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Crime . Comedy . Mystery
 

Laura tries to forget about her birthday as she investigates a sailor's murder.

 
Episode Title: The Mystery of the Sunken Sailor
Airs: 2015-4-1 at 08:00 pm
  • David Hinckley

    Messing is most agreeable, hitting her comedy marks and credible as supercop.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    This little dramedy, an adaptation of a Spanish series, has that USA “Monk” comedy-lite vibe going for it.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Messy, discordant opener with potential.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Michael Landweber

    Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    Alas, some of the dialogue is extremely problematic, and the jokes tired.... but the action keeps moving, and there are enough glimmers of freshness to keep the show entertaining and warrant another viewing.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The ingredients here need time to jell, and the writing needs to move beyond generic glop and take advantage of Ms. Messing’s full range of talents.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The problem isn't that Laura wants to show us that raising children and holding down a job is hard; it is. Unfortunately, what the show suggests is that it's impossible, and it seriously misjudges the humor quotient in that suggestion while miscalculating the effect it has on its main characters.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    [Debra Messing is] utterly unconvincing in both modes of Laura's character: the cop with a mean left hook and the frazzled mom.... On the plus side, The Mysteries of Laura has really snappy writing.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    NBC is always in search of a dependable hit, and the evidence shows that The Mysteries Of Laura is exactly the right kind of bland whose dependable ratings could help it fly under the radar for years.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    This is a pleasant and generally enjoyable show that doesn’t overtax the brain. In other words, standard fare for broadcast television.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Nothing much new here, although there's always another case for the audience to watch Laura solve.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The pilot is woefully lacking the nuance and inventive wit that would help make The Mysteries of Laura more worthy of [Messing's] talents.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Messing seems to be trying hard, but in a role and a show that just don’t suit her talents.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    [Messing] sells the tenacity and smart-alecky charm even if the crime she’s investigating is not that engrossing. But every time we head from the precinct house to Diamond’s actual house, it gets tougher to stick with The Mysteries of Laura.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Viewers who come to TV for smart, serious, sophisticated fare will likely hate this show while viewers just looking for something innocuous and entertaining will be more forgiving.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The real mystery of Laura is why Debra Messing ("Will & Grace") would have chosen this particular adventure after the crash and slow burn of NBC's "Smash."... Because it can't be that what she thought was missing from television were depictions of successful women whose personal lives are a hot mess.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Unfortunately, Messing, though talented in many ways, is absolutely and completely unbelievable as a homicide detective. Even this stretched-to-ditziness-but-still-tough-enough-to-get-the-job-done version.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Whatever good will the series musters with its easy-going tone--which, the grimmer cop stuff notwithstanding, comes through in the family scenes and Laura’s banter with her partner (Laz Alonzo)--is squandered not only by the familiarity of its story beats but the haphazard way they’re thrown together, courtesy of writer-showrunner Jeff Rake, who adapted a Spanish series; and director McG, whose fast-paced style seems wasted on this material.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    To be generous, the pilot of Mysteries is bad in ordinary ways that might eventually be fixed by better scripts. The inaugural mystery is forgettable. There are stereotypes galore.

    Time Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    It’s pretty awful. Debra Messing deserves better than this trench coat cloaked detective who, in the premiere, solves what might be The Most Inane Murder Mystery in the History of Television.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It's a bizarro comedy-cop procedural-mommy drama that does nothing well, and the murder mystery exceptionally badly.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    In a fall season with a lot of mediocre shows ... here's one of the few truly awful ones.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    What a big mess, and what a disappointing waste of Debra Messing.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It's two bad shows in one and feels like a USA Network castoff.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The mystery is bad, the police work is bad, the home-life stories are bad, everything is bad. This is a bad, bad show.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Mysteries of Laura has pretty successfully convinced us that Laura’s not a mystery. She’s just unbearable.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    The adaptation fails spectacularly.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It would be a maddening exercise to list all the elements in The Mysteries of Laura that are, at their core, asinine. Suffice it to say, avoid this at all costs. In a fall filled with bad new shows, it's one of the worst.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review