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Stalker - S01E05

Thriller . Drama . Crime

While investigating a series of eerie threats, the TAU team discovers the victim’s house has a creepy history and is believed to be haunted. When the danger turns deadly, they spend Halloween night searching a wild costume party looking for a perpetrator long believed to be dead.

Episode Title: The Haunting
Airs: 2014-10-29 at 10:00 pm
  • Maureen Ryan

    This shoddy program is nothing more than exploitative, misogynist trash.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Stalker doesn’t give viewers any good reason to stick around.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Genevieve Valentine

    Stalker is only vaguely concerned with victim psychology. As a show that must, by its very premise, pick sides, Stalker tips eagerly toward the wrong one.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    It's all about the women-in-terror kick of frying them alive. (Oct. 15's episode promises a bride who's shot during her wedding.) Reprehensible.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    I’ve reviewed literally hundreds of new shows. I can think of not one program that repulsed me more than Stalker. It sounds like hyperbole, but Stalker made me feel gross. Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    TV really doesn't get much uglier or more cynical than CBS's Stalker, a crass and calculated attempt to keep the Criminal Minds crowd appeased for yet another hour of tacky, icky violence--disproportionately perpetrated against unfortunate women--presented within a glum, indifferently acted formula.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The violence, creepiness and depravity appear to be the point, because nothing of value is offered in balance.... It's unforgivable.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Stalker is a manipulative piece of shock with no dramatic value, weak writing and characters you won’t want to get invested in.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    This series works the tropes without the humor, and the result too often feels exploitive.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrea Reiher

    This new CBS drama proved to be as trite and cliched as was expected, with the extra added bonus of gratuitous violence perpetrated against women that did nothing but produce a disgusted eyeroll.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It's another CBS fear-mongering crime series whose end goal is to make you so scared to go outside that you stay in and watch CBS shows that make you scared to go outside.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Stalker is pure terror porn from Kevin Williamson, who gave us the Scream horror-movie franchise.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    There may be a decent procedural lurking somewhere in here ... We get little payback, though, from watching a show that too often just feels uncomfortable.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    Sure, one could argue that other primetime series such as Criminal Minds and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit dabble in what is best described as torture porn. But there is something especially nihilistic about Stalker ... and the way it handles violence against women.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    [The pilot episode] winds up having a decent if unlikely resolution to its primary mystery. Even if it’s possible to get past the ugliness of the violence against women in the pilot, it’s hard to imagine that a procedural with such a tight focus won’t get old fast.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    There’s something desperate and torture porny about this show.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Stalker at best is an unsavory blend of violent crime, voyeurism and by-the-book preachments just in case you aren’t getting its “messages.”

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The show comes from Kevin Williamson, who created the more equal-opportunity torture porn "The Following," which at least has a literary sheen and some effective scares. Here there are just trope.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    From the time the first ghost story was told around some fire, people have enjoyed a good fright — but the prevailing feeling being provoked here is less one of terror than of abject despair.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Save yourself. Run from Stalker.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Stalker won't get the kind of respect "Dexter" did, in part because it is more overtly cheezy in the generic showbiz way.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Q was great fun in “Nikita,” but here she and her castmates are stranded amid a tired series of cliches, hitched to a vehicle built on the hope “Criminal Minds” viewers will be too lazy or inert to push a button.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Maggie Q and McDermott are competent, if not terribly interesting actors, and that about sums up the series as well.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Stalker is the kind of show that will have you checking the locks on your door--and changing­ your Facebook status to “guarded­ by rabid pitbulls.”

    Boston Herald Full Review