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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 6, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: The musical Bombshell is on its way to Broadway after a successful Boston tryout, however there are still challenges in its way. New characters are introduced including Broadway star Veronica Moore (Jennifer Hudson), along with songwriters Jimmy Collins (Jeremy Jordan) and Kyle Bishop (Andy Mientus), who are working on a contemporary rock musical. Expand
  • Genre(s): Music
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 80
    Smash got the memo from viewers. I don’t think they read all of it, necessarily, but at least they got it, and they’ve changed just enough to raise the series from a C+ to a B. So: progress.
  2. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 31, 2013
    The inevitable and believable intersection of "old" and "new" musical theater adds real life and renewed potential to Smash.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 5, 2013
    In total, the changes have led to a show that is much better, and is on much more solid footing, than it once was.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel Goldberg
    Jan 31, 2013
    While it's easy to forget the show's shortcomings whenever McPhee or Hilty belt out one of Bombshell's stellar original songs or Jimmy croons a heartfelt power ballad, that's ultimately not enough to absolve the series from failing to let its most tenable narrative take center stage.
  5. 60
    NBC's Smash returns for its second season Tuesday still a work in progress. But at least there is progress.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 5, 2013
    Much of the insanity that drove viewers to “hate-watch” the show in its first season has been scrubbed. Competence reigns. The results are mixed.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 31, 2013
    Cast changes and additions (a la Jennifer Hudson's new diva) can't obscure a skein whose soapy doings drown out its tunes, and where even the music often comes across as flat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Oct 5, 2012
    I love watching Smash. My daughter and I could not wait each week for the next episode and we are dying to find out when season 2 will be starting. Please hurry. Every single cast member is great and I look forward to seeing Jennifer Hudson on Smash. Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2013
    in the first episode, they answered questions concerning what happened to characters that were cut from the show-Dev, Michael Ellis --this needed to be done! they introduced us to some new cast members who just might steal the show. LOVED ALL the musical numbers as this is what SMASH is ALL ABOUT!! anyone who bad mouths the talent on this show is crazy! every cast member is incredible! i think the 'new show', Hit List with Karen Jimmy is gonna be the best part of season 2!!!! Collapse
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    Season 2 is a remarkable improvement over the first, with actually worthwhile characters being introduced while the lousy ones are gone. There are still issues with the tone and some of the acting, but I think the change of showrunner was a very good decision. I hope it lasts at least one more season. Expand
  4. Jan 30, 2014
    Smash becomes an incoherent soap opera like so many with this second season. With its wealth of guest stars, new characters, artificial rivalries and cliffhangers. If it wasn't written on the ground laid down in the first season, it would a manual of what not to write for a drama. In fairness, some ideas (the dramaturg) and tunes are good, but it's not enough. Expand
  5. Feb 10, 2013
    Season 1's shockingly bad writing did not get fixed at all, though new showrunner Josh Safran improved the pacing. Kat McPhee is still the weakest link, and the show's emphasis on Karen as 'the most amazing talent ever' isn't evident in her performance, which makes a central element of the show ridiculous. Megan Hilty is the breakout star of this show, a show that should have been great, and she's the only reason left to watch. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Season 1 was bad, but it was at least fun. Season 2 was just awful. There was more personal drama and unfortunately it was mostly Karen's(and her new friends') personal drama. And she wasn't interesting enough to be the central character. Although I liked the ending, where Karen finally wasn't the best actress in the world, as they were constantly telling us to believe before. Expand
  7. Apr 20, 2013
    I loved season 1, and season 2 till about episode 8 has been fantastic. But all of a sudden Karen's character has been left behind. I understand what is happening to everyone else, but the writers in the quest to explain why the others have a place in the show, have forgotten to explain why Karen has turned into naive love struck teenager. After working her way to the top of the Broadway stage with pure talent, it doesn't explain why her talent is suddenly not a factor, just that now she's a one dimensional love struck puppy that's blaming the world for her demise. It's really bad writing that has ruined for me what is otherwise a completely to die for show. Expand

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