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Wicked City - (S01E03)

Crime . Drama

Each season Wicked City will follow a different case set in a different noteworthy era of LA history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock and roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.

Episode Title: Episode 3
Airs: 2015-11-10 at 10:00 PM
  • Glenn Garvin

    The show's intricate plotting and its complex female characters—the desperately ambitious McClaren, the angel-faced, black-hearted Beaumontaine—make it fascinating despite its flaws. Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    To judge by the first episode, Wicked City compensates for some pedestrian dialogue and only-on-TV coincidences with bouts of genuinely scary intensity, and doesn’t default to eruptions of gore.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    I found little interesting in Wicked City until Erika Christensen became a part of it halfway through the pilot.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It’s still the usual story of women being victimized and mutilated. Wicked City otherwise is no great shakes in the script department, with Sisto’s Roth spitting out too many lines from a well-worn playbook.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    In the absence of a believable or captivating story, Wicked tries to shock, but this is broadcast commercial TV. Ryan Murphy can and does more in two minutes on basic cable than Wicked­ can achieve in an hour.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Wicked City probably is a tired genre piece. (How's that for critical certitude?) But it's just possible that in future episodes, the flirtation between Kent and Betty may yield worthwhile television.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s not a terrible show for fans of crime dramas but it’s not great either, occupying the same mushy middle ground as summer’s “Aquarius” on NBC.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The cops, including Jeremy Sisto as a homicide veteran who loathes his new partner and cheats on his wife, are so generic they almost vanish in to the smog. [26 Oct - 8 Nov 2015, p.15]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    This is a conventional crime show draped in period trappings when it should be steeped in the era.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Joshua Alston

    Were the show conceived around Betty, making her the actor as opposed to a damaged innocent drawn into Kent’s web, the show would be a much more interesting show. As it is, Wicked City doesn’t have much to offer except for more gratuitous violence against women. But it’s got a great beat, and you can dance to it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mitchel Broussard

    There are potential bright spots in how creator Steven Baigelman will handle the murderous partnership of Kent and Betty in the next nine episodes, but the show’s inept edginess and dull tone resoundingly guarantee that it won’t exactly be worthwhile.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Apart from some subtle work by Christensen, the series doesn't have much of interest to offer or fresh to say.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Betty may turn out to be the saving grace in a show that otherwise might fall victim to serial-killer fatigue.... But he real issue for this series is whether viewers will tolerate its tone. The premiere is drenched in an unpalatable sensationalism reminiscent of “Stalker,” the canceled CBS series from last season that was widely criticized for its voyeuristic, often misogynistic conceit. Fans of the early 1980s, if there are any, may like revisiting that era--the show, especially its soundtrack, never goes more than a few minutes without reminding you what the time period is.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Given that the show is trying sell the real or perceived glamour, sleaze, decadence, and danger of this moment in time, the overall lukewarm feeling of the look and dialogue is disappointing. It could be any old police procedural.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    Westwick's sleazy preening is fun for a little while, and Farmiga's giving way more to her determined-reporter role than is written, but that does not an entire show make. The biggest sin here isn't blow-job murder. It's how boring that blow-job murder is.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    Despite noticeable efforts to play Kent and Betty as wounded, troubled people with murderously kinky bedroom predilections, Westwick and Christensen’s stunted, one-note characters seem better suited as reenactments on an Investigation Discovery true-crime program than a prime-time series.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    The most disturbing thing about Wicked City is that it's not unusual. It's not original. It's not particularly interesting. It's just the latest series driven by violence against women.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    [The pilot] is equal parts unpleasant and uninteresting.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    A trifling and thoroughly inert drama about a murderer who is called “a tragic soul” in the program’s press notes. There is something tragic about Wicked City, but it’s not the lead character.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The writing is cliched, the characters cartoonish and the action tedious, punctured by bloodshed.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Any series that calls itself Wicked City is pretty much asking for ridicule ("Sin City" already taken?), but to then go ahead and stuff the sausage with grade A baloney? That, my friends, is a demand.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    There should be more mystery about what makes Betty and Kent tick, but we know too much from the get-go. The psychological transparency of these two destroys whatever potential the show’s concept may have.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The only thing challenging about Wicked City is the effort it takes to sit through it, and the only thing marginally fresh is its effort to up the perversion ante through a female accomplice who likes to squish spiders in her hands and rip the stitches out of old men.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    By the end of the first episode, it's clear that the series is less wicked, than wearisome. Something lousy this way comes.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    It's a profoundly unnecessary, formally cloddish collection of grating cop-show cliches, antiseptically scuzzy nihilism, and just stupid, stupid stupidity, wrapped in cheap, loud nostalgia for the L.A. of the hair-metal '80s. [30 Oct 2015, p.58]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Wicked City is both wan and distasteful, not as gruesome and blood-spattered as it could be, but thematically gross and tired nonetheless.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    [A] sordid enterprise.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • David Sims

    Wicked City feels especially egregious. It’s a desperate play to be a dark, adults-only story that comes off instead as purely childish. Wicked City is, in short, gross.

    The Atlantic Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The tone-deaf play for major league issues in a drama is recognizable for the disaster it is within mere minutes.... You shouldn’t bother with any of it.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s violent in a dumb, done-before, tediously psychosexual way.

    Washington Post Full Review

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  • los angeles california

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  • murder investigation

  • killer

  • 1980s

  • period drama

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