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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: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    9
    A surprisingly incredibly written, directed, and acted drama; with noteworthy performances from Prescott & Watros. Definitely not another 'teen show'.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Jul 9, 2014
    8
    This is way better than any of the crappy scripted dramas I've seen on MTV. It's more like a real quality show. I watched the two hour premiere all the way through, even after I was thinking if it sucked I would switch the channel after 5 minutes (which happens in 90% of the pilots I try out). It kept my interest, and I plan to watch it again. Expand
  6. 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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