Rubicon: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
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Rubicon creates an intellectual puzzle for the mind that is pieced together with skillful writing, acting, and carefully-crafted storytelling.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 26

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Air date: Aug 1, 2010

Cloak-and-dagger doings about a troubled but brilliant code-cracking intelligence analyst at a federal agency. In the premiere episode, Will (James Badge Dale) considers quitting after an unsettling tragedy, but changes his mind when he discovers evidence of a possible government conspiracy. In a seemingly unrelated incident, a billionaire commits suicide and his wife ponders the reasons why.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2010

On his first day in a supervisory position, Will has uncomfortable dealings with a staff who used to be his colleagues, while trying to decipher mysterious messages left by his late boss. Meanwhile, Katherine discovers her late husband harbored secrets.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2010

Katherine and Wheeler commiserate over the whys of Tom's suicide; Maggie's ex-husband seeks her forgiveness and attempts a reconciliation; David's son visits Will and provides him with yet another clue about David's mysterious death.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2010

When Will and Spangler travel to Washington, D.C., the team are left to make an important decision on their own. Meanwhile, Katherine discovers a mysterious voice mail that was left on Tom's cell phone the day before he died.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2010

Will suspects someone at API may be behind the ongoing problems; Katherine's faith in Wheeler takes a hit, so she considers taking matters into her own hands.

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Air date: Aug 29, 2010

Will receives an unusual and surprising offer from Ingram; Katherine uncovers a link between Tom's death and that of another suicide victim; Maggie agrees to let Craig take Sophie for an evening.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2010

A security breach at API leads the FBI to put the department on lockdown; Katherine suspects her home is no longer a safe haven for her.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2010

Miles and Tanya are asked by the CIA to oversee an interrogation of an Al Qaeda member they have in custody; Will takes a closer look at Atlas MacDowell; a mysterious envelope arrives at Katherine's.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2010

Will suspects it would be a good idea to move out of his apartment; the team welcomes a new analyst; and Katherine contacts Tom's ex-wife in an effort to learn more about his past.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2010

Will makes an attempt to reach out to Katherine, and later discovers Hadas' final project; Tanya is forced into rehab; and Ingram's suspicions about Truxton mount.

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Tv Season Info

Brilliant but troubled code-cracker Will Travers (James Badge Dale) works as an analyst at a federal agency in New York City. Unstable since losing his wife and daughter in the 9/11 attacks, he considers quitting until his father-in-law and mentor dies in a train accident that Travers suspects wasn't an accident at all.

Cast

James Badge Dale
as Will Travers
Dallas Roberts
as Miles Fiedler
Jessica Collins
as Maggie Young
Lauren Hodges
as Tanya MacGaffin
Arliss Howard
as Kale Ingram
Miranda Richardson
as Katherine Rhumor
Roger Robinson
as Ed Bancroft
Michael Cristofer
as Truxton Spangler
David Rasche
as James Wheeler
Meg Gibson
as Joan Hadas
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Critic Reviews for Rubicon Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (20)

If there were an Emmy category for Excruciating Tedium (and I'm not certain there isn't), Rubicon would win in a walk. Well, crawl.

Aug 1, 2010 | Full Review…

It will take a special sort of viewer to stick with Rubicon's amblings and get to them.

Aug 1, 2010 | Full Review…

All this talent, good writing, solid acting and great location shoots

Aug 1, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The performances have so far been sharp enough to ward off outright drowsiness.

Aug 1, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you enjoy slowly piecing together a puzzle without having first seen the final image, Rubicon is right up your alley; if not, the brainteasing will likely unnerve you.

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If you enjoy following complex machinations, however, and enjoy watching smart TV characters try to figure them out, Rubicon is your ticket.

Aug 1, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Rubicon" relies on the tropes of most dramas, like ominous string music and a snail's paced narrative, releasing just enough plot points to make you wonder what the hell this show is all about.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Each one is a little more frightening and mind-blowing.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Unquestionably smart but undeniably sluggish.

Aug 1, 2010 | Full Review…

For a show that's supposed to be a spy thriller, there aren't a whole lot of thrills in Rubicon.

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I couldn't shake the feeling that the network of Mad Men had produced another period piece, one infused with paranoia that's meant to be contemporary but somehow isn't.

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It's a little aloof, a spy show without the usual espionage theatrics. That may take some getting accustomed to, but in these early episodes, Rubicon makes a strong case that it's a series that's worth the effort.

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Audience Reviews for Rubicon: Season 1

  • Sep 06, 2019
    So good why no season 2
  • Dec 30, 2014
    minimum music and story goes slow, but great acting tells all.

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