• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 2011
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 87
  2. Negative: 11 out of 87

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  1. Jun 28, 2012
    0
    Cliched teeny bopper show with bad scripts, ridiculous plots and god awful acting, the lead actress is horrendous. I was given this to watch by a starry eyed girl at work and by episode 6 I was wanting to stick pins in my eyes. Awful, just awful! Trite, unoriginal yankee rubbish.
  2. 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 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 inThis 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. Expand
  3. Dec 29, 2011
    2
    The show manages with its poor casting, terrible lead, mediocre witing, and GOD AWFUL ACTING!!!
    but still this show does have two Extremely Bright Spots in the form of two of its actors Gale Harold and Ashley Crow with the former being better than the latter.
  4. Dec 11, 2011
    4
    This show can be entertaining if you can get past the bad acting and actually get interested in the story but the actors make that hard to do. They should of gotten better actors because there is so much potential for this show and not to mention killing off the best actor they had, bad ideas writers. Overall their moving this plot tooooooo quickly and trying to force it on us. And comingThis show can be entertaining if you can get past the bad acting and actually get interested in the story but the actors make that hard to do. They should of gotten better actors because there is so much potential for this show and not to mention killing off the best actor they had, bad ideas writers. Overall their moving this plot tooooooo quickly and trying to force it on us. And coming on after the vampire diaries Is a bad thing. Expand
  5. 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'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 noneFollowing 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. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2011
    3
    Into episode 3 now... Unlike The Vampire Diaries, TSC seems to be aimed at 14 year old girls only. I've tried to give it a chance but it's not for guys and anybody over the age of 15, no matter what gender. The story and pace is lightweight. The acting is ok and the people are generically good looking. All of the high school cast look over 20 when it's supposed to be a high school thing..Into episode 3 now... Unlike The Vampire Diaries, TSC seems to be aimed at 14 year old girls only. I've tried to give it a chance but it's not for guys and anybody over the age of 15, no matter what gender. The story and pace is lightweight. The acting is ok and the people are generically good looking. All of the high school cast look over 20 when it's supposed to be a high school thing.. And that's because they are all way older than 20! Anyway I'm not saying it's bad. It's just not well written for people over the age of 15. Expand
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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 15, 2011
    60
    Secret Circle is competently performed and produced and liable to entertain anybody not old enough to remember Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty doing pretty much the same stuff in Charmed back in the 20th-century day.