Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 31, 2019
    83
    Aniston fully takes command and registers the best “serious” performance of her career while Witherspoon and Carell also are fully and convincingly invested. It all makes for a series that is anything but sunny side up.
  2. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Oct 28, 2019
    83
    It takes a little time to find its whip-smart footing, with the pilot trying too hard to make everyone sound clever for clever’s sake and some hoary speechifying, but once it gets going, The Morning Show has the addictive rush of great old-school TV dramas. Funny, biting, and with just the right dose of trashy zing, this is high-gloss soap—Broadcast News meets L.A. Law.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Nov 1, 2019
    80
    Because the creators have been able to take a headline-grabbing situation and make it relevant for those on the outside, “The Morning Show” bears watching. It’s one of those shows you didn't know you needed to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 1, 2019
    80
    As a mix of melodrama and well-written interactions that feel genuinely human, “The Morning Show” is fairly entrancing. Its characters, though big, are flawed in normal ways. ... The ending is almost operatic; not quite believable, yet emotionally satisfying. It killed me, I must confess.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Oct 29, 2019
    80
    What they arrive at by the end of the third episode is at least something soapily effective, an entertaining knot of contemporary babble that manages at times to emit a ring of truth. Aniston and Witherspoon are strong complements to one another, earning their enormous paychecks (each were paid a reported $1.25 million per episode) by riding this voluminous wave with confident precision.
  6. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 28, 2019
    80
    It is a serious show that, in every frame and every performance, announces that it wants to be taken seriously. Based on the first three episodes, it is also a well-executed work of television that never lets you forget you’re watching a work of television.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 1, 2019
    75
    “The Morning Show” doesn’t have the cinematic gravitas of the Showtime series “The Loudest Voice” or the Aaron Sorkin poetry of HBO’s “The Newsroom.” It’s more along the lines of the solid but underachieving “Sports Night” TV series from the late 1990s.
  8. Reviewed by: Niv M. Sultan
    Oct 28, 2019
    75
    Propelled by its magnetic performances, the series is an uneasy, sometimes nauseating, and often fascinating examination of our still-unspooling current moment.
  9. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Oct 28, 2019
    75
    A smart, showy, and sometimes strained drama about women and control, men and #MeToo, and the evaporating line between news and entertainment.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 23, 2019
    75
    “The Morning Show” offers engaging, soapy elements with a layer of resonant, semi-believable corporate politics on top.
  11. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Nov 1, 2019
    70
    The first three episodes made available to critics are remarkably flat for such a lavish venture. ... When The Morning Show finally gets its setup established, and starts to grapple with the consequences and the meaning of what Mitch has actually done, the show finds some momentum. It’s at its most fascinating, and meaningful, when it’s picking at the cultural scar tissue left by so many allegations.
  12. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Oct 29, 2019
    70
    If it takes a while to get a feel for most characters, Alex and Bradley come off as logical extensions of Aniston’s girls’-girl relatability and Witherspoon’s intensity. Yet the show doesn’t have the same depth or experimental spirit as the top tier of TV in 2019. Rather, it resembles a more muted Shonda Rhimes serial or a less smug Aaron Sorkin joint—it’s pithy and easy to watch but rarely as thought-provoking as you’d hope.
  13. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 28, 2019
    70
    There are almost constant whiffs of very classy, intelligent people poking and prodding and preaching at you. When these arguments are as provocative and insightful as the creative team seems to believe, it’s fantastic. Delivered by a cast this stacked, how could it not be? But when it misses, the groan may as well be a foghorn. It can seem like a fool’s errand to engage in these issues in real-time, which is what makes the show both so impressive and susceptible to intense criticism.
  14. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Nov 1, 2019
    60
    Apple TV+'s series is less about the intricacies of the business than the firestorms resulting when talent egos clash against management callousness. One might understand that more precisely after a slog through the first two episodes. But maybe audiences will forgive the clunky pacing and derivative scenes in those episodes, since "The Morning Show" less about the script than the performances and the star power.
  15. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Oct 28, 2019
    60
    The Morning Show is a fine drama. But when launching a streaming platform you expect people to pay for, you need more than fine. You need to break the mold and give us a TV show we didn’t even know we needed but cannot live without. The Morning Show is not that.
