Shades of Blue: Season 1 Reviews

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July 17, 2020
Shades of Blue is a story of crime, drama, passion, obsession, love and betrayal. In this show, Lopez is just Jenny from the block; which makes her loveable, charismatic and a favourite with the audience.
January 25, 2019
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.
May 2, 2017
Despite occasionally corny dialogue, Shades of Blue works through brisk plotting, taut acting and an eye for the idiosyncratic detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 5, 2016
If you loved The Shield you'll enjoy this, too.
January 19, 2016
Cop drama's leading lady is sexy, strong, and morally shady.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2016
Lopez, Liotta, and Kole look to have enough charisma to make for a watchable television show.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 8, 2016
Shades of Blue isn't a deep show, but it's a sensationally effective one. It knows what it is... and it rarely steps wrong. The strong acting helps a lot.
January 8, 2016
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.
January 8, 2016
This show might not be the best thing since The Shield, but it's a step above NCIS.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 8, 2016
This series already reminds me of a less graphic but no less compelling version of the FX hit The Shield.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 7, 2016
Lopez does a decent enough job - on top of the single-mom angle, Harlee also has a traumatic back story - but it's Liotta who will make or break Shades of Blue.
January 7, 2016
I wouldn't exactly call Shades of Blue addictive, but it certainly does keep you wondering.
January 7, 2016
If Shades of Blue finds an audience, Lopez may have the acting revival she's been looking for. But she can't do it without Liotta. He's her Ray of light.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 7, 2016
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.
Top Critic
January 7, 2016
There's even a hint of real promise here as well, which may be the nicest surprise of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2016
All of these elements make Shades of Blue an interesting conundrum. It's trite but kind of timely; predictable but hiding a few good surprises; fun but very serious.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 7, 2016
NBC's solid and sometimes ambitious dirty-cop drama Shades of Blue... recalls that talented actress many of us only first noticed in the 1998 film adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Out of Sight.
January 6, 2016
The show walks a blurry line to make the audience question every shade of right and wrong. It's not all that original a premise, but Lopez turns her successful box office appeal to the small screen. Jenny from the block is just so enjoyable to watch.
January 6, 2016
Aside from having a cool cast of characters who never feel boring and fit together perfectly, the dialogue is some of the sharpest I've heard on a cop show since The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 6, 2016
Shade's cynical Shield-like take on law enforcement is surprising on a commercial broadcast network such as NBC.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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