | Full Review…

Well, creator Kyle Killen and executive producers Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser... are betting that the callow charm of their leading man... will overcome the ridiculousness of the setup.

Jun 5, 2020 | Full Review…

[T]his is as close to a pilot that doesn't miss a step as network TV gets. This is bold television making that doesn't hesitate to aim high for things that it might not pull off, that realizes that if it's going to flop, it may as well flop spectacularly.

Jun 5, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's a scenario that could easily be played out in a silly, soapy manner, which is why I am happy to say that Lone Star is instead the best network pilot this fall.

Jun 5, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

"Lone Star," created and written by Kyle Killen, centers on a con man who lives a double life - with two beautiful women - and is so full of plot holes you could drive a motorcade through it with a parade of elephants behind.

Jun 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Fox's "Lone Star" has so many good things going for it that it'll either change the landscape of network television or get canceled in its first season.

Jun 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Like most worthwhile endeavors, it's ambitious and it'll be hard to pull off in some ways... but the pilot is a well-written, well-shot, exceptionally well-acted hour of television.

Jun 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Whatever the risks, it's a relief to see that at least one fall broadcast-network show will not play it safe. For that reason alone, "Lone Star" shines.

Jun 5, 2020 | Full Review…

The show is fun while being wholly tense and suspenseful, and that's not easy.

Jun 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Con stories must fool both the audience and the target. Get viewers interested, but don't show them enough to see how it all goes down. Lone Star gets that much right.

Jun 5, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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