Motive: Season 1 (2013)



Critic Consensus: The backwards procedural gimmick of Motive is a feeble attempt at originality, preventing the show from conceiving of compelling plots.


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Air date: May 20, 2013
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A drama series following Vancouver homicide detective Angie Flynn ( Kristin Lehman) as she investigates crimes. Similar to the style of the TV series " Columbo ," each episode begins by revealing the victim and killer, leaving only the motive in question. Working alongside Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira), Detective Brian Lucas (Brendan Penny) and Sergeant Boyd Bloom (Roger R. Cross), the team uses their unique skills to unravel the case.


Critic Reviews for Motive Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

As viewers of Columbo will remember, detective stories have been giving away whodunit for at least 40 years.

May 17, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lehman is good, most everything's OK, but nothing is especially fresh or compelling.

May 17, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

As a whodunit with the who already answered, Motive is more than passable and quite a bit better than two of this season's string-along ABC clunkers -- Zero Hour and Red Widow.

May 16, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the missteps revealed on the show hardly demythologize the police.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Motive's format isn't a completely original concept (the long-running TV mystery Columbo did for decades), but it definitely feels fresh among a crowded schedule of genre competitors.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you're into mystery shows, you could do a lot worse.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You've heard of open-and-shut cases. Motive is more like open and yawn.

May 20, 2013 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, this gimmicky premise quickly renders the show a "whocares?,"

May 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

There was nothing within these episodes that made me desperate to see the next mystery, or which gave me a connection to these characters that I can see evolving considerably.

May 20, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's fun to watch Lehman nail her lines; she just needs a different show in which to do it.

May 20, 2013 | Full Review…

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