Monday, 10 p.m., ABC


The action series based on Luc Besson’s franchise with Liam Neeson is a prequel that follows the young Green Beret named Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) as he learns those “very particular set of skills” he will utilize in the future

What The Critics Say (Metascore 46)

  • The action scenes are great and breathless. If only those pesky characters didn’t get in the way from time to time. Standen, Beals and Brooklyn Sudano as Mills’ sister’s friend Asha, do a pretty good job making up for dopey dialogue. — David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Taken takes the worst traits of your garden variety big-screen action clunker and repackages them for home viewing. Inane, loud, violent, and littered with directorial flourishes meant to distract you from the sloppy plotting and largely indifferent acting. — Robert Bianco, USA Today
  • It may be overcooked and unexceptional, like a midlevel chain restaurant meal, but those places are full of customers and many will doubtless find it satisfying. — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times