Instinct (U.S. TV series)

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Instinct
Instinct Logo.jpg
Genre
Based onMurder Games
by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
Developed byMichael Rauch
Starring
Composer(s)James S. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 18, 2018 (2018-03-18) – present (present)

Instinct (stylized as INSTIИCT) is an American police procedural drama television series which premiered on March 18, 2018 on CBS. The series is based on James Patterson's Murder Games. In May 2018, CBS renewed the series for a second season.

Premise[edit]

Author, university professor, and former CIA paramilitary officer Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) is lured back to his old life by New York police detective Elizabeth Needham (Bojana Novakovic) when she needs his help to stop a serial killer who is using Reinhart's book as inspiration for murders.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Alan Cumming as Dr. Dylan Reinhart, an author, psychology professor, and former CIA paramilitary officer, who joins the NYPD to solve bizarre cases.
  • Bojana Novakovic as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Needham, an NYPD detective third grade[2] and Dylan's partner. Her partner and fiancé was killed in the line of duty a year prior, and she had since then refused to have a partner before meeting Dylan.
  • Daniel Ings as Andrew "Andy" Wilson, Dylan's husband, a lawyer-turned-bar owner.
  • Naveen Andrews as Julian Cousins, a contact of Dylan's from his days at the CIA who now works freelance.
  • Sharon Leal as Jasmine Gooden, Lizzie's lieutenant and friend.

Recurring[edit]

  • Whoopi Goldberg as Joan Ross, Dylan's literary agent[3][4][5]
  • Andrew Polk as Doug, the medical examiner
  • John Mainieri as Jimmy Marino, a police detective
  • Michael B. Silver as Kanter Harris, a police sergeant
  • Danny Mastrogiorgio as Anthony Fucci, a police detective
  • Alejandro Hernandez as Rafael Sosa, a police detective
  • Stephen Rider as Zack Clark, a police officer, later detective

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Instinct is based on James Patterson's Murder Games.[6][7] The series was picked up to pilot by CBS on January 23, 2017.[8] On May 12, 2017, CBS picked it up to series.[9][10][11] On May 12, 2018, CBS renewed Instinct for a second season.[12]

Casting[edit]

On February 8, 2017, Alan Cumming was cast as Dylan Reinhart.[13] Bojana Novakovic was cast as Lizzie on February 18, 2017.[14] On February 23, 2017, Daniel Ings was cast as Andy,[15] and Naveen Andrews was cast as Julian.[16] Khandi Alexander was originally cast as Monica Hernández in the pilot,[17] but was replaced with Sharon Leal on June 22, 2017.[18]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Marc WebbMichael RauchMarch 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)INS1019.05[19]
2"Wild Game"Doug AarniokoskiCarol Flint & Constance M. BurgeMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)INS11210.16[20]
3"Secrets and Lies"Peter WernerChris AmbroseApril 1, 2018 (2018-04-01)INS1086.61[21]
4"I Heart New York"Constantine MakrisMichael RauchApril 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)INS1068.12[22]
5"Heartless"Don ScardinoMichael RauchApril 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)INS1027.11[23]
6"Flat Line"Laura BelseyTanya BarfieldApril 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)INS1117.01[24]
7"Owned"Doug AarniokoskiJill AbbinantiMay 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)INS1046.96[25]
8"Long Shot"Jay ChandrasekharCarol FlintMay 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)INS1035.16[26]
9"Bad Actors"Jim McKayDan E. FesmanMay 27, 2018 (2018-05-27)INS1054.68[26]
10"Bye Bye Birdie"Doug AarniokoskiConnie BurgeJune 3, 2018 (2018-06-03)INS1076.37[27]
11"Blast from the Past"Cherie NowlanLee EllenbergJune 17, 2018 (2018-06-17)INS1095.27[28]
Dylan and Lizzie investigate a series of strange suicide bombings, but the case takes a personal twist when Dylan discovers a connection to his past. Meanwhile, Joan hires a publicist for Dylan, which makes Julian so worried that he gives Lizzie his number, and also causes a discussion between Dylan and Andy.
12"Live"Ed OrnelasMichael Ballin & Thomas AguilarJune 24, 2018 (2018-06-24)INS1105.63[29]
Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of film student during the viewing of a horror movie, that was filmed and shown online. The girl attended the classes of a charismatic but difficult film professor. Lizzie sets down her working rules to both Dylan and Julian. Meanwhile, Dylan and Andy take care of Maddie, the adolescent daughter of their friend Kathie, who has some problems of her own.
13"Tribal"Michael RauchMichael RauchJuly 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)INS1134.51[30]
Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of a junior editor in Joan's editorial, that just landed a true history book she believed would be a best-seller. Dylan finds out Lizzie slept with Julian. Andy and Dylan have an appointment with a social worker regarding an adoption.

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 57% based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 5.36/10. The website's consensus reads, "Instinct is ultimately an underwhelming police procedural, despite having Alan Cumming in its arsenal."[31] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 53 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[32]

The character of Dylan Reinhart has been called groundbreaking for being the first openly gay lead character in an hour-long American network television drama series.[33][34][a]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 18, 2018 1.0/4 9.05[19] 2.54 11.59[36]
2 "Wild Game" March 25, 2018 1.3/5 10.16[20] 2.15 12.31[37]
3 "Secrets and Lies" April 1, 2018 0.6/3 6.61[21] N/A N/A
4 "I Heart New York" April 8, 2018 0.9/3 8.12[22] 1.48 9.61[38][b]
5 "Heartless" April 22, 2018 0.6/3 7.11[23] 1.68 8.80[39][b]
6 "Flat Line" April 29, 2018 0.6/3 7.01[24] 1.79 8.80[40]
7 "Owned" May 6, 2018 0.7/3 6.96[25] 1.86 8.83[41]
8 "Long Shot" May 27, 2018 0.4/2 5.16[26] 1.70 6.86[42]
9 "Bad Actors" May 27, 2018 0.3/1 4.68[26] 1.97 6.65[42]
10 "Bye Bye Birdie" June 3, 2018 0.5/2 6.37[27] 1.82 8.19[43]
11 "Blast From the Past" June 17, 2018 0.4/2 5.27[28] 1.88 7.15[44]
12 "Live" June 24, 2018 0.5/2 5.63[29] 1.62 7.25[45]
13 "Tribal" July 1, 2018 0.4/2 4.51[30] 1.93 6.45[46]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The first lesbian main character in an American prime time TV series is Marilyn McGrath on HeartBeat.[35]
  2. ^ a b Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.

References[edit]

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