Looking for Alaska: Season 1 Reviews

October 25, 2019
The show hit home - and not just for its throwback music and early-2000s fashion. It's poised to do the same for today's teens, for reasons that go far beyond appearances.
October 21, 2019
This is all pretty stiff, predictable stuff, built around the operatic pangs of teen romance.
October 19, 2019
The story should also be universal to anyone who has ever had a teenage experience and to anyone who has longed for something more, especially given your circumstances in life.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 19, 2019
This episode perfectly captures the cruel self-absorption of teens, who find their parents' feelings sooooo embarrassing but can't see how absurd their own huge emotions can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2019
Looking for Alaska has heart and soul, and has more in common with its forebears than its contemporaries. This is Dawson's Creek with regular alcohol; The OC in Alabama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2019
"Looking For Alaska" is nostalgic for itself, like it's admiring itself in a mirror instead of making eye contact. This neutralizes the immediacy and intimacy that can make coming-of-age stories so special.
October 17, 2019
Based on the autobiographical novel by John Green, the series is freighted with foreboding and the intensity of adolescent emotion.
October 15, 2019
With eight episodes, there's rarely a character who doesn't get to reveal some more vulnerable layer. These cracks in the veneer sometimes take too long to show themselves, but they're always welcome.
October 10, 2019
Dominated by Froseth and the solid young cast, it's a solid adaptation of a much loved book, even if its successful adapting can't always fix its problems.
October 9, 2019
It's a familiar coming-of-age story, but one executed at a high level, and with far more thought than usual given to all the kids who were forced to grow up long before the main character has to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2019
It's as if Looking for Alaska was cut loose from the anchor of Miles's narratorial voice and then swung in the direction of the strongest prevailing wind, drifting toward all the new, rich material the miniseries finds.