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Prime Suspect - (S01E07)

Thriller . Crime . Action & Adventure . Drama

When a young boy is found dead at an upscale preschool, Jane and Calderon work to find out if it was an accident or homicide. Rivera calls on Duffy to keep her company while working a robbery case. Meanwhile, Jane uses a personal experience from her past to solve the crime.

Episode Title: Wednesday's Child
Airs: 2011-11-10 at 09:00 pm
  • Lori Rackl

    The show sometimes lays on the misogyny a bit thick, but Timoney's alienation feels painfully realistic, thanks to Bello.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Bello doesn't need to adapt to anyone else's role model (literally), because she's created her own strong, stand-alone character.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Aaron Riccio

    It's arresting and criminally entertaining.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The best new crime drama of the fall season doesn't necessarily have to be an original idea. It just has to have the right people in place.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    There's texture galore in this city-shot cop hour, eyed by handheld lenses echoing "Homicide's" edge (and director Peter Berg's "Friday Night Lights" intimacy).

    Newsday Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Bello's performance as the weather-beaten Timoney, swabbing her emotional scars with alcohol, nicotine and invective, is easily the highlight of the fall television season.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    [Bello's] sour, tough intelligence is right on the money. [3 Oct 2011, p.45]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Thanks to the rock solid performances of Bello, O'Byrne and co-stars that include Kirk Acevedo, Kenny Johnson and Chicago homeboys Tim Griffin and Aidan Quinn, Prime Suspect rises above the formula network procedurals that focus more on forensics than good, old-fashioned grunt detective work.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    If Jane Timoney continues to be an interesting character--and if the characters around her become three-dimensional enough to stand plausibly with or against her--then this could hearken back not only to the original "Prime Suspect," but "NYPD Blue," "Homicide," etc.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    This is a million miles from PBS and Mirren, but it works because of Bello's visceral energy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Not great, but good, and promising.

    Salon Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It feels awfully dated, except when Bello takes matters in her own hands to keep things fresh.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Fortunately, terrific performances all around quickly ground the tensions in character rather than theme.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    This Jane is not as morally spent and self-interested as Ms. Mirren's character, but she has an unusual and appealing roughness around the edges.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Prime Suspect improves as the hour goes on. The guys' attitude toward Jane evolves.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Surrounded by a solid supporting cast, it's a workable if not quite prime piece of development.

    Variety Full Review
  • Amy Amatangelo

    While some of the best dramas can dovetail a character's work and personal lives, Prime Suspect might be better off, at least in the beginning, focusing on solving the weekly case.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Filled to the brim with good actors, from Aidan Quinn as Bello/Jane Timoney's boss to The Shield's Kenny Johnson as her boyfriend, Prime is overripe with hard-boiled detectives (and I love hard-boiled detective stories) and renders Jane not a feisty broad to admire, but rather a bullying pain in the ass you'd cross the street to avoid.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    You should at the very least check out Bello, who does fine work here.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It doesn't yet feel like just another cop show.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    If you're looking for subtle, Prime Suspect will not become your appointment television. On the other hand, if you're looking for an intense police drama that suggests women face brutal obstacles in the police world, Maria Bello's Jane Timoney keeps the pedal to that metal.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lesley Smith

    Parts of the show seem archaic, more Life on Mars than life in a 21st century police department. Other parts seem careless bricolage.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show has to get beyond plot predictability and one-dimensional characterization if it's going to survive.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Give Maria Bello credit, if you like, for having the courage to take on a character so indelibly linked to one of the great actors of our time, Helen Mirren--and then take it away for the ridiculously behatted mash she and the show have made of the character.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Maria Bello was convinced to star as Det. Jane Timoney, bravely attempting to make up for a so-so script by donning a fedora and laying things on about 10 times too thick.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    The only suspects of interest in this crime series are the producers and writers who threw this hapless business together and called it "Prime Suspect."

    Wall Street Journal Full Review

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