Shades of Blue: Season 1 Reviews

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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
October 4, 2016
Shades of Blue isn't about to pass The Shield as the high-water mark of the American dirty-cop genre.
January 11, 2016
[J. Lo's] new cop drama is a less fun, less interesting and a far less appealing version of the groundbreaking series The Shield.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 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
Sadly this is far too derivative, clunky and confusing to be either a great show or a ratings powerhouse.
January 7, 2016
During a time when police forces across the country are under scrutiny for excessive force and their precarious relationships with the communities they are assigned to protect, Shades Of Blues' version of a corrupt cop is almost quaint.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
January 7, 2016
The show itself is only moderately terrible, another failed network attempt to make a gritty cable drama.
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
Jennifer Lopez is not (and never has been) ordinary: She lights up the screen and almost manages to carry this show over its repetitive plot hurdles. But almost is not enough.
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 7, 2016
This is a series that tends too often tends to drag rather than pull viewers along.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 6, 2016
As the serialized plot thickens and the characters become inconsistent, the show's flaws become unavoidable and its excesses absurd.
January 6, 2016
While the premiere, directed by Barry Levinson, is more promising that the ads may have made it look, the show quickly devolves into a series of silly twists and nonsensical plotting in subsequent episodes.
January 5, 2016
Ms. Lopez and Mr. Liotta pair well, and the early episodes certainly have a pulse.
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