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Betrayal: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:
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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 22

Plagued by a predictable story, lackluster writing, and uninspired acting, Betrayal is far less compelling -- even as a guilty pleasure -- than it ought to be.

17

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10

Plagued by a predictable story, lackluster writing, and uninspired acting, Betrayal is far less compelling -- even as a guilty pleasure -- than it ought to be.

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User Ratings: 34

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Season Info

A photographer (Hannah Ware) begins an affair with an attorney (Stuart Townsend) for a powerful family run by a dictatorial patriarch (James Cromwell), but their secret is in jeopardy when her ambitious husband (Chris Johnson) becomes the prosecutor in a high-profile murder case in which her paramour is defending the prime suspect (Henry Thomas). The series, based on the Dutch drama "Overspel," also stars Wendy Moniz, Braeden Lemasters and Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Network: ABC

Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Pilot

In this drama's opener, a photographer begins an affair with a lawyer for a powerful family, but their secret's in jeopardy when her ambitious husband is the prosecutor in a high-profile murder case in which her paramour is defending the prime suspect.

2
Air date: Oct 6, 2013

...Except When the Bear Is Chasing You.

Still reeling from the discovery of who Jack really is, Sara decides to recommit herself to her marriage. Meanwhile, Jack comes face to face with Sara's husband, Drew, in the murder investigation that has shaken the Karsten family to its core.

3
Air date: Oct 13, 2013

"If you want the fruit..."

Hot, heart-racing fantasies throw Sara off balance as she attempts to resist the powerful pull of her affair with Jack. As Drew tries to get to the bottom of Lou's murder, he has a heated face off against Jack in court for T.J.'s bail hearing.

4
Air date: Oct 20, 2013

"...That is not what ships are built for."

'...That is not what ships are built for.',10/20/2013, Drew confronts Sara about her recent whereabouts, but does he already know about Jack?

5
Air date: Oct 27, 2013

"...Nice photos."

'Nice photos',10/27/2013, Sara and Jack's secret trysts cause Jack to make an effort at home and Sara to blossom with a new sense of self-confidence.

6
Air date: Nov 3, 2013

"...The things that drive men crazy."

'The things that drive men crazy.',11/03/2013, Sara's concern about Jack's and her relationship being exposed intensifies. Jack makes a difficult confession that leaves him vulnerable and exposed, but brings him closer to Sara than ever.

7
Air date: Nov 10, 2013

"...We're not going to Baileys Harbor."

'We're not going to Bailey's Harbor',11/10/2013, Neither Sara nor Jack's families will ever be the same after Drew's discovery of the affair.

8
Air date: Nov 17, 2013

"...One more shot."

'One more shot.',11/17/2013, TJ becomes reckless after a traumatic event leaves him unable to cope. His predicament forces Karsten to confront his past and take drastic measures in the present.

9
Air date: Dec 8, 2013

"It's just you and me now..."

'It's Just You and Me Now', 12/08/2013, Jack whisks Sara away for a romantic road trip, even as the FBI is tracking him down.

10
Air date: Dec 15, 2013

...Number 16

Elaine and Aidan struggle with defining their relationship as they continue to get to know each other. Jack takes a big step in his relationship with Sara. (C) ABC

11
Air date: Jan 5, 2014

...The Karsten Way

A confession rocks the Karsten and McAllister families; Sara searches for exonerating evidence.

12
Air date: Jan 12, 2014

Sharper Than a Serpant's Tooth...

Sara and Drew threaten to fall back into bad habits; Jack and Drew decide to work together. (C) ABC

13
Air date: Jan 19, 2014

"...A better place."

In the series finale, Sara's survival is in doubt after being shot, which forces intense reflection by her family and Jack's as they ponder what comes next.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (22)

ABC tried something like this before with Dirty, Sexy Money. And that show was better written and much more compelling.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Buffalo News

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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

This copycat is lacking in any redeeming qualities.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

The first episode of Betrayal isn't really enough to sell me on the premise, as I'm still not entirely sure what the titular betrayal is.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Betrayal may be the most bland look at finding one's soulmate in another's husband or wife ever dreamt up.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Betrayal is a Hitchcockian web of suspenseful treachery.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

So Unfaithful meets The Godfather meets The Good Wife (it's Chicago!) and, of course, Revenge. But as Baron von Frankenstein discovered to his chagrin, you may be able to animate a bunch of assembled parts, but you will not like what happens next.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

When she finds out Drew has Jack in his sights, the news so devastates her that she faints, wasting what looks like a rather nice bottle of wine. You might feel bad for the wine, and maybe for the hour you could have spent doing other things.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Betrayal better become top-shelf crazy like Revenge or give us more compelling characters like Scandal to pique any interest.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Sex, treachery, murder: Betrayal is a show with everything - except decent writing, believable characters, and anything else that would provide a reason to watch.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

This brings us back to the opening scene, which is also the closing scene, slotted in to make sure we tune in again because nothing else that has happened in the duration of the show justifies our return.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

It would help if Mr. Townsend and Ms. Ware had chemistry, but they're basically generic-looking actors playing out an unsurprising dynamic.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The fatal attraction story line is a long windup to a punchline you already know, and promos have revealed it as well.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Betrayal may depict the most boring, sullen, sad-faced affair in TV history and that in itself is a betrayal of what the show promises.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The network [ABC] has wrung multiple seasons out of both Revenge and Scandal. So why stop when the going's good? Even if the goings-on in Betrayal tend to be less bracing or stimulating than a watered-down cocktail.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's all so sluggishly written, acted and directed that you might find yourself pining for the glory days of Red Widow.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Betrayal is a grim, uninteresting and mind-numbing soap opera that's less interesting than looking out the window and watching your neighbors.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Not even James Cromwell can breathe life into this.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

While TV has plenty of room for guilty pleasures, they should really be more satisfying than this.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

With law, politics, forbidden romance and the sordid doings of awful rich people all on the table, the raw material is certainly available for Betrayal to become a solid guilty pleasure.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Bland soap opera features sexual situations and violence.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If subsequent episodes are going to throw in some twists, the premiere episode gives us no reason to hope that they'll be intriguing or surprising.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

An extremely vacuous Harlequin paperback smeared with ABC's trademark, fauxmantic gloss.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

So far, there's not much here you don't see coming from many miles away, and there's barely enough chemistry between Ware and Townsend to make things bubble.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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