• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 8, 2006

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19

Critic Reviews

  1. Fans of the Pretty Woman shopping-montage scene... will be pleased with Windfall for sprinkling in splurges both decadent and dutiful... But... Windfall is smart enough to tighten the screws immediately.
  2. "Windfall" proves you don't need to be marooned on a remote South Sea island to be lost.
  3. It's an enjoyable, intriguing look at what can happen to a group of ordinary, cash-strapped people who wake up one day as multimillionaires.
  4. 70
    An addictive frolic for summertime.
  5. 63
    "Windfall" is not the greatest show to hit the summer circuit, but not the worst either.
  6. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    It's a gauge of how much reality programming has changed TV that I kept thinking that Mark Burnett could come in, push some situational hot buttons and produce a better show. [12 Jun 2006, p.39]
  7. 50
    A breezy summertime soap opera.
  8. It's a decent enough show, a soap opera essentially, playing around with heavy themes and life-changing events but lightweight enough not to make you think too hard or keep you glued to the television when you decide you want something from the refrigerator — the TV equivalent of a beach book.
  9. 50
    Seldom has a set of characters worn out their welcome more quickly.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Most of the beats suffer from a been-there quality, and there's a glut of interlocking storylines that might be less of an issue, admittedly, if two or three really merited attention.
  11. 40
    I hope future episodes don’t feel as if somebody took three hours of material and reduced it to one.
  12. For every story line that intrigues, and every character that sparks some interest, there are several others that don't.
  13. 30
    "Windfall's" interlocking plots are mostly predictable and bland.
  14. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    A shrewdly silly show offering something lovingly hackneyed for everyone.
  15. The characters have the depth of a dollar bill, and their predicaments produce few surprises. It's not that the stories lack potential -- well, some maybe. Mostly it's that the level of drama rarely goes beyond daytime fare.
  16. "Windfall's" concept becomes increasingly muddled. Is it a bad soap opera, or a sluggish thriller?
  17. 20
    There's an attempt at darkness here that the writers don't pull off; instead each negative turn of events just feels depressing.
  18. 10
    An unsatisfying and predictable jumble.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
  1. JessB
    Jul 18, 2007
    I loved Windfall!! Please Please Please have a season two!! I absolutly fell in love with the first season and i wish I knew what happens next!!
  2. cindya
    Jun 21, 2007
    i hope they put windfall back i want to see it and i was very sad when they canceled it please put it back so everyone could see it
  3. ShannonM
    Jun 6, 2007
    Please put Windfall back on the air. It was a great show. I always stayed interested. At least put it on for one more season to sum up all Please put Windfall back on the air. It was a great show. I always stayed interested. At least put it on for one more season to sum up all the stories. You cant just leave us hanging like that. Full Review »