quarterlife : Season 1

Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Doesn't sound like the formula for compelling, consequential drama, but quarterlife manages to take these typically narcissistic young adults and make them legitimately interesting.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    The "quarterlife" series, too, offers an especially hopeful kind of exuberance, even a glowing warmth to the friendships, that shines brighter than previous Herskovitz-Zwick shows.
  3. It is a finely crafted serial about contemporary and supposedly representative people in the same decade of life.
  4. What we get is a young adult soap opera whose story is as old as drama itself, but which is smartly packaged to look like you'd get it by typing www, instead of pressing the "on" button.
  5. The writing is smart, the production is crisp and surprisingly stylish, given the budget, and the show has a fascinating central character in kinetic blogger Dylan Krieger.
  6. 70
    Though it soon settles into the standard patterns of an above-average (if overwrought) drama, the first episode of quarterlife may make you regret the creation of the Internet.
  7. Their new effort--about a band of young careerists--shows considerable signs of promise along these lines, its depressing heroine notwithstanding.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. UmNo
    Apr 24, 2008
    0
    Truly awful, unwatchable garbage. A bunch of whiny, amoral twentysomethings endlessly complaining about their uninteresting, selfish lives. Truly awful, unwatchable garbage. A bunch of whiny, amoral twentysomethings endlessly complaining about their uninteresting, selfish lives. Good riddance to this this "show". Full Review »
  2. JoshP
    Feb 28, 2008
    7
    Well its lovely to see that the pervasive disease that is cynicism is well and alive(Burt H). Ripping on art people generically is about the Well its lovely to see that the pervasive disease that is cynicism is well and alive(Burt H). Ripping on art people generically is about the easiest thing to do. Yet you wouldn't have any shred of aesthetic perception and an ability for preferences that drives your fantasies without artists, writers, film makers and tv. The whole reason your favorite book, show, music, etc exists is because it was built on exploring that what dwells beneath. Many people just live a surface level existence and i think you prove that quite well or disguise it with your bitterness I could agree that who wants to see mopy, twenty-somethings trying to find themselves. I mean its like looking in the mirror. And sure it shares commonalities with Thirty-something and My So Called Life, but why is it that poignant and self reflecting shows are such a turnoff to modern audiences? We think we want to be wowed by special effects, but as is the case with most good universal praise why Batman Begins is much better than Fantastic Four(either) is that because the story line is character driven. So while this writers strike went on they filled the air with more reality shows and everyone got bored. The more exciting shows like Heroes and Lost have their flaws as well. Nobody can believably sympathize with characters from Lost. It's brilliant serial fantasy, but the characters lack the vulnerability that those on Quarterlife showed. Two different worlds i suppose, but even Heroes with its X-Men like plot is still a tidge bit too wooden for believability. I'm the sap that loves Michel Gondry and longs for a day when more movies are made with heart rather than worried about staying on budget. Full Review »
  3. BrandonU.
    Feb 27, 2008
    7
    Not the greatest, but in a world where people actually watch American Idol and Two and a Half Men, the overblown claims of its all-time Not the greatest, but in a world where people actually watch American Idol and Two and a Half Men, the overblown claims of its all-time awfulness are getting quite old. Full Review »