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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 24, 2018
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Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 4 Critics What's this?

until day of season premiere
  • Summary: War-veteran-turned-police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden) is promoted to the protection detail for controversial conservative Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) in this drama series created by Jed Mercurio.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.