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Boss - (S02E09)

Crime . War & Politics . Drama

Chicago's bankruptcy crisis means a loss of power for Kane as emergency measures are put in place, but threats by his enemies to expose him could be of even greater concern.

Episode Title: Clinch
Airs: 2012-10-12 at 09:00 pm
  • David Wiegand

    When you have a story as thoroughly involving as this one, evoking both "King Lear" and "Citizen Kane," and when the performances are this good, Boss almost directs itself.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Starz has its channel-defining series in Boss, a wholly impressive new drama that comes out of the gate with gravitas, swagger, originality and intrigue.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The Gus Vant Sant-directed pilot of what is easily the most important project in Starz history pulses with the sort of corruption that absolute power sires.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Grammer's performance is thoroughly engaging and convincing. And the events swirling around him never fail to snap, crackle and pop.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The script is tight and ambitious, as it attempts to anatomize corruption in the big city.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Even at its worst, Boss radiates intelligence and toughness, and an appreciation of politics as a nonstop performance in an unscripted drama.

    Salon Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Onto this short list of tightly written and intensely acted thrillers now comes Boss.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    TV viewers who watch Boss probably won't be disappointed and even those who are wary of latching onto a new series have reason to give the show a chance.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Starz' new eight-episode drama is at once the most cynical and most captivating portrayal of American politics ever presented on television.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The cable network's political drama even has my vote for the best new show of the season.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    The show's many subplots are handled clumsily, but these two [Grammer & Nielsen] are too good to pass up. 25 Oct 2011, p.48]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    While Boss is a very promising drama with a great lead performance, it might be better off easing up a bit and just letting viewers appreciate Grammer's career-redefining work.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Boss is electric with self-importance, and that is in itself is a hoot, given its particular combination of thematic pomp and expressionistic pulp.

    Slate Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's a solid enough formula, and if the writers have overly epic ambitions, they also have a collective eye for detail.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Boss makes the stories compelling and chilling all over again.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Lots of the characterizations work wonderfully, and the acting is fantastic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Some of the intrigue is cleverly done, but none of it connects to characters we care about.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Its early episodes are a mix of power and disappointment.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Ultimately, this is an easier show to admire than it is to recommend.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The problem is, the show that's been built around the actor (who's also a producer on the project) isn't nearly as interesting as what Grammer brings to the screen, and the sluggish pacing and melodramatic excesses of Boss could put off those drawn in by the actor's confident star turn.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    A smart look at political power brokers that gets silly on the subjects of sex and violence.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    It's all played solidly enough, though so many elements seem plucked from other fare.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It's hard to imagine viewers voting with their clickers for this pretentious political soap.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Boss works hard to resist the usual "this is how we do things in Chicago" nonsense and dutifully aims for a somewhat "Wire"-esque believability. Yet it can also feel like a burden to watch.

    Washington Post Full Review

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