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The Listener

Fantasy . Action & Adventure . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama . Crime

In this one-hour drama, Toby Logan is a 24-year-old paramedic living with a secret: he can read people's minds. This telepathic procedural takes viewers into the heart of a tortured hero who struggles to solve crimes with his unique gift. Week-to-week, The Listener balances high-stakes drama with irreverent humor and sends Toby on an intellectual and emotional adventure.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: CTV
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The plots are complex enough to sustain mystery, and if the mean streets of Toronto aren’t all that scary, this is a good thing for a show that is trying not to shock, but to entertain.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    His light blue eyes are so piercing you may forget that his special skill isn't X-ray vision. But he's supported by writing and characters that may induce eye rolling.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    In a word, The Listener is boring. Or, if you prefer alliteration, listless.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    It's all dopey--and as believable as a telepathic paramedic, a supermodel detective and a partner who doesn't notice he's riding around with a psychic.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Daniel Carlson

    Listener is a serviceable supernatural drama with legitimate narrative potential that's undercut by its visually bland presentation and geographically nonspecific execution.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    This guy Toby the Listener wouldn't even qualify for NBC's Legion of Substitute Heroes.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    For the moment, it would be nice if the show could just make the present more compelling.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Canadian actor Craig Olejnik sports choppy black hair and piercing blue eyes--the only standout attribute in NBC's The Listener, an otherwise generic procedural drama.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Actually, it's really just more of a bore (bore ... bore).

    Variety Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    The writers, while showing a certain lack of imagination in feeding Toby the voices of passers-by--no, it's unlikely that woman who passes you on the street, guys, is thinking what they think she's thinking--have at least invested their lead with a mildly intriguing backstory.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • A co-production with the Canadian network CTV that is a ponderous exercise in the paranormal. Yes, here the science fiction is intentional, but The Listener is plagued by the same gloomy lack of urgency that afflicts “Flashpoint.”

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The premiere is filled with flaws that may well be endemic to the series, one of them being that the characters behave so stupidly that one loses sympathy for them.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joanna Weiss

    A show so stunningly derivative that it feels a little bit insulting.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Chemistry is just one of the ingredients lacking in the Canadian-made The Listener, NBC's new drama about a psychic paramedic. Others include but are not limited to plot, dialogue and acting skill.

    Miami Herald Full Review
Episode Guide For Show: The Listener