• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 25, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 7 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Oct 18, 2013
    83
    The gorgeous art direction make this great fun, and Rhys Meyers plays his part with such blood-slurping, mouth-wiping gusto that even a dentist could love him. [25 Oct/1 Nov 2013, p.94]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 25, 2013
    80
    Its aspirations and its execution are perfectly in sync; there is no way that Meyers could overact, or, indeed, not act enough, that would not suit the material.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 24, 2013
    80
    Watching this conspiracy, class warfare and romantic indiscretion collide makes for a hugely engaging show, all the more so because of the lushly photographed Victorian settings and droll dialogue.
  4. 80
    The show has a knack for Godfather-style plots and counter­plots, as well as for sixties Hammer-horror violence that doles out gore and suffering strategically: a dollop of blood here, a severed head there. There’s a bracing wantonness to the writers’ inventions here.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Oct 24, 2013
    75
    Rhys Meyers already has his fans, but he’s likely to win over skeptics as this new Dracula makes a seduction out of death.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 23, 2013
    75
    All dark shadows and gloom, there's a comic-book vigor to the series, and the narrative contortion of a soap.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 23, 2013
    75
    Grayson/Dracula and his pals sound closer to characters from a '30s film than a 21st century TV series. But over time, as our modern ears adjust to the melodramatically declarative style, the antiquated dialogue enhances the other-worldly tone of the series.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 21, 2013
    75
    The show has a lot going on and it isn’t always easy to follow, but for the most part it’s stylish, sexy and smart.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 25, 2013
    70
    Nothing in Dracula is as unique or as wonderfully weird as "Twin Peaks," and Dracula plows through plot more quickly, introducing and then writing off several intriguing plots and characters within its first three episodes. It's too soon to say whether that will turn out to be wise or foolhardy, but Dracula at least gets off to a mildly promising start.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 22, 2013
    70
    Like “Hannibal” (another NBC drama built around an antihero with a peculiar diet), this series pushes boundaries in terms of gore, torture and sex, flourishes that feel both organic and perhaps a bit less jarring given the fantastic setting and situations.
  11. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Oct 21, 2013
    70
    Lead writer Daniel Knauf, who created HBO’s “Carnivale,” has tweaked Bram Stoker’s classic tale in delightful, if heavy-handed ways.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 23, 2013
    67
    The first five episodes of Dracula, although unwieldy and murky at times, flex just enough storytelling power to keep the juices flowing.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 15, 2013
    67
    Dracula shows a lot of skill when it comes to launching a swift-paced series and weaving together several taut story lines and characters; at times it even finds an undiscovered sweet spot between 'Downton Abbey' and Bela Lugosi. ... Only one crucial piece is missing: Dracula isn’t scary.
  14. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 23, 2013
    63
    It's often dull and heavy-handed. Rhys Meyers is burdened with purposefully heightened dialogue that sounds silly at times. His Dracula is meant to be irresistible, but he's just plain creepy.
  15. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Oct 23, 2013
    60
    Directed by Steve Shill, Dracula intrigues but it may not have staying power. It doesn’t look as elegant as it should; it isn’t necessarily cast with an eye toward immortality.
  16. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Oct 24, 2013
    58
    An overabundance of ingredients hurts both Dracula and its Dracula, the latter of which is constructed from the discarded bits of characters within and without the public domain.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 24, 2013
    58
    This supernatural thriller is much more attuned to the times than PBS’ costume period piece “Downton Abbey,” which filters such hot topics as women’s rights and homosexuality through a modern lens.... Mina’s aspirations to become a surgeon are publicly disparaged by the person closest to her next week in a moment that hits harder than the onscreen horror. Dracula’s visit to an under­ground gay club next week is well, bizarre, but it captures how homosexuals dwelled in the shadows, terrified of exposure. Those moments are far more biting than any of the so-called scares.
  18. Reviewed by: Austin Trunick
    Oct 25, 2013
    55
    Meyers' Dracula is in line with the seductive, brooding bloodsuckers we've become used to lately, sipping fine whiskey as often as he does blood. The pilot moves very slowly, but the production values are outstanding.
  19. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    Oct 25, 2013
    50
    Rhys Meyers is mostly effective during such inserting, exuding exotic appeal and sensitive yearning—at least when he’s gazing on his object of desire from afar. When he speaks, his appeal is dulled by his flattened, put-on American accent, which makes him sound like Chris Pine.
