Intelligence (American TV series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Intelligence (U.S. TV series))
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Intelligence Title.jpg
  • Action/Adventure
  • Drama
  • Espionage
  • Science fiction
Created byMichael Seitzman
Developed byMichael Seitzman
Tripp Vinson
Theme music composerClinton Shorter
Composer(s)Clinton Shorter
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Seitzman
  • Tripp Vinson
  • Barry Schindel
Producer(s)Barry O'Brien
Production location(s)
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV (1080i)
Audio formatSurround
Original releaseJanuary 7 (2014-01-07) –
March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)
External links
Official website

Intelligence is an American cyber-themed action-adventure television series that aired on CBS in the United States. It premiered on January 7, 2014,[3] and on May 10, 2014, CBS canceled the show after only one season.[4]

The series was created by Michael Seitzman, who serves as an executive producer along with Tripp Vinson, and Barry Schindel, for ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.[3][5]


The series was originally scheduled to premiere on February 24, 2014.[6]


Gabriel Vaughn is a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the globalized information grid. He can get into any of its data centers and access key intel files in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Lillian Strand, the director of the United States Cyber Command who supports Gabriel and oversees the unit's missions, assigns Secret Service agent Riley Neal to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his appetite for reckless, unpredictable behaviors and disregard for protocols. Meanwhile, Gabriel takes advantage of his chip to search for his wife who disappeared years ago after being sent by the C.I.A. to infiltrate and prevent the Lashkar-e-Taiba from carrying out a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Pilot"David SemelMichael SeitzmanJanuary 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)16.49[8]
Secret Service Agent Riley Neal (Meghan Ory) is brought into the U.S. Cyber Command and tasked by Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger) with the assignment of protecting Gabriel Vaughn (Josh Holloway), an ex–Delta Force operative with a chip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the global information grid. The U.S. Cyber Command investigates the kidnapping of one of its top scientists Shenendoah Cassidy (John Billingsley) in relation to a second chip being created, and Gabriel searches for his missing wife.
2"Red X"Aaron LipstadtAaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyreJanuary 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)6.20[9]
After a suicide bomber blows up a U.S. Marine outpost in the Khost Province of Afghanistan with an undetectable bomb he ingested, the U.S. Cyber Command is tasked with investigating the threat of a second attack using the same type of explosives. Meanwhile, in the process of investigating, Gabriel meets face to face with his missing wife (Zuleikha Robinson) for the first time since she went undercover.
3"Mei Chen Returns"Stephen WilliamsShintaro ShimosawaJanuary 20, 2014 (2014-01-20)5.77[10]
Gabriel and Riley are tasked with finding Kate Anderson (Annie Wersching), a high level CIA analyst who fled the country with sensitive intelligence, before it falls into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Gabriel discovers that Mei Chen (Faye Kingslee) is alive after her operation and has the capability to be inside his mind using her new and improved chip.
4"Secrets of the Secret Service"Rob BaileyMatthew LauJanuary 27, 2014 (2014-01-27)6.84[11]
Gabriel and his team are assigned to rescue two freelance journalists (Tania Raymonde and Aaron Benore) captured by the Syrian Armed Forces before they are executed on national television. Meanwhile Riley must work with her ex-boyfriend (Michael Trucco) and the truth about their past is revealed.
5"The Rescue"Alrick RileyBarry O'BrienFebruary 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)7.55[12]
Gabriel and Riley search for the daughter of a senator (Abbie Cobb) and her friend (Kimberly Whalen), who have been kidnapped by Hector (Carlos Sanz), the boss of a Mexican cartel, who demands that the senator (Robert Curtis Brown) ends the sale of a U.S. spy satellite to Mexico in exchange for the safety of his daughter and her friend.
6"Patient Zero"Adam DavidsonMichael SeitzmanFebruary 10, 2014 (2014-02-10)7.12[13]
Gabriel and the CyberCom are tasked to investigate the outbreak of a deadly virus in Texas caused by a man (Ronnie Gene Blevins) who was thought to have been executed for killing two police officers. In the process they discover a conspiracy involving the Defense Intelligence Agency's research chief (Bill Smitrovich) into bioweapons.
7"Size Matters"Alrick RileyShintaro ShimosawaFebruary 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)5.85[14]
Worldwide, scientists working on nanotechnology and artificial intelligence are mysteriously dying of internal bleeding, which are caused by nanites. When one of their prime suspects (David Marciano) is also killed, the suspicions turns to one of the Doc's former students (Tommy Dewey). Doc himself gets infected but after some tense moments they are able to save him. Meanwhile Gabriel and Riley go for a late night snack.
8"Delta Force"David Von AnckenAaron Ginsburg and Wade McIntyreFebruary 24, 2014 (2014-02-24)5.41[15]
When several members of Bolivian government's opposition are assassinated, Gabriel and the team are sent to protect the last one, the candidate preferred by the U.S. government (Yancey Arias). It is learned that the assassin was Gabriel's best friend and a former Delta Force operator (Matt Gerald). However, things are not what they seem, and they join forces to protect the candidate and the U.S. Under-Secretary of State (Michael Albala).
9"Athens"Bill EaglesMatthew LauMarch 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)5.35[16]
Jin Cong (Will Yun Lee) escapes from prison in China. He unleashes an EMP on CyberCom, causing Gabriel to receive amnesia through the chip, and captures the complex, intent on retrieving the Athens list, a list of children with the same genetic mutation required to operate the chip. Worse yet, he alters CyberCom files to manipulate Gabriel into working for his side.
10"Cain and Gabriel"Ken BillerPamela DavisMarch 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)6.62[17]
The Witness Protection Database has been hacked and the perpetrator (Alan Ruck) begins blackmailing individuals from the list into making a paralytic chemical bomb, sending Gabriel, Riley, and Lillian to San Francisco to track him down.
11"The Grey Hat"Tim HunterHeidi Cole McAdamsMarch 17, 2014 (2014-03-17)5.30[18]
When an advanced cyber-worm infiltrates a power grid in Los Angeles, Gabriel and Riley are tasked with tracking down the elusive hacker (Octavius J. Johnson) and preventing a nuclear meltdown.
12"The Event Horizon"Russell Lee FineBarry Schindel and Michael SeitzmanMarch 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)4.99[19]
When the former intelligence head of CENTCOM, the deputy director of the FBI and his bodyguard are assassinated, U.S. CyberCom is asked to look into it. But when Gabriel cyber-renders the last few minutes of the CCTV footage, he sees himself in it. The DNI places Gabriel in 'protective custody' to see if the chip was hacked and whether Gabriel was 'remote-controlled' into doing it. But Gabriel and Riley escape and along with the rest of the team, they catch Mei-Chen. But when the team meets Lillian, Gabriel is shot and someone tries to shoot Mei Chen. Mei Chen then reveals that she was hired by someone in the U.S. Government to frame Gabriel.
13"Being Human"Stephen WilliamsMichael Seitzman and Barry SchindelMarch 31, 2014 (2014-03-31)5.55[20]
Continuing from the previous episode, a wounded Gabriel directs Riley and Mei Chen to the house of his mother, a former combat nurse. While his mother (Debra Mooney) treats his bullet wound, Mei Chen and Gabriel co-render. Mei Chen reveals that a governor and possible presidential nominee could be the target of an assassination. It is later revealed that Weatherly (Tomas Arana), the Director of National Intelligence, is a sleeper agent for Iran, and he is the one behind everything. As he attempts to kill the governor, Gabriel and Riley arrest him. Later, Mei Chen is contracted to kill Weatherly in his floating prison by Leland Strand, Lillian's father.

