• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 20 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Achingly sincere, deeply unbelievable.
  2. It’s like “Men in Trees” ... for men.
  3. 50
    Alternately engaging and annoying.
  4. 40
    An uneven and often pretentious drama.
  5. It has its moments, particularly as it progresses.
  6. 38
    Is there anything here that Bruce Springsteen hasn't already sung about? [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
  7. Here, I guess, is a dude's version of an ABC chick show.
  8. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    [It] feels like a Hallmark movie stretched into series form.
  9. A sort of perfect storm of bad writing.
  10. 25
    The acting is OK, but not so OK that you can overlook their model-good-looks. I mean, no town can be that full of perfect specimens. But you would have thought Hollywood couldn't be so full of bad writers either.
  11. 25
    An appalling combination of precious and pretentious.
  12. 20
    I kept waiting for the unexpected beat, the surprising plot riff, the inverted cliche , but they never came.
  13. The stories trudge along like a semi on a steep uphill grade. Taken as a whole, the show looks more like something pasted together for potential demographic appeal than anyone's dramatic vision.
  14. All of the characters speak in the same exposition-heavy voice; their individual quirks... are too calculated to be interesting; and the soundtrack is both too on-the-nose... and, for the most part, 10-15 years too old for the characters.
  15. "October Road" is perhaps one of the most clumsily plotted, illogical drama pilots to be produced in years.
  16. It's a coming-of-age story so overwrought and emotionally predictable, it's -- what's the word here? -- unwatchable.
  17. 10
    It almost seems to thrive on triteness and lack of cohesion.
  18. The series... exists as the kind of bad soap opera that quickly allows you to see what makes a good one.
  19. [It] can pack more cliches into 10 minutes than bad old WB dramas had in an hour.
  20. 10
    The show is as commercial and mechanical as an entry-level Mercedes, but not as emotionally involving.
  21. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    There's nothing unexpected here, and certainly no adventure, just who's sleeping with whom, and who's the daddy, and why they're still so juvenile, and how Tom Berenger ended up in this soapy soup.
  22. 0
    This wretched show not only features a lead character who is an unredeemable nitwit but dialogue that manages to be leaden, preposterous and pretentious all at once.
  23. To put it mildly, and succinctly, it's appalling.
  24. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    The woeful sub-Dawson's Creek dialogue caused me actual pain.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 132 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 104
  2. Negative: 12 out of 104
  1. EmmieS
    Apr 28, 2008
    This is the most realistic show on television. I can relate to the characters as if they were my friends back home.
  2. TracyR.
    Apr 19, 2008
    I can't believe the negative reviews for this outstanding show. I think all of these reviews were from season 1 and the second season really was better than the 1st. But if these critics hate my favorite show on TV, I won't be reading them for advice any longer. October Road has everything I want in a TV show---great characters, interesting story lines, character arcs, talented actors, heart, family and friends who stick by each other in hard times and a terrific musical soundtrack that you can't sit still to. This show is like coming home to your old neighborhood once a week. It's a slice of Americana that doesn't exist on TV anymore among the cop, law or reality shows. October Road WILL make you cry, laugh and feel like you're among family and friends. WATCH IT! Full Review »
  3. AliW
    Apr 19, 2008
    October Road is such a great show! Far more realistic than Desperate Housewives or Grey's anatomy. Don't tell me about towns of beautiful people. October Road is fresh and a lot more realistic than all the other horse puckey out there. Please ABC, renew October Road! Full Review »