The Morning Show: Season 1 Reviews

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November 15, 2019
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, playing two women whose lives intersect after a catastrophic scandal, are brilliantly cast and take strong but imperfect material and lend it a little old Hollywood gravitas.
November 15, 2019
It's not great, but oh, God, is it interesting.
November 7, 2019
As we'd expect, Aniston and Witherspoon are electric in their scenes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2019
As a mix of melodrama and well-written interactions that feel genuinely human, "The Morning Show" is fairly entrancing.
November 4, 2019
When The Morning Show finally gets its setup established, and starts to grapple with the consequences and the meaning of what [Steve Carrell's character] has actually done, the show finds some momentum.
November 3, 2019
It's a throwback in all the wrong ways.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 1, 2019
The Morning Show dares to execute a very difficult balancing act, with women in off-camera command instead of assuming the positions assigned to them -- by men. The result so far is more than fair, but with continued storytelling perils ahead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 1, 2019
After a while I found myself wondering whether everybody involved in this project was simply too rich and powerful to comprehend how hard the average viewer may find it to sympathise.
November 1, 2019
There is a twist at the end of each episode and, well, that's certainly entertaining.
November 1, 2019
I have to hand it to Aniston and her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, for wangling a show about journalism that is so without true emotion or real meaning that it isn't interesting to me even on some basic or pheromonal level as a journalist myself.
November 1, 2019
Aniston is flawless - wholly convincing as a woman both broken by and rightfully raging at Mitch's betrayal, a force to be reckoned with and a person who has had it up to here with a lifetime of negotiating other people's whims, needs and prejudices.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 1, 2019
In this premiere, The Morning Show comes off a bit like a real morning show: compulsively watchable, polished as hell, but maybe a little self-important about what it's doing. But for now, perhaps the fun is in the self-importance.
November 1, 2019
The stakes are low, the writing is clichéd and the overwhelming vibe is one of disappointment and wasted potential. Rachel Green deserved better.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 31, 2019
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.
October 30, 2019
This show has everything.
October 30, 2019
It is, however, 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.
October 30, 2019
A racially tone-deaf dive into the shark tank of television news, it trades too heavily on our knowledge of the Matt Lauer scandal at the expense of character development and commits some egregious plotting errors at the expense of plausibility.
October 29, 2019
It feels caught between a frothy look at TV news politics and a sharp commentary on the state of journalism, too often failing to be either.
October 28, 2019
Heartbreakingly - this may solve itself in coming episodes, as the writers figure out what they're trying to do - "The Morning Show" pushes one excellent actor after another into misjudged shrillness and Big Moment fireworks.
Top Critic
October 28, 2019
The eponymous "Morning Show" here never quite feels like a bone fide morning show but an ersatz version of one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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