• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 21, 2018

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 21, 2018
    Take Two is a lighter proposition than "Castle" eventually became--but Bilson and Cibrian are airier presences than their predecessors, and a lack of gravitas suits them. ... Take Two promises to be just that sort of enjoyable show, and if it brings nothing new to the table, that is the meal we have come for. To make too great claims for it would be in a way to insult its not-untasty flavor.
  2. Reviewed by: Sadie Gennis
    Jun 19, 2018
    Take Two is a light crime procedural that's here to give you some pretty people to look at, some quips to chuckle at and a mystery to solve in a tidy 43 minutes. Nothing more, nothing less. It's weird that something so familiar and formulaic can feel like a breath of fresh air, but here we are.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 14, 2018
    For fans of darker, soapier TV fare, the light-as-a-feather “Take Two” will be a hard pass, but for a light drama it’s entertaining enough, thanks to producers poking fun at TV procedural cliches (while also embracing them) and Ms. Bilson’s likable performance.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 21, 2018
    Take Two is honest advertising. It’s the second grab at a winning premise, for the same network, no less. You deserve more.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 21, 2018
    Created by the producers of "Castle" -- and conceptually just birthed from its rib -- Take Two is the slightest of crime procedurals, one that will live or die on the appeal of its stars. Fortunately, they're both adorable, which might not be enough to sustain an ABC series that might as well have been titled "Castle 2."
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 20, 2018
    As with Castle, this one will sink or swim on the banter and appeal of the two leads. Bllson grades a bit higher on these curves while Cibrian sucks it up and regularly swallows hard. ... Take Two comes nowhere close to matching the glories of ABC’s Moonlighting or NBC’s Remington Steele, both of whose odd couple crime solvers really rocked. Castle also fell well short of those two, but did pass ABC’s endurance test.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 20, 2018
    Light as air, not much more substance, "Take Two" is a genial "Castle" redo.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 16, 2018
    The trouble with Take Two is with neither the concept, retread though it may be, or the stars. It's the dreadful scripts. The crime-of-the-week stories are like little video Rubik cubes; with a lot of time and effort, you could figure them out, but why bother? And the jokes all tend to revolve around genitalia, including a truly startling number of variations on the old Mae West is-that-a-gun-in-your-pocket routine.
  9. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 27, 2018
    [Take Two] goes beyond light mystery to the realm of weightlessness. [25 Jun - 8 Jul 2018, p.11]
  10. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jun 20, 2018
    Take Two is Castle in a blender, but not a very efficient blender, so it's just big, gloppy, easily recognizable chunks of Castle, genders reversed.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Jun 26, 2018
    Nothing surprising here, but also nothing great or offensive here. Did not originally know this was from the same team that brought us Castle,Nothing surprising here, but also nothing great or offensive here. Did not originally know this was from the same team that brought us Castle, but recognized the similarities right away. Rachel Bilson gets by on her looks and Eddie Cibrian is just a bit past his prime (spent as a supporting actor in a lot of whodunnits) so falls into the “grizzled veteran PI” mode. Since this is a basically a Castle reboot, expect to see these characters deny and attempt to ignore the obvious sexual tension built into the premise, then succumb to it if the series lasts long enough.

    Not the worst thing on summer TV, but far from the best.
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