The Secret Circle : Season 1

  • Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 2011
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 92
  2. Negative: 11 out of 92

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User Reviews

  1. 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
  2. Oct 8, 2011
    6
    After three episodes I was ready to give up and then I watched the fourth...me thinks this show has legs and given the chance it may get dark. Episode 4 introduces the concept of demons and spooky Heather's turn has given me renewed confidence that this show is going to get better and better. It's got its faults - Natasha Henstridge's face doesn't move; the concept, even down to a magicalAfter three episodes I was ready to give up and then I watched the fourth...me thinks this show has legs and given the chance it may get dark. Episode 4 introduces the concept of demons and spooky Heather's turn has given me renewed confidence that this show is going to get better and better. It's got its faults - Natasha Henstridge's face doesn't move; the concept, even down to a magical crystal mirrors the much loved Vampire Diaries; the boys aren't hot enough; and gran doesn't seem to care that a lamp gets broken every episode....BUT.... introducing demons could make it fun and Williamson's got form that cant be denied. A slow burn, perhaps! Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2011
    6
    There is plenty here that works but even more that doesn't. The Secret Circle boast an incredibly talented and beautiful cast of actors but that cannot help the fact that overall its a little too safe, a little too boring for a show created by The Vampire Diaries' Kevin Williamson. The opening scene of the show may be its best with Gale Harold being a great choice for a villain with hisThere is plenty here that works but even more that doesn't. The Secret Circle boast an incredibly talented and beautiful cast of actors but that cannot help the fact that overall its a little too safe, a little too boring for a show created by The Vampire Diaries' Kevin Williamson. The opening scene of the show may be its best with Gale Harold being a great choice for a villain with his scenes coming off as incredibly tense and electric. The main aim of the pilot is to set the story moving in and it does pose some decent questions and ideas but it fails to make the episode enjoyable while doing so. Much like the 1st season of The Vampire Diaries did it seems to be taking its time, preparing to ramp up the danger by seasons end but at the moment there isn't much worth getting invested in. 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.