• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 16, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. 10
    Secret Diary is a nonstop glamorization of prostitution.
  2. 80
    The emotional strains of keeping her secret from Ben (Iddo Goldberg) grow across the eight episodes and lend the season an unexpected poignancy.
  3. 80
    The real pleasures of this half-hour show come from its sly sense of humor and from Belle’s practical yet adventurous approach to her job.
  4. The series shows the darker side of Belle's work without getting into that porno-punishing crap so often disguised as morality lessons. The series, like Belle, is far too smart to succumb to such an average attitude.
  5. 30
    Secret Diary of a Call Girl is the kind of hotly lit, coldly stylized dreck that purports to be classy, high-minded softcore but is actually as witless and dreary as, well, paid-for jollies.
  6. Call Girl's greatest flaw is not that it's exploitative but that it's surprisingly dull.
  7. The problem with this "Diary" is that Belle simply isn't as interesting as Bridget [of "Bridget Jones's Diary."]
  8. The longer you watch the show (I've seen all eight episodes of its first season), the emptier and more frustrating it becomes, to the point where even the brief running time begins to feel too long.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    30
    Call Girl is a dreary London day. A pass.
  10. As the season's eight episodes progress, and she's forced to open her life to a bit of outside scrutiny, cracks begin to appear in the facade. And while that's not enough to turn her into a victim--we're not talking Lifetime here--it does gradually transform her into the character Showtime most needs her to be: someone whose company might actually be worth paying for.
  11. The laughless Secret Diary is billed as a comedy, but it is hardly amusing to follow the spoiled, immoral and lazy Belle as she slinks around London doing this and that with and to a lineup of wealthy men.
  12. Future episodes elevate the Belle and Ben relationship to a more complicated place, which bears some promise and may give Secret Diary the distinction it lacks in early episodes.
  13. 80
    While I realize my entire description makes the show sound hopelessly shallow and unrealistic (which it is), it's also smart and well acted and at times, funny.
  14. Like "Sex and the City" - oh, no, not that comparison - the half hour flies by and you realize that the human relationships depicted here are interesting and worth mining and Belle's life choices are entertaining.
  15. Reviewed by: Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
    63
    This is hour-long material forced into a 30-minute timeslot, though some of its plots are strung together--at times held up by--Piper's silent, meaningful looks at the camera.
  16. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    Secret Diary of a Call Girl is a series of sketches, and its eight episodes do not trace an arc or advance a narrative.
  17. Softer than soft porn, Call Girl is as much a documentary about high-end prostitution as it is about the conflicts and foibles of those who engage in it.
  18. Secret Diary has amusing touches, but not enough to sustain an entire series.
  19. 50
    It’s not that much fun to watch an actress who, except for the occasional times when she lets loose one of her charmingly loud second-soprano laughs, seems always to be asking more of us than she’s giving, but Secret Diary of a Call Girl does get better as it goes along, although it doesn’t greatly distinguish itself from most other shows you’ve seen about young single women in the big city
  20. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    50
    Hannah's normalcy is refreshing, and it keeps the show light and funny. But it also makes her seem a little dull and shallow.
  21. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    It’s titillating without being truly trashy, because it also has heart--for that, thank Bil-lie Piper (formerly of Doctor Who), who brings wit and warmth, but also a crisp and unpredictable edge, to the tricky role of Belle by night/Hannah by day.
  22. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    70
    DeMange draws out the helplessness and frustrations of the men who visit Belle, which are complemented by Tat Radcliffe's framing of the action.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    secret diary of a call girl is great im a guy and its very rare that i find something so intimate and so many breasts and nipples are shown on tv im with bt vision so i can watch it all the time and it really helps me masturbate and i love seeing breasts and shes such a hot chick my girlfriend is ok but we dont **** so this programme has also made me realise i wanna go see a prostitute even if its expensive and she will be my **** buddy and ill do anal on her and **** her hard and shes gonna give me a blow job so guys out there watch it it will do you good. Full Review »
  2. PatrickO
    May 23, 2009
    9
    Humourous and witty, in a more unorthadox approach, I think it's excellent, a British "sex and the city".
  3. LR
    Jan 24, 2009
    10
    Secret Diary of a call girl gives an interesting take on London and its sex scene. It does well not to glamorize prostitution and provides escapism for its audience. You also feel that you've become close to Belle/ Hannah. Really enjoyed it. Full Review »