• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 12, 2020
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ann Donahue
    Jan 10, 2020
    91
    “Sanditon” is sexy escapism for winter, tart and political, gorgeous and honest. Austen would have loved it.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 10, 2020
    90
    A gorgeous eight-part "Masterpiece" miniseries. Although fans will find many of the requisite Austen touches -- including smoldering suitors and jockeying for a large inheritance -- this PBS presentation includes issues not only of class but race, with a dollop of sex for good measure.
  3. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 6, 2020
    90
    Andrew Davies has the witty sense and sensibility to carry the story forward, concocting a delightful diversion that feels to her manner born. Charlotte Heywood (the effervescent Rose Williams), is a quintessential Austen heroine. [6-19 Jan 2020, p.8]
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 9, 2020
    80
    Mr. Davies is free to do what he will with “Sanditon,” and he has. ... It’s worth the trip to Regency-Era England to find out what actually happens, and who does what to whom.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jan 8, 2020
    80
    A delight, as it blends the costume drama conventions we’ve come to know and love with bracingly contemporary elements.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 10, 2020
    70
    A silly but acceptably entertaining eight-episode series (premiering Sunday) that will probably sit well with “Masterpiece” viewers. It’s not the next “Downton Abbey” (what could ever be?), but it certainly works as an intriguing piece of Austenalia, as it tries to both respect and elevate the story she might have had in mind.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 9, 2020
    70
    It doesn’t click entirely with Austen’s vision — comic ironic wit and misunderstanding that inevitably lead to lessons learned, love found, and marriage vows spoken — and it may well trigger Austen loyalists. But without the Austen connection — it’s a reasonably absorbing and pretty story that will ring all the pleasure bells for “Masterpiece” diehards.
  8. It’s tough to say how to square the final episode’s ending with the truly lovely production that precedes it. Because regardless of what Sanditon does at the end, the first episodes are completely enjoyable, and as Charlotte says to a friend when the series comes to a close, “I do not regret the time I spent there.”
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  1. Jan 14, 2020
    10
    Love this show! My new favorite. We need Season 2 to start production now!