Prodigal Son Reviews & Ratings

Mondays, 9:00 PM ET on Fox

60 minutes

Malcolm Bright has a gift. He knows how killers think, how their minds work. Why? Back in the 1990s, his father was one of the best, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” That’s why Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own constantly evolving neuroses.
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Sep 24, 2019 9:25AM EDT
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Oh this looks like fun! Martin Sheen does evil in such a seductive way that draws you in. And his son, the lead character, has so many issues I can't wait to see emerge. Too early to tell, but I suspect this series will be a great combination of crime, personal demons, family machinations and betrayal. Looking forward to watching more episodes .

Oh this looks like fun! Martin Sheen does evil in such a seductive way that draws you in. And his son, the lead character, has so many issues I can't wait to see emerge. Too early to tell, but I suspect this series will be a great combination of crime, personal demons, family machinations and betrayal. Looking forward to watching more episodes .

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Oct 1, 2019 11:40AM EDT
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The first episode was a good pilot, but after the second episode they are already getting formulaic. The Son character is sooooo dysfunctional, there is no way they would ever work for a police department. The Father character having"phone time" to be able to call his son 20 times a day to help solve the case is downright stupid. They are trying to do a Hannibal Lecter type of situation, but the Father living in a plush library for a cell with a full time guard is not nearly as potentially realistic as Hannibal's cell in a prison.

I may watch a few more episode to see if the mysteries get any better, but so far they spend so much time on the Son's dysfunction and the Dad prison visits that the mysteries are taking a back seat.

The allusions that the Mother was in on the killings is very unrealistic, not that it doesn't happen, but that its usually a meek woman being control by the man not two psychopaths working together.

The first episode was a good pilot, but after the second episode they are already getting formulaic. The Son character is sooooo dysfunctional, there is no way they would ever work for a police department. The Father character having"phone time" to be able to call his son 20 times a day to help solve the case is downright stupid. They are trying to do a Hannibal Lecter type of situation, but the Father living in a plush library for a cell with a full time guard is not nearly as potentially realistic as Hannibal's cell in a prison.

I may watch a few more episode to see if the mysteries get any better, but so far they spend so much time on the Son's dysfunction and the Dad prison visits that the mysteries are taking a back seat.

The allusions that the Mother was in on the killings is very unrealistic, not that it doesn't happen, but that its usually a meek woman being control by the man not two psychopaths working together.

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Sep 24, 2019 12:57AM EDT
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Not an especially original premise, but the first episode does show some promise. Good acting, nice chemistry, and I admit I kinda want to see where it goes.

Not an especially original premise, but the first episode does show some promise. Good acting, nice chemistry, and I admit I kinda want to see where it goes.

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Oct 13, 2019 12:22PM EDT
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If I could give this 0 I would. I want a program that tells me a story without the gore, the blood, the disgusting crap that is all they put on tv and movies. I'm sick of it. They take off the Village, but put this on??????? Give me something to watch that I won't puke over! If I wanted to see this I'd work in the ER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I could give this 0 I would. I want a program that tells me a story without the gore, the blood, the disgusting crap that is all they put on tv and movies. I'm sick of it. They take off the Village, but put this on??????? Give me something to watch that I won't puke over! If I wanted to see this I'd work in the ER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Oct 12, 2019 7:30AM EDT
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Jesus from TWD dead looks weird without the beard and hair. Sheen needs to calm the F down and the broad that plays Jesus's mom is only 13 years older then he is. The show is a hot mess.

Jesus from TWD dead looks weird without the beard and hair. Sheen needs to calm the F down and the broad that plays Jesus's mom is only 13 years older then he is. The show is a hot mess.

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Dec 11, 2019 10:24PM EST
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This show is great. It has you from the first episode. It is very dark for a network show so I would not recommend it for younger viewers.

This show is great. It has you from the first episode. It is very dark for a network show so I would not recommend it for younger viewers.

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Dec 2, 2019 12:29AM EST
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This show gives me a bit of a 'White Collar' vibe. I quite enjoy it. I do however hope the second season is going to come with a twist and will be more focused on the main character himself instead and the case he is presented with instead of his relationship with his father. I don't mind the occasional appearance, but the continuous cry for help will get dull. I also hope it brings an end to the girl in a box backstory and this will not continue to spread across multiple seasons. All in all it's a good show and you'll get hooked pretty fast.

This show gives me a bit of a 'White Collar' vibe. I quite enjoy it. I do however hope the second season is going to come with a twist and will be more focused on the main character himself instead and the case he is presented with instead of his relationship with his father. I don't mind the occasional appearance, but the continuous cry for help will get dull. I also hope it brings an end to the girl in a box backstory and this will not continue to spread across multiple seasons. All in all it's a good show and you'll get hooked pretty fast.

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by evapeel
Nov 7, 2019 3:34AM EST
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I am still watching .... aided by the power of fast forwarding and because i want to see when the scenario will allow dad to be released from jail , pitted against his son while mom serves them Sunday morning pancakes .
Because nothing is too unrealistic for this show .
1 star for dad ... 1 star because if i don't give it two star totals i will have to stop watching it .

I am still watching .... aided by the power of fast forwarding and because i want to see when the scenario will allow dad to be released from jail , pitted against his son while mom serves them Sunday morning pancakes .
Because nothing is too unrealistic for this show .
1 star for dad ... 1 star because if i don't give it two star totals i will have to stop watching it .

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by EHutch
Nov 7, 2019 2:05AM EST
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I liked the idea for this show. My expectations were too high though. Too bad they went formulaic. Might as well watch The Mentalist or some such. Same same. The lead actor , Tom Payne, over acts. Bellamy Young plays his mother. She has amazing breasts and the show never lets you forget it. Grrrr! LOL

I liked the idea for this show. My expectations were too high though. Too bad they went formulaic. Might as well watch The Mentalist or some such. Same same. The lead actor , Tom Payne, over acts. Bellamy Young plays his mother. She has amazing breasts and the show never lets you forget it. Grrrr! LOL

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by kathy.1
Nov 5, 2019 1:28AM EST
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The acting is good, but the story is weak the son would not be asked to help the police as he can't seem to solve anything without his fathers help. They would go straight to the father instead. But all said we will still watch the show to see if it does improve. It usually takes 3 to 5 episodes to get the actors comfortable, when they start a new series.
In to the 5th episode and the show getting much better. Starting to enjoy it now. More excitement and suspense. Upped to a 3.5

The acting is good, but the story is weak the son would not be asked to help the police as he can't seem to solve anything without his fathers help. They would go straight to the father instead. But all said we will still watch the show to see if it does improve. It usually takes 3 to 5 episodes to get the actors comfortable, when they start a new series.
In to the 5th episode and the show getting much better. Starting to enjoy it now. More excitement and suspense. Upped to a 3.5