Narcos: Season 1 Reviews

September 17, 2015
A dated, reduced and without redeeming qualities Netflix series.
September 5, 2015
"Narcos," the latest Netflix original series, purports to tell the epic tale of El Patrn but for some awful, misguided reason filters it all through the perspective of a bland gringo DEA agent.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 31, 2015
This is a potentially great TV series waging war with a deeply mediocre one, and the mediocre series almost always wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 28, 2015
It's a worthy effort, to be sure, but worthy doesn't always equal entertaining.
Top Critic
August 28, 2015
For some, Narcos will revive the most troubling TV depictions of Latinos as criminals and drug traffickers, despite the show's heroic efforts to humanize everyone involved.
August 28, 2015
Narcos' use of narration sometimes comes off more like the writers don't fully trust the audience. Viewers are being told what is important rather than being shown why it is important.
August 28, 2015
An unlikeable character, no matter the circumstances, remains unlikeable, but an unlikeable character trumps a bland blonde man whose position of authority appears to be his only really interesting character trait, no matter how much voice-over he utters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 27, 2015
Exceptionally directed but with no dramatic situations or characters to latch onto, Narcos' fact-vomiting narration gives Netflix's new series the feel of an unusually well-made documentary and not much else.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 27, 2015
Humanity is what's most lacking in this admirable but failed imitation of David Simon's classic series [The Wire].
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
August 26, 2015
A breezy tour through history, sometimes informative but rarely affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5