The Listener

CTV (ended 2014)





The Listener Fan Reviews (46)

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  • This was a big screw up for taking it off the air

    CBS bring it back .
  • Love Interest

    I love Toby and Olivia's love story! So much chemistry! I hate Tia for Toby! Just doesn't fit!

    Dear CBS, Why did you stop producing this tv series? I've been following this for quite a long time already and I'm still hungry for more! Please reconsider producing season 6!
  • Blu Ray and Digital WANTED

    I have been looking high and low for this entire series. Both blue ray and digital if possible. Hell Ive even buy both separate. I hate how ION is skipping episodes leaving holes in this really good storyline.
  • Amazing

    I absolutely love this show! My mom and I simply can't get enough of it! We have already watched season one and already at the end of season two. I wish that NBC would rethink their decision about canceling the show because it is just like Castle and Bones both of which are on my favorites list and are set to record on my DVR. You can't help but get sucked into this story line it's so awesome!!!!!!
  • I can't get a read.

    It has good plot points but seems to lack in execution. I can't remember an episode that I didn't fall asleep watching only to have to rewind and play back.

    It seems as if everyone, especially Toby speaks in monotone. They could condense the show down to 30 minutes to pick up the action.
  • Death of Olivia

    there is no more thrill after the death of Olivia, this is not only about Toby's Power but also the consistency of the love story between the two of them, I'm disappointed. Have no more interest in watching the next seasons.
  • Boing......

    So they ended it without much thought. Great nice going guys!!!
  • needs direction

    Watched 2 episides. Stories are good. Dynamic between the paramedics is good. Det marks is difficult to watch, very flat,one dimensional, surprised by this casting choice.
  • Gone down the drain

    I agree with the majority opinion here. The series started out great. The two best friends riding in the ambulance together; saving lives, the mentor who helped Toby manage his power and guided him, Toby's constant desire to find out more about his past his mother and his brother, Frank who shows up in the end to reveal part of Toby's past to him, the mysterious man who tries to kill Toby.

    What happened to that story line? There was so much that they could have done with it. Honestly i think they shouldn't have killed Detective Marks.

    I hated the second season. There was no reason for Toby to have gotten in with the IIB telling everyone his secrets. He could have continued with Becker or maybe tried to work with him, work out their differences, explain why Marks took his help on her cases.

    Then they decided that Toby doesn't need his mentor anymore. Its like Ray dropped dead or something.

    I hate the fact that they broke up the Toby-Oz duo at the work place. Its become one of those cop shows where they use unusual consultants like in Castle and The Mentalist. I liked it better when Toby went out on his own and got things done. I don't completely hate the show or what they are doing with the show. I just wish Toby could find some time between the IIB and the EMS to look for his long lost family.

    This show started great and was doing good till someone took a huge dump on it in the second season and now it continues to be a huge steaming pile. They should just stop torturing us. At lease make a book that says what happened to Toby's mom. The suspense is killing me and Toby's sudden indifference to the fact is pissing me off.

    I still watch it with the hopes that Toby will remember that he was once William who had a mother and a brother.
  • The Wonderful Wizard named Oz!

    Getting caught up on season 4. Oz isgetting sexier and sexier each episode!

    Just had to put that out there.
  • Great cast but too episodic

    I really want to love this show as it features a terrific cast but since abandoning the sci-fi element in the first season it has become a soulless episodic procedural. Toby's outlook on his abilities is too pragmatic and it feels entirely inauthentic that he would abandon his search for his family. The backbone of the show has always been Toby and Oz's friendship but since the procedural element has grown all consuming Oz doesn't fit in any longer and features as no more than a afterthought. It is such a shame that a once gripping and unique show has been utterly ruined by clueless and unimaginative writing.
  • I'm glad I'm not the only one...

    The first season was definitely THE BEST. There's no question. What kind od a serious tv production just ignores such a CLIFFHANGER. It's totally unfair towards the fans . I don't get it' And Tob didn't ever try to do sth and he works for IIB. Stupid. It just makes me mad.

    What about all those other people who were after him, where is his mother, where are Frank and Ray. And why did they kill Victor Cloonie? He is a tremendous actor and character!

    Getting a whole new set of writers and producers is just an exuse. Everz season: 2, 3 and 4 I would get my hopes up again and again. I hope this season is different but I dont know what to think. They let the fans down. I know more about Oz then Toby. Seriously in season 5 synopsis they said how this season will delve into Toby's past and how Tia will begin to investigate into his past and that will threaten to turn his world up side down. Ammm, thats not . I am utterly disappointed :(
  • What happened??

