The reviews are in! The critics have spoken and USA's new drama, Eyewitness, is shaping up to be an extremely satisfying, edge-of-your-seat crime thriller. Here's what the reviewers had to say:
Eyewitness is a well-done crime drama.
"If you like your small-town-folks-in-peril stories to be on the tasteful side, Eyewitness fits the bill." - Mike Hale, New York Times
"Eyewitness is a conventional if extraordinarily well-executed crime thriller that grabs you almost from the first frame." - Glenn Garvin, Reason.com
"I white-knuckled the first several episodes of what should be considered one of this winter’s greatest new TV series, Eyewitness, on USA Network." -- Diane Anderson Minshall, Advocate
Julianne Nicholson nails it as Sheriff Helen Torrance.
"Nicholson is terrific, and if you’re in the mood for a bleak mystery in the same general area of The Killing orTop of the Lake, Eyewitness is worth a look." - Ken Tucker, Yahoo! TV
"Her performance as Sheriff Helen Torrance is so lived-in and natural -- there’s a great moment in the pilot where she laughs at a completely inappropriate time -- you can almost track the rest of the cast rising to her level the more screen time they share with her." - Alex McCown-Levy, A.V. Club
The gay teen story is handled admirably.
"In one of the better-observed stories about gay teens searching to make sense of their newfound sexual urges, the push and pull between Philip and Lukas is fascinating if painful to watch." -- Brian Moylan, Guardian
"TV isn’t often all that interested in the grittier aspects of life, death, and addiction in unexceptional small towns, and it’s even more difficult to find stories about the LGBT individuals who live in those kinds of tightly knit communities. When it focuses on those elements of its narrative, the viewpoint of Eyewitness becomes not just valuable but admirably precise." -- Maureen Ryan, Variety.
“One gets the sense that Hasak and his team weren’t aiming to check off boxes to be politically correct. They’re aiming to tell the interlocking story of these teenage boys and this 40-something woman in a way that’s honest, thought-provoking, and extraordinarily fascinating." -- Diane Anderson Minshall, Advocate
When the story heats up, Eyewitness excels.
"The show eventually twists and turns into a mesmerizing and addictive murder story-slash-family drama with an emotionally dense backdrop, all brought to life by two remarkable leads in Nicholson and Young." - Mitchel Broussard, We Got This Covered
"Wow, does this show know how to work a plot twist... And none of them feels contrived." -- Margaux Henquinet, RedEye Chicago
The cast shines bright.
"Eyewitness is a competent procedural with well-drawn characters and solid performances, especially by Nicholson, Paxton, Young and Bellows." - David Wiegand, SFGate.com
"Especially good is Nicholson’s chemistry with Matt Murray as the sheriff’s much younger deputy, Tony." - Alex McCown-Levy, A.V. Club