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Detective Catherine Jensen teams with college professor Thomas Schaeffer to catch a serial killer. Both have troubled histories, and, although brilliant, their flaws may outweigh the positives as they try to track down the killer before he strikes again.

Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2014-03-3 at 10:00 pm
  • Diane Werts

    Disturbing. Magnetic. Hold your breath. Watch.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Those Who Kill can be a tough watch, because it has some intense scenes. Fortunately, they aren’t unduly extended, and for those who stick it out, there look to be rewards.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Suffering is never easy to watch, and when a series revolves around a woman in near-constant mental anguish, things can creep close to tiresome. Such is Ms. Sevigny's performance, though--at once veiled and yet open to view as she has not often been in other roles—that you can't stop looking.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    What the 10-episode series lacks in originality it makes up for by piling on the creepy suspense.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    As has been the case in so many films and TV shows, Sevigny is the most compelling reason to watch Those Who Kill, but if the scripts remain as carefully crafted as that of Monday's pilot, Sevigny will have found a vehicle worthy of her singular skills.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The pilot also contained a few eye-rolling scenes.... Still, Sevigny is quite good. Her character is complex, with a backstory, that we’re slowly finding out, for turning her into the kind of person she is. D’Arcy also holds his own.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Adam Markovitz

    [Catherine Jensen is] a nicely complex TV character, especially on a show that otherwise plays like a soapier Silence of the Lambs. [7 Mar 2014, p.60]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Chris E. Hayner

    With so much serial killer programming on TV, like "Hannibal" and "The Following," Those Who Kill could carve out its own little place. But it's going to take some work. On the bright side, the show has Sevigny, who is the clear standout on the series.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The drama really piles it on: Catherine's only hobbies seem to be cutting herself on her tummy and hips with a razor and collecting paintings of famous serial killers' childhood homes. Midway through, the pilot improves considerably--and gets even stranger.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    Laughably unoriginal, the greatest novelty of creator Glen Morgan's series is that his predictably troubled detective is a woman rather than the usual thirtysomething white dude with three-day stubble and a morning hankering for bourbon.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    As a psychological thriller, it's not terrible--certainly better than Fox's dreadful monotonous "The Following"--but Those Who Kill suffers from character/relationship incoherence.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    The show piles on plot and cliché. You know too much already. And yet, watching her, you realize you can never know enough.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The premiere is as by-the-numbers as it gets in the already bloated genre of moody procedural, enlivened only by a viciously scary killer and, of course, Sevigny, who roils in significant silence even when she is forced to reveal that her character is a cutter.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    The world has so many series about dark humans doing dark things that it becomes all the more difficult to stand out, and Those Who Kill is so generic it doesn’t even seem interested in trying.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Although Sevigny brings some of her flair for playing stubbornly outré characters to this role, Those Who Kill fails to distinguish itself from “Hannibal,” “The Following” and so much else in TV’s corpse-strewn imagination.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The pilot of Those Who Kill features the kind of cinematic production values that we've come to expect from cable and the two leads are undeniably engaging, but the writing here is paper-thin, the kind of scripted crime drama that we've seen too many times for it to feel fresh again. Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Sevigny works hard at being complex, haunted, etc. while the show around her collapses into a voyeuristic mess with a denouement that makes one wonder how Catherine Jensen could possibly remain on the force beyond the opening episode.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    It’s histrionic and preposterous without being entertaining, and those qualities infect all the performances.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    With shows like Those Who Kill, the reward for watching serial killing is just more serial killing. That doesn't feel like much of a prize.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Lacking the nutritious value of originality, we're left with Catherine's mantra about her prey: "You have to be worse than they are." It doesn't get much worse than Those Who Kill.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The title notwithstanding, the show is mostly just guilty of a rather mundane form of petty theft--and a decided lack of imagination.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tom Long

    Only trouble is--aside from the torture porn nature of the show--the story itself is a series of question marks that takes a plunge into the ridiculous in its climactic scene.

    The Detroit News Full Review