Wisdom of the Crowd is a drama about a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner, develops “Sophe,” an online platform for publicly shared information he’s certain will find his daughter’s killer. To assist him, Tanner recruits Detective Tommy Cavanaugh, the original cop who investigated the murder but was unceremoniously forced off the case. Working with them is Sara Morton, a brilliant engineer whose relationship with Tanner goes beyond professional; Josh Novak, a talented, nerdy-cool head programmer; and Tariq Bakari, a tech genius and expert hacker with issues adhering to the rules. Concerned with Tanner’s obsession is his successful ex-wife, Congresswoman Alex Hale, with whom he shares an unbreakable bond over their shared grief. As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him. (CBS.com)
I’ll be honest, Wisdom of the Crowd didn’t necessarily leave me on the edge of the seat, but it wasn’t bad either. It’s not like all the other crime solving shows out there because this one uses civilians and technology to solve crime. As the synopsis states, “Sophe” is a crowdsourcing program that allows people to share information about crimes. The people running the program can even contact users to possibly get more help – as shown in the premiere episode. While the program clearly has its benefits, the crowdsourcing program also has its downfalls. Errors like misinformation, false leads, and hackers are issues that could easily happen, which the show also points out.
The show primarily revolves around the murder of entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner’s daughter. He’s become a bit obsessed with finding who murdered his daughter even though someone’s already been convicted. He knows they arrested the wrong guy, and he’ll seemingly stop at no ends to find the right one. However, while following leads through “Sophe”, a rape case is also brought into play. Tanner is reluctant to lose focus on his daughter’s case, but Detective Cavanaugh doesn’t really give him any other choice. With the help of users of the program, they’re able to close a big rape and murder case.
Like I said, the show didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat, but it did keep me interested. Whether I’ll keep watching, that depends on if I remember to. Overall, I’ll give Wisdom of the Crowd a C+ with a lot of room to grow. I understand that most shows start out slow as it introduces us to everything, and this is one of them. I believe that it has a lot of potential, but it has to step up its game. Give me a little more action and mystery that leaves me not wanting to wait until next week. Just like every song needs a great hook, TV shows do too, and this one hasn’t hooked me yet.
Wisdom of the Crowd airs Sundays at 8/7c on CBS!