Shades of Blue: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Solid performances by Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta fail to lift Shades of Blue above the ranks of the pedestrian network procedural.


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Jennifer Lopez stars in this gritty crime drama as veteran NYPD detective Harlee Santos, a member of a crew of dirty cops who work out of a Brooklyn precinct. Led by Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta), who looks upon Harlee almost as a daughter, they've forged alliances with the area's criminal element to keep illicit activities in the shadows—and, also, to line their pockets with cash. They also take care of their own, as rookie detective Michael Loman (Dayo Okeniyi) discovers when he and Harlee bust through the door of a suspected drug den and he shoots a second too soon, killing an unarmed man. Harlee wastes no time making it look like a legitimate shoot; and Loman wastes no time feeling guilty, with the act and accompanying cover-up weighing on him throughout the season. That's a mere subplot, though. The main story belongs to Harlee. In the pilot, she heads out for a meeting with a bookie that turns out to be an FBI sting run by Special Agent Robert Stahl (Warren Kole). He's not looking to bust her, but to turn her into an informant—which she agrees to in exchange for immunity. Not long thereafter, Wozniak confides in her that there's a mole within the ranks and, though he doesn't say so, he suspects it may be her, leading to a memorable meeting between the two at a marina. As that storyline develops and expands to include a possible big score, which greatly interests Stahl, Harlee faces another ongoing concern: her abusive former boyfriend Miguel (Antonio Jaramillo) wants a relationship with their daughter Cristina (Sarah Jeffery), who doesn't know he exists.


Jennifer Lopez
as Harlee Santos
Ray Liotta
as Matt Wozniak
Drea de Matteo
as Shirley Flynn
Hampton Fluker
as Patrick Tufo
Warren Kole
as Robert Staal
Vincent Laresca
as Tony Espada
Dayo Okeniyi
as Michael Loman
Sarah Jeffery
as Christine Santos
Michael Esper
as Donnie Pomp
Santino Fontana
as Stuart Saperstein
Annie Chang
as Molly Chen
Leslie Silva
as Gail Baker
Lolita Davidovich
as Linda Wozniak
Mark Deklin
as Joe Nazario
Michael Laurence
as Curtis Deville
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Critic Reviews for Shades of Blue Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (22)

Despite occasionally corny dialogue, Shades of Blue works through brisk plotting, taut acting and an eye for the idiosyncratic detail.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you loved The Shield you'll enjoy this, too.

Aug 5, 2016 | Full Review…

[J. Lo's] new cop drama is a less fun, less interesting and a far less appealing version of the groundbreaking series The Shield.

Jan 11, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Giving full credit to all involved with Shades of Blue, especially Lopez, this series certainly cannot be classified as earth-shattering, but if you're a 'Jenny From the Block' fan, her effort here should be more than enough to keep you engaged.

Jan 8, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Shades of Blue is a smart, well-written star vehicle worthy of the actor-singer's talents as they have matured and been seasoned with experience.

Jan 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The show itself is only moderately terrible, another failed network attempt to make a gritty cable drama.

Jan 7, 2016 | Full Review…
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If you can deal with cliched lines about "all being family" and a lead policewoman who wears too much blusher, Shades of Blue is admittedly rather watchable.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

... boring isn't even the worst offense Shades Of Blue commits.

Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Shade's cynical Shield-like take on law enforcement is surprising on a commercial broadcast network such as NBC.

Jan 6, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Competent but uninspired, and often more concerned with flattering its glamorous star than telling the best possible version of this story.

Jan 5, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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