The Finder Review: Nice Recovery!

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Tonight, the world got introduced to The Finder, Walter Sherman, and his colleagues (for a second time) on "An Orphan Walks Into a Bar."

Most will remember The Finder as a backdoor pilot that aired during the sixth season of Bones. While I wasn't too keen on the idea of this show moving forward to stand alone as its own, I'm proud to declare that I'm a convert with high confidence in its potential.

The Finder has come a long and compelling way from where it was in the spring of 2011.

Ask and The Finder Shall Retrieve

Take the team of Walter, Leo and Isabel for instance. A starkly different chemistry drives this unit time around, largely aided by the recast of the female lead, replacing Saffron Burrows with Mercedes Mahone. I’m loving her character as a sassy US Marshal driven to get her man (or woman).

The same goes for Maddie Hasson as Willa Monday. Willa is quirky and complicated and there is a lot to learn about her. There's definitely a potential for this series, much more so than I would have given it credit for a couple months ago.

With an excellent cast captured, the writing seems to have improved significantly as well. We've come a long way from the Walter who solved part of his case on the commode of a dead man. That was perhaps my largest gripe with the 2011 opener. Besides being wildly uncomfortable for the viewer it was completely unnecessary and awkward.

Little tweaks like these will likely pay off big time.

As for the content of this first episode, I enjoyed watching Walter "find" Cooper's father. The installment did a great job of introducing just what it means for Walter to be "The Finder," what kind of methods he entails and the intuition he employs. He's like Monk... minus the OCD with a compulsion to find things. Feels like a winning combination so far.

I was initially wary of the fact that all the unintended consequences of "finding" were blatantly pointed out to me (i.e. the possibility that Cooper's father was smuggling drugs illegally even though we eventually learned it was for people who really needed it), as it announced subtle points for a person who likes to discover them more organically such as myself. Even so, it made me more compelled to watch the show to see what could happen going forward.

Overall, The Finder made a strong showing for a midseason premiere that had some strikes counting against it from the get-go.

If you were waiting to read this review to decide whether or not to give it a watch, GO WATCH IT! You won't be sorry, and if you are, I'll give you a full refund for this column.

Are you hooked yet? Did the show exceed your expectations as it did mine? Give the premiere a grade:


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (89 Votes)

C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


The Finder is a sub-par Psych.


Almost the worst show on TV. The story and the characters about as watchable as "The New Girl" which is absolutely the worst TV show.


You Mad Bro?


@Jack if ur gonna say "lol" to negative comments, whats the point of commenting? "If u dont like it, don't watch it!" "Don't ruin this page on which ppl are as excited as me for this awesome Tv-show!!!" What a thinking-head u have there. The quest was "Give the premiere a grade". So take it like a man. To conclude, I wanna say one more meaningless "lol" to all the "lol"ers in the universe.


Following comment has nothing to do with The Finder: @Sue Ann Thanks for reply. The episode I first saw on the first season DVD of NCIS was a story surrounding Airforce One and featured agent Todd. If I understand you correctly, you're saying that that was not the actual pilot per se? The funny thing is that I just bought the first season of JAG because on a whim I took a look at the cast and crew info section (direcTV ) for NCIS and saw a lot of connections between the cast and crew of the two series. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for the JAG episode you're referring to as I continue to get more seasons on DVD. Thanks again!!!

Sue ann

@RealDiehl If you are talking about the first episode of NCIS on the Season 1 DVD, then you missed the pilot. That was two episodes in J*A*G. I had never watched J*A*G, and in order to see the pilot of NCIS, I had to buy the DVD's for that season of J*A*G. (Which then led me to get all the rest of it and watch it, although I still have not been able to bring myself to watch some of seasons five and six. Very annoying seasons.) However, if you like NCIS, find a way to get that season of J*A*G and catch Tony DiNozzo as he started out to be. There was a significant change from the real pilot to the first season of NCIS.


I dont get why everyone wants tv to be so real. I dont know about anyone else, but I watch shows to enjoy them, not to compare them to real life and say "that can't happen." I really enjoyed this show and look forward to next week.


lol don't watch it then and obviously it wasn't as bad as some you claim since people are warming up to it. :)


This was a bad show.....The writing was bad and the acting awful.
I do not understand why FOX agreed broadcast this crap. I have no interest in watching another episode.


Low quality acting. Silence in conversations. Lead actor's voice is irritating.
Idea is not original. Even the title is too ordinary "The Blabla-er" Pilot episode being about a pilot is clever. Overall, looked amateur to me.

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The Finder Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Cooper: Sure is a lot of action out here
Leo: Not for Walter it isn't.

I do NOT appreciate the ocean. I tend to sink.