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Limitless (TV series)

Based on Limitless
Developed by Craig Sweeny
Composer(s) Paul Leonard-Morgan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43–45 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Original release September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) – present
External links

Limitless is an American crime drama television series starring Jake McDorman as Brian Finch, who discovers the power of a mysterious drug called NZT-48 which opens the full possibility of his brain and gives him perfect recall of everything he has ever read, heard, or seen. It is based on the film of the same name, which in turn was based on the novel The Dark Fields, and takes place after the events of the movie. The series was ordered by CBS on May 8, 2015,[1] and debuted on September 22, 2015.[2][3]

On October 23, 2015, CBS picked up Limitless for a full season of 22 episodes.[4]


  • Premise 1
  • Cast and characters 2
    • Main 2.1
    • Recurring 2.2
  • Episodes 3
  • Broadcast 4
  • Reception 5
    • Ratings 5.1
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a 28-year-old who hasn't done anything with his life, is introduced to NZT-48, a miracle drug that gives him access to every neuron in his brain. For twelve hours after taking the pill, he becomes the smartest person in the world, able to perfectly recall every detail of his life. With the mysterious U.S. Senator Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) providing him with a second drug to counteract NZT's deadly side effects, Brian uses his enhanced abilities to help FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter).

Cast and characters



  • Bradley Cooper as U.S. Senator Eddie Morra, the original main character from the film[9]
  • Ron Rifkin as Dennis Finch, Brian's father
  • Blair Brown as Marie Finch, Brian's mother
  • Sipiwe Moyo as Morra's nurse Sipiwe
  • Colin Salmon as Jared Sands, a former intelligence officer who now works as a fixer for Morra[10]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Marc Webb Craig Sweeny September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) 9.86[11]
When his father becomes seriously ill, Brian Finch realizes he has not reached the goals that he had set for his life. His friend Eli offers him a pill of NZT, which helps Brian excel in his temp job and discover the true nature of his father's disease. When Brian finds Eli dead from a gunshot, he becomes the main suspect in an FBI murder investigation. Looking for more NZT, Brian tracks down one of Eli's coworkers and gets shot in the leg by the real murderer. He passes out, and awakes to find himself with Senator Eddie Morra, who offers him access to both NZT and a drug to counter its dangerous side effects, on the condition that he not tell the FBI. The FBI wants to find out who created NZT and how to counter the side effects, and FBI agent Rebecca Harris offers Brian a consultant position with the Bureau. Brian insists that they first help his father get an immediate liver transplant. Agent Harris reveals a personal reason behind her involvement in the investigation: she suspects that her father was using NZT before he was found dead.
2 "Badge! Gun!" Marc Webb Craig Sweeny & Marc Webb September 29, 2015 (2015-09-29) 9.73[12]
Brian begins work with the FBI, only to be stuck behind a desk as an analyst while they monitor his use of NZT. Restless, he works his way into an assassination case investigated by Harris and Boyle, but leaves the facility against orders to find evidence, and nearly gets himself fired. Together they unravel a plot to target an army general with a genetically engineered virus. Meanwhile, Brian tries to learn more about Senator Eddie Morra, and draws a blank. Morra's nurse starts taking care of Brian's father.
3 "The Legend of Marcos Ramos" Guillermo Navarro Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) 9.57[13]
With his daily NZT pill, Brian helps the FBI find a sniper who shot a former FBI agent. He also has a chance encounter with Shauna (Analeigh Tipton), a former love interest, and starts up a new relationship with her. One of Morra's men, Mr. Sands, calls himself Brian's new boss and threatens to harm Brian's friends and family if Brian does not comply with his every request. To protect Shauna, Brian breaks up with her.
4 "Page 44" Doug Aarniokoski Mark Goffman October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) 8.03[14]
Brian receives his first confidential case investigating a Chinese spy. However, when his new online friend Arthur Maciel is framed for the murder of a former business partner, Rebecca helps Brian look into the police investigation instead. Mr. Sands asks Brian to find out how much the FBI knows about NZT and threatens to withhold the counter-effect drug until he has their files. Afraid of committing treason and not wanting to betray Rebecca, Brian fabricates a file. Sands has Brian's father infected with a virus, forcing Brian to steal the real files. Rebecca goes to an exhibition of her father's last paintings and Brian finds her father in the NZT files.
5 "Personality Crisis" Joshua Butler Sallie Patrick October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20) 7.90[15]
6 "Side Effects May Include…" Doug Aarniokoski Jenna Richman October 27, 2015 (2015-10-27) 7.45[16]
After Brian has told Rebecca about the file, they investigate how her father got access to NZT. Sands however wants Rebecca gone and asks Brian to frame her so she loses her FBI job. To force Brian to comply, he withholds his shot, which brings up the severe side effects of NZT. Brian needs to hide them from the FBI and hopes that finding the developers of NZT will explain Rebecca’s father’s disappearance and bring up something against the side effects. He also tries to contact Morra directly. The clues lead to Andrew Epperly, an Ubient scientist who had received the NZT formula anonymously and tried it on his father suffering from Alzheimers and other patients and the New Springs rehab, including Rebecca's father. Rebecca meets him and he tells her that he had faked his death when he saw his patients mysteriously disappearing after the NZT had been shared all over town. Sands blows up Epperly’s apartment. Naz tells Rebecca that she hired her because of her father’s involvement in the NZT case. Finally, Morra gives Brian the shot and a few extra NZT pills. He explains it was a test of his loyalties.
7 "Brian Finch's Black Op"[17] Aaron Lipstadt Taylor Elmore November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03) TBD
8 "When Pirates Pirate Pirates"[18] Peter Werner Kari Drake November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10) TBD
9 "Headquarters!"[19] Douglas Aarniokoski Story by: Frances Brennand Roper
Teleplay by: Craig Sweeny
November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17) TBD
10 "Arm-Ageddon"[20] November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24) TBD


The premiere of Limitless was broadcast in the U.S. on CBS on September 22, 2015.[2] In Canada, the show was simulcast with the American broadcast, airing on Global.[21] The series premiered in Australia on Network Ten on October 11, 2015.[22]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, which only allows a user to give a score of thumbs up or down, reports an 82% audience approval and a 59% critics approval (based on 44 critic reviews).[23] On Metacritic, the series holds an audience score of 7.4 (out of a possible 10 points, based on 77 audience ratings) and a critics score of 57 (out of 100 points, based on 30 critic ratings).[24]


No. Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) Tuesdays
10:00 P.M.
1.9/6[11] 9.86[11] 1.3 4.40 3.2 14.26[25]
2 "Badge! Gun!" September 29, 2015 (2015-09-29) 1.9/7[12] 9.73[12] 1.2 4.10 3.1 13.84[26]
3 "The Legend of Marcos Ramos" October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) 1.7/6[13] 9.57[13] 1.1 3.53 2.8 13.11[27]
4 "Page 44" October 13, 2015 (2015-10-13) 1.4/5[14] 8.03[14] 1.2 3.64 2.6 11.67[28]
5 "Personality Crisis" October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20) 1.4/4[15] 7.90[15] TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 "Side Effects May Include…" October 27, 2015 (2015-10-27) 1.4/4[16] 7.45[16] TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 "Brian Finch's Black Op" November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03) TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
8 "When Pirates Pirate Pirates" November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10) TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
9 "Headquarters!" November 17, 2015 (2015-11-17) TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
10 "Arm-Ageddon" November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24) TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA


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