  16. Reviewed by: Adam Chitwood
    Oct 28, 2019
    60
    There is much that The Morning Show wants to chew on thematically, and to Ehrin’s credit it succeeds more often than it fails.
  17. Nov 1, 2019
    50
    It’s honestly pretty fun to watch, all glossy and zippy. But it’s also fundamentally at war with itself.
  18. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Oct 30, 2019
    50
    It’s OK. Just OK. ... I was consistently underwhelmed by the show’s hazy point of view.
  19. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 29, 2019
    50
    It’s not good, but it’s bad in an extremely satisfying (to me) way. Like The Newsroom and Smash before it, it is an earnest, mediocre, insider-y look at an insular entertainment world of extreme interest to New York media types.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    To the extent The Morning Show is Apple's way of sounding the alarm for its new service, feel safe to hit the "snooze" button.
  21. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    Simplified storytelling and giving viewers what they signed up for — Jen and Reese together 4ever — would have benefitted The Morning Show. Future episodes may reward us with those, but as far as first impressions go, this Morning Show made me want to hit the snooze button.
  22. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    The Morning Show isn’t terrible. It has several excellent performances beyond Crudup’s. ... But the series is a well-polished snore.
  23. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    After a brutally dull pilot and a meandering second episode, there are distinct hints in the third hour of a more satisfying and confident The Morning Show, one that actually gets value out of leading ladies Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.
  24. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 28, 2019
    50
    Mostly "The Morning Show" is a show in search of itself, uncertain of what to say about the #MeToo movement and workplace misconduct, or how to explore those real world parallels (Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer). This is because "The Morning Show" is often a mashup of verisimilitude with outright balderdashery.
  25. Reviewed by: Dave Nemetz
    Oct 28, 2019
    42
    Aniston infuses Alex’s story with genuine emotion, and reminds us what a gifted dramatic actor she is. But the rest of the show lets her down. It’s a solid performance lost in a sea of jumbled ideas and missed opportunities.
  26. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Oct 28, 2019
    42
    Early tonal inconsistencies can be expected, but they still make these first three episodes hard to gauge and, worse still, there’s very little to just enjoy. Maybe it doesn’t make sense to compare an ongoing TV series about morning news to a two-hour film about the financial crisis. But if that can be entertaining and incisive, than this should be, well, either.
  27. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Oct 30, 2019
    40
    After three episodes, this tech company’s first venture into TV is good only at appearing to be good. It’s like something assembled in a cleanroom out of good-show parts from incompatible suppliers. Under the gleaming surface, as sleek and anodyne as an Apple Store, it is a kludge. ... Carell is good in his role, as are his co-stars. But they’re appearing in different shows.
  28. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 30, 2019
    40
    A conspicuous fender bender, in which ambition has been rear-ended by self-importance, causing it to bump into a dump truck full of cliches.
  29. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 29, 2019
    40
    “The Morning Show” can’t quite figure what it wants to be, waffling between a soapy take on super personalities like “All About Eve” and “serious” commentary on the state of the world like “The Newsroom.” A couple of the performances—and one in particular—keep it from being a complete disaster, but the show has a high degree of unearned self-importance.
  30. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Nov 1, 2019
    37
    The stakes are low, the writing is clichéd and the overwhelming vibe is one of disappointment and wasted potential. Rachel Green deserved better.
  31. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 28, 2019
    30
    Three episodes in, the women of “The Morning Show” are islands even as co-anchors, and for no reason more compelling than that the plot has said so.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 52
  2. Negative: 12 out of 52
  1. Nov 1, 2019
    7
    Jenn Aniston is great as Alex, Mark Duplass is really solid in his supporting/lead role, and it's shot really well. Don't love Reese in it onJenn Aniston is great as Alex, Mark Duplass is really solid in his supporting/lead role, and it's shot really well. Don't love Reese in it on the whole, but overall think this is a solid show. Great pilot, too. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2019
    10
    A thrilling show, anchored by a mesmerising Jennifer Aniston. Don’t let the anti mass entertainment critics put you off.
  3. Nov 1, 2019
    10
    Fantastic show, fantastic cast, that’s all that needs to be said, I would recommend this show to anyone, 10/10!