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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 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  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. 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 23, 2014
    3
    I found the subject interesting, however, I found a lot of things unrealistic. I get that Carter is attached to her kidnapper-mom and not quite feeling the warm fuzzies with her biological mom, but a lot of stuff was over the top, and there were ZERO consequences for ANYTHING.

    These "kids" are left to their own devices and take drugs/drink a LOT as though ALL kids do it with the same frequency. I'm not so out of touch to think that kids don't do that, but it seems fairly obvious that the "good" sister was an anomaly and ended up drinking under pressure to measure up to her new sister. THAT was realistic, but where the hell are all the parents? And there are no consequences - parties don't get busted by the cops, overdoses are glossed over (what, are they so common that it's just no big deal?). And the scene in the food court of the mall was just cruel, and the police did NOTHING, despite having every reason to haul those people in for impeding an investigation.

    About the only thing I really liked about the show was that it's clear that no one is perfect. Everyone has flaws. I just find the glorification of drug and alcohol use and complete lack of consequences of things really disturbing and sad.
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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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