Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 28, 2012
    The Hour teems with flawed but driven professionals who, even at their worst, never come off as ridiculous as Newsroom's fools' gallery. The hours just fly by
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Nov 28, 2012
    It's a treat to be back in this world again, and perhaps by the end of this season I'll feel happier about the crime arc than I did about the spy stuff.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Nov 27, 2012
    The Hour is not "Breaking Bad" good, or "Mad Men" good, but it's close.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 26, 2012
    The performances, the writing, the intelligence that goes into the script and the characters--all reasons for welcoming the start of a new season of The Hour.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 3, 2013
    Magnificent show. Superb cast -- particularly Ben Whishaw as Freddie Lyon. Gorgeous cinematography and a complex, intriguing plot are particularly impressive in the second series. The pacing of the episodes is incredible... Full Review »
  2. Jan 24, 2013
    This second season of 'The Hour' trumps the first by a considerable margin. Brilliant writing along with engaging characters confidently performed by all the principles and the supporting cast combine to give us an outstanding drama that sweeps us along fully committed to its many story threads. The whole enterprise also looks absolutely stunning and the use of colour in the costume and production design is to be applauded. The ending leaves us in no doubt that there will be a third series and I for one am on board for that. Applause, applause. Full Review »