The Bridge (FX): Season 1 (2013)



Critic Consensus: A seductive crime drama, The Bridge draws viewers in with culturally conscious themes that combine intelligent mystery and spellbinding drama.


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Air date: Jul 10, 2013
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The first season of "The Bridge" follows two police detectives (one Mexican, one American) as they hunt down a serial killer whose heinous acts have been perpetrated in both nations. Their investigation is complicated both by internal corruption and violence stemming from the drug cartels functioning among the borderlands. The show is based on the Danish/Swedish television series of the same name. The show stars Demián Bichir and Diane Kruger.


Diane Kruger
as Sonya North
Demian Bichir
as Marco Ruiz
Ted Levine
as Hank Wade
Emily Rios
as Adriana Mendez
Eric Lange
as Kenneth Hastings
Matthew Lillard
as Daniel Frye
Johnny Dowers
as Tim Cooper
Thomas M. Wright
as Steven Linder
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Critic Reviews for The Bridge (FX) Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (24)

The Bridge manages the neat trick of being both tough and entertaining; it's a made-up story that feels true.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Neither literary nor political pretensions are necessary to enjoy The Bridge. At its bedrock, it's a fine crime drama, full of arresting and gruesome turns, sometimes downright scary, sometimes blackly funny.

Jul 10, 2013 | Full Review…

The Bridge is highly absorbing.

Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

What could be a relentlessly grim procedural (again, The Killing) is instead a compelling drama that works (so far, at least) on a number of levels.

Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Bridge rises well above those too-familiar TV tropes and expands into a portrait of a particular part of the world and its people.

Jul 9, 2013 | Full Review…

It does string you along. With barbed wire.

Jul 9, 2013 | Full Review…

The Bridge remains a compelling thriller bolstered by excellent performances and an intriguing political message.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The true virtue of The Bridge is not Cross's and Ruiz's police work -- by now, we've all seen enough cops for a lifetime -- but what it casually reveals about life on the border.

Jul 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The show has routinely opted for the artful storytelling option instead of the most satisfying one. It's a series that trusts its vision and resists the urge to stray from it.

Oct 28, 2013 | Full Review…

Thanks to deft work from Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm, there's plenty of payoff if you stick with it to see how the seemingly unconnected story lines shake out in the end.

Jul 12, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bridge (FX): Season 1


The Bridge was quickly growing on me, despite me thinking that the last thing we needed was another serial killer drama with an awkward cop buddie dynamic. The crimes quickly became relevant and were causing a big impact on me on what they were trying to say. The severed body in half and what it represented on the Pilot episode was spot on but then... it descended onto something so banal, so average. Why? Didn't make any bloody sense. Still, has some really good dramatic punches on the last episodes, good character growth and just plain weird imagery to keep things interesting till the end.

Francisco G

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