• 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. 20
    I kept waiting for the unexpected beat, the surprising plot riff, the inverted cliche , but they never came.
  2. 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.
  3. 10
    It almost seems to thrive on triteness and lack of cohesion.
  4. Here, I guess, is a dude's version of an ABC chick show.
  5. A sort of perfect storm of bad writing.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 38
    Is there anything here that Bruce Springsteen hasn't already sung about? [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
  10. [It] can pack more cliches into 10 minutes than bad old WB dramas had in an hour.
  11. "October Road" is perhaps one of the most clumsily plotted, illogical drama pilots to be produced in years.
  12. It's a coming-of-age story so overwrought and emotionally predictable, it's -- what's the word here? -- unwatchable.
  13. To put it mildly, and succinctly, it's appalling.
  14. 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.
  15. The series... exists as the kind of bad soap opera that quickly allows you to see what makes a good one.
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    The woeful sub-Dawson's Creek dialogue caused me actual pain.
  17. 25
    An appalling combination of precious and pretentious.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    [It] feels like a Hallmark movie stretched into series form.
  19. 10
    The show is as commercial and mechanical as an entry-level Mercedes, but not as emotionally involving.

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