Rush Hour: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1
Rush Hour

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Lackluster chemistry and uninspired plotting prevent Rush Hour from living up to its blockbuster namesake.



Critic Ratings: 26


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User Ratings: 92

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Air date: Mar 31, 2016

A TV-adaptation of the big-screen hit about a by-the-book Hong Kong police detective teaming with a maverick black cop in Los Angeles begins with the two investigating the theft of Chinese antiquities.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2016

To crack a robbery-homicide, Carter must sneak his cousin Gerald out of jail to use his contacts on the street to help get to the bottom of the crime.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2016

Carter and Lee search for a young graffiti artist who witnessed the murder of an LAPD detective, and is the link to the suspect, an infamous criminal.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2016

Two people, seemingly unconnected, are victims of similar bomb attacks, sending Carter and Lee scrambling to identify the killer before he strikes again.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2016

Lee's sister puts her life on the line when she tips him to the Quantou gang's trafficking of women into Los Angeles, which sends Lee off on his own to dig up inside information about the gang.

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Air date: May 5, 2016

Carter and Lee go undercover as administrators at a prestigious high school to investigate the murder of a student, who they learn was involved in flushing out a drug ring on the campus.

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Air date: May 12, 2016

Detectives Carter and Lee thwart an armored truck robbery but discover it may be a dry run for a bigger crime. -- (C) CBS

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Air date: May 19, 2016

Carter is smitten with an attractive witness he and Lee are protecting from assassination by her ruthless former employer.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2016

Detectives Carter and Lee hunt an escaped prisoner searching for his estranged wife and daughter who are in witness protection. When the pair goes missing, the Detectives must find how their location was compromised. -- (C) CBS

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Air date: Jul 30, 2016

The detectives investigate the possible return of a serial killer after a young woman's disappearance from a hotel that is believed to be haunted, and the crime mirrors unsolved cases from five years ago.

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This TV adaptation of the film follows the mismatched police pairing of by-the-book Hong Kong police detective Lee (Jon Foo) and cocky black maverick cop Det. Carter (Justin Hires) in Los Angeles. The series wasn't the success of the theatrical releases and was cancelled in the middle of its first season. In the pilot, the two investigated the theft of Chinese antiquities. Following episodes had them delving into a robbery-homicide that necessitated Carter sneaking his cousin Gerald (Page Kennedy) out of jail to use his contacts on the street to help get to the bottom of the crime. In another case, Carter is smitten with an attractive witness he and Lee are protecting from assassination by her ruthless former employer.


Jon Foo
as Det. Lee
Justin Hires
as Carter
Aimee Garcia
as Didi Diaz
Wendie Malick
as Gerald
Page Kennedy
as Gerald
Jessika Van
as Kim
Kirk Fox
as Donovan
Robin Lively
as FBI Agent Myers
David Shatraw
as Harvey Krieg
Sprague Grayden
as Pam Sanders
James Hyde
as Mike, Homeowner
Carissa Blades
as Jessica Herman
Emily Alyn Lind
as Critin Sanders
Zachary Stockdale
as Chad, Bomb Tech
Rob Mars
as Brawny
Ivo Nandi
as The Turk
Chris Mulkey
as Elliot Vaughn
Al Coronel
as Councilman Pena
Kelly King
as Kate, Girlfriend
Diedrich Bader
as CIA Agent Westhusing
Doug Savant
as DA Ginardi
Boyd Kestner
as Emmett Perry
Stephen Hibbert
as Agent Murray
Caitlyn Knisely
as Young Female Reporter
Alison Ball
as Jaclyn Perry
Lyman Chen
as Agent Yun
Phillip DeVona
as Dep. Parrot
Aaron McPherson
as Agent Weiss
Richard F. Whiten
as Mike Beaubian
Jason Tobias
as Surfer Eddie Marar
Maurice Hall (II)
as Reporter No. 2
Monnae Michaell
as Judge Birch
Joseph Beck
as Chubby Man
George Cheung
as Capt. Chen
Carl McDowell
as Toolbelt
Con Schell
as Bertram
Annie Park
as Det. Boyd
Justin Cuomo
as Detention Officer
Jim Lau
as Hong Kong Translator
Betsy Baker
as Nick's Wife
Christina Hogue
as Prosecutor
Neil Barton
as Burly Guard
Mario Perez
as Fake Equipment Tech
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Critic Reviews for Rush Hour Season 1

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (12)

This is a series that CBS should have kept doing without. But 18 years after Rush Hour hit it very big, here's a TV version that for the most part falls flatter than a thug on the receiving end of a Yan Naing Lee kick.

