Prime Suspect: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Critic Consensus: Although comparisons between the UK version and Helen Mirren's original performance can't be avoided, Maria Bello single-handedly takes the US version of Prime Suspect and makes it her own.


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Air date: Sep 22, 2011
Air date: Sep 29, 2011
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
Air date: Oct 13, 2011
Air date: Oct 27, 2011
Air date: Nov 3, 2011
Air date: Nov 10, 2011
Air date: Nov 17, 2011
Air date: Dec 1, 2011
Air date: Dec 15, 2011
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Maria Bello stars as NYC police detective Jane Timoney in this re-imagining of the British crime-drama. The lone female homicide detective at her precinct, she investigates an array of difficult cases while dealing with the derision, disrespect and gossip dished out by some of her male colleagues. In the opener, for instance, a case that should have been hers is doled out to another cop—not that it stops her from working it. As the season progresses, she handles a stockbroker's murder while trying to quit smoking; takes on a case fellow detective Duffy (Brian F. O'Byrne) thinks is a loser; tries to solve the murder of a boy at an upscale preschool; and copes with the arrival of another female detective (Elizabeth Rodriguez) who's an instant hit with the men due to her flirty behavior.


Maria Bello
as Det. Jane Timoney
Aidan Quinn
as Lt. Kevin Sweeney
Brian F. O'Byrne
as Det. Reg Duffy
Tim Griffin
as Det. Augie Blando
Kirk Acevedo
as Det. Luisito Calderon
Joe Nieves
as Det. Eddie Gautier
Damon Gupton
as Det. Evrard Velerio
Peter Gerety
as Desmond Timoney
Elizabeth Rodriguez
as Carolina Rivera
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Critic Reviews for Prime Suspect Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (23)

Jane Timoney's hostile workplace environment is like daycare compared with Jane Tennison's.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…
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Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…

The fact that the hat is the most memorable thing about (Bello's) role wouldn't be such a problem if the show's premise weren't so tired and the script weren't so perfunctory.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not destined to be a breakout hit, but Bello is riveting in a procedural with an edge that's new for NBC.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…

Bello already exudes a raw intensity that should makes her path interesting. Not easy, but interesting.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Prime Suspect has some major kinks to work out of its pilot, but if it can get over that hump, it will prove a wonderful showcase of the fabulous Maria Bello's talents.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Bello inhabits Jane nearly completely - it may be the best single performance in a new series this fall.

Sep 22, 2011 | Full Review…

Maria Bello elevates Prime Suspect to must-watch status.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Some of the writing is a bit cliched and even manipulative, but Maria Bello propels Prime Suspect above most of the other procedural/cop shows on TV, network or cable.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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