Deception : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 7, 2013
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 7, 2013
    60
    Long-arc storylines usually need some immediate or fresh hook. Deception doesn't have that, instead reshuffling familiar pieces into a new puzzle.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 3, 2013
    60
    Viewed charitably, the series isn't bad as a sort-of "Dallas" knockoff, though it's worth noting TNT's rebooted "Dallas" covers similar territory in a more satisfying manner.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 4, 2013
    58
    Some of this is diverting or at least laughable enough to play along.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jan 7, 2013
    50
    The cast is good enough and the premise strong enough to carry it. Right now, though, Deception is a show that doesn't know what it is.
  5. 50
    It lacks momentum and nerve, and it's sitting on a wellspring of meaning that it's too polite to tap.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 7, 2013
    50
    Vivian's secrets are predictable. Judging from the first two episodes, Joanna is not much of a sleuth. Scene set-ups go nowhere. Minor characters are brought in, disposed of, and the show bumps along to another complication.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 7, 2013
    50
    While the show makes almost no sense, it is pretty to look at. And it does have a few good actors in its mix, even if they're not particularly well served by the scripts.
  8. Reviewed by: Emily Yahr
    Jan 4, 2013
    50
    Deception falls prey to the exhaustive method of too-much-storytelling, adding layer upon layer of mini-mysteries and twists until the weary viewer needs a detailed map to keep track--or turns off the show entirely.
  9. Reviewed by: Daniel Goldberg
    Jan 3, 2013
    50
    The writers, for their part, certainly inspire confidence when it comes to the sturdiness of their vehicle, and that's no small feat. It's the intervals between the intrigue, however, that feel regrettably squandered, and the characters' rare moments alone reveal little more than the actors' lack of direction.
  10. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 7, 2013
    40
    Even the actors seem grudging as they play their predictable parts. They never succeed in creating a sense of ensemble, enabling us to feel how these characters have known one another for decades.
  11. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 7, 2013
    40
    Judging by the first two hours, Deception is not as seductive as "Revenge" and contains even more clunky acting and just as much melodramatic music.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Jan 7, 2013
    40
    Deception, in trying for something more "real" and not quite getting there, feels fake. There is little chemistry between the people who are supposed to have it.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 7, 2013
    40
    As long as the network realizes it's deceiving no one if it pretends Deception is anything but what it is: far-fetched, formulaic and maybe a little late to the party.
  14. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jan 7, 2013
    40
    If your taste runs to old formulas slickly employed, Deception will hold your interest. If you prefer innovation, it probably won't.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 7, 2013
    40
    The pacing is sluggish, the twists telegraphed and rarely shocking, turning this whodunit into a "who cares?" Deception gets NBC's midseason off to a dreary start.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    I can't believe they canceled this show. This was the best show on NBC and they got rid of it and kept all of the other crap. So what if theI can't believe they canceled this show. This was the best show on NBC and they got rid of it and kept all of the other crap. So what if the show is similar to ABC's Revenge? It does not make it a bad show! Those who say the show is bad are nuts. Full Review »
  2. Apr 15, 2013
    10
    The show is great. Its interesting, suspenseful and entertaining without being over-the-top. It's realistic and I hope it comes back for aThe show is great. Its interesting, suspenseful and entertaining without being over-the-top. It's realistic and I hope it comes back for a second season. I love this show. Full Review »
  3. Jan 31, 2013
    2
    I don't think this show has anywhere to go after they solve the mystery of who killed Vivian. What are they gonna talk about? I don't thinkI don't think this show has anywhere to go after they solve the mystery of who killed Vivian. What are they gonna talk about? I don't think this show is like Revenge, but I don't like it much either. Full Review »