• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 14, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 16, 2012
    58
    Alas, most of the other characters are so weakly sketched, they don't make a ripple.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Apr 10, 2012
    75
    Soapy melodrama aside, Titanic does a fine job giving viewers a sense of what it was like to be aboard the doomed vessel.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Apr 16, 2012
    40
    The cast is universally fine, but there's honestly nothing much it can do to avoid being swamped with Fellowes' arrogant attempt to capture the social dimensions of turn-of-the-century Britain, oh, and the sinking of this big boat too.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 13, 2012
    60
    While Titanic gets melodramatic and even a little soapy, it achieves what seems to be its main goal: to remind us that when the ship went down, the most terrible loss may have been 1,500 dreams.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Apr 10, 2012
    50
    It's like watching a manor house sink beneath the waves with loud, hissing pomp. [16 Apr 2012, p.50]
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 16, 2012
    70
    This fast-paced Titanic miniseries gets better as it goes along.
  7. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Apr 13, 2012
    50
    At least in the early stages, the series is quite entertaining. But over all, the mini-series suffers from defensive storytelling; it's a narrative driven in splintered directions less by inspiration than by avoidance.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 13, 2012
    40
    Even good actors like Linus Roache (the Earl of Manton, as starchy as his collars), Toby Jones (as his obsequious lawyer) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (as Jones' harpy wife) fail to rise above these contrived circumstances.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 12, 2012
    40
    This stately effort manages to be too big, and not nearly big enough.
  10. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 12, 2012
    40
    Despite its meandering soapiness, there are passing moments of enjoyable "Downton"-like momentum wherein a viewer can eventually let go of the Cameron version (and "A Night to Remember" and the many, many documentaries in cable rotation) and simply enjoy the tilt.
User Score
3.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Was a horribly written show, where the effects looked cheap, and where the history didn't even feel accurate.

    When the ship started to go down, there looked to be little to no panic and hardly told the real story of the survivors who told their story. It was like somebody had said: "Right. Let's take the tragic story of titanic and act like there were really only 300 people on the boat instead of 2,200"

    And when the boat went down in the final episode, it looked like there was hardly anyone in the water. The ship also went down way too quickly, and the "Atlantic ocean" did not look as cold as it should have been. In fact it actually looked like they were in a swimming pool than an ocean. Also the idea that each episode started with the beginning of the voyage and ended at the middle of the ships sinking really confused the heck out of me, because i didn't know if half the scenes were before a previous scene from the last episode or not.

    I suppose the one good thing of this show was probably Jenna's character. She was sweet.

    But all in all, a dreadful show that just shouldn't have been made. Needless to say, the movie was better.
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  2. Apr 22, 2012
    8
    I enjoyed this. It showed the story from different people's perspectives. As far as the comment here that says they hope this get canceled? It was 2 night mini-series so it is already completed. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2012
    2
    Cant wait till this show is canceled, this show is terrible and probably one of the worst shows ive seen since CBS's Rob. ABC will pick up any show now a days and thats why i watch more NBC & CBS Full Review »