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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 8, 2019
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6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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  • Summary: College professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aiden Gillen) is recruited by the US Air Force to be the Chief Scientific Advisor to a team that includes General James Harding (Neal McDonough), General Hugh Valentine (Michael Harney) and Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) who will investigateCollege professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Aiden Gillen) is recruited by the US Air Force to be the Chief Scientific Advisor to a team that includes General James Harding (Neal McDonough), General Hugh Valentine (Michael Harney) and Captain Michael Quinn (Michael Malarkey) who will investigate cases of UFO phenomena in this series based on the real examinations conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952-1969. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense, Science Fiction, Science
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 8, 2019
    70
    Even if it’s less nuanced than The Americans and a bit cornier than The X-Files, Project Blue Book has a pulpy energy that carries it over its rougher patches. Whether it has legitimately grand truths to uncover remains to be seen, but for now, it recognizes that concrete answers aren’t nearly as entertaining as mankind’s enduring (and tantalizing) quest to comprehend the great unknown.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 7, 2019
    67
    Too often “Project Blue Book’s” approach makes “Dora the Explorer” look like a work of subtlety. Government coverup? Check. Conspiracy? Sure. Shadowy men wearing fedoras? Why not? The truth may be out there, but is it here? With a series like this, it’s best to indulge your own inner Scully.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 8, 2019
    60
    Even if the show has trouble finding its sea legs, it’s a perfectly fun bit of distraction that could find an admirable groove if it proves willing to take a step back and make some calculated adjustments.
  4. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 3, 2019
    50
    There's little surprise or suspense in these by-the-book anecdotes of weird phenomena in the skies and sinister cover-ups on the ground. [7-20 Jan 2019, p.11]
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jan 8, 2019
    50
    Project Blue Book feels like “X-Files” Lite, only with a whole lot of indistinguishable men--and all the women are stuck on the sideline.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 7, 2019
    50
    In all, the six episodes of Project Blue Book did just enough to keep me moving forward in the hopes that everything will click. Even if the storytelling comes together at some point, I'm not sure what can be done to make Hynek and Quinn a better duo. As it stands, the show is interesting without ever being as fascinating or involving as it ought to be.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 4, 2019
    40
    Potentially intriguing moments feel entirely manufactured, and the plots in between are paint-by-number plain with sometimes painfully bad dialogue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 9, 2019
    10
    Wow!, love this! So it's seems so far like X files meets the Americans... BUT REAL! Love that at the end of each episode, they break down theWow!, love this! So it's seems so far like X files meets the Americans... BUT REAL! Love that at the end of each episode, they break down the facts of what actually happened to piece together this well put together drama! Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    10
    I got to see the first two episodes and I am really excited to see where they take the season. The casting is brilliant - you can't go wrongI got to see the first two episodes and I am really excited to see where they take the season. The casting is brilliant - you can't go wrong with Aidan Gillen - and the script is believable and witty without being too much or silly. The cinematography is gorgeous as well and really on point. It seems like they budgeted everything well too because there is a nice balance of realistic props and set, which give it a genuine feel for the 50's without being too much, and also believable CGI. Very well done for a tv series. All the little extra plots and twists have me on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting next Tuesday! Expand
  3. Jan 22, 2019
    9
    to many commercials Picture to dark gives me a headache straining my eyes I like the show but struggling to see the picture and OmG theto many commercials Picture to dark gives me a headache straining my eyes I like the show but struggling to see the picture and OmG the commercials! Do we really need that many? Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2019
    6
    I like PBB but have real concerns it can sustain itself despite hundreds of unsolved UFO cases to choose from. The structural flaw is somewhatI like PBB but have real concerns it can sustain itself despite hundreds of unsolved UFO cases to choose from. The structural flaw is somewhat like the X-Files. We ALL wanted to believe but there could never be a definitive episode of the series would effectively be over. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2019
    5
    Too little imagination, suspense, and talent to be compared to the X-Files and too much imagination to be taken at all seriously as anToo little imagination, suspense, and talent to be compared to the X-Files and too much imagination to be taken at all seriously as an examination of Project Blue Book. Production values are decent enough. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2019
    4
    This second episode really has taken the show off the rails. The useless introduction of men kissing and the seduction of the wife by anotherThis second episode really has taken the show off the rails. The useless introduction of men kissing and the seduction of the wife by another woman is just that useless. There is enough UFO material from the 50's to keep this show afloat but the main story lines are not about UFO's. They seem to be an aside for the Men in Black intrigue running through the show.
    Come on! Give us some real writing like the X-files had.
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  7. Jan 12, 2019
    0
    I really love this show. The actual Project Blue Book was published when I was in High School, but watching the events dramatized is so muchI really love this show. The actual Project Blue Book was published when I was in High School, but watching the events dramatized is so much better. My only criticism is that many of us who are over 50 have hearing problems (maybe we attended too many concerts or were on too many firing ranges), but either way, the background music overwhelms the show and makes it difficult to even hear the dialogue -- which totally ruins it for me. Tone down the music so we can hear what is being said! Expand

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