• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 8, 2005
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. 100
    A show so unusual in its format and plot that it will rival both "Lost" and "24" in creativity and "The O.C." in its character development.
  2. Although "Reunion" has its labored and lackluster moments, it is an admirable attempt to try something a little different with traditional prime-time formats. Give this one major innovation points.
  3. 80
    Sharply written and acted.
  4. 75
    Both fun and unexpected.
  5. Although it will be hard to match "The O.C.'s" ratings, particularly against the blockbuster competition of the time period ("The Apprentice" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"), the "Reunion" pilot offers a more intriguing and creative form of entertainment.
  6. Evoking the era is one thing "Reunion" does very well. Involving you in the plot and characters, as well as the gimmick, isn't.
  7. 63
    The show could be compelling, especially if the cast pulls off two decades' worth of aging. [12 Sep 2005, p.46]
  8. 60
    Even as you laugh at the clunky dialogue, cringe at the large hair, get annoyed by wardrobe stylists who think that the "Miami Vice" look was still hip in 1986, you will get sucked in to "Reunion's" murder mystery.
  9. 60
    Most of the time, Reunion traffics in pained glances, portentous dialogue and life-altering lies. That approach can be addictive, if done with flair. Reunion comes through on that score only sporadically.
  10. The actors are appealing and well cast, but their characters are quite basic, borrowed shamelessly from Brat Pack movies of the mid-80's.
  11. This clever idea mostly bombs. [7 Oct 2005, p.61]
  12. All this foolishness is encased in an intriguing concept.
  13. "Reunion" has more dishonest heartstring tugs than a John Hughes movie sliced up on AMC and filled with Hallmark ads. And the emotional heavy lifting makes people forget that the actual writing -- in this case, an overdose of voice-over narration -- is sleight, cloying and transparent.
  14. 50
    It's an intriguing concept, but people don't watch concepts. They watch shows. And as a show, Reunion doesn't amount to nearly enough.
  15. An escapist, absurdist universe of barely credible plots, stellar GPAs and flawless faces.
  16. Graft a "Big Chill"-like premise onto a stiff yet sudsy soap opera and you still have a stiff yet sudsy soap opera.
  17. There's nothing particularly fresh about the visual approach, the writing is only serviceable and the plotlines -- a pregnancy, a drunken-driving accident, love found and lost -- are straight out of TV Writing 101.
  18. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    40
    Reunion doesn't seem to get how important character is to carrying a show.
  19. Solving the mystery may not be worth suffering through stiff acting, howler dialogue, and corny era-specific references that clutter up each installment.
  20. For anybody to care, college will have to make these crybaby characters a lot more interesting than they are now.
  21. The problem with "Reunion" is that beyond the show's gimmick, there's not much to draw viewers in. The characters lack depth and personality and the situations are -- yawn -- overly familiar.
  22. The script is laden with corny dialogue, and the plot is predicated upon ridiculous strains in credulity -- to say nothing of the acting.
  23. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    None of it is particularly convincing.
  24. 25
    The idea is inventive and almost makes me want to keep watching, except I already did and I couldn't handle the awkward bad choices characters made.
  25. 10
    [It] isn't very good at all, even for a frothy nighttime serial.
  26. 10
    It's hard to imagine that viewers will be dying to learn which graduate kicks the bucket on "Reunion," mainly because none of them gives the appearance of being, or ever having been, alive.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. AmandaS
    Dec 12, 2006
    10
    I loved this show and was very upset that it was canceled. I'm still curious as to who was the killer.
  2. AmandaF
    Sep 5, 2006
    10
    One of the best, shows I've seen...the concept of having each episode a different year in their character's lives is a great twist! One of the best, shows I've seen...the concept of having each episode a different year in their character's lives is a great twist! Please let us find out the conclusion of the show...the fans who did watch it are dying to see who killed Sam! Full Review »
  3. JSpasuk
    Aug 13, 2006
    9
    Creatively written to carefully develop characters and plot in every episode. Write up there with Murder One - more original than 24. Please Creatively written to carefully develop characters and plot in every episode. Write up there with Murder One - more original than 24. Please allow those of us who did like it to see the rest of the story unravel! Full Review »