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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Air date: Jan 15, 2009
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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.

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.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Jan 15, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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.

Jan 15, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jan 15, 2009 | Full Review…

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

Aug 17, 2009 | Full Review…

Swayze and the excellent quality of the production make for an immensely watchable thriller.

Jan 8, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Is The Beast worth your time? Probably not.

Jan 14, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The Beast transcends the familiar convention because of Swayze.

Jan 15, 2009 | Full Review…

So long as the series continues its run as an unconvincing morality play for Dove, it will lose whatever bite it has in favor of a gentle gnaw.

Jan 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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