Happy Town : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 28, 2010
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 6 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    The show's an enjoyable diversion.
  2. Some viewers will wrongly believe they need this absorbing and thoroughly entertaining show like a hole in the head.
  3. 75
    All the doom and dread is diverting enough, but the real mystery is this: Will "Happy Town" turn out to be something original -- or just a medley of Freddy Krueger's greatest hits?
  4. More accessible than “V” or “FlashForward,” “Happy Town” shows a sure hand with pacing and knows how to end an hour with a powerful cliffhanger.
  5. 70
    Even as you may be tempted on occasion to roll (or close) your eyes, it’s hard not to be drawn in at least partway.
  6. A cut above "Harper's Island," which started off amusingly, but ended badly, "Happy Town" boasts some serious mojo in Sam Neill.
  7. I snickered through about half of the premiere of this dark-doings-in-a-small-town show from some of the folks who brought you October Road. But by the end, it had earned its florid melodrama.
  8. If you're a sucker for tangled mysteries--and are in need of a few heebie-jeebies--the show has enough oomph to its early episodes to suck you in.
  9. 63
    While it's nowhere close to brilliant, Happy Town's unpredictability makes it watchable--at least for now.
  10. 63
    Not so happily, "Happy Town," is even more clichéd -- like "Scream."... [But] after you sit through a few episodes, it does get better, and the first-rate cast is a pleasure to watch.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BrentA
    Apr 30, 2010
    9
    I was impressed with the 1st episode. Can't wait to get more answers.
  2. JohnnyW.
    Apr 29, 2010
    8
    The first episode really appealed to me. A little Twin Peaks feeling, but nowhere so extreme on the weird factor. Dialogue is a bit stinted The first episode really appealed to me. A little Twin Peaks feeling, but nowhere so extreme on the weird factor. Dialogue is a bit stinted in places, but I get the impression it's intentional and I found it added to the 'something's not quite right" feeling. Loved the characters, liked the variety of storylines introduced and looking forward to more. Full Review »
  3. RafaelM.
    Apr 29, 2010
    9
    Ii really enjoy it, it was very absorbing and it has great actors.