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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 18, 2018
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  • Summary: Based on James Patterson's novel named Murder Games centers on Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming), an ex-CIA operative turned professor, who is asked to help find a serial killer by NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic).
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Mar 7, 2018
    70
    Though the cases themselves are often convoluted beyond reason, the character stories outside the cases mesh together very well. It’s actually interesting to see how Lizzie and Dylan’s relationship might evolve, even and especially if there is no romantic undertone to it. Instinct isn’t exactly a reinvention of the form, but it’s solid, fun mystery storytelling.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 16, 2018
    60
    The appeal of Instinct isn't so much in the predictable movements therein, but in Cumming himself. It's a winning combination, if you like these kinds of shows. ... It's helpful that Novakovic is also quite likable as the feisty dynamo detective.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 15, 2018
    58
    If only Instinct had a little more going for itself, it might be worth making room on your DVR.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Mar 15, 2018
    50
    Mr. Cumming is not quite sure who his character is. Nor is he given a heartbeat to settle into something. ... Ms. Novakovic, it should be said, is wonderful. Lizzie is a fully formed entity.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 16, 2018
    50
    The premise may not sound shopworn. But CBS’ Instinct otherwise is extraordinarily ordinary at best as a midseason replacement for the failed Wisdom of the Crowd.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 16, 2018
    50
    By-the-numbers procedural with a pair of appealing leads. Otherwise, by-the-book bland.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 16, 2018
    40
    It’s unabashedly rote. ... Attempts to mask Instinct’s shortcomings with Cumming’s dapper, devilish manner don’t help all that much.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. Jun 27, 2018
    10
    the mystery to showing the crime is amazing, and keeps me wanting more. I love the actors in the show and their relationships. Despite thethe mystery to showing the crime is amazing, and keeps me wanting more. I love the actors in the show and their relationships. Despite the fact that Lizzie and Professor aren’t dating, obviously, I am curious to see how the writer is going to develop their relationships. I want more!! Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2018
    10
    I have seen the first two shows of "Instinct", and I think it is wonderful! The leads are brainy, engaging, and have depth - and so far, theI have seen the first two shows of "Instinct", and I think it is wonderful! The leads are brainy, engaging, and have depth - and so far, the story lines are very good. I think this could evolve to be even better! Expand
  3. May 14, 2018
    9
    luv Instinct and intelligent show and still a lot of fun. looks forward to this every week
  4. Apr 4, 2018
    2
    Not totally without charm and wit, but uneven and predictable. Their ripoff of the plot of an old Bones episode shows just how unoriginal thisNot totally without charm and wit, but uneven and predictable. Their ripoff of the plot of an old Bones episode shows just how unoriginal this series is. Not the worst thing on Sunday night, but close. I predict this one will lose my interest in short order.

    Both APB and Wisdom of the Crowd were better than this!
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  5. May 21, 2018
    2
    Seems to be trying to compete with Elementary but not doing very well. Hopefully CBS will not make the mistake of canceling Elementary forSeems to be trying to compete with Elementary but not doing very well. Hopefully CBS will not make the mistake of canceling Elementary for this poor comparison. Expand
  6. Apr 1, 2018
    1
    I love Alan Cumming and I am a fan of mystery shows, particularly BBC. So, it was with great anticipation I looked forward to "Instinct." ThatI love Alan Cumming and I am a fan of mystery shows, particularly BBC. So, it was with great anticipation I looked forward to "Instinct." That zeal was not rewarded. It seems the writers spent so much energy bending over backwards to address network PC checklist notes in creating characters for this abomination, that they were too worn out from their efforts to provide a worthwhile show for them to inhabit. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2018
    0
    I was really looking forward to the premier as I enjoy Alan Cummings' acting. I was then floored by the weakness of the script that wasI was really looking forward to the premier as I enjoy Alan Cummings' acting. I was then floored by the weakness of the script that was entirely formulaic--Cummings had nothing to work with. That was then followed by a parade of characters and story lines straight out of a PC (political correctness, not computer) handbook with stereotypical roles. I lasted about 20 minutes before giving up and taking it out of the DVR lineup... Expand

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