• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 3, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Jun 14, 2013
    Once past an introductory flow of steamy images--plenty of stripping and unzipping, couplings in darkened rooms--it takes no time to recognize the quality in this sharply written and entertaining saga of four women destined to lead exceedingly complicated lives.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 30, 2013
    The casting is key to make these fairly stock situations pop, all loosely revolving around questions of fidelity, although the title--like most everything else in the show--is a little bit over the top.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 3, 2013
    The scripts are serviceable, although some lines land with a Richter Scale thud.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 3, 2013
    The acting ranges from adequate to awful. Milano and George have zero chemistry, and George’s sexy stud act, which has bankrolled his career, reaches its expiration point here.... It’s not nearly enough sizzle for summer.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 3, 2013
    The problem with Mistresses may lie with the expectations it has set. If the sex isn't going to be fun, what is it going to be? It would be good if we found that out soon.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jun 3, 2013
    The stars--Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan and Rochelle Aytes--do the Four Musketeers thing pretty well, and all of them elevate the material. And it needs occasional elevating.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 3, 2013
    While the purpose of all of this is to urge you to skip this version and try to get your hands on the saucy British original, it's only fair to report that one of the four--Jes Macallan as Milano's unrepentantly slutty sis, a real-estate broker having it off with her boss--captures the Mistresses spirit of naughty fun (never without consequences).
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 31, 2013
    Tawdry but lacking a spirit of fun, Mistresses strives to be a guilty pleasure, but it's more likely to induce guilt than pleasure.
  9. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 31, 2013
    [A] disappointingly thin, damp new series. [10 Jun 2013, p.47]
  10. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    May 24, 2013
    ABC's more-silly-than-saucy new drama. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.130]
  11. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 3, 2013
    The writing is stock, the acting is hollow, and the direction is perky and workmanlike. It lacks any of the clever stylistic accents and camp humor of the somewhat similar “Desperate Housewives,” and pity the poor viewer who tries to apply logic to some of the plot twists.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 3, 2013
    The plot of Mistresses is so absurd and at times offensive that by the end of the first episode it's difficult not to hope for an early demise so these four women can be released to find better shows.
  13. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 3, 2013
    [Mistresses is] grindingly, soul-suckingly dull.
  14. 25
    All this suggests a by-the-numbers romance novel, but some romance novels are involving, or fun, or lively. Not Mistresses.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Jun 3, 2013
    Mistresses is awash in a yawn-inducing flatness as thick as its quartet of cracked concubines.
  16. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 3, 2013
    Mistresses is more vaporous than vapid; its meticulously styled sex scenes wind up seeming antiseptically dispassionate and too serious by half.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Sep 10, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. My favorite show right know, it has drama, romance, family. Its the new desperate housewives. I love how this serious just keeps you guessing on what the next scandal will be. This is a show I would recommend to anyone looking to start a good serious and I have gotten several people hooked on it. It one of those shows I look forward to coming home and watching. And season 3 I know will be a good one with the love triangle between savy, zac and dom. Joss and Harry find themselves in love as does savy wanting harry back. I cant wait!!! Full Review »
  2. May 23, 2014
    the first problem this show had was the casting. It's just so difficult to watch. The show is extremely boring. If you're looking for a newthe first problem this show had was the casting. It's just so difficult to watch. The show is extremely boring. If you're looking for a new show to watch, don't waste your time. Skip this one, its really not worth it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2014
    Hollow, shallow drama, not even close to the depth and meaning to the original mistresses, or even the fun and caliber of performances asHollow, shallow drama, not even close to the depth and meaning to the original mistresses, or even the fun and caliber of performances as similar shows like Scandal or gossip girl. Jes macallan in particular deserves a TV razzie equivalent for overacting; her portrayal of a strong independent women is riddled with more clichés and stereotypes than empowerment or even sincerity. Whatever realism established by the ever earnest Milano is destroyed by Macallan's seemingly desperate attempt to perk up every scene with faux sexiness. With a different actress who can better hold her own and not just spit quirky sex tips, this show might have achieved some balance. Full Review »