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Lethal Weapon


Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, Lethal Weapon reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child, ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective Martin Riggs moves to California to "start over" at the LAPD. He's paired up with Roger Murtaugh, who's just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack. Riggs' penchant for diving headfirst into the line of fire immediately clashes with Murtaugh's prudent, by-the-book technique.

Status: Running
TV Channel: FOX
  • Ken Tucker

    Chemistry is key to a project like this, and Wayans and Crawford have it. Even in the series’ cartoonish exaggeration of what crime-fighting is about (yelling, screaming, and car-chasing), Lethal Weapon has a comic snap that is entertaining.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    This Lethal Weapon pilot episode is very entertaining. Great action scenes, snappy banter and a bit of pathos mixed together with nice chemistry between Wayans and Crawford. That's the most important ingredient, and it makes the rest of it work.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    These two don't just have chemistry. They have a script that reintroduces Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs as characters who are as interesting facing each other across a dinner table as they are during a shootout or car chase.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It does what it does more than acceptably well, and promises to be subtler than its big-screen model--not that subtlety is necessarily what you come for. In any case, the template shows no sign of wearing out, or wearing out its welcome.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    The pilot features a few elaborate action scenes (as does the follow-up episode), and the laughs are consistent enough to sustain the comparably boring case work.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Crawford and Wayans prove to be a pretty good fit, as actors if not always as partners.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The plotting and action in this version of Lethal Weapon may not offer much reason to tune in every week, but the Riggs/Murtaugh dynamic pops almost as well as it did on the big screen.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The pilot is well-done, as it introduces the characters and a comic vibe. But no matter how appealing the buddy connection is, the weekly story lines are going to be formulaic.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The chemistry may develop, but whether the writing will keep pace is unclear from the premiere.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Ridiculous, yes, but it’s a show that is honest about itself, with a surprisingly endearing performance from Crawford. The question, of course, is: Did the world really need another “Lethal Weapon”?

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The character tweaks help us see Lethal Weapon on its own terms, and not “just” a TV distillation of the original films.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Darren Franich

    The new Lethal Weapon is more modest, and nicer; less offensive, thus, less interesting.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    This is a slick, watered-down Lethal Weapon, which is especially frustrating because it has those moments (like the ones in the later films) where it feels like it understands the point of it all, before abandoning that to do something goofier.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Crawford and Wayans are likable enough, but they aren’t Riggs and Murtaugh; they’re just the stars of TV’s latest variation on the tired buddy-cop formula.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Crawford and Wayans display little rapport. That leaves racing cars, speeding bullets and wannabe wit to prop up an essentially superfluous show.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Jon Negroni

    LAPD detectives with mismatched personalities solving crimes offers little to get excited about, and the only hook Lethal Weapon seems to hang its hat on is having a familiar title that wants to see Jurassic World-type success for other nostalgic retreads.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Lethal Weapon is ridiculous and predictable, a super familiar story with new leads reminding you of old leads, and modern personalities that are really dated personalities. It's a copy of copy of a copy and praying for something fresh out of that is, well, pretty ridiculous.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    This Lethal Weapon feels like a regurgitation of not just the film, but of several decades’ worth of cop-show formulas. Even its chase scenes are bit tiresome, and fail to set themselves apart from the thousands that play out on large and small screens every year.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Lethal Weapon is a near-catastrophic failure. It’s the kind of overbearingly self-serious, sheepishly crass retelling of a story that no one needed to be repeated that we’ve come to expect from similar movie-to-TV adaptations.

    Collider Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    It's pretty damn good: sharply drawn characters, snappy dialogue, and awesome action sequences. I'm not sure that Clayne Crawford (Rectify) and Damon Wayans Sr. are going to make anybody forget Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, but they'll be more than good enough for the large audience that's never seen the four films, the last of which is nearly two decades old. Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Wayans doesn’t yet have the gravity Glover brought to Murtaugh, but he compensates with his own polished skills as an actor and comic--getting every ounce of comedy out of the script without endangering Murtaugh’s believability as a cop. And while Crawford may not be the poster boy Gibson was in his youth, he gives the character a more subtle touch of humor and a more grounded poignancy.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael E. Ross

    There are some nice emotional touches here. Early on, we see both men grappling with mortality in believable ways: Murtaugh paying close attention to the heart monitor on his smartwatch, or Riggs hunkered down in self-medicated mourning. But they’re only touches, brief moments of departure from the original formula.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Miller and McG do a decent job of aping the macho-jocular tone of Richard Donner’s film series, which, at its most ludicrous, felt like Hollywood’s answer to a Jackie Chan action comedy; but the “Look, Ma, no consequences” action seems like a more comfortable fit for movies than for network television at this point, and there are times when you might wish they’d pick a lane and stay in it for a while.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Actually, the casting is pretty great and works well. Everything else about the show is pretty much what you'd expect. There are some fun action scenes and attempts at pathos, especially around Riggs and the death of his pregnant wife that's turned him into such a loose cannon. But Lethal Weapon also feels extremely familiar.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
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