• Network: Bravo
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 23, 2009
  • Season #: 1

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Underneath it, we also see kids. Yes, rich kids, but also insecure kids coping with the universal dramas of teenagers. That may be the most engaging part of NYC Prep.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Yes, cliches about wealth and privilege abound and are confirmed, or perhaps further embedded....But NYC Prep is so eager to establish a kinship with "Gossip Girl" that it's forgotten to tell much of a story.
  3. Viewers are treated to the spectacle of teenagers who can freely roam New York unsupervised by parents or teachers, tethered, by their own volition, to the strict rules and unyielding cliches of a Bravo reality show.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    It is both an active agent of moral depravation and a total hoot.
  5. 40
    If only these little dears were fascinating, or at least more interesting than they are on the first installment. From the looks of the previews at the end of the hour, things will be heating up in future episodes, and the first might be viewed as a scene-setting preface to battles, tattles and conspiracies to come.
  6. 40
    NYC Prep is the reality version of "Gossip Girl" for those who take "Gossip Girl" a little too seriously--and don't mind that real prep school kids are far less witty and fascinating than the scripted ones.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The main problem with NYC Prep is that the show never gets better than its title--lacking the sociological insight to score as a documentary or the hyper-real situations and "characters" that would make it sizzle as a soap.
  8. Thanks to a collection of well-off New York adolescents whose parents really should have known better, the NBC Universal-owned cable network's out to convince us that those kids from "Gossip Girl" are real. As if anyone would want them to be.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 9 out of 11
  1. Dec 13, 2013
    I do not want to make the typical generalization but I'm just surprised there may be people who look at miserable programs like this. I come from Scandinavia, specifically Copenhagen, where people learn French, English and German in addition to their mother tongue from 3 class. This program can only and must be a huge disgrace for not only people from New York but throughout the United States. If young people are so dumb in all of the US. Then you have a huge problem!
    I give the program a star for content and U.S. 10 stars to hopefully not have to be full of such ignorant people
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  2. JessaT
    Jul 29, 2009
    I find it interesting. Since I am a teenager also growing up in a large city, I feel that I can relate to many of the characters. And I have to say, even though it might be a disappointment to some, the show is very realistic. These teens lead the same fake and pressured lives that many of us private school kids do. Some of them actually handle it quite well. Full Review »
  3. jojos
    Jul 21, 2009
    This show is soooo lame. these kids are so boring, they make new york look bad. there is not an attractive person on the whole show, these kids are so bland, and their styles are so dated. who would of thought that living in new york with all that money could seem so drab. Full Review »