StartUp: Season 1 (2016)

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Season 1
StartUp

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StartUp is a LetDown.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 364

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

In the series premiere of this drama, an FBI agent targets a financial swindler, whose son hides his father's money by investing it in a computer whiz's tech start-up company; and a gang leader makes a disconcerting discovery about his crew's cash.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Nick and Izzy scramble to give Ronald his cash. Meanwhile, Rask's assigned a new partner, just as he ramps up his efforts to locate Andy; and Ronald reconsiders Izzy's pitch in light of the increasing violence that's putting his family at risk.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Nick, Izzy and Ronald begin their fundraising efforts with disappointing results; Rask and Maddie learn of GenCoin's formation; Andy reveals the truth about Rask to Nick; Ronald hopes to capitalize on a friendship; and Nick makes a promising connection after returning his father's money.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Nick elevates GenCoin's financial state following a successful sales pitch. Meanwhile, Rask forms an unlikely alliance, as his partnership with Maddie reaches a new level; and Ronald's pulled into a bout of gang violence.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Rask struggles with his new circumstances. Meanwhile, Nick and Izzy deal with a devastating blow to GenCoin; and Ronald approaches his pitch in a different way.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Izzy receives a lead from a former classmate; Gencoin is endangered by Taylor's discovery; and Ronald finds inspiration after facing a major crisis.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Rask questions Maddie while Izzy follows a promising lead. Elsewhere, Ron's money-making scheme falls apart.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

An investor is found for Gencoin. Elsewhere, Rask finds out more about Nick and Ron's rank in the gang is changed.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

Izzy is forced to make a tough decision for Gencoin after Alex's revelation. Meanwhile, Nick and Ron come together and Rask works to tie up loose ends.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2016

In the first-season finale, Nick and Izzy come to a resolution. Also, tragedy strikes for the Morales family and Rask finds out the truth about Alex.

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Cast & Crew

Martin Freeman
FBI Financial Crimes Agent Phil Rask
Adam Brody
Nick Talman
Edi Gathegi
Ronald Dacey
Otmara Marrero
Izzy Morales
Tom Forman
Executive Producer
Andrew Marcus
Executive Producer
Ray Ricord
Executive Producer
Gianni Nunnari
Executive Producer
Shannon Gaulding
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for StartUp Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (9)

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

Aug 27, 2019 | 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…

Audience Reviews for StartUp: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    I really enjoyed this show and loved the diversity of characters and their backgrounds. I loved that it wasnt predictable and entertaining at the same time. Hope that someone will pick it up for a 4th season
  • 4d ago
    I strongly disagree with the critics. I have seen many tv shows and this one may be one of the best. It is not repetitive, it is entertaining, engaging, and different. The story just never gets boring, it is constantly changing without depriving it of its essence. I definitely recommend this show and hope for a season 4.
  • 5d ago
    It's incredible that this series received such bad reviews. I thought it was amazing. I was totally hooked, which almost never happens. It's got incredible pace, solid acting, and is even more relevant today with all the current curiosity about cryptocurrency. I'll never trust Rotten Tomatoes again for reviews. This is one of the best series I've seen in years. Morgan Freeman and Edi Gathegi are mesmerizing.
  • 5d ago
    Critics are wrong…again Very entertaining and engrossing.
  • 6d ago
    No idea why the bad reviews. This is one of the most suspenseful shows! Thank you Netflix for getting this show noticed!
  • 6d ago
    Terrible acting. Gratuitous and poorly performed sex scenes to try and keep the audience interested because the rest is so weak. Send him back to the shire!
  • Jun 06, 2021
    I just finished binge watching this series! Amazing!! All of the surprises! I literally jumped off the couch a few times. I am REALLY hoping a 4th season comes out or @netflix picks it up as their own. The cast is very good and the story is written very well. I need to know what happens to Izzy, Ronald and Nick! I am so invested at this point! Bring Startup back for season 4.
  • Jun 05, 2021
    Excellent. Suspenseful. Unpredictable. Good to see fresh acting faces with current plot lines.
  • Jun 05, 2021
    I didn't like at all, because everything went bad to the main characters. But It was interesting. The other seasons were a lot better
  • Jun 04, 2021
    Incoherent mess. Couldn't the writers come up with a simple VC elevator pitch instead of this generic drizzle?

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