• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 32
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 32
  3. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    It's a sprawling story, held together with music--though unlike Glee or Smash, most of the songs are presented on this night in truncated bursts.... While that could mean trouble, set worries aside for one night, and simply enjoy the season's best, most enjoyable new hour.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 11, 2012
    80
    Nashville feels fresh because it catches a different tone. The few ironic winks it makes do not disfigure its straight face for quality pulp, nor does the sincerity harden into hokum.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 22, 2012
    100
    Nashville is the best new show of the fall. [29 Oct 2012, p.37]
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 10, 2012
    75
    Toss in some sex and Southern-style politics, and you've got plenty to sing about.
  5. 80
    It feels lived-in, confident. That's a good sign.
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Oct 10, 2012
    88
    The half-star markdown in the rating for Nashville is a knock on Panettiere, whose performance seems too broad, especially in the face of such naturalistic acting from everyone else in the cast. But that flaw can't keep Nashville from being a superb series.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Nashville's was the one that made me most excited to see more episodes of the series and see how its world unfolds.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    ABC has done well in filling the time period with a show that's both sassy and smart, singing a tune we can name in three words: It's a winner.
  9. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 10, 2012
    80
    Nashville is big, bold, wildly ambitious and great fun, with top notes of Robert Altman's "Nashville," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "All About Eve."
  10. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 10, 2012
    90
    Happily, Nashville, with its unexpected intelligence and surprisingly low-key attitude, not only met all my cockamamie expectations, it exceeded them.
  11. Reviewed by: Lesley Smith
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    No such show has come even near to Glee's success. Nashville may be the exception, with its clever, even cynical, mix of middle-aged crises and youthful ambitions set in country music's Mecca.
  12. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Oct 10, 2012
    100
    [Show creator Callie Khouri] has created rich histories for each of her compelling characters. The actors give nuanced performances that make their characters more than one-dimensional cliches.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 9, 2012
    90
    The recipe may go back to your grandma or beyond, but that doesn't mean you won't eat two helpings and beg for more.
  14. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Oct 9, 2012
    63
    While plenty of Nashville is compelling, detailed, and beautifully acted, plenty of it feels boilerplate.
  15. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    It's a high-class entertainment that takes its locale and its characters seriously and treats the audience to some enjoyable music along the way.
  16. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    You don't have to like country to enjoy Nashville with its twisty plot threads of ego, sex, ambition, backstabbing and regret.
  17. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 9, 2012
    70
    The depiction of the modern country music business in Nashville feels reasonably authentic, and when the story stays within that realm, it has the mix of hardheadedness, sentimentality and honky-tonk come-on you can get from a good country song.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Nashville falls somewhere in between the two extremes, a story that thrives on heightened melodrama and big twists but gives its characters more depth than you generally find in network lather-fests.
  19. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 9, 2012
    100
    Nashville is arguably the best-written new TV series of the fall season.
  20. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Nashville plays as a smartly written and well-appointed soap.
  21. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 9, 2012
    100
    They [Rayna and Juliette], and the other characters, are anything but [one-dimensional cliches], thanks not only to the writing but also to the performances of the colorful and capable cast.
  22. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 9, 2012
    100
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
  23. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 9, 2012
    83
    Nashville is the snarky showbiz drama NBC's "Smash" can only dream of becoming.
  24. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 8, 2012
    100
    The hype is justified. Nashville's terrific.
  25. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 8, 2012
    83
    It's a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue.
  26. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 8, 2012
    70
    [ABC's] infatuation with translating the [country music] genre to series still appears questionable. Despite that, credit Nashville with crafting a reasonably catchy hook.
  27. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 8, 2012
    80
    It all blends together in an entertaining, easily digestible hour.
  28. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 5, 2012
    80
    Khouri's strong writing and sense of character prove the show is no mere soap--does an excellent job of identifying them [storylines] without spending too much time on them.
  29. An irresistible blend of soapy shenanigans, domestic tension, political intrigue and catchy tunes.
  30. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Oct 5, 2012
    80
    What Nashville on ABC and "Arrow" on the CW have in common, is appealing characters in well-plotted stories.
  31. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 3, 2012
    91
    Rarely does a pilot present a world as completely as Nashville does in its first hour.
  32. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 14, 2012
    100
    Nashville never strays too far from its real story--the ups and downs of glitzy stardom, with Britton and Panettiere performing their own vocals.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 3 out of 31
  1. Dec 1, 2012
    10
    Nashville is the best new series on TV this season. It is extremely satisfying to see broadcast TV get the music business right - or even mostly right. The characters have depth I've rarely seen in commercial television, and the actors are all pitch perfect. This show has everything you'd want - social relevance, human angst, love, honor, duty....... It's all there. I hope future episodes match the stellar beginning of its first few - and I hope the network has the sense to keep renewing it. This is a must see. Bravo! Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2012
    9
    The best drama of the fall season 2012/2013, good acting, good story and addictive songs. Nashville is a great surprise for audience. Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere shine on screen. Full Review »
  3. Nov 14, 2012
    10
    I am not a country fan, but I do love this show. There are several compelling characters, there's no black and white and you suffer with the characters without them being too sentimental. Hope this continues! Full Review »