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Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Cinemax's Hunted?

We've already seen the first few episodes of a show you probably don't even know exists (unless you committed our most anticipated new fall shows list to memory): Cinemax's Hunted. But is this a show that should stay forgotten, or is it a program to get in on early so you can tell your friends that you were first to see it? Let's find out!


So there's a show called Hunted?

Yep! Hunted is a co-production between Cinemax and the BBC that's already gotten a two-week head start in the U.K. It's stars Melissa George (Alias, Grey's Anatomy) as Sam, a not-too-shabby-looking female spy who works for an independent agency in London. While on a mission in Tangier, she's double crossed, shot, and left for dead. Over a year later she returns to England and the job, much to the surprise of her co-workers, to take on a new assignment and figure out who set her up. Plus, it has Stannis Baratheon (actor Stephen Dillane) in it! And Mr. Eko (actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), too!


When does it premiere?

If you're a Cinemax-subscribing Yank, Hunted debuts Friday, October 19 at 10pm on Cinemax. If you're from jolly old England, it's already started, mate!


Who's behind it?

The X-Files' Frank Spotnitz created and wrote the series with Spooks (a British spy drama) producers Stephen Garrett, Jane Featherstone, and Christopher Aird.


Who's the target audience?

Hunted's suspense, action, and cinematography will appeal to fans of the Bourne movie franchise, so we're looking at a heavily leaning male audience that's after more than just shootouts and high-speed boat chases. However, espionage fans of all genders should dig this one.


Let's hear what's good about it!

At least early on, the series is split into two stories: one dealing with the mission at hand and another concerning Sam's quest to figure out who set her up. That leads to a constant sense of tension as Sam slips further and further down the throat of the enemy while undercover, and then that tension is doubled as she's taking orders from people who also might be the ones who tried to kill her a year ago. The gorgeous look and feel of the show is purposefully unglamorous, which serves the story and tone well; you won't find a bright color or studio lighting in the eight hours of the first season and let's face it, in a program about hot-headed revenge, would you want to? There's also a really creepy assassin who has an eye-opening method of killing his victims, and more double crosses than an OCD priest. And have I mentioned how delightful Sam is to look at?


Now, in fairness, tell me about the not-as-good things.

This thing is deliberately paced, and it's in no rush to sprint to the next plot point; coupled with the dreary grays of London, it's a show that needs to be watched while on Adderall or 10 hours' worth of 5-Hour Energy for those who've got a tendency to let their minds wander. I was also under the impression that the London mission was going to be wrapped up in the first episode and we'd be going on missions-of-the-week, but that's not the case. The opening hour was fantastic, but I saw some hints of dragging in the second episode, which I fear may carry over to later installments. Maybe this should have been a two-hour movie instead? The concise dialogue results in some clunkers at times, which drag down the apparent quality of the show. And as pretty as Sam is, she does make some funny faces that can be distracting (normally I wouldn't even bring something like that up, but trust me, it's worth noting).


Okay, but seriously, should I watch it?

This one is really going to be a matter of taste and opinions will vary from person to person, but I'm going to go ahead and say yes, especially if you're a fan of the long game. Hunted is well put together, and the side-by-side goals of Sam play off each other to create some thick paranoia. But don't compare Hunted to Homeland like the British press did (the two series were released over there on the same weekend); it's an entirely different flavor.


Can I see a trailer?

Right here! And take note: We'll have the full series premiere available to view on TV.com this weekend... just keep an eye on our episode page.


What should I throw in a glass for my Hunted viewing experience?

Chill some gin, put it in a martini glass, and sip. And who cares if it's shaken or stirred?


Hunted debuts Friday, October 19 at 10pm on Cinemax.

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Well worth watching.



Apart from the Tangiers and London subplots, there's also the mystery of who killed Sam's mother and why? - and what happened to young Sam after she was bundled into the boot of the killers' car?



This is definitely not a "Burn Notice" rip-off. Whilst I watch and enjoy BN, this is a far more grown-up and challenging proposition. Not many laughs here, just good storyline. It is a bit brutal in parts, so not for the squeamish.
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I've seen it, and I'm *loving* it! Will keep watching =) (also *huge* fan of Strike Back!!)
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I have watched the first 3 episodes and it is excellent, I have no idea who Sam can trust and I am definitely hooked!!! Cant wait for the next episodes.
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not a fan of Strike Back, Melissa George so I will pass!!
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Ok, Ill try, cause I love Brits shows: Doctor Who,Downton Abbey, Luther (awesome!), and Torchwood... Also gone try Mad Dogs that LIseLotteDive suggested. Lets see how all this goes!
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Check out the shows Mad Dogs (fabulous), Vexed, Good Cop and MI-5...all superb British tv.
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I've already seen three episodes and really like it. However!!! it's missing something that's quite hard to define. It's like it should have been better to read it as a book before watching the series because the story telling isn't giving the wiever enough. It also lacks the realism of her personality. Is she a psychopath or a borderline personality, or what? The background story isn't enough. It's just not believable enough....but good action and good acting.
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Just watched the first three eps and I'm hooked...I don't know what's going on or who to trust! Definitely got me sucked in.
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I watched the first episode, it was pretty great.

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I've been in for a long while, once Frank Spotnitz was mentioned, I locked this one in. Well timed by Cinemax too, from Strike Back's finale to Hunted's premier, perfect.
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like the show. dislike her pouts and duck faces
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I watch the series for 3 reasons:

1) Melissa George

2) Melissa George

3) Melissa George



(yeah, I'm single :-) )



But seriously, I like this show ms. George can kick ass!
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I watched the first episode , This was pretty good I guess , but seemed kinda generic.

The fight scenes were surprisingly well choreographed.

Will keep watching for now
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Yes! I was waiting for TV.com to make a story about this show. I've watched the first two episodes, and it is solid British TV. So far there are a few things that don't really work in the plot, but otherwise I really like it. You say that liking this is really about taste, and I do enjoy shows like this one. And Melissa George is the cherry on top.
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sounds like a knockoff of "Burn notice"
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Not really... It's way different. More mature, with a lot of tension. She has no one to trust.



Really great show.
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this show is the older brother or even a parent of "burn notice", it's more like a tv version of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" than Bond movies or Mission Impossible.

U get the insight of how spooks really operate, not just gadgets and BANG BANG...

explosion... done, world is saved
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I've already seen the first two episodes and I have to say: AWESOME! That's some quality TV. It has atmosphere, it has intrigue, it has kick-ass action sequences and some rather artsy non-action sequences. Melissa George is terrific as is pretty much the rest of the cast. And the assassin, or as he is dubbed in the credits: Blank-faced Man, is super creepy.

All in all - can't wait for ep 3.
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I saw that trailer as an ad on Youtube recently, and was actually very intrigued. I don't have Cinemax, and even if I did, I already have too many shows I'm watching now, but I'm very strongly considering getting the DVDs of the show once the season's over if I hear good things about the show, and it doesn't get cancelled after the first season.
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Right off the bat I want to say no because Cinemax.

But X-Files, BBC, and Stannis Baratheon make me want to say yes! A cautious yes.
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If you watch strike back: YES



If you liked Melissa George in alias: YES



Why wouldn't you want to watch this?
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"Strike Back" was their first attempt at a series and it was a good show. With Frank Spotnitz at the helm I think I'll check this one out.
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I was fairly excited about this when I first read about it -- I believe here on TV.com -- but having watched the premiere episode a couple days ago, my enthusiasm for it has dropped a bit. It has potential for awesomeness, but it didn't have much of it in the pilot. I'll keep watching for now.
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