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Photo Credit:  Jonathan Wenk /CBS
  • Premiered: 
    March 18, 2018
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book (Murder Games) by James Patterson 
  • Subject Matter: Police
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Plot Synopsis

Based on James Patterson's novel "Murder Games," INSTINCT is a one-hour series that centers on former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior, who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. When tenacious top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan's first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case and comes out of retirement. Helping them is Julian Cousins, Dylan's invaluable CIA comrade who rivals Dylan in brilliance and wit, and can get top-secret dirt on anyone, anywhere, anytime. Lizzie's boss, Lt. Jasmine Gooden, is glad to see her best detective finally agree to work with someone on a case, since Lizzie has refused any partner since a tragic event one year ago. But as Dylan feels re-energized tapping into his old skill set, his husband, Andy, is concerned that Dylan's breaking their pact about putting away his cloak and dagger for good. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts. Patterson and series star Alan Cumming are Executive Producers.
On Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, CBS premiered "Tribal," the Season 1 finale of INSTINCT. Dylan and Lizzie investigate the murder of Joan's protege, Kristy (guest star Paton Ashbrook), uncovering long-buried secrets worth killing over. Also, Dylan and Andy apply to adopt a child, and Lizzie's reliance on Julian's illicitly obtained information puts a promotion in jeopardy Two months earlier -- on May 12 -- CBS renewed INSTINCT for a second season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by CBS Television Studios


  • - New York City, New York USA