Metascore
65

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: Alexis Gunderson
    Nov 8, 2019
    93
    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
    80
    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
    80
    “HSM:TM:TS” plays with the genre with an insider’s rude glee.
  4. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Nov 11, 2019
    75
    "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
    75
    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: Judy Berman
    Nov 15, 2019
    70
    The result is equal parts clever and sweet, with an energetic cast and a love triangle plot that’s sure to make junior romantics starry-eyed. The Series is still a bit too Disney-sanitized to have much intrinsic appeal for adults, but there are enough meta jokes to ensure that their eyes don’t glaze over.
  8. Reviewed by: Robyn Bahr
    Nov 12, 2019
    70
    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 enough...as long as you can stomach High School Musical hagiography.
  9. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Nov 11, 2019
    70
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 7, 2019
    65
    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.
User Score
5.9

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
    0
    Disappointed! Really wanted to enjoy this but just didn’t believe some of the characters.
  2. Nov 11, 2019
    10
    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
    10
    Witty, fresh, smart, delightful. It's just so fun to watch. Will be my guilty pleasure for sure.