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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 27, 2019
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  • Summary: After a breakup, FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley)--codename is “Whiskey Cavalier”--is teamed up with CIA Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan)--codename: “Fiery Tribune”--to lead a team of spies as they save the world, deal with relationships, and office politics in this dramedyAfter a breakup, FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley)--codename is “Whiskey Cavalier”--is teamed up with CIA Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan)--codename: “Fiery Tribune”--to lead a team of spies as they save the world, deal with relationships, and office politics in this dramedy from Dave Hemingson and Bill Lawrence. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 27, 2019
    75
    Foley, Cohan and the supporting cast members need not unduly worry whether their adventures are all that plausible. What matters is whether this show is fun to watch regardless. Which it is.
  2. 70
    There’s something charming about its happy-go-lucky sweetness, and it’s a relief to watch a show aim at goofy fun and actually hit its target. But it’s also a show where most the recent cultural reference is a DVD copy of You’ve Got Mail, some of the jokes feel dated, and the settings (whether Paris, Moscow, or a random European farmhouse) look like hand-me-down locations from the first Bourne movie.
  3. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Feb 25, 2019
    70
    Foley and Cohan look great and the evident pleasure they're having playing spy is infectious when coupled with the postcard locations and a little action flair. Whiskey Cavalier may not take you back to 1985, but it comes closer than some of the recent stabs at this genre.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Feb 22, 2019
    60
    Whiskey Cavalier could turn into a solid procedural for ABC, as both Foley and Cohan have enough charm to see it through its weaker moments. There may not be anything particularly new about what the show does or how it does it, but it checks the right boxes.
  5. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 28, 2019
    60
    As sleek as it is silly, Whiskey goes down smoothly if pure escapism is your tonic of choice. [4-17 Mar 2019, p.11]
  6. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Feb 22, 2019
    60
    Yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s hard to hold that against the show too much when it’s also half the point. ... It also keeps insisting that Will and Frankie have undeniable sexual chemistry, but at least in the two episodes screened for critics, that has yet to prove itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Feb 19, 2019
    50
    There’s nothing wrong with the casting but there’s nothing dynamic about it, either. ... Whiskey Cavalier may use terms like “retinal scans” in its storylines in order to sound like the espionage dialogue is up to date, but make no mistake: you’ve seen this show a dozen times before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Mar 1, 2019
    10
    Writing this after the first episode.

    I wouldn't have chosen to watch from the trailers, but my wife recorded it. From the trailer I was
    Writing this after the first episode.

    I wouldn't have chosen to watch from the trailers, but my wife recorded it. From the trailer I was confident in the female leads ability to play her character well but I had my doubts about the male lead. Well we watched it and I was wrong. I instantly loved the male lead, his character wasn't cliche or swashbuckling as you might expect. His character is a successful and talented agent with a detrimental level of sensitivity that makes for a really fun time. In fact every character in this show was utterly dripping with awesome character. I am really going to enjoy this series.

    Oh and the cinematography and editing is really top notch. Most people don't notice those things when they are good but you will know they are good when they hook you in deep within a fully coherent and scripted episode.
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  2. Mar 9, 2019
    7
    I think the show is good, but it could be so much better. I feel they are trying to keep it almost as a family show, when it would be betterI think the show is good, but it could be so much better. I feel they are trying to keep it almost as a family show, when it would be better if it were a bit darker. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2019
    6
    Episode 1 was fantastic, just personal opinion. However, Episode 2 lost me when the sniper was mounted on the window instead of mounted from aEpisode 1 was fantastic, just personal opinion. However, Episode 2 lost me when the sniper was mounted on the window instead of mounted from a distance inside the room. Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2019
    6
    Cool Breeze didn't die, he was murdered.

    It isn't the worst, but I can't really say the first couple episodes were good.
  5. Mar 17, 2019
    5
    Different but the same. I feels like they essentially took a bunch of cliche characters, tossed them in a pot, added some not horrible comedyDifferent but the same. I feels like they essentially took a bunch of cliche characters, tossed them in a pot, added some not horrible comedy writers, poured it out and thought a funny spy was worth a shot.

    I'm onboard just to see what happens with the idea but it is tough sledding so far. Everything shows promise but the show really feels like a bunch of experiments with blending the characters, quirks and spy stuff that so far, have little cohesion. There is a nugget of promise here but after just three episodes, it has yet to find any footing. What particularly disappointed me in the last episode was Tyler James Williams' character being written even more as a tired old cliche of the fast-talking, often inept black comic relief. A true 'ugh' moment because it is such a predictable, dull and musty concept. A couple more laugh out loud moments was in there this week which I appreciated. Again, there is something buried here that is worth sticking it out for at least a few more episodes to see if they can figure out how to put it on screen. So far, my optimism is shakier but we'll see what happens.
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  6. Mar 8, 2019
    4
    Not into these "save the world in an episode", comedy-heavy shows.

    Will watch a few more episodes to see where they go with it.
  7. Mar 14, 2019
    3
    Remember Castle? It was a great show. Whiskey Cavelier remembers. A goofy but cunning older guy, a shrewd and passionate badass lady-cop and aRemember Castle? It was a great show. Whiskey Cavelier remembers. A goofy but cunning older guy, a shrewd and passionate badass lady-cop and a whole ton of fun sexual tension kept that show watchable for 8 awesome seasons.

    With Whiskey Cavalier I'm tapping out after episode 3. The show has tried to capture the feeing of Castle but with a twist, bad writing and unlikable charachters. The three main leads are fine and have a good chemistry but tack on a socially awkward and inherently unlikable duo of support staff and shoehorn them into every scene formulaically and you have a recipe for disaster. It's like getting spinach sprinkled on your ice cream.

    The psycologist charachter has a dour and negative comment in literally every scene she's cast in and the gadget guy feels like the guy who nobody invited to the party but showed up anyway trying to seem cool.

    Even were we to overlook these two "turds in the punchbowl" the dialog between the two leads is forced, cheesy and unsubtle.

    Overall this show is not fun, its a dour slog. The pilot was okay and the second episode was almost as good, with the third episode I've realized there's not enough here to like to justify my time.
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