Heist (TV series)

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Heist intertitle
Created byMark Cullen
Robb Cullen
Directed byDoug Liman
StarringDougray Scott
Michele Hicks
Steve Harris
Marika Dominczyk
Seymour Cassel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (2 unaired)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Cullen Bros. Television
Dutch Oven Productions
NBC Universal Television Studio
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMarch 22 – April 19, 2006 (2006-04-19)

Heist is an American television series that premiered March 22, 2006, on NBC, but was almost immediately canceled due to low ratings.[1] The series was from director Doug Liman and revolved around professional thief Mickey O' Neil (Dougray Scott), who created a team of experts to try to pull off the biggest heist in history — to simultaneously rob three jewelry stores on Rodeo Drive during Academy Awards week. Meanwhile, Amy Sykes (Michele Hicks), lead detective for LAPD's Robbery Division, led the task force investigating a series of thefts committed by this new crew. Under high pressure from her superiors, she had to figure out not only who was behind the crimes, but also what larger job they were leading up to.

Cast and characters[edit]


Metacritic gave the series 51 out of 100, from the 22 reviews it collected, and a user score of 8.5 out of 10 based on 64 votes.[2] Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times found "the story lines and characters are layered and more intricate than in most detective series" and compared Heist to the British show Hustle.[3] Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe, in reviewing the two new shows premiering that night, Heist and The Evidence, declared "Heist is the better of the dramas." He likened both series to the work of Quentin Tarantino, saying they "have Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs in their DNA."[4] Tim Goodman of The San Francisco Chronicle found "the writing in Heist is self-consciously forced", further describing it as "painful to hear". "Heist is either the best inside joke about appeasing the masses for a monolithic network or, sadly, two guys who needed to pay the rent and buy mama some shoes."[5] Tom Shales of The Washington Post describes this serialized drama as "confusingly shot and edited, populated with snarlingly cranky characters, and crowded with cheap tricks designed to alleviate the show's prevailing pall."[6]

Episode list[edit]

Title Writer Director Original airdate Production Code
1"Pilot"Mark Cullen, Robb CullenDoug LimanMarch 22, 2006 (2006-03-22)101
Note: based on the Brian Douglas Wells incident.
2"Sex, Lies, and Vinny Momo"Mark Cullen, Robb CullenAndy WolkMarch 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)102
3"Strife"Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen (story)
Evan Reilly (teleplay)
Andy WolkApril 5, 2006 (2006-04-05)103
4"How Billy Got His Groove Back"Mark Cullen, Robb CullenEd BianchiApril 12, 2006 (2006-04-12)104
5"Bury the Lead"Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen (story)
Chris Mundy (teleplay)
Ed BianchiApril 19, 2006 (2006-04-19)105
6"Ladies and Gentlemen... Sweaty Dynamite"Mark Cullen, Robb CullenGuy FerlandFebruary 24, 2008 (2008-02-24) (UK)[7]106
7"Hot Diggity"Mark Cullen, Robb CullenTBAunaired[8] (unaired[8])107


  1. ^ Wilkes, Neil (11 April 2006). "NBC pulls plug on 'Heist'". digitalspy.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 April 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2006.
  2. ^ "Heist". metacritic.com. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  3. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (26 March 2006). "Dougray Scott and Orlando Jones Are Stars in 2 New Crime Series". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  4. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (26 March 2006). "Stealing more than a page from Tarantino". Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  5. ^ Goodman, Tim (22 March 2006). "'Heist,' 'Thief' -- tick-tick-tick, it's caper time". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  6. ^ Shales, Tom (22 March 2006). "'Evidence': An Airtight Case; 'Heist': Unbelievable Rip-Off". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Heist - has it finished?". Digital Spy. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  8. ^ Cullen, Mark (7 April 2006). "Goodbye Heist". tvsquad.com. Retrieved 18 February 2010.

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