Touch: Season 1 (2012)

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Touch is a welcome return to television for Keifer Sutherland, but although it presents a lot of intriguing ideas, it occasionally overdoses on sentimentality.

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Critic Ratings: 28

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User Ratings: 61

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Air date: Jan 25, 2012

An encore of the TOUCH preview episode, starring Kiefer Sutherland as a single father who discovers his 11 year old son has the ability to see hidden patterns that connect people all over the world. TOUCH airs Thursdays on FOX.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2012

A robbery at a pawn shop starts a chain of events involving a flight attendant in New York, a magician in Moscow, an Indian man hoping to spread his father's ashes and a mobster in the Bronx in the premiere of this series about a blue-collar dad trying to reach his emotionally troubled son, who is obsessed with numerical patterns.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2012

Martin discovers that a homeless man's obsession with numbers is similar to Jake's, and he undertakes a series of tasks that involve African boys in a dance competition and a woman at a music festival. Meanwhile, Teller visits Jake's board-and-care facility; and Clea goes on an emotional roller coaster.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2012

A teenage heavy-metal fan in Baghdad shares a light moment with a U.S. soldier, who is forced to hide in the desert after her convoy is ambushed. Meanwhile, Martin encounters a man who knew his deceased wife; and a lottery winner meets a depressed pastor.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2012

S1Ep5, Entanglement: Martin gets his laptop stolen and becomes ensnared in a young Salvadoran woman's quest to avenge the death of her family. TOUCH airs Thursdays on FOX.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2012

Martin and Clea uncover a shocking development involving Clea's mentally-challenged mother, and Teller (guest star Danny Glover) visits Jake at the board-and-care facility. TOUCH airs Thursdays on FOX.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2012

Martin and Clea uncover a shocking development involving Clea's mentally-challenged mother, and Teller (guest star Danny Glover) visits Jake at the board-and-care facility. TOUCH airs Thursdays on FOX.

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Air date: May 3, 2012

Following numbers from Jake, Martin helps reunite a French woman with her biological mother and untangle the mystery of their estrangement. TOUCH airs Thursdays on FOX.

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Air date: May 10, 2012

A corrupt parole officer is exposed by Martin; a Brazilian street guitarist tries to charm a beautiful woman; Jake bonds with another boy who doesn't speak; information about one of Teller's patients is revealed to Clea and Martin.

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Air date: May 17, 2012

Martin's mistaken for a crook, but to get a dockworker's job back he must take part in a robbery. Meanwhile, an Israeli boy and a Palestinian girl's relationship is in trouble; Clea discovers documents about Jake; and Martin meets with his sister-in-law to make a tough decision.

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In Season 1 of this drama from "Heroes" creator Tim Kring, Kiefer Sutherland stars as Martin Bohm, a former reporter whose wife was killed in the 9/11 attacks and who is struggling to raise their emotionally troubled 11-year-old son, Jake (David Mazouz). Jake never speaks, but his obsession with numbers appears to enable him to predict the future, and he finds a way to communicate with his father through numerical patterns that are often linked to chains of events involving random connections between people around the world. Martin gets help from social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and an educator (Danny Glover) who studies gifted individuals, but their work also attracts the attention of Aster Corporation, a shadowy business empire that takes a special interest in the abilities of Jake and others like him. Season 1 guest stars include Titus Welliver, Bodhi Elfman and Catherine Dent.

Critic Reviews for Touch Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (17)

It's difficult to fully embrace.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Its spirit is willing, but the construction has foundation problems.

Mar 22, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Playing around with fractals, chaos theory and more, the tone and concept are appealing - and more rooted in drama than science fiction.

Mar 22, 2012 | Full Review…

There is a sense of adventure and uplift in Touch that is rare in current procedurals.

Mar 22, 2012 | Full Review…

One of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date.

Mar 22, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Sutherland is decent, but it all gets repetitive quickly.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

From a purely workmanship point of view, Touch lacks the depth and assurance the best shows in the big-picture mystery genre (like Lost and, for that matter, the early seasons of 24) boast.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

"Pilot" on its own is an entertaining hour of television, regardless of whether or not the show can continually compete.

Mar 22, 2012 | Rating: 8.3/10 | Full Review…

For all its numbers wizardry, the overmanipulative Touch doesn't yet add up.

Mar 22, 2012 | Full Review…

Touch feels like yet another series that seemed like a better idea for a one-shot movie than a weekly TV series.

Mar 22, 2012 | Full Review…

Touch doesn't so much pull on your heartstrings as yank them with both hands, but Sutherland is so wonderful as Martin that I was willing to forgive that tendency.

Mar 22, 2012 | Full Review…

That hour is well-executed and intriguing, if emotionally manipulative. But I'm curious how the show will play out on a weekly basis

Mar 22, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Touch: Season 1

  • Nov 09, 2019
    The show is very intriguing and the idea of the show is deep.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Sutherland's acting...his panting...everything is off.
  • Aug 08, 2018
    Jake is 10 years old and has never spoken a word in his life. Still, his father keeps yelling "Jake!!" 20 times every episode, followed by exasperated breathing by Kiefer Sutherland. Soooo annoying, because I like the concept and story line.
  • Nov 07, 2016
    A kid that doesn't speak and a father that loves him deeply, I was hooked.... Until the sadistic social worker steals the child, placing him in a care home and insisting the 11yr old child names the animal a moo comes from. This social worker snatching the child's red car because she wants eye contact from the kid screams abuse. These scenes suggested a sticky red end for this social worker or simply the dreadful writing of another annoying character, to make the shows stars look great. Either way I can't watch grown-ups abusing innocents, unless it's the news.
  • Oct 29, 2016
    The first about four episodes are alright, but are very stand alone, and don't have an overarching plot. Every subsequent episode features that plot, which makes it a little better. I expected it to be handled more seriously, but it's not, which made it less interesting and almost boring, a big reason because it didn't add any tension or thrill you more. But I could have been ok with that if they had at least made them not feature random crap connecting for no reason. All of the episodes with that plot shouldn't have had that, because the plot is very interesting. I can tell this is from Tim Kring. This show seems like something from him, and another person that wants to be family friendly and boring. Kiefer Sutherland is great, obviously. The big problem is not mixing two different genres well, but Kiefer makes it all better, and by the end you're more hooked.
  • Sep 20, 2016
    Poor premise, bad science, lots of new age psychobabble
  • Oct 14, 2015
    While having a promising premise, Touch tries too hard to be a drama-fied 24.
  • Aug 31, 2015
    Intrigue, exciting, fear, curiosity. This series has it all, and a series of events connected between them that makes this a fan-deserve series. Great acting, maybe overrated Kiefer Sutherland and overexploting 9/11, but deserves five stars, great series.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Such a terrible show, got cancelled for good reason!

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