‘Betrayal’ Reviews: New Infidelity Drama Falls ‘Flat’ With Critics

Mon, September 30, 2013 12:23pm EST by 55 Comments
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While no one disputes the hotness of the cast, it sounds like ABC’s new drama lacks chemistry with viewers.

Sept. 30 was a big night for ABC, as the network rolled out the season premieres of two of its biggest shows, Once Upon A Time and Revenge. And along with those highly anticipated returns came the arrival of a new sudser, Betrayal — but was it worthy of standing alongside its popular lead-ins?

The critics don’t think so, and that’s putting it mildly. The series, about a woman (Hannah Ware) who finds herself involved in a torrid affair, just doesn’t seem to hold its own in an already crowded schedule.

‘Betrayal’ Reviews


It’s more daytime soap, frankly, than ready for primetime. … Barring an unexpected turn for the better, the show seems destined to generate more unintended giggles than heat (the ads should really say ‘ABC’s funniest new series!’). Because while TV has plenty of room for guilty pleasures, they should really be more satisfying than this.

E! Online

ABC wants to seduce you with its new drama Betrayal, but there isn’t enough television foreplay to get us all the way there. It starts flat, builds up a bit and then ends in an unsatisfying way, so just imagine a hookup that just doesn’t do it for you. Which is a shame, because the cast is very attractive.

The Hollywood Reporter

It’s clear that since ABC already had Scandal and Revenge, it definitely needed Betrayal. That can be the only reason a network would want a show about infidelity that isn’t very sexy, isn’t overly dramatic about the dangers of cheating and one that layers on a bunch of complications to make it more exciting.

And those are the nicest reviews I could find.

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— Andy Swift

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