    I was really excited after watching the first season and went straight to watch the second one. Well, now i've watched it and feel like the writers have betrayed me. All i can think of is how could they do this? Didn't they notice themselves how much better the first season was? I also don't like the fact that Toby isn't the main focus anymore, but instead the IIB is. HELLO, the show's name is Listener! If they want to change everything so much, then make another series because this is not the damn good show i got hooked on! Shame on you producers, shame on you.
  • It's time to cut the loss and pull the plug of The Listener

    Each TV show has certain crucial elements for its success. An important storyline factor is the drama in these types of TV shows. when the story killed any chance of relation between Toby and Micheal, it killed the drama in the show. when you undermine one of the most important factors in your show, it is doomed to fail. so it would be just wise to cut the losses and pull the plug before its too late.
  • Season 5 premieres 26th May

    According to ctv website 'The Listener returns with a new boss, new baby and new cast members May 26 on CTV'

    'Season 5 has plenty of changes in store including the return of an old boss who will shake things up for Toby, and guest appearances by two 'MasterChef Canada' judges. '

  • Great show, still on?

    Since it's inception, I became a fan. (Season 1 sucked) After that, it was natural to participate in a larger agency.

    I'm still confused though, if the show is returning, especially given the last episode where Toby is conflicted with his position within the Bureau and his recent "Officer involved" killing.

    Really returning??
  • I listened, but couldn't hear

    I was looking foreword to the premier of The Listener, but was very disappointed because the music and sound effects were so loud I couldn't hear the dialogue. Thumbs down on The Listener.
  • Great show but needs some direction!

    I truly enjoy this series!! I'm not sure about season 3 as yet as i've not seen it but I think Lauren Lee Smith is doing a fine job! However, I must agree with what the others have commented, that it would be great to have a follow up on Toby's missing mother and also with the death of Dr Olivia Fawcet, who is going to follow up on TOby's impending head problem? Are you going to leave it at that. The show does seem to be gravitating towards a Cop and Who Done It kind of theme but I'm pretty fine with it however it seems like Toby's no longer the lead which wasn't the original intention I believe. Having said that, I do still look forward to the show. Hope season 3 & 4 won't disappoint!
  • Blonde has the worst wig ever

    The blonde chick has the worst wig ever in season 4. The wig is so bad is is actually distracting. She finally goes with what I think is her own hair and a short haircut halfway through the season. I miss all the interesting ideas they started with, Toby's missing mom, his therapist, his lost brother, him being a paramedic, and also they had more mind reading, they hardly have any since season 2.. Now it is just another cop show. Oz and him are not even paramedics now. I still like the show though. It is one of those shows I put on when I am falling asleep.
  • New character is awful, get her OFF NOW

    The new female head of the unit is such a terrible actress I almost cannot watch the show anymore and I would normally rate this show as a 9. She adds nothing to story and she is a tremendously horrific actress. Please remove her from the show so that it can be watchable again.

    And, Michelle's original hair color was much more flattering. It's now very distracting to watch her sometimes. I so wish actresses would let go of the need to be so blond. She is an ok actress but somehow (I know this is trivial, sorry) her hair how brings out some of her disjointed facial expressions more than it used to.

    Let's please keep this show alive but get back to original story lines, get rid of the new female head of the unit and get Michelle's hair color back to flattering vs distracting!!! Quick, hurry, listen, or I fear this show isn't going to make it!!!
  • Anyone Listening

    I wish the series had not developed paths and then dropped them. It seems like the powers that be were always trying to revamp the show. I would have liked to know what was going to be the outcome, if Toby would ever find out who his mother and sibling was and why the family was on the run, and from whom. Toby's mentor sort of dropped off the map, and it seemed at that time to be very important for his safety that no one knew his secret. Now, everybody knows, he isn't an EMT anymore and he's a consultant. The story line in season two was that the use of his telepathy was killing him. He resolved to continue even if it killed him, but here he is using his abilities with much more control and no physical ill effects. I wish the continuity was a whole lot better and while I do like the show and I keep watching hoping it gets better, I do not like this particular incarnation. I wish they had some way to resolve all the plot and story line holes before the series ends. The only character that has remained essentially the same has been Oz. It would take a deux ex machina to put all the pieces in some sensible order.
  • I agree with those who say it's Heading Downhill

    The show started off great and caught my attention, but they've replaced some of the original chemistry with less than stellar support. And it seems they've lost a long-term sub-plot, focusing on a simple plot per episode.

    I've try to watch, but I find myself so distracted by the poor acting of some, I miss the story and have to rewind to try to focus on that. Also, the actual listening seems more distorted and unclear. Maybe newer writers on new directors just aren't putting in the effort that the original ones did to make it a clean, clear, easy to follow story. There's something that's changed. Something wrong. Not exactly sure what it is and what caused it.

    Plus, sorry to say but the acting of Lauren Lee Smith is terribly distracting. Her facial expressions never fit the scene or even what she's saying. It makes it seem like she's acting in a different scene or show. It's hard to follow the show, when her acting is so off. Over-trained? Definitely over-acting.

