• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 10, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 9, 2012
    83
    Nashville is the snarky showbiz drama NBC's "Smash" can only dream of becoming.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Oct 3, 2012
    91
    Rarely does a pilot present a world as completely as Nashville does in its first hour.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 8, 2012
    83
    It's a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 9, 2012
    100
    Nashville is arguably the best-written new TV series of the fall season.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 8, 2012
    100
    The hype is justified. Nashville's terrific.
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 22, 2012
    100
    Nashville is the best new show of the fall. [29 Oct 2012, p.37]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. An irresistible blend of soapy shenanigans, domestic tension, political intrigue and catchy tunes.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 9, 2012
    100
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 »