• Network: WB , The WB
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 1998
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Jun 17, 2013
    90
    Funny, spooky and wonderfully entertaining. [7 Oct 1998]
  2. 88
    It's that tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted mood that elevates "Charmed" from the dreary, self-important solemnity that hangs like a pall over so much so-called fantasy and science fiction. [6 Oct 1998, p.E-1]
  3. Reviewed by: Michele Greppi
    Jun 17, 2013
    88
    Charmed doesn't knock our socks off as relentlessly as the WB's wisecracking Buffy did, but it's headed in the wry-te direction. It also shows more early promise than Spelling's more famous soaps did in Week 1. [7 Oct 1998, p.83]
  4. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    By the time the episode wraps up with a good-vs.-evil clash, though, it's really rolling, with special effects that are both fun and scary. Doherty, Combs and Milano are appealing, and also believable as sisters, and T.W. King adds a down-to-earth touch as police detective Andy Trudeau, Prue's old boyfriend, who suspects that something is up. [7 Oct 1998, p.E6]
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Parks
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Shannen Doherty as a witch. Perfect. [6 Oct 1998, p.03]
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 18, 2013
    75
    It's fantasy, but it's fun. [6 Oct 1998, p.1]
  7. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 17, 2013
    75
    If you've followed the TV careers of Charmed's stars -- Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Holly Marie Combs (Picket Fences) and Alyssa Milano (Who's the Boss) -- then just the idea of all three being in the same show makes it worth a look. The premise is at times campy, but it works. [7 Oct 1998, p.3D]
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jun 18, 2013
    70
    Still charming, a lively and frothy imagining of what might happen if Sabrina got mixed up with darker forces. [7 Oct 1998, p.6]
  9. Reviewed by: Ray Richmond
    Jun 17, 2013
    70
    Charmed has an entertaining little way about it, with Spelling and company mostly striking a solid balance between escapist slap-schtick and mild horror. If the opening hour isn't terribly concerned with issues of believability, relatability and self-parody (pilot is notably short on humor), it's likely a saucy enough brew for the WB's target 12-24 demo to swallow. [7 Oct 1998, p.5]
  10. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    67
    Alternating—or rather, wavering—between frightening and funny, the show has yet to establish a clear identity beyond its-status as a post-teenage teammate of The WB's popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  11. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 18, 2013
    67
    As free-spirited Phoebe, Milano, who replaced Lori Rom in the cast after the original pilot had been shot, needs seasoning, and maybe some warm clothes. Combs' Piper, the "earthy and creative" one, simply seems uneasy as a witchy woman. [7 Oct 1998, p.C10]
  12. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    67
    Charmed is a bit thin in the plot department; the main things it has going for it are the sisters' pulchritude and the presence of Doherty, who is that rare item: a TV star who succeeds on the strength of her vitriol.
  13. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 17, 2013
    63
    While it doesn't work for me, I'll bet many of the WB's teen viewers who have just finished watching "Dawson's Creek" are going to love it. The girls will feel empowered; the boys, who have been lusting after the three, will be entertained by the violence and havoc they can generate. [7 Oct 1998, p.1E]
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    Doherty and Milano, together with some silly dialogue and plots, promise some good campy fun. The problems come whenever their third sibling, played by Holly Marie Combs ("Picket Fences"), is on screen. You see, Combs can actually act, and whenever she starts to emote, she gives the trashy proceedings a bit more reality than they can handle. [7 Oct 1998, p.39]
  15. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    "The power of three will set us free," the sisters chant. They are good witches. They just aren't particularly interesting witches. Yet. [7 Oct 1998, p.E1]
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    Charmed has none of the wit or intelligence that characterizes The WB's superior supernatural series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but "Charmed" is an OK drama for the post-"Sabrina" crowd. [7 Oct 1998, p.E-4]
  17. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 17, 2013
    60
    As Buster Poindexter once sang, they're hot, hot, hot...If Charmed gets more savvy, scary and sexy as weeks go on and it's a good bet it will falling under its spell will be an easy thing to do. [7 Oct 1998, p.93]
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 18, 2013
    50
    The combination of witchcraft fantasy with the female empowerment message may be enough to charm the show's target young-girl audience. The rest of us, however, should hold out for something a bit more bewitching. [7 Oct 1998, p.3D]
  19. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Jun 18, 2013
    50
    This WB series, which has its premiere tonight, seems to want to be a dark dramatic version of "Sabrina the Teen-Age Witch Grows Up" or "Bewitched: The Single Years." Unfortunately, it just manages to make witchcraft look bland.
  20. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jun 17, 2013
    50
    None of this will bother viewers who haven't seen "The Witches of Eastwick." And given that the movie was released in 1987 -- and that the WB's programming is aimed directly at teenagers -- chances are that the lack of originality in Charmed won't hurt the show's chances. [7 Oct 1998]
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 17, 2013
    50
    Though Doherty's return to prime time is only occasionally bewitching, Charmed, on first encounter, isn't without promise. [7 Oct 1998, p.5G]
  22. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Jun 17, 2013
    50
    With the silly, overwrought Charmed, the network of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek and Felicity is pushing its luck. [7 Oct 1998, p.1C]
  23. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 17, 2013
    50
    Spelling is infamous for launching shows that need at least a half-dozen episodes to find their footing, and this effort has plenty of room for improvement. It's not nearly as bewitching as it needs to be. [7 Oct 1998, p.53]
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jun 18, 2013
    40
    Loaded with bogus-pokus, Charmed is less witty and diverting than "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Its soap and fantasy elements ought to attract some of the same audience, but it's not likely to put many under a spell. [7 Oct 1998, p.1E]
  25. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 17, 2013
    40
    It's "Party of Five" meets "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," but with less angst and pathos than the former and more adult pretension than the latter...As it is, "Charmed" is a pretty bland-tasting brew. [7 Oct 1998, p.C5]
  26. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 17, 2013
    20
    There's no magic, black or otherwise, in the WB's Charmed, a limp drama about three sisters who discover they are witches. [7 Oct 1998, p.F1]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 10, 2011
    8
    Charmed-
    The 1st Season Of Charmed Was One Of The Years Best. The Cast Then Till Season 4 (Alyssa Milino, Holly Marie Combs, And Shannen
    Doherty) Were All Great.. Yes I Have To Say Season One Has One Of My Leas Favorite Ep's Of ALL Time.. But The Show And This Season Overall Is Great. The Only Bad Thing Is T.W. King Was On This Season.. Uggg Hate Him :)
    Overall This Season Of Charmed Will Be Scored A 8
    Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2014
    8
    I'm not sure why the critic reviews are low, but I don't agree with them at all. This show was interesting and has a lot of magic stuff if you're into that, which I am so it was a real good show to watch for me. You get your favorite characters like in all shows, but it's always something neat to watch because you don't know what to expect next. I could say sometimes it seemed a bit repetitive but still, it had good romance and action along with plot twists. So overall I think it's worth rating an 8. Full Review »
  3. Aug 12, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The first season was great. The second season was even better, and the third was just brilliant!!! Now, let's talk about why I didn't like Series 4 - 5 . Prue. She was gone, killed off because her co-star Alyssa Milano (Phoebe) was a b*tch to her off screen. Paige was a crap character at first, but by season six, Paige had come into her own character, better than Prue. Series 6 was trash, skippable, but crucial to the storyline, series 7 picked up and it was charmed again, but the final series, that was rushed and too cliched. Full Review »