Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2, 3
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 5, 2013
    75
    Cove is exactly What it aspires to be--uncynical, lulling and sweet. [12 Aug 2013]
  2. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jul 19, 2013
    70
    This relaxing series about small-town lives is as burden-free as a day on the beach with an umbrella, a book and a breeze.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 19, 2013
    70
    Despite a certain built-in B & B preciousness, Cedar Cove evokes certain splendid shows of another time and place, including the late-great "Family" and the longtime Irish hit "Ballykissangel."
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jul 19, 2013
    70
    An able cast led by Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal makes it stand out from the stream of interchangeable Hallmark movies that aim for the same tone and audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 18, 2013
    70
    In four subsequent episodes I've seen, the stories and characters get to breathe a bit. [MacDowell's] Olivia's just headstrong enough to stay interesting.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 19, 2013
    63
    It ain’t brain surgery and nobody’s going to win any Emmys, but that’s not why fans watch Hallmark.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    From the early evidence, though, there’s every indication a Hallmark series will be the same sort of television comfort food as a Hallmark movie.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 18, 2013
    60
    It's comfortable, uncomplicated, unchallenging entertainment, which makes it ideal for Hallmark's brand. Fans of Hallmark's movies will enjoy it; viewers who want to be more engaged and absorbed by a program may be bored.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jul 18, 2013
    42
    The show takes place in the same tight-knit pseudo-Mayberry that serves as a locale for many of the channel's uninspired movies. [19 Jul 2013]
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 18, 2013
    40
    There’s still a distinction to be drawn between “light” and “weightless,” which is roughly where this new show registers--in part because the Olivia-Jack relationship is the only aspect with any resonance.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Jun 14, 2015
    9
    This show is such a refreshing break from the edgy ridiculousness that is so common today. The drama isn't over the top either. Instead ofThis show is such a refreshing break from the edgy ridiculousness that is so common today. The drama isn't over the top either. Instead of some main character being on the verge of death each episode the conflicts revolve around things like a mother not liking her daughter's choice of boyfriend, kinda like real life...The show also mangaged to avoid the heavy cheese that Hallmark and UP! have in abundance.

    Please Hallmark, more of this.
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  2. Dec 9, 2014
    6
    3/5★
    Increasingly hard to find entertainment: pleasant, pretty and undemanding TV that disregards the edginess that permeates most current
    3/5★
    Increasingly hard to find entertainment: pleasant, pretty and undemanding TV that disregards the edginess that permeates most current shows. Its a quiet, enjoyable stroll between offerings of murder and mayhem and while I prefer the Gilmore Girls for small town drama, it's nice to have it on the menu.

    Verdict: For Nora Roberts fans.
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  3. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    Actually really good - some things could be improved for sure, but it's a nice, story driven show without over-the-top drama. No meth labs orActually really good - some things could be improved for sure, but it's a nice, story driven show without over-the-top drama. No meth labs or murders in Cedar Cove, haha. Great music, good writing, season 2 is much better IMO. Full Review »