The Red Line: Season 1 Reviews

May 21, 2019
The beauty of The Red Line is that even after the episodes stop rolling, our minds and hearts keep building.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 14, 2019
Heartfelt series explores racial bias, violence in Chicago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2019
Red Line force-feeds more than it should. It has some messages of true value while also failing to resonate to the degree it could have and should have.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 3, 2019
The issue with The Red Line is that the show moves from plot to plot with the only one being interesting is the shooting that started it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2019
Though I appreciate the show seems to be using the sympathetic white cop as a Trojan horse to talk about systemic racism, it's also not a good drama. It's schlocky and ham-fisted, and to be honest, mostly dull.
April 29, 2019
The drama ultimately arrives at the destination you knew it would right from the opening moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 29, 2019
The performances and shaded characters in The Red Line make up for the show's flaws.
April 26, 2019
Amid the sometimes overheated hubbub there is Royale, who brings the temperature back to normal. Even when a scene feels too obviously constructed, she moves around in it like an organic space, a real person among people in a movie.
April 26, 2019
"The Red Line" harnesses the power of simple storytelling calibrated towards the masses to probe painful social concerns, and to potentially change hearts and minds.
April 26, 2019
The Red Line is brimming with good intentions, but its execution never goes beyond the surface
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 26, 2019
Turns out The Wire meets This Is Us is a rather satisfying sweet spot.
April 26, 2019
The Red Line is exactly the kind of risk network TV should be taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.2/10
April 26, 2019
What we have in The Red Line is a show that lacks the rudimentary craft necessary for elementary propaganda -- even the program's natural allies will likely be alienated, because it's treating them like dopes.
April 25, 2019
The Red Line is a well-intentioned and sometimes beautifully acted CBS miniseries about race and justice... that gets off to a clunky and heavy-handed start.
April 25, 2019
It's not subtle, but it is smart. It's openly emotional, but rarely manipulative. It, too, wears its heart on its sleeve, a quality that enables it to get the best of its occasional heavy-handed dialogue...
April 25, 2019
At times overly earnest, "The Red Line"...is imperfect, but its existence demonstrates broadcasters haven't completely thrown in the towel on quality drama and for that viewers can be grateful.
Top Critic
April 25, 2019
Often worthy and heartfelt, "The Red Line" still can't get its arms around the real-world pain and suffering (and consequences) that it has to get its arms around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 24, 2019
After just one episode of The Red Line, we care about these people, we care about what happens to them, and we feel their pain and their triumphs. They feel like real Chicagoans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4