Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Alexis Gunderson
    Nov 8, 2019
    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is just damn fun to watch. It knows its earnestness can be very silly, and leans hard into taking loving shots at that earnestness.
  2. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Nov 12, 2019
    The result is surprisingly refreshing, even with a title that suggests a sense of redundancy. ... The series is not a reinvention of its genre, but it shines in its little specifics, like the agony of listening to someone slog through reading stage directions out loud, or impromptu harmonies that are really just singing an octave up. The cast is bubbly and terrific, and the zingers (“my mother bounced back from an autopsy!”) keep everything from becoming schlockola.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 11, 2019
    “HSM:TM:TS” plays with the genre with an insider’s rude glee.
  4. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Nov 11, 2019
    "Musical" works because it acknowledges the ridiculousness of its concept and its very existence.
  5. 75
    Your tweenager's newest obsession will be this series that's heavy on humor, music and meta references.
  6. Reviewed by: Shannon Miller
    Nov 4, 2019
    What Federle and HSM: TM: TS deliver outweighs the show’s potential hang-ups: a fresh take on an old favorite that genuinely wants to give its young audience the smart, fun content it deserves.
  7. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Nov 12, 2019
    One-part bloated gobbledygook, two-parts meta satire, this funny/kitschy Disney+ mockumentary series resides somewhere between spin-off, reboot and self-parody. Either way, it's another classic ouroboros from the House of Mouse, which plumes itself with audience nostalgia. Thankfully, it's bright long as you can stomach High School Musical hagiography.
  8. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Nov 11, 2019
    While the parallels between this high school musical and the other one aren’t hard to spot, it does have a more adult vibe and a snarkiness factor that should pull in a non-Disney crowd.
  9. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 7, 2019
    All the best moments are in that [trailer] preview and everything else is OK but very much a tween show with higher, streaming service-level production values.
  10. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Nov 4, 2019
    Overall, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is as charming and endearingly tongue-in-cheek as that title would suggest. It mostly exists in that sweet spot between pure empty nostalgia and something completely new, a series that hits you with those sense memories from a simpler time while, once or twice an episode, reaching high notes all its own.
  11. 50
    The show seems aimed at fully self-aware meta humor, but it’s not quite sharp enough to pull off self-mockery, and at the same time, too loopingly referential to just be a straight remake.
  12. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Nov 4, 2019
    Beyond an Instagram reference here and there, its first couple episodes just doesn’t do much to reflect that the show is set well over a decade from when Efron and Hudgens first hit the stage, or make a case for why this story might be interesting to tell now beyond “people know what ‘High School Musical’ is and Disney Plus needed content.”
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Nov 11, 2019
    It’s about the staging of a version of “HSM” in a high school, but that’s just the backdrop for another mediocre love triangle story. The dialogue and characters here are so grating that it’s one minor rewrite away from a “Scary Movie”-style parody of “High School Musical” instead.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Nov 13, 2019
    Disappointed! Really wanted to enjoy this but just didn’t believe some of the characters.
  2. Nov 11, 2019
    I like it a lot! A fun watch for sure and the actors are so talented and have amazing singing voices
  3. Nov 9, 2019
    Witty, fresh, smart, delightful. It's just so fun to watch. Will be my guilty pleasure for sure.