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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 8 out of 16
  1. 25
    All this suggests a by-the-numbers romance novel, but some romance novels are involving, or fun, or lively. Not Mistresses.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Jun 3, 2013
    Mistresses is awash in a yawn-inducing flatness as thick as its quartet of cracked concubines.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 3, 2013
    [Mistresses is] grindingly, soul-suckingly dull.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 31, 2013
    [A] disappointingly thin, damp new series. [10 Jun 2013, p.47]
  8. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    May 24, 2013
    ABC's more-silly-than-saucy new drama. [31 May/7 Jun 2013, p.130]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. 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 new show to watch, don't waste your time. Skip this one, its really not worth it. Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    The show has potential, especially with four talented actresses on its leading roles. However, the writing has been too soap-operatic and not really consistent. I hope there will be a second season for the show to redeem itself. Full Review »