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REVIEW: "Hunted" CBS

by Kevin Plinzke - Staff Writer
Tue, Feb 14th 2017 11:00 pm

 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on the run from various law enforcement entities? Well, now you don't have to. 

CBS premiered its new show, "Hunted" this season and I have to admit, it's pretty addicting. 

The premise of the show is nine pairs of regular people are sent "on the run" and given a one hour head start. They only have $500 to spend, and they have to stay in a 100,000 square foot radius, that spans across four states. 

It pits the best of the best of law enforcement against ordinary people, and if you can stay on the run for 28 days, without getting "caught" (the rule is that you have to make physical contact with a fugitive to "catch" them) you will win $250,000. 

The show's selling point is definitely in the drama that the fugitives face. Going on the run, and mostly living moment to moment not knowing if you're going to get caught, not knowing if the hunters are right on your trail. 

The concept of the show is also very interesting. They speak regularly on what it's like to be on a literal "man hunt." It is very thought provoking to think of strategies one might employ. There is a lot on the show about how our social media presence as a society is stacked with clues on how to catch someone. 

A common theme I've noticed when discussing the theme is, "could I make it if I went on the run?" I think that's part of the show's charm. 

Overall I am a fan and will continue to watch it. There are small things that aren't perfect about it, like the fact that you only have access to $500 as a fugitive, and you can only take it out at an ATM, where the hunters immediately are alerted to your location. I understand why this rule is in place, as someone with a lot of money could make a lot easier of an escape, but it doesn't seem entirely fair. Solid four stars and a recommendation for reality TV fans and anyone curious about the thrills of hunting a human.