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Almost Human - (S01E01)

Drama . Action . Fantasy . Science Fiction . Crime

In the year 2048, an unprecedented increase in the crime rate has made being a cop only more dangerous than it is today, necessitating that every police officer partner with an android. John Kennex, a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, Dorian, solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.

Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2013-11-17 at 08:00 pm
  • Tom Gliatto

    This late entry in the fall season is one of the best. [25 Nov 2013, p.43]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    [Creator J.H. Wyman] peppers what really is a police procedural with enough not-so-distant science to make Almost Human a sci-fi thriller, and enough humor to make it a buddy cop comedy.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The pilot--part of two night, two episode premiere event--is a slick, polished formulation of familiar dystopian future tropes elevated by an unusual and central relationship, well played by Urban and co-star Michael Ealy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    While its premise isn’t new--anyone remember “Total Recall 2070” or “Mann and Machine”?--the show’s ambition, solid cast and pure production values make it a worthwhile diversion.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Some of the life forms in Almost Human are artificial. The intelligence is genuine.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Luckily, nobody overdoes the modernity angle in their acting and so Almost Human feels grounded -- dark, dirty and lived-in, almost like Blade Runner.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Beyond profundities laced with humor, the action drama from J.J. Abrams, created by “Fringe’s” J.H. Wyman and starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, is a visual feast.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The pilot (only the first hour was sent for review) is well made with strong leads and several intriguing hooks. Almost Human is almost there.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Lively pilot, with plenty of pop--but you've seen it all before.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Karl Urban is the main draw as an emotionally and physically damaged detective in Fox’s sci-fi police procedural with a heavy “Fringe” pedigree.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    It captures the teeming bleakness of the future world and establishes winning chemistry between Kennex and Dorian.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The show is derivative but passionate, verging on corny. It means what it’s telling us and showing us, and there’s a sense of curiosity and commitment in every frame.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Because for all of the show's high-octane action trappings, the human connection between these buddy cops is what ultimately will make Almost Human compute.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Urban and Ealy quickly establish a familiar rhythm that will hopefully deepen over time, grounding the fantastical elements of the future in the universals of interpersonal interaction.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    I've only seen one episode, which is enough to feel hopeful about the chemistry between Karl Urban (playing an angry, damaged human cop) and Michael Ealy (his possibly misprogrammed android partner) but not quite enough to tell why Lili Taylor would sign on to play the captain in a sci-fi buddy-cop show.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If you can look past a few disquieting flaws and get past that odd feeling that you've seen it all before, you'll find the bones of a potentially entertaining series in Almost Human.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The sci-fi here is easily digestible, so for fans of cop dramas, Almost Human is worth a look.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Urban and Ealy are competent in their roles, damaged spirits destined to become brothers of a sort, not if, but only when.... While some viewers will be oblivious to the show’s racial politics, others will struggle to find a point. Somebody at Fox short-circuited.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Generic cop heroes aren’t always a problem if the show around them boasts other interesting characters or an intriguing premise. Almost Human has both, but, sadly, everything else in the show’s universe takes more after the Urban side of things than the Ealy.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Urban is usually a likable presence, and in time Kennex might calm down and start feeling like a person rather than a cliché, at which point Almost Human could settle into being an acceptable spin on buddy cop tropes. Right now, though, it's Ealy or bust.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The Kennex-Dorian combo is the best part of Almost Human, which otherwise keeps twisting and turning itself into a series of unwieldy plot knots.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alee Karim

    It's hard to fall in love with a world that feels...borrowed.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Almost Human isn't terrible, it's just not terribly interesting, at least in the first hour.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Dorian has potential, but Kennex, at least in the pilot, is as grim and humorless as they come. He needs to loosen up.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It is mostly humorless, grave sci-fi, but in the pilot the best moments are the most human.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mike Lechevallier

    Coming from J.J. Abrams's aptly-titled Bad Robot Productions, Almost Human certainly has the means to develop into something more innovative, but as it hardly makes an effort to differentiate from the material it habitually duplicates, it's a series that repeatedly finds itself on the fritz.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Almost Human is a tolerably silly sci-fi action show set in a Blade Runner-ish future where human cops are paired with robots to battle the high-tech gangs that have the run of the seedy streets.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Urban is perfectly fine as this futuristic Dirty Harry, but Ealy never hits anything approximating a rhythm as his eager-to-please partner. Then again, neither is helped much by the tin-eared dialogue.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lesley Smith

    If the premise intrigues you, watch or rewatch Blade Runner instead, and offer Almost Human the all-too-human body swerve.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Another dull example of the manufacturing of sci-fi factory goods with the (increasingly devalued) J.J. Abrams label slapped on.

    Washington Post Full Review

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  • android

  • future

  • cyborg

  • futuristic

  • police detective

  • police partner

  • human android relationship

  • lapd

  • formulaic

  • buddy cop

  • robot

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