Numb3rs: Season 1 (2005)



Critic Consensus: Numb3rs has the equation for a pleasant procedural down pat with its appealing stars and brainy approach to solving crimes, although some viewers may find the series only adds up to rote formula.


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Don Eppes (Rob Morrow), an FBI agent in Los Angeles who heads the Bureau's Violent Crimes Squad, teams with his mathematical genius brother Charlie (David Krumholtz), a professor at the California Institute of Science, to solve crimes in this brainy procedural created by Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton. Two of the show's executive producers are brothers Ridley and Tony Scott. Don's FBI team includes forensic psychologist Terry Lake (Sabrina Lloyd) and newly assigned agent David Sinclair (Alimi Ballard). When a serial rapist terrorizes L.A., Charlie proves math can be successfully employed to help investigate criminal cases by pinpointing the suspect's point of origin using a mathematical equation based on the various crime-scene locations. Don, initially skeptical of his brother's claims, is impressed. But not all goes smoothly for Charlie as he begins to divide his time between teaching and crime solving. In one case, Charlie accurately predicts where a band of bank robbers will strike next, but when Don and his team confront them a massive shootout occurs and four people, including an officer, are killed. The outcome disturbs Charlie and he retreats into the family garage to work on an unsolvable math problem that he also plunged into after his mother became ill and died. Charlie is encouraged in his teaching career and his FBI work by close friend and fellow professor Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol) and doctoral student Amita Ramanujan (Navi Rawat), who likes Charlie. The brothers each confide in their recently widowed dad Alan (Judd Hirsch), with whom Charlie lives. In a counterfeiting case, Don is reunited with former lover Kim (Sarah Wayne Callies), a Secret Service agent assigned to the investigation. And in a probe involving a sniper who goes on a shooting spree and randomly kills several people, Don brings in the FBI's leading sniper-expert agent Ian Edgerton (Lou Diamond Phillips), who routinely helps with cases.


Rob Morrow
as Don Eppes
David Krumholtz
as Charlie Eppes
Judd Hirsch
as Alan Eppes
Alimi Ballard
as David Sinclair
Sabrina Lloyd
as Terry Lake
Navi Rawat
as Amita Ramanujan
Geoffrey Rivas
as Det. Reynolds
Michole White
as Agent Ramos
Gibby Brand
as Medical Examiner
Vince Deadrick
as Blanchard
CCH Pounder
as Lt. Havercamp
Anthony Heald
as Walt Merrick
Gloria Reuben
as Erica Weston
Elizabeth Connors
as Claudia Kramer
Jeffrey D. Sams
as Mark Sutter
Reynaldo Rosales
as Darryl Gerth
Max Martini
as Agent Cooper
Ethan Embry
as Blake Gosnell
Alan Davidson
as Robert Skidmore
Mel Winkler
as Vincent
Ron Dean
as Peter Watson
Robinne Lee
as Agent Larkin
Max Van Ville
as Josh Kramer
Susan Egan
as Becky Burkick
Karen Norby
as Kate Silber
Keith Szarabajka
as Frank Milton
Bill Smitrovich
as David Croft
William O'Leary
as Roland Haldane
Andrew Caple-Shaw
as Agent McKnight
Alyson Reed
as Eva Salton
Emma Prescott
as Emily Burdick
Arabella Field
as Susan Meyers
Jack Howard
as Mark Watson
Rod McLachlan
as Bill McClelland
Anjul Nigam
as Dr. Renfro
Castulo Guerra
as Paul Ridenhauer
Christina Cox
as Officer Morris
Colette Kilroy
as Jim's Mother
Jayne Taini
as Marion Crane
James Immekus
as Finn Montgomery
Ken Meseroll
as Joe MacNevish
Greg Zola
as Carl Mittendorf
James Parks
as Fitchman
Karl Calhoun
as Asst. Medical Examiner
Marita Geraghty
as Jessica Avery
Carrie Preston
as Vicky Sites
Nathanael Johnson
as Nathan Crane
Tom Irwin
as Dr. Stephen Atwood
Franc Ross
as Wayne Osborne
Victor Rivers
as Raymond Sites
Rainn Wilson
as Martin Grolsch
Margot Rose
as Finn's Mom
James Shanklin
as Physicist
Caryn West
as Jennifer Milton
Heather Lee
as Big Mama
Jamie McShane
as Paul Ballard
Douglas Sills
as Haybridge
Fay Wolf
as Kyono
Susan Merson
as Brenda Aronson
Roxanne Hart
as Cris Carlyle
Napiera Groves
as Williams' Girlfriend
Murphy Cross
as Meredith
Jim Wilkey
as Driver
Julie Mann
as Student
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Critic Reviews for Numb3rs Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

Numb3rs is strained, and not just because the title reaches a little 2 far 2 B distinc2ive.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

In trying to service all the characters, the drama is not as compelling as it should be.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Though Krumholtz captures Charlie's combination of genius and immaturity, Morrow's straight-arrow role sorely needs a few dabs of color.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Numb3rs stuck a balance between stories of academia with Charlie and his university, plots of law and order with Don and the FBI, and a narrative of family dynamics with the Eppes boys and their dad.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The storylines are current and the acting is quite good.

Jan 23, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

However high or low the ratings turn out to be, its central gimmick isn't enough to elevate it above the merely average. It's likely to be habit-forming only for the very, very vulnerably addictive.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Ultimately, though, it's an unusually brainy show that tosses around musings about laws of probability and the nature of randomness - Sherlock Holmes for the slide-rule set.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

We are defenestrated by a superb cast

Jan 23, 2005 | Full Review…

Numb3rs' intricate formulas lend the series a cachet: how wonderfully guilt-free to invest in a show about serious math.

Jan 23, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

On the off chance you have room on your schedule for another high-speed, high-tech mystery, Numb3rs would be an excellent choice.

Jan 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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