• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 24, 2018
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Oct 24, 2018
    60
    Like Homeland, Bodyguard expands its horizons to cast a big, knotty, conspiracy-theorist net over the police forces, the intelligence community, and the upper echelons of the British government. Unfortunately, another similarity it has with Homeland is a propensity to lean on stereotype, adding to the woefully limited characterization of Muslims on mainstream television shows. ... To watch Bodyguard’s six episodes is to suspend disbelief and submit to its surprises. It helps not to expect too much more than that.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 23, 2018
    50
    Madden doesn’t do enough to distract us when Mercurio’s plot twists veer from reality or his characters refuse to act like rational humans. In Bodyguard, Mercurio’s breakneck story feels, at every moment, both carefully constructed and made up on the spot. ... It can also be a blast, if you’re all about the mystery and the forward momentum and your requirements for plausibility and psychological realism aren’t high.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 67 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 67
  2. Negative: 6 out of 67
  1. Oct 27, 2018
    7
    When it's good it's very, very good, and when it's bad it's horrid. It gets an A+ for edgy, and spell binding scenes, but a D when it goesWhen it's good it's very, very good, and when it's bad it's horrid. It gets an A+ for edgy, and spell binding scenes, but a D when it goes into human relations. Plenty of plot twists and one big one at the end is bound to make many groan at the screen. They drag out the final big scene which in real life would have ended by our hero getting to the point more quickly. Many of the professionals come across as nitwits, but then that may be because they're not in on the real machinations that viewers are. The last half hour doesn't build as much as let the air out.
  2. Oct 25, 2018
    2
    As a Brit, utterly confused by this show and its popularity. It's not a patch on Mercurio's Earlier work with Line Of Duty being uniformlyAs a Brit, utterly confused by this show and its popularity. It's not a patch on Mercurio's Earlier work with Line Of Duty being uniformly excellent. It goes from po-faced to farcical, with frustratingly stupid character arcs and daft situations. It's like Homeland season one, without any genuine drama.
  3. Oct 25, 2018
    8
    A tremendous six-hour combination of gritty political drama and thriller makes Bodyguard one of the best dramas of the year. Highly recommended.