Shut Eye: Season 1 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Shut Eye's solid cast isn't enough to overcome an overdone, overstuffed, and undercooked story.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016
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Critic Reviews for Shut Eye Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

This isn't the first time Donovan has portrayed a con artist -- think of his role as burned spy Michael Westen in USA Network's long-running series Burn Notice -- but this time it's different. His character doesn't want to be the good guy.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

With an utterly unique setting and appealing actors, this drama intrigues, but it has so many subplots and side characters that keeping it all straight requires patience.

Dec 12, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's no sense of spirit in these characters, and the just-sufficient fascination of the entire operation is owed almost exclusively to the cast, with special nods to Donovan, Strickland, and the indomitable Rossellini.

Dec 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It would help if, in the early episodes, Shut Eye would make more clear what tone it wants to take: hard-boiled action, lighthearted caper, dark drama with some fantastical elements.

Dec 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Shut Eye could eventually pay out; the cards for the last six episodes are still face down. But to find out, you'd have to walk through that door.

Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Shut Eye has plenty to offer its audience, but it struggles early on to find exactly what the focus of the series should be. Still, Jeffrey Donovan is reason enough to watch the series through to the end.

Dec 7, 2016 | Full Review…

I had a couple, "This is a good, different world for a TV show" moments, before Shut Eye too often left the unique behind for a more conventional con man story and stale cable boundary-pushing on sex and violence and exhausted-looking antiheroes.

Dec 7, 2016 | Full Review…

There's nothing innovative about this project, but its commitment to fleet storytelling and a game cast take it far.

Dec 7, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Shut Eye... loses most of its momentum as the story grows overcomplicated and undercharacterized. It's like watching a trick in which the dove fails to fly out of the magician's hat.

Dec 7, 2016 | Full Review…

For all its stuffed storytelling, Shut Eye feels like a Ouija board: By the time you've seen your 12th version - and you've definitely seen this show before - all the magic is gone.

Dec 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shut Eye: Season 1

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From Hulu comes the fresh and exciting dramatic crime series Shut Eye. Season 1 follows husband and wife con artists Charlie and Lina Haverford who work for a gypsy syndicate that runs the psychic racket in Los Angeles, but everything changes when Charlie receives a head injury that causes him to start having visions and gains a client that could help him break free of gypsy control. Starring Jeffrey Donovan, Angus Sampson, David Zayas, and Emmanuelle Chriqui, the show features an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And, the writers do a good job at developing story-arcs and explaining how the cons work. However, they don't seem to know quite what to do with Charlie's visions, which are kind of like existential premonitions without clear shape or definition. Also, there are occasional usages of sex and curse language that don't fit the overall tone of the series. Shut Eye has some rough edges, but it delivers a solid first season.

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