Shut Eye: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Shut Eye

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 98
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Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016

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Critic Reviews for Shut Eye Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

At its best, the show mimics the stylized visuals, outlandish violence, and comic cynicism of early episodes of Breaking Bad-though, so far, it lacks the clarity and the focus to make its story half as thoughtful.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

We'll be curious to see what the second half of the season delivers, but its uneven presentation thus far, torn between grounded and outlandish, fails to give a proper platform to its star.

May 21, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Being a boring show is Shut Eye's biggest sin, but that only tells part of the story. The show was basically bursting with plot points, and none of them seemed to land.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

[Shut Eye] feels a bit too much like Charlie at the start of the story: pretending to be the real thing while hoping the audience won't notice the difference.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Hulu's Shut Eye is a bit of a snooze.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Shut Eye: Season 1

  • Jun 05, 2019
    it lacked the key attraction found in the main actor's previous show burnout.
  • Oct 23, 2018
    Loved it! want more!
  • Jun 23, 2018
    I really don't understand what is wrong with critics on Rotten Tomatoes lately, I love this show. Entertaining, funny, and the characters are interesting.
  • Apr 02, 2018
    Very interesting show. I enjoyed it very much. So much better than breaking bad.
  • Mar 04, 2018
    It deserved more than two seasons. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a stellar breakthrough in writing, but if you enjoyed Jeffrey Donovan in Burn Notice, you will enjoy this a lot. Following Charlie Haverford (Donovan) who is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling businesses in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client’s angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new “clairvoyant,” and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. The show was well written, quirky and both fun and serious at the same time. Jeffrey Donovan was the central hub for the first season and that made it interesting. The second season tried to expand into the subplots with the secondary characters and that is where I think people lost interest. Not enough time on Charlie, too much time on his horrific wife. I did like that there was a scammer/psychic fraud underworld in LA. That was a new twist. The things I disliked other then the expansion was the way the wife’s character was written, and how Charlie wouldn’t do anything about it. I also disliked that the show portrayed Romani as the illegal underground for psychics. I don’t think it was on purpose, but it played into a lot of stereotypes about Romani, when it looked like they were trying to overcome that. Pros: Good acting, and a very up on it Jeffrey Donovan made this an interesting show. Cons: The loss of focus on Charlie, the representation of Romani and especially how horrible they made Charlie’s wife. Even with all that, I am disappointed there wasn’t a third season.
  • Jan 24, 2018
    Messy but there’s magic pulling the strings of this show. Blow some more scopolamine on me.
  • Jan 22, 2018
    I kept looking for something redeeming with the show and after 5 episodes, it just kept getting worse. I don’t like any of the characters at all. So I am finished.
  • Jan 04, 2018
    I absolutely love this show!
  • Dec 28, 2017
    This is one of the best modern shows. Pushing the limits and showing cultural differences. There is no fluff and all the storylines interact with each other. The one show where every scene matters. I watch it repeatedly to find new details I didn’t catch the previous go around. Would recommend to a friend.
  • Dec 27, 2017
    Wasn’t sure with the first episode....but after the second I was hooked.

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