• Network: ABC Family
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 11, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 11, 2012
    100
    It just feels like nothing else you've seen on TV.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jun 11, 2012
    83
    Bunheads seems to know exactly what it's doing.
  3. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    As on "Gilmore Girls" there's a sense that a place, if peaceful enough, can redeem the people within.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 11, 2012
    50
    Bunheads will take some work and it could just as easily become either annoying or likable.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 11, 2012
    80
    Bunheads pilot is largely a a showcase for Sherman-Palladino's best stylistic and thematic trademarks.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Jun 11, 2012
    80
    It offers memorable looks at rehearsals, auditions, ballet-company competitions, and dreams of names in lights.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 11, 2012
    80
    Sherman-Palladino's snappy banter and slightly melancholy characters only enrich the texture of a series perfectly pitched between comedy and drama.
  8. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    The relationships that are sketched out in the first hour are promising.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 11, 2012
    75
    If it's not exactly "Gilmore Girls 2: Acoustic Boogaloo," it's close enough to be reassuring--and, on occasion, distracting.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 7, 2012
    70
    Bunheads feels like it's taking shape but hasn't coalesced in its first episode. But what it does get right is the introduction of characters from whom a lot of potential stories can flow.
  11. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    The premise is different from Gilmore but the theme of starting over, the snappy dialogue and the offbeat charm are very similar.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    It's a sweet summer treat.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    I don't know if the show I thought I was watching is actually the show she intends to make. But I'm willing to stick around to find out.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    While it's not perfect, Bunheads is a happy find, a ray of authenticity on a summer TV schedule filled with so much artificial light.
  15. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 11, 2012
    70
    Bunheads hasn't quite found its footing, but shows great promise thanks more to the cast and crew than to the initial hour.
  16. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 11, 2012
    67
    Bunheads has the potential to have that cross-generational appeal. To thrive, the series must find its own tune to dance to.
  17. Reviewed by: Chris Conaton
    Jan 7, 2013
    70
    At last, Sasha is less a collection of TV teenager tropes and more convincingly a Sherman-Palladino creation.
  18. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Dec 31, 2012
    80
    It's worth the effort to figure out what this offbeat cast of characters is up to.
  19. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    75
    A show that is beautiful and sweet, funny and touching.
  20. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 7, 2012
    75
    Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino gives her actors a zip drive's worth of dialogue....Foster's got the mouth--and charm--to pull it off. [18 Jun 2012, p.43]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Jun 12, 2012
    3
    The premise of the story is absurd. A highly talented, former APT ballet dancer goes off to Vegas because the pay is better as a chorus line showgirl. Right. Then, after a few years wasting her talent, sick of the partying life, she goes to Boring Town USA with a guy who visits her once a month or so in Vegas, whom she really doesn't like but marries anyway. Of course. The main characters are depicted as both witless and very bright at the same time. The townspeople are depicted as witless boobs still living some time in the 50's. It as though TV, radio and the internet haven't penetrated the city walls yet. The acting is mixed, some of it very good but it is the writing and story line that need the most work. Full Review »
  2. Jun 22, 2012
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I wanted to like this. It's snappy enough and pretty and has actors with charm but not overly beautiful, which I am usually a fan of, but it is just painfully over the top with some crazy characters who don't shut up and others who don't ever express themselves. Is it just me, or are characters speaking too fast these days, spinning out all sorts of eclectic references to make cleverer-than-thou jokes? And the only male character (of the first two episodes) dies.... leaving us with a whole world of sniping, cranky women and girls. Any show that has ballet dancing to Tom Waits and jokes about making **** napkins with the Dalai Lama's face on them is maybe trying just a bit too hard. Full Review »
  3. Aug 7, 2012
    8
    A completely fresh face to grace TV. The pilot displayed just enough to get you hooked on the graceful world of ballet, small towns and most of all, art. If you aren't watching this, you aren't keeping up with new TV. Full Review »