  20. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    Watching NBC’s Dracula isn’t always easy, and not only because its Dublin-born star, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is often compelled to speak with a cartoonish American accent.... The biggest distraction of all may be the series’ sociopolitical construct, seemingly ripped from the headlines about Occupy Wall Street, as told to climate-change zealots and written up by Dalton Trumbo.... To its credit, this one isn’t camp and doesn’t clown around.
  21. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    There’s nothing overtly bad about the first two episodes of Dracula but neither was there anything compelling.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 24, 2013
    50
    Turning Dracula into a fanged insurgent battling ruthless oligarchs is a nifty idea, and the electricity plot allows for diverting steampunk-meets-“Bride of Frankenstein” visuals. But nothing about the show is as much fun as it should be. The storytelling is slow and anemic, spelling everything out at length.
  23. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Oct 25, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately, this Dracula isn’t fun at all. It’s not really scary, either, although it does spill a lot of blood.
  24. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 25, 2013
    40
    Dracula flirts with camp, without quite committing. Unlike Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, in which Ichabod Crane finds himself alive in the present day, Dracula does not seem to be in on the joke of itself.
  25. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 25, 2013
    40
    NBC sent critics five episodes of the 10-episode season. Bored, I bowed out after three [episodes].
  26. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 23, 2013
    40
    While several subplots swirl around, Drac’s mission will be driving this story, which means we need a commanding presence at the center. Rhys Meyers plays it more subtly. That’s a valid acting choice. It just doesn’t make the story as bloody good as it might be.
  27. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 24, 2013
    37
    Dracula is exhaustingly, confusingly silly, and deadly dull, to boot, which is one thing Dracula has seldom been.
  28. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 25, 2013
    33
    Strip away the name and this is the story of a man trying to tear apart an oil monopoly, which makes Dracula every bit as scary and sexy as the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  29. Reviewed by: Billy Nilles
    Oct 28, 2013
    30
    Dracula is meant to be powerful and alluring, but this version of him feels stilted and withdrawn.
  30. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Oct 24, 2013
    30
    Dracula features solid performances from the principals, lovely lighting, and evocative cinematography. Shame it's so thoroughly, utterly, irredeemably potty.
  31. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Oct 14, 2013
    25
    Underneath the shallow brooding, everything feels like build-up to a massive climactic event, every maneuver directed, written, and acted as if it were yet another crucial move toward some terribly violent, bad end. The tactic is meant to drum up suspense, which it doesn't do particularly well, and the series loses any sense of humanity, shirking the very pulse of life the titular vampire hungers for.
  32. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 25, 2013
    20
    Not funny enough to be campy, not smart enough to be serious, NBC's Dracula is an incomprehensible mishmash in period costumes.
  33. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 25, 2013
    20
    Dracula lacks wit, style, surprise--and, most important, bite.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 57
  2. Negative: 7 out of 57
  1. Oct 25, 2013
    10
    It has Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Need I say more? Well okay since I need 150 characters for this review to go through... This series follows Bram's Stokers version but with a modern adjustment. Dracula appears to be an antihero in this adaption making friends with someone I didn't expect... must watch to find out! Love the costumes, the Victoria setting, and all the many talented actors such as Ben Miles from Lark Rise to Candleford, Nonso Anozie from Game of Thrones, Anthony Howell from Wives and Daughters, Katie McGrath from Merlin, and many more. Now that Dexter and Breaking Bad are over and Homeland has sucked majorly this season... I will make this my must watch series. :D Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    8
    While I usually don't like to review "seasons" until they are finished, I would like to rate Dracula for being cutting edge when it comes to taking an original, classic novel, and turning it into something new. Much like Moulin Rogue, this show has a very modern/vintage vibe, although it is set during the Victorian era, that keeps drawing me back each Friday. The actors and actresses are amazing, and are multi-dimensional. Essentially, they are writing and casting correctly. As someone who has read the book, i love the twist they have given this show especially with Lucy/Mina. Kudos to Katie McGrath and her performance and chemistry with Mina, Full Review »
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    9
    I don't understand why this show got only 55.
    So far, from all the shows I follow, and it's a lot) It's the one of the only show that I
    liked.
    The story is interesting. The characters are skilled enough to give us a good show.
    And for once, a vampire isn't a god like.
    I agree the show isn't scary at all and it's why I only put 9.
    But the rest seems interesting and i hope the show will continue.
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