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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 1, 2018
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  • Summary: Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) is a British war veteran-turned-private detective solve cases with his assistant Robin (Holliday Grainger) in this series based on the novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It was released in the UK on BBC One under the name Strike.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 1, 2018
    91
    The two protagonists carry the day, though. C.B. and Robin are well worth rooting for as they sift their way through both the crimes at hand and their own personal dilemmas. So keep writing these characters, J.K. Rowling. They’re every bit as down to earth as Harry Potter was fantastical.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 24, 2018
    70
    Throughout, the disparity between Strike's melancholy disposition and robin's sunnier outlook makes for enjoyable teamwork. C.B. Strike may not break new ground in procedural storytelling, but it stays refreshingly true to character. [28 May - 10 Jun 2018, p.16]
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Jun 1, 2018
    67
    C.B. Strike isn’t out to rewrite anything, and maybe that’s a mistake. It makes for some steady, dependable viewing, but it always feels like there’s more for these two to explore.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    May 31, 2018
    50
    They’re both [Tom Burke & Holliday Grainger] good, particularly Ms. Grainger, who balances sardonic efficiency with intimations of smoky passion, and their interplay is the main reason to watch the show. It doesn’t quite make up, however, for the deficiencies of the mysteries, which are convoluted in conception and prosaic in presentation.
  5. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 31, 2018
    40
    The phrase that recurred in my mind as I watched C.B. Strike was "not enough": not enough plot, not enough characterization, not enough suspense, not enough of its own DNA. But the pang of "not enough" was most keen when it came to the scenes between Burke and his co-star Holliday Grainger, who faultlessly embodies the earnest, thrill-seeking Robin.
  6. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jun 1, 2018
    40
    Clues to Landry’s murder are supermodel thin, but Strike finds them as if he has hidden wizarding powers (he does not). The suspects and leads are blindingly colorful in contrast to the rumpled, low-key detective. ... The disheveled detective is of course irresistible to [temp Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger)] too, so you can probably guess the answer. Viewers, however, my find him--and his cases--less interesting.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 16, 2018
    8
    I truly enjoyed the 3 episodes and hope that HBO will broadcast the other two mini series. The lead man reminded me immediately of StacyI truly enjoyed the 3 episodes and hope that HBO will broadcast the other two mini series. The lead man reminded me immediately of Stacy Keach's Mickey Spillane, maybe because of the harelip, maybe because of his melancholy portrayal. Good on ya! Excellent acting as far as I'm concerned. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2018
    6
    The Strike stories are a pleasant enough television experience, there's nothing earth shattering or ground breaking but it's always nice toThe Strike stories are a pleasant enough television experience, there's nothing earth shattering or ground breaking but it's always nice to see a British television show with high production value, and this one has that in spades. The "mysteries" are very short on logic or depth in equal measure with the overly simplified red herrings they offer as solutions, it's like a paint by numbers detective fiction. Think they've run clear through all the Strike material produced by Rowling, would probably watch more Strike if she writes more. A lead actor with a hairlip is always fascinating to me. Expand

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