Why Women Kill: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Why Women Kill

Critics Consensus

Though Why Women Kill falls short of its ambitious premise, fans of Marc Cherry and his impressive cast will find much to like it its darkly soapy and stylish delights.



Critic Ratings: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 37
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Air date: Aug 15, 2019
Air date: Aug 22, 2019
Air date: Aug 29, 2019
Air date: Sep 5, 2019
Air date: Sep 12, 2019
Air date: Sep 19, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Why Women Kill Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

While Why Women Kill has nuanced leads, the show stumbles in its use of high camp.

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The series' arch tone and visual splendor are enough to stick around for the ride.

Aug 16, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Why Women Kill can't be taken seriously enough for drama and isn't fun enough for camp.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

As expected from [Marc] Cherry, Why Women Kill is a blend, a darkly funny comedy-drama that works on the surface.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The format of the trio of essentially disconnected and hence isolated vignettes hobble any larger point about the role of women in American Society and the men who screw them over, as well as any sharp, dark comedy.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Soapy delight has sex, language, terrific roles for women.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In a world inundated with tremendous television, Why Women Kill is merely fine.

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Mark Cherry assembles a truly magnificent cast for what is billed as a darkly comedic drama, but it's very difficult to connect with the characters, and that's troublesome.

Aug 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Why Women Kill feels more comfortably familiar than recycled or old. There's never a question of why we should care about any of these characters.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

There's still room for the series to grow into itself, but in the first two episodes provided to critics, Why Women Kill exhibits a frustrating broadness where precision is necessary to balance all the competing story lines.

Aug 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Why Women Kill: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    Yes! Yes! Yes! I thought this looked pretty silly to start with but the premiere pulled me in and I love it. OMG Lucy Liu.
  • Sep 13, 2019
    Great show, really fun. I am still guessing how they will end up killing off the characters. Also Great cast, I really love all three lead characters so much in this. Amazing. Also the colour and the settings are amazing. Also the humour!
  • Sep 06, 2019
    I'm very drawn in by the story lines. I love how the story plays one house with three stories through different decades... it's unique. The only few things are the throuple story, they try too hard to emasculate Eli and you can almost feel that tension building. The other thing is Lucy Liu's over-acting. I can't tell if she's purposely acting this way because her character is placed in the 80s or if she's just trying too hard to portray her character and it comes off weird. Either way, I'll be paying the 5.99 to see the remainder of the series through CBS all access. I'm hooked now.
  • Sep 03, 2019
    Great cast, great story lines, love it!
  • Aug 26, 2019
    amazing, i loved it!
  • Aug 25, 2019
    When critics don't like a show but fans overwhelmingly love it, I always check it out. Personally would have watched this anyways but now think everyone should... and it gets better every episode - so there's that. 1960s neighbor and waitress... I predict breakout stars.
  • Aug 25, 2019
    Amazing, especially Ginnifer Goodwin's performance as Beth Ann
  • Aug 24, 2019
    Wonderful cast; Compelling storylines. Meanwhile, the show also cleverly portrays the development of gender roles and socially-constructed expectations. Excited for more!
  • Aug 23, 2019
    Great show, love the periods and the staging and the dark themes...
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Not half way through first episode turned it off. Perhaps having lived through all the eras, I found these depictions not "campy" but worse than cliche and ridiculous - unless that's what the director was going for. Worse than ridiculous. Downright stupid and insipid.

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