Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 8, 2013
    40
    The show consistently produces a "Who cares?" response.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 8, 2013
    60
    Washington Heights keeps viewers more off-balance than your average program, scripted or unscripted, about 10 young people at the point when they have to start figuring out the rest of their lives.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 8, 2013
    50
    It's a bit of a mess. I found myself wishing that the series, which tracks a loosely knit group of nine friends in the Washington Heights area of New York, actually had more direction.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 8, 2013
    75
    Heights almost feels like atonement for the biggest hit in MTV history. The kids don't swear (much), esteem their elders, work at their dreams and have no obvious or debilitating vices--until they drink.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 9, 2013
    58
    There's not much new to see in this neighborhood, but the producers have done a superb job of scoring the series with fresh music.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 8, 2013
    50
    It's possible that Washington Heights will devolve into "Jersey Shore-North," and become unwatchable. But it's hard to imagine young people like JP, Frankie and Ludwin going off the rails to that extent. As long as they don't, Washington Heights may be an exception to the apparent rule for this kind of show by keeping it legitimately real.
  7. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 8, 2013
    70
    Of course it's formulaic, but the cast is inviting and the formula works.
  8. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jan 9, 2013
    70
    It plays a little bit, in spirit, like the HBO series How to Make It In America. It is in that way that it feels both fresh and familiar--the scene is new, but the story is old. There's drama, but not as much trash.

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