• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 19, 2014
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 18, 2014
    91
    [A] strongly acted thriller, which seems to add another intense dimension weekly.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 8, 2014
    91
    A refreshingly taut and well-executed futuristic sci-fi series about a group of 100 jailed juvenile delinquents who are banished from an orbiting space-station colony and sent to live on Earth--97 years after a nuclear apocalypse.
  3. 80
    The 100 is better than it has to be, a little more exciting and surprising and intense.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Mar 19, 2014
    80
    What is surprising is that the series, an adaptation of the Kass Morgan novel, is well conceived, cleverly plotted, and quite exciting.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 17, 2014
    80
    The 100 offers up a well-conceived society on the Ark that brims with conflict and moral dilemmas that’s paired with the unexpected discoveries of frontier exploration on Earth.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    75
    This one has promise because it’s not formulaic. I have no idea where it’s headed, which is kind of nice for a change.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 19, 2014
    75
    Rothenberg and company are sneaking in a surprisingly sophisticated look at a world filled with want.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 19, 2014
    75
    The 100 ends up being sci-fi fun for all ages--with a spine tingle or two also within these realms of possibilities.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 18, 2014
    75
    It gets better, digs deeper and reaches farther than anyone might have predicted.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Mar 14, 2014
    75
    It's some solid CW cheese. [21 Mar 2014, p.58]
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Mar 14, 2014
    75
    At first, it seems like your typical show from the CW, overstuffed with bushy-haired teens in a sci-fi situation. But after a while the series, based on a book by Kass Morgan, reveals influences ranging from “Lord of the Flies” to “Battlestar Galactica,” with more than a few hints of “The Hunger Games,” “Lost” and “1984” tossed in.
  12. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    The 100 is imaginative, surprising and fun--Lost for kids. [24 Mar 2014, p.39]
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 19, 2014
    70
    A high-concept guilty pleasure that comes as a bit of a creative relief after a dreary season of derivative spin-offs, reboots and retreads.
  14. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 19, 2014
    70
    Yes, it's a CW series, but one that poses enough lifeboat-ethics issues to keep a freshman philosophy class busy for months.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 18, 2014
    70
    Even with some shaky performances, there’s enough happening--including a few genuine surprises in the first half-dozen episodes--to sustain interest.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 14, 2014
    70
    The good news is this modest show already has a number of things in its favor: Its pace is bracing, the choices are difficult and the danger the characters face is real.
  17. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 19, 2014
    60
    It makes for lively drama, with sharply defined conflicts and characters who aren’t always all good or all evil. Naturally, there are also interludes for romance and mean girls and obnoxious hot-body guys.
  18. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 19, 2014
    58
    Cusick has done this role before so often, he might even be mixing and matching scripts. Washington looks so bored, he might nod off. The 100? If we’re marking days on a calendar, that’s being optimistic.
  19. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 19, 2014
    50
    As The 100 goes along, you can feel it becoming more and more the show that Rothenberg and his writers want it to be, but it sure starts off at a great distance from from that destination. And even as it gets closer, there are still too many moments of mind-numbing illogic.
  20. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 19, 2014
    50
    If you don’t think too much about details and leaps in logic, The 100 moves forward swiftly. But the characters seem stuck in place, with one foot placed firmly in central casting. They’re bland, no ish about it.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 18, 2014
    50
    A predictable mix of violence, sex and sentimentalism.
  22. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 17, 2014
    50
    The character complexities, special effects and attention to detail position The 100 well on the CW food chain.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 19, 2014
    40
    The fate of the kids on the ground is closely bound with the fate of the people in orbit, and vice versa. But it is hard to care about the people in orbit, as seriously as you're asked to take their predicaments and sacrifices. And it is not much easier to care about the people on Earth.
  24. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Mar 19, 2014
    40
    The 100 has a lot of interesting things to play with in terms of its narrative and world-building, but it chooses to gloss over them.
  25. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Mar 13, 2014
    20
    I just can’t shake the feeling that I’ve seen it all before--and that The 100 is another piece of The CW’s generic series puzzle.
  26. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Mar 17, 2014
    0
    It's another faulty futuristic fantasy drama patched together with used parts and overused designs.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 51
  2. Negative: 19 out of 51
  1. Mar 19, 2014
    1
    Yet another sci-fi teen drama that kicks any slightest semblance of science, logic, rationality and common sense into the gutter for ... hitting up that all important hormone crazed scientifically illiterate teen demographic I guess. Dreck. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2014
    1
    Simply not watchable. For a sci-fi show with a lot of potential, CW seems to be aiming for the lowest common denominator. It seems whoever makes the trailers for the shows is painfully aware of how terrible most of the show is, and actively avoids putting any of the clumsy teenage drama angst in the trailers. The show however, is littered with the what I can only describe as a grumpy man's view of what teenagers are.

    Teenagers are the ones that mainly fought in the vietnam war. They are very capable when great things are demanded from them, but what we see in this show is petty squabbling and ridiculous silly one liners.

    The attempt at sex appeal is the most pathetic, once again reducing what should be a gritty survivor trek into Teenage Bachelor. The writing is terrible, the choice in cliche "song of the month" is terrible, and there seems to be little originality in any aspect of the show. The premise may have been interesting, but the execution makes the viewer wonder why he would sit through 35 minutes of agonizingly cringe worthy dialogue for 2 minutes of scenery and special effects.

    This looks to be less original and less successful than even 'No Ordinary Family'. Which is saying something that the most cliche superpower movie lacking any originality in thought process or execution has more substance than your show.

    I gave it a 1/10 because of the intriguing 1 minute opener, what an utter disappointment.
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  3. Mar 21, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I had to sign up to metacritic just to express how awful this show is. I didn't know anything about the 100, had not even seen a trailer before watching it. The first couple of minutes caught my attention with a bit of back story and a interesting premise. BUT... from the moment that I saw that they put 100 teenagers on the ship and sent to Earth I thought: "This is not going well". After that it became another uninteresting teen sci-fy drama, full of cliches and bad acting. I am not going to bother to watch the second episode! Full Review »