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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 19, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 34 Ratings

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  • Summary: After Jeff Sefton's (Matt Davis) brother mysteriously disappears, the clues point toward his current obsession, the TV show Cult. Jeff teams up with show's researcher Skye Yarrow (Jessica Lucas) to investigate the fans, the mysterious creator of Cult, and the show itself.

    Cult, the
    show-within-the-show is about a cult led by Billy Grimm, played by actor Roger Reeves (Robert Knepper) and Kelly Collins, a former cult member-turned LAPD detective, played by actress Marti Gerritsen (Alona Tal), who returns to the cult to find her kidnapped sister. Collapse
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Feb 19, 2013
    75
    This series-in-a-series is an innovative and creative way to make TV, which I love. What would I have loved even more? A scripted series about a scary, charismatic cult leader.
  2. Reviewed by: Laurel Brown
    Feb 19, 2013
    70
    It takes awhile to get into the investigation launched by Jeff and Skye. At the same time, the fictional "Cult" TV show seems more compelling than the real Cult TV show we're watching.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Feb 15, 2013
    67
    You get the feeling creator Rockne S. O'Bannon is building a puzzle box to nowhere here, but Knepper's malevolent glare sets a nice, unhinged tone, and there's certainly plenty of room to move forward.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 19, 2013
    50
    Beyond the gimmick, will there be enough to maintain our interest? If not, Cult could easily wind up as one TV show in search of an audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Feb 19, 2013
    40
    The show has got a ponderous B-movie quality, everything so serious and simultaneously so silly.
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 19, 2013
    37
    Knepper is wonderfully creepy. But that's the last of the good news. From Rockne S. O'Bannon, Cult is too complicated for its own good, and not satisfying enough to make it worth figuring out.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 19, 2013
    20
    Some scenes play like those stiff “re-creations” in crime reality shows and the camera’s constant quick-cuts promote headaches, not intrigue.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Mar 11, 2013
    10
    One of the best tv shows I have seen in a while. Definitely gets better as the season progresses. The acting is great. The show within a show idea is intriguing, but the acting in the fake show is a little campy, but that's to be expected. All I can say is I'm hooked Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2013
    9
    This show is amazing. It is one that you really have to pay attention to and analyze what is going on a bit to get the full experience. After the first two episodes the show really takes off, there is a bit of world building that has to be done in order for a viewer to understand what type of danger the characters could possibly be in. The main problem is that unwillingness of other viewers to sit down and watch something that they will have to think through. If you are willing and able to sit down for an hour and use your brain you should enjoy this amazing show. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2013
    7
    Quite original and unpredictable. However, it lacks the suspense, is constantly evolving and with some twists. is a mysterious TV series. I was quite happy but I do not think there will be a second season. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2013
    5
    Alright. Is this a joke? The pilot wasn't impressive at all. There were dull performances, lame screenplay and senseless direction. The only thing good that comes out of this show is Matt Davis, whose character still isn't impressive. The premise isn't that strong so it requires a great deal of writing, acting and direction. The beginning of the episode seemed like a joke, to me, because of the way Robert Knepper was acting. I don't know how the CW manages to run okay (exaggeration) shows and doesn't do anything about it. This review is only based on what I watched in pilot and I'm rating it in accordance with that. Let's see what would become of it in future episodes. Not expecting anything at all. Expand
  5. Mar 1, 2013
    2
    While the description of the show sounded intriguing and perhaps refreshing the actual creative direction and execution is absolutely horrendous. Within the first 15 minutes of the pilot the audience is left (or at least I was) scratching their heads at the bizarre concept. Upon hesitation I continued to watch the pilot, but it only got worse from there ranging from the character's interactions with each other to the ridiculous idea that people are killing themselves over a TV show. Overall, the pilot doesn't even leave any suspense instead it was baffling. Finally, on top of all of this absolutely dreadful plot the acting doesn't get much better either, but what else do you expect from the CW nowadays? Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2013
    1
    Despite all the promises their marketing campaign made about Cult being a revolutionary T.V. show, what it is really a terrible show that would disappoint even without the hype. With idiotic and repetitive plot lines and acting that barely registers emotionally at all (excluding the main actor, who actually is really good considering the trash he has to make due with), manages to be the worst television of the year. To top it off, the show does not even try to be genuinely exciting, and has possibly the worst catchphrase ever. All this is after seeming to have a revolutionary premise and massive potential for greatness. Expand
  7. Feb 26, 2013
    0
    There is nothing about this show that is likeable. When the CW first dropped it, it should've stayed that way. The writing, acting and direction are atrocious. Whatever the CW was thinking in reviving it was a bad idea. I don't see this show lasting the season to be honest. Expand

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