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Agent X US - (S01E05)

Action . Drama

In times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren't in a position to help, there is an unseen hand that works to protect this country and its citizens from all manner of threats by any means necessary. Hidden from the view of the public -- and even from the President -- there is a top secret agent who is trained and ready to serve, deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President. This is Agent X.

Episode Title: The Man, the Myth, the Legend
Airs: 2015-11-29 at 09:00 PM
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Nobody (including James Earl Jones as the chief justice) plays openly for laughs here, which would spoil an already precarious illusion. Yet amid the high-voltage action, there is banter and always an open invitation to laugh if you want to.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While Agent X opens on a lighter note, the show begins drifting toward a perhaps too-familiar framework--with a shadowy cabal threatening to upset the established order--in the third and fourth hours, which reflect a qualitative dip compared with the premiere. That said, the action remains solid throughout, and the material is elevated by the casting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Heidi Patalano

    The show doesn’t cover new ground, but it gets a passing grade for being competent within the overly familiar territory of the spy genre.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Bursts of violence aside, Agent X doesn’t work well as an action thriller. And while watching it for comedy, intentional or not, is more enjoyable, that’s probably no reason to tune in every week.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Action is the main course here, however many semi-meaningful dramatic condiments surround it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Yes, it’s all a lot of hokum in this mostly lighthearted adventure series that situates Ms. Stone as the boss while she watches Agent X run missions via video link.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    [Sharon Stone's] character could be erased and the show wouldn’t miss a beat--heck, it might actually be better.... Hephner comes off as a cross between Kevin Costner and a “Just for Men” model and is adequate handling the light banter the scripts spoon out. This is a Sunday night show for people who find “The Walking Dead” too grim and “The Good Wife” too real.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Agent X has very little that's new. It goes pretty much where every spy show has gone before, including the wry mid-1960s dramedy The Wild Wild West. I admit, Agent X offers boatloads of fun. It's a pleasant diversion filled with great eye candy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Writer-creator William Blake Herron (oh, that’s why the veep was reading Blake) pays homage to the great spy thrillers of the 1960s, not to mention the entire James Bond franchise, without really coming close to what they had to keep audiences on the edges of their seats.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    Agent X is a silly, overly earnest espionage drama. [6 Nov 2015, p.57]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Agent X feels undernourished in every aspect, from production design to cinematography to the staging of its action sequences to its casting.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    It is difficult to understate the breathtaking and apparently straight-faced derangement of Agent X. Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s meant to be a straight-ahead action drama, but it plays like a spoof, from the absurd premise to the cheap sets and bad acting.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    It is breathtakingly inept. Either that or subversively brilliant: A send-up of every mawkish cliche, idiotic plot twist or ludicrous splatter of dialogue that's propped up every preposterous secret agent thriller.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Unfortunately Agent X remains an intentional drama, one that is insanely but deliciously bad. Hilariously bad.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review

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