• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2010
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    63
    There's nothing original about the series that wasn't already covered in "L.A. Law."
  2. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    60
    The show benefits from a true insider's feel of the biz, and that helps spackle over the softer spots. Given half a chance, Deep should get along swimmingly.
  3. 50
    While it's not a great show, it does do for lawyers what "Grey's Anatomy" did for doctors--create what could be a watchable soap opera on top of cases that involve real issues and real drama.
  4. 50
    The premiere delivers a show that's more winkingly cute than it really needs ro be. [25 Jan 2010, p.42]
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    42
    There's nothing here you haven't seen elsewhere.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    42
    Nice cast. Otherwise, charmless. Airless. Lifeless. (Blah, blah and blah.)
  7. The problem is there's nothing here that hasn't been done before, and often done better. Even more disheartening: The cast, which includes Matt Long and Billy Zane, is stocked with forgettable and/or boorish characters.
  8. Judging by the pilot, it seems a safe bet that soon enough everyone will have slept with everyone else on the show. But unless the storytelling evens out, there won't be anyone watching.
  9. Despite being populated with likable actors giving mostly solid performances, it's hard to escape the feeling that you've seen this before.
  10. Trouble is, it doesn't feel all that fresh. Arrogant, idiot superiors have been a bedrock of humor-infused dramas from the ancient Greeks right up through "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Ugly Betty."
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    The network has cast a strong ensemble adrift in a bland workplace environment.
  12. 40
    It’s actually kind of depressing just how obviously “The Deep End’’ has been constructed of used parts from the likes of “LA Law,’’ “The Practice,’’ “Boston Legal,’’ “Damages,’’ “Eli Stone,’’ and “The Good Wife.’’
  13. Basically, The Deep End is "Grey's Anatomy" with lawyers, and the execution is as cynical and flat as that premise sounds.
  14. The pilot offers a deft introduction to the characters and their situations. It's just unfortunate that more care wasn't taken to create a show that feels fresh--The Deep End is rather moldy.
  15. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    40
    If you’ve never seen a legal show before, maybe you’ll get something out of this; otherwise, it’s about as refreshing as wading in a kiddie pool on a scorching summer day.
  16. 37
    Honestly, Deep End is the type of high-gloss, dim-bulb broadcast hour that makes you despair for broadcast hours.
  17. Poorly conceived, badly written and indifferently acted, The Deep End is a jumble of terrible ideas from start to finish.
  18. The Deep End is a pale imitation without smart writing, imaginative casting or even a clever conceit.
  19. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    30
    Buffed up with glossy polish and thoroughly lacking in sparks between characters, the only good news about this show is that it appears to have a script and actors and sets, which means it's not a reality show or "The Jay Leno Show."
  20. 30
    At first glance, The Deep End looks more like plastic food: shiny, colorful and perfectly appetizing, yes, but ultimately unsatisfying.
  21. The Deep End is stupid. It is obvious and ridiculous and badly acted for the most part.
  22. Here’s the kind of firm even “Boston Legal’s” Denny Crane would have the sense to close down. And I don’t think I’ve ever sat through so many penis jokes in the 8 p.m. hour.
  23. 20
    In the case of ABC's turgid legal melodrama The Deep End, you might not want to show up at all.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Dorciak
    Jan 31, 2010
    8
    so far so good.A layer's genre which is being touted as the new Grey's Anatomy of law programming, it's a promising new show.Let's hope it brings well written episodes. Full Review »
  2. LindaW.
    Jan 28, 2010
    1
    I've seen much better law shows. This one didn't even seem to try.
  3. JustinF.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    I thought that the pilot episode of "The Deep End" was outrageously funny and showed a great amount of potential as a successful television series!