The Secret Circle : Season 1

  • Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 2011
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Sep 13, 2011
    80
    This air of familiarity notwithstanding, the pilot is splendidly rendered; effective in the expected ways in a way that makes you forget you expected them.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 13, 2011
    75
    In the premiere at least, the story unfolds nicely--and to the tune of a good soundtrack. When the episode ended, I wanted to know more about the Circle, both its history and where it's headed.
  3. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Sep 9, 2011
    75
    The acting is flat, but the show casts a hokey spell. [19 Sep 2011, p.65]
  4. Reviewed by: Mikey O'Connell
    Sep 15, 2011
    70
    Anxious fans should be pleased, and curious viewers outside the usual demographic might even be surprised.
  5. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 14, 2011
    70
    The Secret Circle does exactly what you expect it to do, yet that efficiency ends up being refreshing rather than maddening.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 15, 2011
    67
    The Secret Circle may be over-calculated and under-inspired, but that doesn't necessarily mean The Secret Circle is bad. There's something to be said for setting reasonable goals and largely succeeding, especially when there are plenty of shows that aspire to a good deal less and still fail.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 15, 2011
    67
    At times, the dialogue stops and unloads for exposition dumps, and a few of the young cast mates could use some more training back in the land of the Muggles.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 15, 2011
    67
    A not-bad formula gothic that'll rise or fall on the Dekker/Robertson chemistry; I'm betting on the former.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    1
    Following in the trend of some other recent shows this series sees late 20 year olds cast as 16-18 year old school kids, and it just doesn'tFollowing in the trend of some other recent shows this series sees late 20 year olds cast as 16-18 year old school kids, and it just doesn't work. The plot is almost completely different to the books and like Vampire Diaries is mainly just and excuse to use a well known authors following to garner more viewers. There is little chemistry between the various actors and actresses and none of them are particularly endearing. The effects are are nothing new and the show comes over more like BH90210 than as similar to it's sister show Vampire Diaries. Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2012
    10
    I love this show. Please make season 2!!!! I knew Adam wasn't going to get rid of the crystal. And I want to see the 4 new people. Omg justI love this show. Please make season 2!!!! I knew Adam wasn't going to get rid of the crystal. And I want to see the 4 new people. Omg just make season 2 please!!!!!!!!! Full Review »
  3. Apr 30, 2012
    2
    This really is the most CW'ish show ever. Its like gossip girl with magic or Harry Potter if it was written by Stephanie Meyer. The charactersThis really is the most CW'ish show ever. Its like gossip girl with magic or Harry Potter if it was written by Stephanie Meyer. The characters are all so teen'ish and its all about their high school issues and conflicts. There is nothing to drive the plot along so its just so slow and boring. Unless you are a 14 year old girl or just want to see attractive characters going to school in somewhat slutty outfits, avoid it. Full Review »