Jun 24, 2020 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

At a time when television couldn't be more diverse, basing a new series on tired ideas cribbed from an 18-year-old movie might not be the wisest choice.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Landing with a dull thud in the middle of a small-screen landscape that's increasingly driven by movements toward narrative ingenuity and diversity of perspective, Rush Hour is ultimately just another cop show, and not a very fun one at that.

Mar 30, 2016 | Full Review…

Can't rush to judgment here. Future episodes, absent the pilot's pyrotechnics, should play significantly different.

Mar 30, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Overall, this action comedy delivers lots of stunts, lots of pyrotechnics, and plenty of quips and one-liners. The show has a lot of potential, but what's crucial to its initial success will be bringing more playfulness to its fight scenes.

Jun 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's not Shakespeare. But then, not everything has to be Shakespeare. There's room for big, dumb fun.

Jun 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a perfect fit for CBS, a network that loves easy procedurals and that desperately needs to add some color to its lineup. It's just too bad the execution of the series is a little off.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Bloody reboot swimming in shootouts, outdated stereotypes.

Apr 5, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a formula that worked for three movies that grossed nearly $1 billion, so why change it for television? Well, that would make sense if the TV version kept Chan and Tucker.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

There are indications that The Powers That Be (which include Cougar Town vets Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick) are well aware of what does and does not work about the film 18 years later.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Saddled with having to recreate a two hour movie in 45 minutes, Foo and Hires feel like they are doing impressions of their predecessors, and it cuts into their natural charm and rhythm.

Apr 1, 2016 | Full Review…

CBS's Rush Hour doesn't outshine the original movie, or even the sequel, but I guess it's somewhat better than the third one. That doesn't seem like high praise, I know, and that's because it isn't.

Apr 1, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rush Hour: Season 1

  • Apr 25, 2020
    I loved the tv show and I miss watching it, there were so many stupid tv shows and when a good one comes along they don't even give it a chance. Just like Emergence
  • Aug 21, 2016
    I only watched the Pilo Episode. It was truly boring. I barely watched it, the only reason I didn't change the Channel, was Because of the Action Scenes
  • Aug 20, 2016
    I am sorry to see this one go. Hopefully the Lethal Weapon series will fill the void of "Silly Action" shows that are almost extinct. At least Hawaii Five-O seems to be safe for a few more seasons in case it does not.
  • Aug 12, 2016
    Just a fun, well-done, uncomplicated show with good acting and stories. I'm tired of professional "critics" dissing shows and movies I enjoy - and probably effecting their marketability. Some productions need to be judged on their entertainment and enjoyment value - everything doesn't have to be a "masterpiece" as defined by what seem to be elitist tastes....
  • Jul 04, 2016
    Lighthearted and funny. A series to watch with the whole family. Too bad critics can't understand a reboot is not supposed to have the same actors and same everything. It is inspired by the movies and they did a great job. The actors have chemistry, yes. And every single one of them is fun. Gerald is the best. It's really a shame this one got the boot.
  • Jun 14, 2016
    I've really enjoyed the show an I am sad that it didn't get picked up for a second season. It doesn't try too hard to be the movies, and has plenty of characters and situations that are references to what everyone remembers. Jon Foo was cast in Jackie chan's role and that is perfect. He is an incredible martial artist and he doesn't try to do comedy action, he just fights. He doesn't try to be Jackie chan. I enjoy the comedy, the drama, and the action and will hope to buy the first season on blu ray.
  • Jun 08, 2016
    This show is amazing. And is indeed funny. Should not be cancelled at all.
  • Jun 06, 2016
    I thought it was released at the wrong time during playoff season. I really liked that it stayed true to the original movie I think they are wrong to cancel it
  • Jun 04, 2016
    I can't really understand all of the bad reviews for this show, I actually really like it! It is some good light hearted entertainment.
  • May 18, 2016
    I liked it but it wasn't that funny wish they kept Jackie chan and Chris Tucker

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