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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 20, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The Monohan's move to the seemingly idyllic community of The Gates, but they soon discover the neighbors are hiding supernatural secrets about themselves.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Scoundrels, at 9 p.m., and The Gates, at 10, may not be exactly the stuff you can't wait another week for, but both are watchable and fun, part of a big ABC effort to put something new, if not original, on the air most nights this summer.
  2. 63
    The Gates actually moves along at a brisk enough clip, and though it's bland around the edges, it introduces enough mysteries to keep things more or less interesting (there are allusions to a "code" residents must live by, and presumably that doesn't refer to local regulations on lawn care).
  3. The Gates is a satire--a cheaply enjoyable one--of suburban lust and maternal anxiety, psycho-social forces that delivered previous generations of women to the pages of Betty Friedan (or Redbook) but that today send a certain kind of young matron to the perverse romance of vampire media.
  4. 50
    If only it felt inspired, rather than like a Desperate Weirdwives rehash of every vampire, werewolf and witch story you've ever heard and every family soap you've seen.
  5. 50
    The Gates feels like it's been pieced together from so many other shows that it resembles the one monster that's not been included: Frankenstein.
  6. The show just doesn't add enough fresh blood to dramas and situations we may simply have seen too often.
  7. 30
    New Zealand, however, cannot be blamed for The Gates, approximately the 1,712th American television show about vampires.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. PeterL.
    Jun 21, 2010
    Best Drama of this genre without the obvious sexual overtones so prominent with so many series of this type of genre. More of a storyline with believable characters. A lot of potential for a hit series in my book or is it television. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    I absolutely LOVE this show! It has a great cast and an amazing storyline. Each episode went really fast for me and i couldn't wait to see the next. This was one of those shows I couldn't stop watching until I finished the whole season and really can't wait for whats going to happen next. I have heard rumours that this show may be cancelled and really hope that it doesn't. please sign the petition to save the gates from being cancelled:http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/the-gates-petition/

  3. ColinF.
    Jun 21, 2010
  4. cj4
    Sep 14, 2010
    Cancel this show, and I cancel ABC! FINALLY, some adult-based, fun drama that I can sit back, and enjoy!!! I have a masters degree, am a paralegal, educator, over 40, and HATE (please remember this) HATE reality television (aside from the cooking channel..."Jamie at Home" and "Big Daddy" are two of my favorites, along with "Madison"...one of the "Chopped" champions...please make him an Iron Chef.). Kindly allow those of us who rely on USA, TNT, and LOGO for our entertainment (because network television is primarily filled with bimbos and nonsensical storylines) to enjoy some sort of entertainment besides the nightly news for television viewing. I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! LONG LIVE THE GATES!!! Let's keep good writers and actors employed in the process, making this a vehicle to outlast the Law & Order franchise! Thank you for finally allowing the "grown-ups" their PREFERRED place at the table!!! Expand
  5. MarianneD.
    Jun 21, 2010
    I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Loved all the sub plots and the writing. Will be on my TIVO for the summer Sunday's at 10.
  6. May 23, 2012
    The Gates is probably one of the best times I've had watching a series on Netflix. Is it over-the-top, campy and at times even stupid? Sure, but the cast is charming enough to make it all work and, besides, it's not trying to be Six Feet Under. After all, one of main characters is a succubus.... So you really can't hold it up to stringent standards after that revelation. While it doesn't completely get the opportunity to tie up all it's loose ends before it was cancelled, there's still a surprisingly satisfying ending included and it doesn't take too much away from the overall experience. My only complaints are that there's nowhere near enough skin for as attractive as the cast is, and they focus too much on certain characters that are over-explored while other more creative entries seem oddly sidelined. Plus it's absolutely ridiculous. Still, you'd be hard pressed to find a show at delightfully goofy as The Gates. Collapse
  7. ElaineB.
    Jun 20, 2010
    This show seems to center alot around high school drama. The new guy likes this girl, girl's boyfriend is jealous blah blah blah, and then there are witches. ZZZ. Expand

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