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The Beast: Season 1 (2009)



Critic Consensus: The Beast offers Patrick Swayze an entertaining and rugged dark role, but the show itself is familiar and edgeless.


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"The Beast" follows as unorthodox FBI veteran Charles Barker (Patrick Swayze) is paired with rookie agent Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel) in this drama. Barker attempts to impart his years undercover wisdom on his new partner as the two are often thrown into dangerous situations. "The Beast" lasted just one season and was Swayze's last acting performance before his death in 2009.


Patrick Swayze
as Charles Barker
Travis Fimmel
as Ellis Dove
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Critic Reviews for The Beast: Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (15)

The A&E show was grittier than expected, and is worth watching just for Swayze's performance alone.

June 29, 2018 | Full Review…

You watch Swayze in The Beast, and you realize that this is the best performance of his career.

January 15, 2009 | Full Review…

Swayze has shown up, and this time he has come to act.

January 15, 2009 | Full Review…

Some people can only howl at a line like that, and others, less sophisticated, will swing a fist in the air to cheer it, but I found it quite simple and most congenial to do both at the same time.

January 15, 2009 | Full Review…
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Like all good cop shows, The Beast sprinkles dark humor amid the busting of heads. Sometimes it does both at the same time, and Swayze handles that part well.

January 15, 2009 | Full Review…

It's the gaunt, leathery Swayze, his face etched with age and experience, that makes the show.

August 17, 2009 | Full Review…

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