Did You Watch The Following with James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon?

As you may or may not remember, back in November, I had a chance to watch the pilot of The Following with eye candy (and, not incidentally, excellent actors) James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon. I had mixed feelings about the pilot (put on your psychic hat and read my thoughts), but at the time so few people had seen it that I had no one to discuss it with.

I imagine that many of you in our audience did catch the pilot last night, however, so I am anxious to hear your thoughts. Let’s talk!


  1. Laurie

    I watched the following last night, and was kinda surprised I enjoyed it (not a big fan of Kevin Bacon). I look forward to seeing how it plays out and if the writers can keep it fresh and interesting, rather than falling into the predictable and/or gross.

  2. chris v

    I started watching it as it looked good. That lady getting up and stabbing herself was a shock but the dogs…. no no no! That was it for me. Turned it off.

  3. evan white

    “Disgusgting” is what I have to say.
    And, I’ve written Fox to say so. I don’t go for sadism. Especially in prime time. What has happened to this nation???

    Will not watch it! I hope it fails. With a huge thud!

  4. Caryn Stardancer

    Started watching. Do like Kevin Bacon, but the plot seemed derivative (Criminal Minds with a burned-out “hero”), although I understand the cult-following of the title promises to bring surprises. However, the prurient gore turned me OFF! I prefer plot to sensationalism, especially given the rising tide of violence in our country. Spare me. Will NOT watch and I, too, hope it fails.

  5. Karen Cherubino

    I watched The Following last night, although it was unplanned. I like things darker and grittier, so I did like the program and will probably watch it again. I thought the acting was amazing.

  6. Saundra Peck

    Only Kevin Bacon could make me watch a show on FOX…. I also like dark and gritty, and really like the twists. I thought it was really good, and found it no more gory than anything is these days.

  7. Allison Brennan

    I really, really liked the pilot. I didn’t find the violence gratuitous. I thought it was smartly written, well-acted, and intense. If they can keep up that intensity, I will be very happy. I heard it was a short season, 15 episodes, which I think is perfect. A lot of my favorite shows have short seasons (Justified, Longmire, American Horror Story, etc.) I think they can sustain the quality, and even take it up a notch.

    I think I’ve already figured out a couple things, however. I’m pretty certain there’s a “follower” on the FBI team hunting Carroll, and I’m 95% certain I know who it is.

    I didn’t like Natalie Zea in JUSTIFIED — but it was her character. I like her better here. But what is it about her being a married woman and cheating on her husband? Okay, I understand cheating on a serial killer … but on Raylan? 😉

  8. evan white

    This series is despicable. I really, really hated it.

    How low the morality of our nation has become to glorify sadistic treatment of people and animals and consider it “entertainment”. I fear for the future of this country if this is the arbiter of what constitutes what is acceptable….that it’s amusing? Hot new idea: Why not bring on the death games of Rome?

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