    I really enjoyed this show when it first came out, but it's too frustrating to watch now and I've lost my desire to follow it. Times change, and I feel there are other choices for me to try, watch, or catch up on, in my limited TV time.

    It's too bad. I really liked it when it started and looked forward to new episodes. Somewhere along the line they took a bad turn. Aren't there enough stupid COP shows? Get back on the ambulance and bring the show back to entertainment it gave us when it started.

    I originally gave this a 9, but with the current supporting actors, the story line and the direction it's going, it's jumped the shark.

  • Name of the song ?

    I would be grateful if someone could tell me the name of the song at the end of the episode 13 of season 2 (bar scene). Thank you :)
  • Unique and Amazing

    I love how they combine a unique and special power and watching him grow into acceptance. The biggest thing I am upset about is that they don't show this here in the states. I hope they keep making it and I hope that it continues to keep on at this level.
  • Show they started great and then went down hill

    Wow I'm so frustrated with the writers and producers. The show started out great with a fresh cast and then boom they start knocking characters out of the room. Lisa Marcos character was not only hot but she had that perfect relationship with the main character where they would you know flirt and what not and you would think in the future they would end up together but not because they weren't compatible . Also she had that tough exterior shell that could have become more interesting character development as the show went on. But no they write her and anthony lemke of and they don't even give you any explanation. then the show never answers any of the unanswered questions of season 1. And the show practically becomes a Canadian version of chuck with out the action and romance. Truly disappointed this was starting to become one of my all time favorite shows and then they pull this stunt. damn shame
  • Charlieeeeeeeeeee

    I have started watching this show recently and just finished season one, started off with season 2 and it SEEMS that Charlie has been written this is so, it would be a great set back. I aint reading any reviews etc just to keep my suspense in place but just hope that the Director has plans to bring Charlie back
  • Show going from good to bad to worse!

    This show is simply getting worse and worse. Into season 3 and the whole premise of the show set up in season 1 has simply disappeared. Its moved from a solid story in season 1 to a crime show in season 3. Such a disappointment! Every week a new crime and every week a quick solve and move on! Boring as! Has Toby forgotten his Dr Love? His mother? His stolen brother? All we are now treated with is a flimsy who-done-it each week. Where is the back story? Where is the character depth? We deserve more than this one dimensional storyline each week - return us to the reason we watched in the first place and that is SEASON 1!

    We now have characters from the first season that have nothing to do with the events in each episode - spoiler alert - see episode 4 in S3 where Oz and the Dr spend the episode looking for a bracelet (rivetting stuff).

    Come on writers - get back to basics. Stop making out that Toby is some crime fighting hero with a badge (he finally gets one out in S3 Ep4) and make him the take up the quest to find his past where ever that leads us. Anything will be better than the crap that we are dished up to each week in the latest season.
  • The Show Has Potential

    The show has potential but I feel like the writers are wasted it like their unsure is to make this long term or short term in fear of being canceled. So it does mess with a lot of the continue of the stories between seasons and the progression of the episodes. In season 3 they would have to make a lot of changes to get on a direct story based path like it was in the beginning of season 1 after that the show was everywhere to the point it didn't link itself to season 1. But, what makes it good is the episodes and the coming back to keep watching more because most of the time the show is unpredictable.
  • toby logan is an paramedic who has the ability to read people minds.toby uses his gifts to help others.


    i enjoy this show b/c i like the concept of the show. craig olejnik playing toby logan(main character)he does a great job. the show isnt dark and have this horror moments like medium.sure the show has its dark moments but it also has its light moments.the show is very well balanced with the dark stuff as well as with the light stuff.

    i like how toby reacts to his gifts if he should used it or not to used it.i like the struggle toby goes through in the begining.which makes the show show seem very real.and when he accpets his gift we dont get to see him complain about it or not believe in it which is very nice to see on tv.

    the show does have some great action in it as well every now and then.along with the good drama and the comedy thats in the show every now and then. the acting in the show is great.

    my only problem is the writing of the show.the writing is average for this show.i feel like the writing can be alot better than what it is.the writing isnt where i want it to be b/c the writers will leave things unanswered and they just drop stroylines which suck.

    overall its a good show

  • Great show.

    A very attractive (Jared Leto look alike) paramedic with a dubious past, tons of baggage and oh he's a telepath teams up with his overweight underachieving Turkish best friend (also a paramedic), an ER doctor and a very skeptical attractive female cop. Crime show with a "difference". At least he doesn't see ghosts!!! Very different from the CSI's thank heaven. Love the "twilight zone" edge. He is not superhero; a supercop; a spy or in fact, anything super! Just a ordinary guy who can hear voices. Does that qualify as super or not??? Canada has released some excellent shows lately. Great show.