Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 14, 2019
    It's a very meta, but mostly meh, homage. ... It's like Glee without very much glee. [11-24 Nov 2019, p.16]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 25
  2. Negative: 10 out of 25
  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.