Backstrom: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Backstrom: What Critics Say
Rainn Wilson attending the premiere of The Union at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Backstrom” will debut on FOX this coming Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. The show stars Rainn Wilson in the titular role, and he will be joined by Dennis Haysbert as Det. Sgt. John Almond, Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Neidermeyer, Genivieve Angielson as Det. Nicole Gravely, Page Kennedy as Officer Frank Moto, Thomas Dekker as Gregory Valentine and Beatrice Rosen as Nadia Paquet. What do the critics think about this latest crime procedural? We rounded up some of the reviews below.

The critic from the Wall Street Journal thinks that “Backstrom” has lame jokes. But despite the initial impressions, the series isn’t “entirely a cardboard misanthrope.” The show has some plus points with its visuals, and despite the characterization of the lead, the characters are actually endearing.

Washington Post’s critic gives “Backstrom” a grade of C, citing that the script seems to be stuck in one page and the lead character isn’t complicated as the teasers make him out to be. However, the show picks up with a few more episodes, which should be encouraging for the viewer, if they stick long enough to watch more.

Kansas City Star’s critic thinks that the show may turn into a decent crime drama and the writer is intrigued by the lead character’s backstory. The show has all the right elements that make deadpan snark such a hit, plus it’s also a procedural, which is easy to follow. If this is right up your alley, then the show will be a good fit for your viewing line-up.

Cleveland.Com’s reviewer sees nothing wrong with the premise of the show, as well as Wilson’s performance. However, there are some hits and misses with the series overall. The critic describes the show as gimmicky, and the writing needs to be improved.

Entertainment Weekly gives the series a grade of B but thinks that Wilson’s talents is still underused. The show also needs to master its tone to “find a more cohesive voice and stronger case-of-the-week plots,” suggesting that there are plenty of rooms for improvement.

Catch “Backstrom” when it premieres on FOX on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. Check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for the recaps.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P