Rollergirls : Season 1

  • Network: A&E
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 2, 2006
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10

Critic Reviews

  1. A "heightened reality" show, one might call it, but one which makes its subject palpable and which, because it is made with care, lets you care too. It's the more artful portrait, paradoxically, that paints the truer picture.
  2. [Rollergirls] skillfully convey[s] the ups and downs of everyday life, man trouble, hard partying, athletic rivalry, in an unfamiliar culture. But the show adds a layer of visceral excitement, as superb camera work and editing bring the intensity of the competition into genteel living rooms.
  3. 80
    [An] exciting, interesting series.
  4. 75
    Not like anything else on TV.
  5. 70
    ''Rollergirls" is a colorful piece of reality TV.
  6. [An] unflinching and engaging look at the lives of a disparate group of women in their 20s and 30s whose share a love for this rough-and-tumble sport.
  7. The show comes with a built-in demographic: viewers who enjoy sweaty, scantily clad women waging war on roller skates. "Rollergirls" just needs to lure them back from the Internet.
  8. "Rollergirls" takes heroic steps to go beyond the silliness and try to understand and ennoble players, but the subject is just not worth so much effort.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    It doesn't help that the producers shape the episodes as if they were little sports movies, peddling cliches about the nervous rookie, the veteran making a comeback or the underdog team. That might work with a real sport, but it's kind of a buzzkill when dealing with a staged one.
  10. It gets nothing right - not the potential sexiness, not the negligible drama and certainly not any solid shot at explaining, much less popularizing, the alleged sport of roller derby.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. KM.
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    I loved this show. I'd always hoped to have a chance to skate roller derby. This show gave many of us the spark we needed to look up a I loved this show. I'd always hoped to have a chance to skate roller derby. This show gave many of us the spark we needed to look up a local league or *create* one and start skating. It was truly an inspirational show. Full Review »
  2. John
    Jul 20, 2006
    10
    This was the best show on television; it replaces HBO's Carnivale (also cancelled) as my favorite. After seeing most of the Rollergirls This was the best show on television; it replaces HBO's Carnivale (also cancelled) as my favorite. After seeing most of the Rollergirls episodes when they were aired, I have watched the DVD's from beginning to end, and am starting throiugh them again. I have also bought DVD's of recent TXRD bouts from austin.com and they were great. The girls are quirky, adorable, fascinating and I love the whole grass roots superheroine concept. I may have to travel (from Philadelphia) down to Austin to see a bout or two! The production of the series was marvelous, and the unpredictable and meandering and ambiguous development of the "story lines" mirrors real life. Plus the idea of legitimate (unfixed) roller derby also is radical! The only problem is that I have yet to find anyone in my circle ot friends and acquaintances who even saw the show! So much for the marketing of it... Full Review »
  3. LouS
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    As a Roller derby skaters I do give the Rollergirls a lot of credit for keeping the name roller derby alive One day they might learn to skate As a Roller derby skaters I do give the Rollergirls a lot of credit for keeping the name roller derby alive One day they might learn to skate the unique game we call Roller Derby. If my girl captain Shirley Hardman of the Texas Outlaws, she would give the girls a 10. Full Review »