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Matador US

Sci-Fi . Crime . Action

Shot in Los Angeles, the irreverent, adrenaline-filled series chronicles the unlikely rise of Tony "Matador" Bravo a professional soccer player for the LA Riot who comes to be known as much for his antics off the field as his moves on it. But what his fans and family don't realize is that it's all a cover - in truth, he is a skilled covert operative executing missions for the CIA. Agent Bravo, nicknamed "Matador" after he takes out a top player known as "The Bull" during tryouts for the team, finds himself suddenly thrust into a clandestine world. But, in balancing his dueling roles, he will be forced to confront the question of his true identity... and it is this mission that may prove to be his most dangerous.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: El Rey Network
  • David Wiegand

    The show is fast-paced and sexy, but perhaps its secret weapon is the authenticity of Tony's character as a young Latino resident of the working class, largely Mexican American Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The show is a compendium of high-octane clichés, just clever enough that you can't call it stupid and just stupid enough that you can't call it clever.... There are three saving graces. One is the premise, which is enjoyably ludicrous.... The second saving grace is the multicultural cast and international flavor.... The third saving grace, certainly not to be underestimated, is Luna, who's got a marvelous Everyman quality.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The flavor is high-style retro-modern, high-style B-picture.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Glitzy, spoofy, and bristling with attitude, Matador is the modern equivalent of I Spy, the classic '60s series about a pro tennis player/secret agent, starring Robert Culp and Bill Cosby.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Matador isn't a comedy, but it has its moments of levity, which is smart--the show shouldn't take itself too seriously, and those very Rodriguez (who directed the pilot) touches of sudden jump cuts and cartoonish violence work perfectly with the overall aesthetic.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A fun, entertaining action show.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Matador is definitely B-level--serviceable dialogue, not-quite-cartoonish characters, gimmicky editing--but it’s not grindhouse.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Matador has the potential to be really fun, once the place-setting of the first episode is out of the way. But the show won’t unlock that potential unless it fully buys into how ridiculous it can truly be.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Matador is fairly jaunty and breezy in the only episode sent for review. But it also throws in some serious-minded violence as part of the mix.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The show plays like a slapdash effort, conceived less by creative spark than as the product of focus-group testing, with a dash of nostalgia thrown in.

    Variety Full Review
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