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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: A single one-dollar bill passes through their hands of a group of people connected to a multiple murder in a small middle American town in this mystery thriller created by by Jason Mosberg.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 23, 2018
    77
    The first episode of “One Dollar” wallows in the struggles of several sad sack characters and jumps around a confusing amount as it introduces the unwieldy, large cast, but the show becomes more engrossing in episodes two and three. “One Dollar” hits its stride by episode six, proving it’s a worthy addition to the Peak TV era.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 30, 2018
    70
    The excellence of the acting and the admirable, one might almost say English naturalism of the production balance the sometimes improbable, even implausible action and the occasional sacrifice of sense to drama; it is true that in life, people do not act sensibly, but fictional characters should be held to a higher standard of consistency. Still, the writing gives the actors a lot to play with. ... A solid cop drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 22, 2018
    70
    As end-of-summer video junk food, you could do a lot worse. One Dollar's cast of scruffy characters is an interesting bunch, even when under lethal assault by their own writers. I wound up watching them for four hours, about three more than I planned, and each one was more enjoyable than the last.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Aug 27, 2018
    67
    The central mystery is involving, but the sprawling tone is painfully stilted. [31 Aug 2018, p.53]
  5. Reviewed by: Liam Mathews
    Aug 29, 2018
    60
    It's much less interested in solving the crime than it is in building a sense of place, which may frustrate plot-hungry viewers. However, if you're willing to sit back and think about race, gentrification, addiction, poverty and post-industrialization, One Dollar is rich.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 29, 2018
    40
    There's not enough good writing here, not enough motivation to follow characters that are either intentionally half-baked or are merely uninteresting. Characters have quirks but the quirks prove there's not much else there. Smart people eventually do exceptionally dumb things. The early trends are not good.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    I absolutely love this show--after just one episode, I was totally hooked! It's innovative with a suspenseful plot, compelling characters, andI absolutely love this show--after just one episode, I was totally hooked! It's innovative with a suspenseful plot, compelling characters, and a unique setting. The mystery is set in a small town and offers a refreshing interpretation of the class and cultural divide in the US. Well written, directed, and acted-- I can't wait for the next episode. I haven't been this excited for a show since Season 1 of True Detective! Expand
  2. Sep 12, 2018
    10
    The writing in this show is really what sets it apart. The dialogue is well written, the characters are layered, and the mystery is incrediblyThe writing in this show is really what sets it apart. The dialogue is well written, the characters are layered, and the mystery is incredibly compelling. Also love that it's set in Pittsburgh - haven't seen that before! Can't wait for the story to unravel. Expand
  3. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    One Dollar is my favorite thing to watch right now. Everything from the writing, to the acting, to the directing is executed beautifully. TheOne Dollar is my favorite thing to watch right now. Everything from the writing, to the acting, to the directing is executed beautifully. The show also does a fantastic job of dealing with race and class issues, which makes it all the more timely and engaging. I love the setting (a Rust Belt steel down in Pennsylvania) and both the characters and the locale feel truly authentic. For anyone who enjoys gritty suspenseful dramas with an aura of mystery, this is the show for you. In fact, I recommend this show to anyone who enjoys first rate entertainment. I can't say enough good things. Expand
  4. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    I just have to write in response to someone's review saying this show is boring - I don't know how anyone in their right mind could thinkI just have to write in response to someone's review saying this show is boring - I don't know how anyone in their right mind could think that! My two friends and I are watching and are literally counting down to the next episode- can't wait to see what happens next in this totally creative murder mystery. This show is awesome, cast is great especially Sturgill! Watch it you will love it!! Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2018
    10
    Invited several friends to watch this together. What a fun evening. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and could not wait for the nextInvited several friends to watch this together. What a fun evening. Everyone left with smiles on their faces and could not wait for the next show. Thank you CBS all access. We now have a great series to enjoy. Expand
  6. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    Love this show, can't wait for the next episode! Actors are brilliant, beautifully shot and just really refreshing conceptually. Have beenLove this show, can't wait for the next episode! Actors are brilliant, beautifully shot and just really refreshing conceptually. Have been telling everyone about it - both my parents and my little sister have loved it too. Expand
  7. Sep 3, 2018
    2
    One Dollar has a good cast, but the storyline is boring. The dollar bill gimmick isn’t enough to keep me interested in the characters or theOne Dollar has a good cast, but the storyline is boring. The dollar bill gimmick isn’t enough to keep me interested in the characters or the events. Nothing motivates me to want to view a new episode in this very mediocre show. It just isn’t good enough for a pay for view channel. Expand