‘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

Variety

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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HollywoodLifers, do you agree with these reviews, or are you a fan of Betrayal? Drop a comment with your thoughts below!

— Andy Swift

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Janet

Posted at 4:59 PM on January 26, 2014  

I love the characters in betrayal especially Stu Townsend and Hannah ware..i think the show is getting better and better…it’s so addictive

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toni

Posted at 4:50 PM on January 26, 2014  

Betrayal does not fall flat!!! My favorite show.

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Terry Dillon

Posted at 2:09 PM on January 21, 2014  

Just LOVED the show, sorry that it is over, the ending scene was a killer, great, just great.,

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Pat Bishop

Posted at 4:36 PM on January 13, 2014  

I love Betrayal. I hope it will be around for awhile.

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Teresa

Posted at 9:03 AM on January 10, 2014  

Finally Sarah saw the light,… I think that the scene where Drew told her that he doesn’t want Jack around Oliver should have been more rude and crude, he should have show Sarah photos of Jack’s crimes, of Thacher crimes, make it more dramatic.
I think that is exactly what this show lack of it, It has all the elements but somehow the writers made it more melodramatic and love story type, instead of taking advantage of what this is really about betrayal, deception, murder, crime and make the viewers fall in love with it. Who does not like a show with those elements.
This should have been a great show it’s based in a famous show Overspel that has more than one season, they just did not quite explode all those good elements, they went for the silly love story this show is not about.

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Kathleen Kenny

Posted at 3:24 AM on December 22, 2013  

Betrayal is one of the best shows on TV. ABC is stupid for taking it off the air. Everyone I know who watches it thinks it is fantastic – different from all the superhero and cops and bad guys shows which are on nowadays. The only other show I watch on ABC is Scandal, and Betrayal is much better than that.

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Lulu

Posted at 12:16 AM on December 10, 2013  

Betrayal is one of the best shows that gets better every episode

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rick

Posted at 12:32 PM on December 11, 2013  

Have you seen what the execs at abc have stated recently? This show was designed as a limited series one season 13 episodes.They say that this does away with the pressure of renewing it.They also say that the only reason the show is still airing is because they made the mistake of not having a fill in ready.Have you seen the new shows comming to abc? Well its the same type of show.Killer women 8 episodes and its done.The execs at abc say that they think to use their words that people will embrace this type of show.Really i think not.I must disagree with you because this last episode was just plain boreing,As i said before this show cant work with jack and sra staying together.Where would the betrayal be in season 2?Jack and sara staying together leave the show flat.The drama is gone and where would the nailbiters be?I would really like to know what people think could peek our interest if jack and sara stay together.Revege is successful because they keep the revenge moving slowly and keep building to a jaw dropping climax that keeps you comming back for more.This show has moved much to quickly I beleive this show could have been huge if they would nave changed directions alittle bit.I for one have no sympathy for jack and sara.Two people responsible for so much pain.Since the series is going to end does it really matter who shoots sara.Im sure the ending will leave us all unhappy since the show wont be back.Its a shame really because it could have been a hit . Poor writing and poor producing are to blame.For the 4 million people who like jack and sara all i can say is what ever happened to the morales and values in our country.Its no wonder divorce is up a whopping 47 percent in our country.What kind of message does this show send to our kids? If your going to end it then do it right and send sara back to drew.

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Teresa

Posted at 1:46 PM on December 12, 2013  

Keep it real, Sarah back to Drew?? seriously you are not giving any sense of pride to our righteously Drew. This is not a show for kids, there is a reason why it’s air at 10:00 pm.

You’re right it all went to fast, but it was just inevitable, too many lies, how much longer could they have fool everybody, specially Drew.

Now they both are facing consequences for their actions, this mess about Jack having to testify against the Tacher how could he say no or yes. Sarah probably should have started realizing she got involved with a dangerous guy, and eventually the one who will suffer the most will be that poor kid.
I don’t understand what kind of show you want to watch Hallmark channel probably will be more suitable for you.
Actually I think this is a credible story, very real like you said, it happens.
Revenge in the other hand … the super rich girl came back for revenge, the heroin is ready to crawl in bed with anybody, cheat and lie just to get revenge, talking about morals . I don;t see why you like one but not the other oh yes I know like the vast majority you are bedazzled by the opulence of their characters.

 
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Lizzette DelValle

Posted at 3:47 PM on December 4, 2013  

I love it! Plain and simple!!

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Teresa

Posted at 10:35 AM on December 6, 2013  

Me too!!

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Stephanie

Posted at 4:30 PM on November 25, 2013  

I think it should be for the best not to bring others down consider they like or love the show. I know your here to voice your opinion but don’t be the party pooper, if you don’t like the show then don’t comment, allow the ones who do, voice there opinion. Two can play this game, and it can get tiring, just because someone might like the Blacklist instead of betrayal is like a double standard, personally I don’t think that the blacklist is not all hunky doory. Everyone is gonna lose that battle. I am just thinking logically that’s all and plus I love the show myself but I don’t want to start a battle between someone who hates the show. I just want to let you know that its not fair to others. I work with children and to me adults can act like children sometimes. Lets teach others and children to play fair.

