• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 17, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Edgy and dark, this is the shadow version of "The Waltons."
  2. If you relish the devious darkness of "Dexter" and the wonderful wackiness of "Weeds," you'll love the macabre moodiness of "Meadowlands."
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    Fans of "The Sopranos" looking for a new Sunday-night must-see may find it here - though perhaps not fans driven to fits by that HBO hit's ambiguous conclusion.
  4. Relentlessly odd as "Meadowlands" can be, don't be surprised if it seduces you.
  5. Whether this is all weirdness for weirdness' sake or something more complex isn't clear, not even after the first four episodes.
  6. 60
    An intermittently interesting summer potboiler with a creepy "Twin Peaks"-meets-"American Beauty" vibe, with a little of "The Riches" thrown in for good measure.
  7. Whether or not they add up to much, the scenes play well, and there are enough heavy-breathing soap-operatics, random acts of violence and unanswered questions to keep one idly watching.
  8. 60
    Invitingly bizarre... [but] despite all the promise of its premise about the changeability of self, "Meadowlands" never quite rises to excellence.
  9. Murphy is adept at creating clever mind games between his characters, but moments of true suspense or fright are few and far between.
  10. [Meadowlands] adds so many bizarro details that it starts to feel quite unoriginal in its weirdness.
  11. "Meadowlands" demands too much of a slog for too little in return.
  12. 38
    The show's tone of enigmatic menace is overcooked. [25 Jun 2007, p.41]
  13. Nothing seems to bring it to life — not its obsession with voyeurism, its forays into cross-dressing, its objectification of the obese.

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