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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 16, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The fictional look at the lives of models features Mischa Barton and supermodel Elle Macpherson. Real-life designers, models, and others from the fashion world (Nina Garcia of Marie Claire and Project Runway) are scheduled to make cameos.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. 70
    The Beautiful Life, in short, is hopelessly trashy melodrama about hopelessly trashy people. But Paxton, as a tougher-than-she-looks kid with a dark past, and Hollingsworth, as a callow Iowa farmboy trying to make it in the big city, are so unexpectedly affecting that you may find yourself sucked into the show against your will.
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Most of the characters are about as distinctive as mannequins. You won't mind, though, because they're awfully nice to look at. But the disgraced supermodel is played by Mischa Barton, and this is where the show may achieve inadvertent poignancy.
  3. The series is not so different from, or significantly worse--or better--than the network's other two season premieres, "Melrose Place" and "The Vampire Diaries," which also affix stock characters, played mostly by good-looking young folk, to standard plot lines sexed up with pop songs and different flavors of visual glamour. Because they do not aim particularly high, they pretty much hit what they aim at.
  4. A model-thin depiction of the glamorous and not-so-glamorous lives of fashion mannequins that was co-created by Ashton Kutcher.
  5. 40
    The pilot is clearly half-baked. Whether that’s due to Barton or deeper creative problems is unclear.
  6. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    For all its well-designed moves, TBL is made of some pretty chintzy material.
  7. Speaking from outside the target demo but from long-suffering experience watching bad television, go with "unwatchable."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Daniel
    Dec 22, 2009
    This show is very well put together. It obviously failed due to poor advertisement and not because there was anything wrong with it.
  2. stuartj
    Sep 22, 2009
    This show rocks. hot models. what more do you need.
  3. ReneeS.
    Dec 22, 2009
    Come on People... Critics are so old seriously. Should CW care what the critics say who look for absolute perfection or the rest of the world who actually enjoy it. Collapse
  4. MasJ.
    Sep 17, 2009
    This show is fun and looks to be one of the more promising shows in the fall TV line up. In the premiere episode I liked the story, the writing and the characters. I hope this show does well in the ratings so it stays on the air for at least two seasons. Expand
  5. Cath
    Sep 24, 2009
    i like the show, it's entertaining and its different to all the crime solving shows that seems to be the only thing on. i hope it doesn't get cancelled, i'll keep watching as long as its on Expand
  6. LizD
    Sep 24, 2009
    I felt that it was very entertaining and has an intresting and new story line.
  7. Shays
    Oct 2, 2009
    Well here are some sad news... This show got canceled after ONLY 2 EPISODES... the good news... One Three Hill is next .

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