Cultural references[edit]

  • In episode 13, it was revealed that the name "Clockwork" was based on the 1879 short story "The Ablest Man in the World" by Edward Page Mitchell. The story is about a man who was mute and mentally handicapped and grew up in a mental asylum. His life was changed when a scientist replaced his brain with a clockwork device that intended to make the patient—who has become a Russian baron at the time of the story—become Russia's answer to Napoleon.


The plot is said to have been inspired by the novel, Phoenix Island[21] by John Dixon, but some critics have their reservations.[22]


Critical response[edit]

David Hinckley of New York Daily News gave the show 3 out of 5 stars.[23] Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter says the show goes overboard on the merging of humans and computer technology.[24] Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly said "those hoping the show will be Sawyer, P.I. will be disappointed, but there's potential."[25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2014 BMI Film & TV Awards BMI TV Music Award Clinton Shorter Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nellie Andreeva (April 23, 2013). "PILOT LOCATIONS: Los Angeles Makes Drama Rebound, New York Gains In Comedy, New Orleans Hot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (January 6, 2014). "TV Review: 'Intelligence'". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (November 12, 2013). "CBS Moves 'Intelligence' Premiere to Tuesday January 7; 'Hostages' Finale to Air Monday, January 6". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Swift, Andy (May 10, 2014). "CBS Cancels The Crazy Ones, Intelligence, Friends With Better Lives and Two Other Series". TVLine. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 21, 2012). "CBS Buys High-Concept Drama From Writer Michael Seitzman". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ "CBS Announces 2013-2014 Premiere Dates". The Futon Critic. June 17, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "Intelligence Season 1 Episode 1".
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 8, 2014). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'NCIS' & 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Up; 'Trophy Wife' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 14, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Intelligence', 'Mom' & 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 22, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Up, 'Beauty & the Beast' Adjusted Down & Final 'Sleepy Hollow' Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 28, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: No Adjustment to 'How I Met Your Mother', 'The Following', or 'Beauty and the Beast'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 4, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Almost Human', 'Mike & Molly', 'Mom' &'Beauty and the Beast' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 11, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Almost Human' Adjusted Up + Final Olympics Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
  14. ^ Bibel, Sara (February 19, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Almost Human' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 25, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Almost Human' or 'Star-Crossed'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  16. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 4, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up; 'The Following' Adjsuted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  17. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 11, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Believe', 'Beauty and the Beast' or 'Bones'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  18. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 18, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice', 'Dancing With the Stars' & '2 Broke Girls' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  19. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 25, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Castle', & 'Dancing With the Stars' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist' & 'Intelligence' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 1, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' & 'Dancing With The Stars' Adjusted Up; 'Friends With Better Lives' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  21. ^ Glovas, Kim (2014-12-14). "Local Author Celebrating Paperbook Release Of Book That Inspired CBS Thriller". WPHT. ISBN 1476738653. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  22. ^ Britton, Wesley (2014-02-20). "Book Review: 'Phoenix Island' by John Dixon". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  23. ^ "'Intelligence,' TV review". The New York Daily News. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  24. ^ "Intelligence: TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  25. ^ "'Intelligence' premiere: Sawyer meets the Internet". Entertainment Weekly. January 7, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014.

External links[edit]