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Instinct is an American television drama that aired on CBS since March 18, 2018. This was a series is based on James Patterson's Murder Games.

In May 2018 CBS renewed the series for second season which premiered on June 30, 2019

On August 17, 2019 CBS cancelled the series after two seasons


Openly gay author, university professor and former CIA paramilitary officer Dr. Dylan Reinhart is lured back to his old life by New York police detective Elizabeth Needham when she needs his help to stop a serial killer who is using Reinhart's book as inspiration for murders.


  • Alan Cumming as Professor Dylan Reinhart
  • Bojana Novakovic as Detective Lizzie Needham
  • Daniel Ings as Andrew "Andy" Wilson
  • Sharon Leal as Monica Hernandez
  • Naveen Andrews as Julian Cousins

Seasons overview



On February 8, 2017, Alan Cumming was cast as Dylan Reinhart. Bojana Novakovic was cast as Lizzie on February 18, 2017. On February 23, 2017, Daniel Ings was cast as Andy, and Naveen Andrews was cast as Julian. Khandi Alexander was originally cast as Monica Hernández in the pilot, but was replaced with Sharon Leal on June 22, 2017.


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 60% based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.36/10. The website's consensus reads, "Instinct is ultimately an underwhelming police procedural, despite having Alan Cumming in its arsenal." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 53 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

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