Instinct Is The Drama Fans And Critics Have Been Waiting For

People are taking notice of the new CBS crime thriller—and a groundbreaking role for Alan Cumming.
Posted on Mar 21, 2018 | 11:20am
Instinct is bringing intrigue to Sunday nights and fans are loving it!

STREAM: The Full First Episode Of Instinct On CBS All Access

Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Alan Cumming) and NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) team up when they realize a serial killer is using Reinhart's book as a guide to commit a series of twisted crimes.
Reinhart isn't just any academic. He's a former CIA operative, too. Oh, and he happens to be the first openly gay character to lead a broadcast drama series. The groundbreaking role is brought to life by Cumming's award-winning acting cops, so it's no wonder Instinct's first episode was a hit.

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The show was Sunday's #1 entertainment program in TV viewers and the biggest premiere of the week on any network. It also hit #9 for viewership across all network shows for the week. The impressive ratings start was matched by some glowing reviews:

"He wears a lot of hats and his outfits are impeccable. It's kind of a perfect Cumming vehicle ... It's quite the match because the actor is a man of many talents and what better place than CBS, the best network at shaping entertaining procedurals, to show them off?" — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter

"Instinct is the gay-driven drama broadcast TV desperately needs. It's long overdue." — Alamin Yohannes​, Inverse

"Cumming is so fresh and fascinating as this particular profiler of sociopaths that his entertaining performance alone raises Instinct above the norm." — Jeanne Jakle, San Antonio Express

"Alan Cumming's killer 'Instinct' strikes again." — Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times

"Dylan is drawn to the life, finding excitement and inspiration in solving crimes with his no-nonsense partner Lizzie (Bojana Novakovic); and as the two investigators make their way around Manhattan, Instinct both shoots the city to advantage and explores the fascinating lives of city dwellers." — Sonia Saraiya, Variety

"CBS isn't just upping the ante in LGBTQ representation on broadcast, as Instinct could also go a long way in redefining how women are played in cop shows." — Megan Vick, TVGuide.com

Of course, fans weighed in with their own excitement for the new series:

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Watch all-new episodes of Instinct on Sundays at 8/7 on CBS and CBS All Access.