Ken D. (allthatjazz) from APISON, TN Reviewed on 7/3/2016...
I watched this series until NBC abruptly cancelled it with several episodes left to air, infuriating me, as it was well cast, with a good script and direction, along with plenty of twists. You won't be disappointed!
Doug S. from WISC RAPIDS, WI Reviewed on 9/20/2014...
Just got done with this series and it was fantastic! Why did NBC cancel this? It keeps you guessing through out the entire series 5 stars and I won't be giving mine up!!
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Sara C. Reviewed on 3/15/2013...
A really good show that unfortunately only lasted one season. The good news is that even though it was cancelled...the network allowed a final episode that wraps most things up be created. So you are not left with a cliffhanger on the last episode. Things get wrapped up nicely.
Plays like a mini-series and definitely worth watching.
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Jennifer O. (Jenni) from GAMBRILLS, MD Reviewed on 11/7/2012...
A great series. I only wish there was more!
The Fans Did It!
TVSeriesFinale.com | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kidnapped told the story of a wealthy New York City couple (Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany) whose teenage son (Will Denton) is abducted and, the investigative team assigned to find him (headed by an ex-FBI operative played by Jeremy Sisto).
The series debuted back on September 30, 2006. NBC cancelled it after just three episodes. The network told the writers to wrap up the storyline in thirteen episodes but it was pulled off the air after five.
The network posted the unaired episodes online but a lot of people missed them -- slow connections, older computers, etc.
How many other shows have been pulled off the air and will likely never be released? Smith, 3lbs., Reunion, The Nine, Six Degrees, Runaway and on and on...
The fans have been incredibly supportive of this show from the beginning and it is only because of their constant letters, emails and calls that this show is being released on DVD.
Congrats you Knapp-heads!"
A case study in why network TV stinks at creating & maintain
Traveler | New England | 08/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kidnapped is "Without A Trace" crossed with "24" with, IMO, better actors. Jeremy Sisto, Delroy Lindo (movie star caliber), Timothy Hutton (ditto), Mykelti Williamson (ditto again), and Dana Delaney (probably most famous for "China Beach") lead the cast.
If you like drama, if you like shows that don't wrap everything up in one episode, you will like "Kidnapped." The production values are high and the story grabs you in the very first episode. It's almost like a 10 hour movie thriller.
I do have to mention a few minor negatives. For one, the telling of the story (the plot and excellent actors) is better than the resolution. You'll know "who did it" by the second to last episode (if not possibly sooner) which takes some air out of the tires for the final hour or so. Secondly, the resolution is done adequately, but not with a slam dunk like they had in the very first episode with the kidnapping. Perhaps this is due to the fact that they knew at time of filming the final episode that the show was going to be canceled and they just needed to get the thing in the can and move on. But these are minor quibbles. If you the enjoy the ride more than the destination it makes the show worth your time.
So with such a great cast and story, we have to wonder why it was canceled.
"Kidnapped" came out after the unexpected success of "Lost" and "24." When ABC showed that you could create and keep a solid audience base with a story that took multiple episodes if not multiple seasons to resolve everyone tried to copy the format. There were probably at least ten such shows. Some of them just weren't that good in my opinion. Most of them certainly did not have the high tension and stellar cast of "Kidnapped."
I've complained about Fox canceling such programs as "Wonderfalls," "Firefly," and "Kitchen Confidential" because they were the type of show that didn't require a viewer to catch every episode to become a fan. If Fox had just had some patience those shows would have caught on and probably stayed on the air for several years.
But "Kidnapped" was different. You had to catch the very first episode to get hooked. People knew in advance that the show was going to require an investment of their time so many just didn't even bother watching. I know I didn't when it aired. I saw a few ads, but it didn't catch my attention enough for me to bother. Some of that is NBC's fault.
This is essentially a high tension mini-series drama, not a typical program like "Without a Trace" or "Cold Case." It needed to be marketed as such. NBC needed to put more effort in hyping the show and they really didn't. This was a show that needed that effort because it didn't have the fantasy/sci-fi hook that great shows like "Lost" and "Battlestar Galactica" have that set them so far apart from other programs. A kidnapped child, rich parents, a rogue private eye who uses illegal tactics, and the FBI . . . doesn't sound that interesting does it? Sounds cliche. But it worked on the screen because of the great actors, the plot was dense, and there was a real mystery behind who was behind the crime.
With that said, it wasn't all NBC's fault. This show was, for the most part, too good for network TV. It's called the lowest common denominator. That's why shows like "According to Jim" get created and stay on for years."
Smenkhkare | USA | 03/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
Kidnapped: Wow, what a great series...One heck of a piece of 'work of art' that haphazardly ended up on television instead of inside the movie theatres where it should have premiered; at least with the debut of this new DVD set, this over-looked series can become available to the media once again. Easily viewed happily inside the luxury of their own comfort studios; Kidnapped on internet, sucked; Kidnapped on my very own television screen, A1-Superb! I truly recommend this DVD Series to everyone; don't think of it as a cancelled television series, think of it as a 13-part Movie that will knock the socks right off your feet! Kidnapped Rocks! `Will Denton is Amazing' and this series deserved a second season; Jeremy Sisto had character and this series had worth! Ah well, if the networks don't want to invest and retrieve this wonderful series, their loss and our gain! This Kidnapped DVD Completion Set is well-worth its purchase price, it's an Honor to add this series to your DVD-library; it's a series that you'll watch over and over again; it's timeless, it's a 'Masterpiece'! "
Another great show gone before it's time
M. G. Mora | San Leandro, CA. United States | 05/31/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
I don't know who to blame more NBC for not sticking with this show or the audience that would rather watch Reality shows like Deal or no Deal instead of great Television like this. You can't beat the cast, Academy Award winner Tim Hutton, the underrated Dana Delaney (why she didn't become a big star after China Beach, I do not know) and the always interesting Jeremy Sisto. The writing is top notch and the mystery is compelling. What more could you ask for. Hopefully this will find a bigger audience on DVD."