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Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: After being arrested at a party, 16-year-old Carter (Kathryn Prescott) discovers she was abducted as a child and the woman (Milena Govich) who raised her, was her kidnapper. She is reunited with her biological parents (Cynthia Watros and Alexis Denisof), a twin sister (Anna Jacoby-Heron), and a little brother (Zac Pullam), but still misses her now-on-the-run mother. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jul 8, 2014
    91
    Finding Carter isn't some teen show. It's a stellar drama.
  2. 80
    There are some predictable relationship issues that are introduced between a few characters that are more than a little groan-worthy in how cliche they are. Those few issues aside, Finding Carter hits the ground running with an extremely compelling pilot.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 8, 2014
    75
    Finding Carter stands out by avoiding the obvious.... The cast is uniformly good and the younger actors are notably credible as real teenagers--a rarity in many TV shows. Prescott is terrific.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 8, 2014
    70
    The Finding Carter pilot proves there’s plenty of material to work with for a soapy drama.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 8, 2014
    70
    The pilot's intriguing and the twentysomething Prescott's a believable enough TV teen (and a twin in real life). It's too soon to say if Finding Carter is the show girls raised on "Gilmore" have been waiting for, but it represents an encouraging departure for the "Teen Mom" network.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 8, 2014
    67
    Carter’s journey is rushed. If the show just pumped the brakes a bit, it might discover a heart worth following.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 8, 2014
    50
    Finding Carter isn’t bad, necessarily, but nor does anything about it really cry out to be found.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    9
    This has to be by far the best show on MTV. Honestly the premiere of the show was amazing. The only slight problem was in the beginning they really got to the point fast, but other than that this show is amazing. Its very realistic and not like any show that has been on air in recent years. I have high hopes for this show Expand
  2. Jul 9, 2014
    9
    Its an amazing unique show that is not like any other show that has been on air, the premiere was amazing and hopefully future episodes will be even better Expand
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    9
    It is surprisingly good! Leans towards the young adult audience, but even I am looking forward to the next episode. So far, all the characters are likeable except the original mom. I'm rooting for Carter and the show. Expand
  4. Jul 25, 2014
    8
    "Finding Carter", a new show on MTV, is a fresh and unexpected intriguing program that has the viewer tuning in every Tuesday to watch it. Only having some story lines that get old and boring during the season, "Finding Carter" has very few flaws, but, instead, numerous strengths. That being said, "Finding Carter" is one of the best new shows of the year. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2014
    5
    The show is just so incredibly average. The star seems so smug and happy with herself that she's annoying to watch from week to week. The mom character, the police officer, is equally as annoying. And she seems like she's been through a lot with the bags under her eyes and just the way she comes off every episode. The fact that she's cheating on her husband makes her all the more annoying. This must be tailor-made for a very young demographic because I just can't relate. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2014
    4
    The show starts with an interesting premise.
    A girl named Carter finds out that her mother isn't her real mother but the woman
    who abducted
    her from her family.
    Carter struggles with the fact that she still loves that 'mother'
    and doesn't get along with her biological mother where Carter lives
    now with the entire family, her abductor-mother on the run.

    Sure, it's interesting and that's the reason I kept tuning in.
    But a couple of episodes into the show I realised that that's not really what the show is about.
    The reason why I want to see the show, the relationship to her abductor,
    is merely the B-storyline and you get only a spoonful of that each episode, at most.

    The main storylines are for instance:
    One of Carters new 'friends' releases a painting in school of Carters face, one side half rotten,
    with out asking Carter first. Heavy stuff!

    Another example:
    She meets some guy and the others ('friends') tell her that he's a drug dealer.
    What does one do? Invite him over to your house when the parents are home. Of course!
    And then watch him show Carters little brother how to roll a joint while the parents are there.
    That's not enough, because Carter has to end up with that guy in a car that turns out to be stolen.
    OMG, storytelling gold!

    Maybe, if I found any of the characters more likable, I wouldn't have found the show that disappointing,
    but I just don't care about those people.
    My main problem is with the character of Carter:
    She's too passive. You get the impression that she didn't have a life before she 'changed families'.
    What does she like, what are her hobbies, who are her old friends, and I mean except for that slacker dude.
    She just hangs around with people who are into weed and things seem to just happen to her.
    I call that lack of personality.

    By now you must have realized, that I'm simply too old for this show, but I ask you: 'Who isn't?'.
    I can't imagine anyone 18+ to be interested in this stuff.
    If that's intended, then ok, fine. But is that demographic big enough for that kind of show?
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  7. Jul 11, 2014
    0
    I don't see the point of this show. It does not have redeeming qualities; it does not have a unique hook (who is gossip girl, who is A); it does not have an endearing lead; it does not have logic. Television apparently does not have enough shows about young white privileged females trying to get away with bad behavior.

    Why didn't the police detain her for tresspassing? Why wouldn't the police arrest the drug-addled kids for their "prank?" Why are the kids around her ok with the crazy woman who abducted her? Would a normal teeenager who just recently found out she was kidnapped as a child keep shrugging it off every time sensible people tell her about her biological mother's good qualities? That dad turned into a caricature really quickly on the end of the second episode, what is this Revenge?
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