StartUp: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

StartUp is a LetDown.



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 241
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Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016
Air date: Sep 6, 2016

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Martin Freeman
as Phil Rask
Adam Brody
as Nick Talman
Otmara Marrero
as Izzy Morales
Edi Gathegi
as Ronald Dacey
Wayne Knight
as Benedict Blush
Aaron Yoo
as Alex Bell
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Critic Reviews for StartUp Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

There are also far too many shows like StartUp... that echo elements of past TV hits, from the heat-wave setting of Burn Notice to the moral opacity of The Shield, without... offering any sense of creative independence or innovation.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Freeman, though, is something to see (especially for fans), and there are just enough memorable moments to keep "StartUp" out of the red.

Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The drama is not a venture I recommend you invest in.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Its first few episodes set up a complicated plot that, if it can break free from convention and its clunky dialogue, might be worth investing in.

Sep 16, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

[It] is kind of a mess.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…

In the show's first episode, every major character is shown in a gratuitous sex scene, as though the idea was, well, if the viewers don't buy this GenCoin thing, maybe they'll stick around for the sex. We'll see how that pays off for StartUp.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…

If it can keep the characters front and center and not fall back on the GenCoin gimmick too much, it stands a chance of being a decent crime series.

Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Eager to tackle relevant topics, creator Ben Ketai has the right headspace, but can't quite make his ambitious vision jell in StartUp. As such, series standouts Martin Freeman and Edi Gathegi are left to clean up a mess that cannot be undone.

Sep 2, 2016 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Despite strong work by its actors, StartUp is just another exploration of underground crime and shady dealings that we've seen a thousand times before on film and television.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

As the show focuses more on the strength of its breakneck storytelling, it's becoming not just the best reason to try Crackle, but one of the more promising new streaming series of the year.

Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

StartUp is trying to meld the high-finance sheen of series like Billions with the gee-whiz digital jargon of, say, Scorpion, but it never seems innovative, only imitative. The casting, however, is refreshing, even if the plot strains credulity.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…

It seems clear that Start Up wants to be a kind of Mr. Robot, but in the attempt reveals that the USA show's success isn't about a collection of buzzwords but about vision and style.

Sep 6, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for StartUp: Season 1

  • Jun 13, 2019
    A slow start but then completely riveting.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Great. Waiting for season 4.
  • Feb 15, 2019
    Great tv show! Things happenings fast, few actors are well know and the new one doing pretty good job! Was looking for new great show and find it!
  • Jan 22, 2019
    The characters are strong and deep. Story and plot are up-to-date and in-depth.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    Izzy is awful. Storyline keeps me wondering if I should invest more time.
  • Oct 30, 2018
    CANNOT STAND WATCHNG THIS ON CRACKLE! Too many commercials! Have to use Kodi.
  • Sep 08, 2018
    I think the critics must be watching a different program to me. This is a fast paced gritty drama. One of the best I've watched in ages. Great story, terrific acting , every episode has a punch in it. Critics you got it totally wrong.
  • Aug 17, 2018
    in-fucking-credible ..
  • Jun 24, 2018
    Love it, just started binge-watching It 2 days ago and almost done with season 2. I can't get enough especially when 90% of the end of each episode leaves you on edge.
  • Jun 17, 2018
    I'm not sure what critics are talking about this showing is AMAZING!!!! Great original story, acting superb, and all around a wild ride. If you like things like TinStar, Breaking Bad, or Ozark - this show is definitely worth the watch!!!

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