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rick

Posted at 11:26 AM on December 1, 2013  

Its everyones rite to voice there opinion good or bad.I watch the show but its hard to watch a show that will not come back. According to abc the shows chances of comming back are almost zero to use their words.There is alot of people who like this show but there are twice as many that dont like it. The last episodes rateings were down 27 percent.The final episode should leave you in awe but we already know that sara gets shot.That takes away from a powerful ending.When sara is on the stretcher you clearly see a mans hand holding hers and he has a wedding ring on.Are there any of you that think that this is drew? I suspect not many.I normally dont agree with critics but they arre right about one thing the show needs a different direction.As i stated before the one way to do this is to show a side of jack that sara doesnt like.This makes the show more interesting.I agree with you we should teach our kids to play fair like teaching them morales and values.Teach them that adultry is wrong.I see that some people on here say that if you like black list and person of intrest then you must be infatuated with violence.Well then the same could be said for those people that like this show you must be infatuated with infedelity.Please do not get me wrong i like betrayal but how do you stay interested in a show that will in all probability will not be back.Think about this we have alredy seen the betrayal and we are seeing some of the cosequences of those actions which at least for now keeps it a little interesting.But imagine for a second if jack and sara live happily ever after with normal everyday couple problems what is interesting about that.There would be no more drama and no jawdroppers to keep you on the edge of your seat.Remember that the critics have already seen all the episodes and they say that you will be left unsatisfied.I susspect thier right.What do all of you think the show can do to make this series survive.I for one would like to see them tweek a few thinds and bring it back for anothe season.After all havent we all seen enough adultry on tv.Abc seems to love adultry that why i call it the adultress behavior channel.

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janiajania

Posted at 6:43 PM on December 4, 2013  

Actually there’s no way the critics could have seen all the episodes, because they’re just filming the 13th episode right now.
And the voice holding Sara’s hand does sound like Drew to me, but I’m not even sure that matters, does it?
Whatever it’s future, this show has been a great ride for many viewers and has highlighted fine work by all involved. I didn’t know who Stu Townsend was before this show and now I do. That’s knowledge I value! For these things, I’d say the drama has been a success.

 
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Sharon

Posted at 6:37 PM on November 22, 2013  

As usual, the CRITICS will mess up my tv programs that I LOVE! i JUST HOPE that it will be staying. I love this show!

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Teresa

Posted at 9:57 AM on November 25, 2013  

I guess that was it for Betrayal, I though there were more episodes coming… :(

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Stephanie

Posted at 4:16 PM on November 25, 2013  

Hey Teresa, there is more shows, the next one doesn’t air till Dec 8 along with Revenge, you should check imbd site and go to the where the season year is and you can always tell when the next ones will be airing. Hope this helps.

 
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Teresa

Posted at 11:04 AM on December 2, 2013  

thank you!

 
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rick

Posted at 7:38 PM on December 16, 2013  

I beg to differ wiyh you this show is on at ten and i know quite alot of teens that watch the show.revenge has a plot betrayal does not..Seems to me you like infedelity. two cheaters that destroyed two families for what? There own selfish needs.You want to talk about real there is no way to fully know someone in the short time that those two have been together.Hallmark channel really?How about blacklist person of interest the following and i can name many more great shows..You must be a reallity tv person.At least i speak from experience since my wife left me and the kids for a married man.Sound fammiliar? My wife said the same things sara did.He makes me feel like anew person.Funny that it only lasted a year and a half and shes now on her third guy.This is real life!The pain that myself and my kids went through for years and its still strained today.The fact that ive never cheated on a women shows that i have morales and values.I think my ex would disagree with you because she found out first hand that people arent always what they seem.Your going to tell me that you jump in the sack with someone and sparks fly and your in love.I was the faithful one and look what i got for it.A heart that doesnt trust anymore.This is real!You exaust all efforts for your family before you decide to jump in the sack with someone and destroy two families.Im suer that those couple of months that jack and sara have been together they really know each other.I think not. I guess thats why divorce in this country is up 47 percent from ten years ago.This is real.You call drew righteous well then what do you call jack?It seems to me that elaine and drew just loved thier spouses so what did jack and sara do.The bottom line there is no good reason to cheat.

 
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Teresa

Posted at 12:42 PM on December 18, 2013  

I never said I like the fact that two spouses cheated and destroyed their families I just said that I like the show. What do I like? the fact that the show is about something real, didn’t you just said that this happened to you??
I like real stories sad or happy but real, and do not judge me, you don’t know me, I hate reality shows I think its only a cheap way to do TV, the return is really good for the producers but to me this is just garbage.
You are concern about teenagers ha ha, most of them have lived through this and I don’t think there is a big audience of teenagers for this specific show
Of course Drew is the righteous and Jack is a big a.h. one thing doesn’t take the other, be objective and ask yourself if you don’t like it why you know so much about it
Revenge: the filthy rich girl looking for revenge…. come on, how often do you hear about that, not very because it doesn’t happen it’s a fantasy . And your hero is a cheater, a liar and and devious person, I think Emily is her name. My friend looks like your still falling for the bad ones

 
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mgc

Posted at 12:18 AM on November 22, 2013  

Idk y critics have a problem! My family & I love the show! We watch it every week “faithfully” :) hope it stays around!!

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Ingris

Posted at 11:57 PM on November 21, 2013  

How ridiculous they portray Chicago police officers as the bad guys! The producers must not know the amount of crime in neighborhoods like auburn Gresham and how those that live in their neighborhood treat each other as well as those who put their lives in danger to serve and protect. They are all on welfare yet have money to buy their drugs and flamin hot Cheetos. Their children go to school and diredlectvtheur teachers and even the police officers. Shame on the director of this show for making police officers in Chicago look like its their fault people that live in bad neighborhoods act the way they do

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bg

Posted at 5:01 PM on November 26, 2013  

so you know for a fact that everyone in that neighborhood is on welfare?

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