• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 6, 2020
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Joel Keller
    Feb 7, 2020
    90
    There aren’t enough shows on network television right now that are as aspirational as this one is, and Hale’s magnetic performance as Katy will keep you watching.
  2. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 27, 2020
    80
    Lucy Hale makes an unusually appealing [fairy tale princess]. ... Less about finding Prince Charming than it is about making your artistic dreams come true without losing your soul, Katy Keene is a fairy tale fit for a new decade.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 6, 2020
    80
    In all, “Katy Keene” represents a pleasant instance of the CW getting the balance exactly right for a comforting, engaging watch, keeping what works on “Riverdale” and ditching the murder. One hopes it stays that way.
  4. Reviewed by: Gwen Ihnat
    Feb 4, 2020
    75
    Katy Keene is far from drama-filled (or reality-filled), the type of show unlikely to make an Emmy nomination list. But you could do worse for weeknight escapist fodder than tuning in to the weekly travails of Katy and her friends.
  5. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Feb 5, 2020
    67
    Charming yet slight . ... Every other character is just too practically perfect in every way, hardscrabbling occasional setbacks with bright-eyed radiance because friendship conquers all.
  6. Reviewed by: Mekeisha Madden Toby
    Jan 31, 2020
    60
    The CW's "musical comedy-drama" feels depth-averse as its characters float around New York like stylishly dressed pappi in the wind. ... But thankfully there are exceptions.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 15, 2020
    50
    Katy Keene lasciviously rolls around in every threadbare cliché of showbiz melodrama and then some.
  8. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Jan 6, 2020
    42
    They need a strong villain to play off of, though, and generically mean rich girl Alexandra Cabot (Camille Hyde) doesn’t quite cut it. I found myself wishing for more screentime for The Other Two‘s Heléne York, who plays Katy’s bitchy coworker Amanda. She’s sharp enough to provide a worthy foil for Katy, at least… but in the world of Katy Keene, it seems, any and all sharp edges have been rounded off to a safe dullness.

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