Prodigal Son: Season 1 Reviews

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November 7, 2019
The genius-madman routine is tiresome, but the cast - including Bellamy Young ("Scandal") as Martin's wife and Malcolm's mother -- gives it all they've got.
October 2, 2019
Dark drama has OK plot, weak characters, lots of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2019
Sheen seems to be having an especially good time in his deliciously menacing role.
September 25, 2019
"Silent Night" deserves lumps of coal in its stocking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 25, 2019
Thanks in large part to the cast and some slightly obvious but well-executed twists, the pilot was a helluva fun ride. The question, of course, is how Prodigal Son will maintain this momentum over the course of the season.
September 24, 2019
Prodigal Son is a sinister, slick, and sometimes silly serial killer saga punctuated by a fun Michael Sheen performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
September 24, 2019
Sometimes a series tries to be too many things at once, but even though Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1 juggled a lot, the series may pull it off. It's dark, twisted, horrific, and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/5.0
September 24, 2019
You have, at least from what I've seen, real possiblities for a really good time in a very dark underbelly or gallows humor galore.
September 23, 2019
Some tonal tweaks could turn this eagerly outrageous crime drama into something enjoyably out there, but for now, it's just the craziest "Silence of the Lambs" knock-off yet.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 23, 2019
There's enough to recommend Prodigal Son, knowing that Fedak and company have the skills to get things right. But the three best reasons to keep watching are Michael Sheen, Michael Sheen and Michael Sheen.
September 23, 2019
The ickiness that pervades network crime shows spills through.
September 23, 2019
Prodigal Son is more than several cuts below that Oscar-lauded classic. Still, it's better than chopped liver, of which Dr. Martin Whitly has shown he knows a thing or two.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 23, 2019
I'd be happy to watch any version of Prodigal Son that was entirely Sheen, Young and Payne sitting around talking... If someone would just send me a weekly cutdown that ditched the rest of the show, this prodigal critic might be convinced to return.
September 23, 2019
The early going is badly undermined by frequent and hammy flashbacks... The result is a campy tinge that often makes Prodigal Son play like dinner-theater melodrama.
September 23, 2019
What happens when you cast Michael Sheen as a brilliant psychopath and serial killer then don't use him for more than eight or nine minutes per episode? We spend the other 30 minutes wondering why he isn't onscreen.
September 23, 2019
The best moments, naturally, occur in the scenes between the manipulative, wily Martin and his brilliant but neurotic offspring, who's haunted by a lingering mystery from when he helped put his dad away
September 21, 2019
It's a program that provides a creepy jolt while never reveling in darkness for its sake -- perpetually asking what it takes, and what it means, to take control of the potential for evil in oneself, and to each day beat it back.
September 20, 2019
It's a standard-issue, formulaic drama that never quite kicks into gear, and I can't help but think that Prodigal Son could have been much more riveting, given its subject matter and the presence of [Michael] Sheen.
September 20, 2019
Prodigal Son is, at the outset, a dark show that doesn't take its darkness seriously enough.
September 20, 2019
Michael Sheen is dancing with light feet in this role, clearly having a blast playing a serial killer who is at once a duplicitous menace and a charming conversationalist.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
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