• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 24, 2018
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Oct 15, 2018
    91
    Bodyguard might be [creator Jed Mercurio's] Homeland. ... From its opening sequence, a breathless 20-minute set piece on a passenger train, it's clear that no loyalty will go untested or plot untwisted. [19/26 Oct 2018, p.91]
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 11, 2018
    90
    The story takes wild, violent leaps amid myriad conspiracies, leading to a crazy, nail-biting climax that is both preposterous and wholly satisfying. Some binges feel like a slog. Bodyguard is more of a race, well worth the run. [15-28 Oct 2018, p.9]
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 10, 2018
    90
    This show excels at both the daring, gasp-inducing twist and the methodical construction of slower-burning thrills. The finale, for instance, features a lengthy sequence of almost physically painful tension, a bravura bit of television that could only exist on a show in which we’ve been primed to understand that truly anything can happen.
  4. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    Oct 24, 2018
    83
    Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that’s emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.
  5. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Oct 25, 2018
    80
    It boasts terrific performances, unpredictable twists, and a stack of fanfic-favorite tropes (if the series’ title has you thinking of Whitney Houston, you’re frankly on the right track) executed with polish and flair. Though the thread of tension crackling at the show’s center doesn’t quite make it all the way through to the end, the journey is still enough of a roller coaster to make it well worth the ride.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 24, 2018
    80
    Bodyguard succeeds almost immediately at setting the hook and then races for six episodes and six-plus hours of pulse-pounding action and brain-bending twists, which, when it's all said and done, is more than enough to justify watching.
  7. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 24, 2018
    80
    The plot is determined to make us change our minds about who could be a mole every ten minutes. Muslim characters are pigeonholed as potential terrorists, although that’s a trope that Bodyguard tries to subvert with a modest amount of success. And yet, even on those occasions when it lands exactly where you think it’s headed, it still threads a compelling enough needle to keep its audience hooked.
  8. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Oct 23, 2018
    80
    There are several things that work really well in the series’ final episode, and could leave the door open for another season, and other revelations that feel like a bit of a letdown. But ultimately, Bodyguard is an exhilarating ride that truly showcases Madden as a major talent.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 19, 2018
    80
    Some elements of the series struck me as odd, including what seems an endorsement of the surveillance state, and certain climactic revelations had me talking to the screen. But the action is well mounted and the tension tightly wound; it uncoils, when it does, with a satisfying snap.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Oct 24, 2018
    75
    American viewers may not grasp all the subtleties of British government bureaucracy, but the cast of well-drawn characters--Anjli Mohindra is a standout as Nadia, the would-be suicide bomber--make Bodyguard compulsively watchable.
  11. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Oct 24, 2018
    60
    Like Homeland, Bodyguard expands its horizons to cast a big, knotty, conspiracy-theorist net over the police forces, the intelligence community, and the upper echelons of the British government. Unfortunately, another similarity it has with Homeland is a propensity to lean on stereotype, adding to the woefully limited characterization of Muslims on mainstream television shows. ... To watch Bodyguard’s six episodes is to suspend disbelief and submit to its surprises. It helps not to expect too much more than that.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 23, 2018
    50
    Madden doesn’t do enough to distract us when Mercurio’s plot twists veer from reality or his characters refuse to act like rational humans. In Bodyguard, Mercurio’s breakneck story feels, at every moment, both carefully constructed and made up on the spot. ... It can also be a blast, if you’re all about the mystery and the forward momentum and your requirements for plausibility and psychological realism aren’t high.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 65
  2. Negative: 6 out of 65
  1. Oct 27, 2018
    7
    When it's good it's very, very good, and when it's bad it's horrid. It gets an A+ for edgy, and spell binding scenes, but a D when it goesWhen it's good it's very, very good, and when it's bad it's horrid. It gets an A+ for edgy, and spell binding scenes, but a D when it goes into human relations. Plenty of plot twists and one big one at the end is bound to make many groan at the screen. They drag out the final big scene which in real life would have ended by our hero getting to the point more quickly. Many of the professionals come across as nitwits, but then that may be because they're not in on the real machinations that viewers are. The last half hour doesn't build as much as let the air out. Full Review »
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    2
    As a Brit, utterly confused by this show and its popularity. It's not a patch on Mercurio's Earlier work with Line Of Duty being uniformlyAs a Brit, utterly confused by this show and its popularity. It's not a patch on Mercurio's Earlier work with Line Of Duty being uniformly excellent. It goes from po-faced to farcical, with frustratingly stupid character arcs and daft situations. It's like Homeland season one, without any genuine drama. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    8
    A tremendous six-hour combination of gritty political drama and thriller makes Bodyguard one of the best dramas of the year. Highly recommended.