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Betrayal: Season 1 (2013-2014)

Seasons:

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
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

Cast

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2013

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

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

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.',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',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.

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Critic Reviews for Betrayal: Season 1

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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
E! Online

This copycat is lacking in any redeeming qualities.

Full Review… | October 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
CinemaBlend.com

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

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Hollywood Reporter

Betrayal is a Hitchcockian web of suspenseful treachery.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
Zap2it.com

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

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Uncle Barky

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Salt Lake Tribune

Not even James Cromwell can breathe life into this.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
New York Daily News

Bland soap opera features sexual situations and violence.

Full Review… | September 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Media Life
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Grantland
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

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