Numb3rs: Season 1 (2005)


Season 1
Numb3rs

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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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Critic Ratings: 19

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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Jan 23, 2005

A serial rapist and killer terrorizes L.A., and Charlie attempts to pinpoint the suspect's point of origin by using a mathematical equation based on the various crime-scene locations. Kate: Karen Norby. Haldane: William O'Leary.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2005

Charlie accurately predicts where a band of bank robbers will strike next, but when Don and his team confront them a massive shoot-out 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 become ill a year earlier. But Don needs his brother's help and tries to get Charlie to return to the case.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2005

Various people in the L.A. area with seemingly nothing in common become extremely sick and die on the same day, and Don fears that bioterrorists may have released a deadly virus into the environment. While he tries to discover whether anyone is behind the outbreak, Charlie attempts to locate the point of origin. Claudia: Elizabeth Connors. Havercamp: CCH Pounder. Kramer: Max Van Ville. Weaver: J.K. Simmons. Jessica: Marita Geraghty.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2005

Charlie believes that a college student who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a bridge was actually murdered, and that his death is related to an engineering thesis he was working on about one of L.A.'s newest and most important buildings that may not be as structurally safe as its owner claims it is. Back at home, Alan prepares for his first date in 35 years.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2005

A 6-year-old girl is kidnapped by a pair of clowns hired to perform at her birthday party shortly after the celebration ends. The girl's dad (Neil Patrick Harris) is a brilliant mathematician who is working on a complex problem and refuses to cooperate with the police, saying that he can get his daughter back without their help. This leads Charlie to believe that the kidnappers are after something that the missing girl's father is working on. Back at home, Alan decides to sell his house.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2005

A serial saboteur claims responsibility for a deadly accident in which a train crashes into an empty school bus that is abandoned on railroad tracks. The perpetrator leaves a note that appears to be a numeric code, which Charlie tries to crack. Soon it's learned that the accident is a re-creation of a previous wreck, and that the person behind it is responsible for six train mishaps over the past three years, all of which were copies of earlier rail disasters.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2005

Don learns that counterfeiters are at work producing small-denomination bills, and that they have taken an artist hostage to draw the images for the fake money. If the missing woman isn't located soon, Don fears that she will be killed when her work is finished on the phony cash. The counterfeiters have already murdered at least five people, two of whom stole money from them. The case is made more difficult for Don when his former lover, now a Secret Service agent, is assigned to it.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2005

A man wanted for stock fraud is found garroted in his apartment and the crime is eerily similar to a murder committed a year earlier, a case Don closed when an ex-con confessed. Now, Don reinvestigates the old case to determine if he put an innocent man in jail. He asks Charlie to go over the evidence to see if anything was missed the first time around. Kim: Sarah Wayne Callies. Blanchard: Vince Deadrick Sr. Cummings: James Leo Ryan. Eddie: Victor Raider-Wexler. Karen: Dale Dickey.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2005

The city is in a panic after a sniper goes on a shooting spree and randomly kills several people, including a postal worker. The investigation reveals that more than one shooter is at work. As Charlie works the case, he's frustrated by a sniper expert (Lou Diamond Phillips) Don brings in to help out. Walter: Don Fischer. Susan: Arabella Field. Marion: Jayne Taini. Osborne: Franc Ross. Nathan: Nathanael Johnson. Big Mama: Heather Lee.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2005

A truck carrying radioactive material is stolen, and the thieves threaten to set off a dirty bomb in L.A. in 12 hours if they aren't paid $20 million. While Don attempts to track down the truck, Charlie tries to come up with the most likely location where the bomb may be detonated to inflict the most damage to the population. Gerth: Reynaldo Rosales. Peter: Ron Dean. Mark: Jack Howard. Fitchman: James Parks. Vicky: Carrie Preston. Sites: Victor Rivers.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Numb3rs Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

Any way you count Numb3rs, it's a disappointment. With that cast and those producers, the mystery-solving should be more meaningful.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

While not bad, "Numb3rs" doesn't offer anything particularly new to the genre

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It's shot well. The story is good, sometimes really good. There's a crime. There's tension.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If "Numb3rs" didn't have the cast it has, it probably wouldn't work as well as it does, given the laws of probability and all.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wasting a large talented cast, "Numb3rs" proves that sometimes the whole doesn't equal the sum of its parts.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Thanks to a cache of winning performances by a solid cast of TV veterans, Numb3rs is not as coma-inducing as it sounds. But it demands a generous willingness to go with the flow and accept the premise.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

[David] Krumholtz brings to Charlie a complexity only hinted at in the script. Even aside from his striking good looks, he works beyond the stereotype of the math nerd.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

The tricky mix of investigative detail and smidgen of human drama typical in these shows is not very well balanced here.

Feb 12, 2020 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Numb3rs: Season 1

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