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Nashville: Season 1 (2012-2013)

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Average Rating: 8.6/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 4

Nashville promotes catchy pop-western tunes and plays to non-fans of the genre with its sharp atmosphere and its stellar narratives.

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Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 3

Nashville promotes catchy pop-western tunes and plays to non-fans of the genre with its sharp atmosphere and its stellar narratives.

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Season Info

In the first season of this drama, country-music legend Rayna Jaymes ( Connie Britton ) fights to stay in the spotlight as her most recent album fails to make an impact. Her fiercest competition is a rising star on the Nashville scene: pop-country singer Juliette Barnes ( Hayden Panettiere ). Each singer detests the other, and this difficult situation intensifies when music executives try to push the two of them together to widen their exposure and boost sales. Meanwhile, Rayna's marriage begins

Genre: Drama

Network: ABC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 10, 2012

Pilot

Rayna learns that her record label wants her to tour as the opening act for newcomer Juliette Barnes, and when she refuses, the stage is set for the ultimate power struggle for popularity.

2
Air date: Oct 17, 2012

I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)

Teddy's mayoral campaign is moving ahead and Rayna reluctantly endures an investigation that reveals some explosive family secrets.

3
Air date: Oct 24, 2012

Someday You'll Call My Name

Rayna immerses herself in her kids' lives and her husband's campaign, and is sobered to learn that she and Teddy are facing financial ruin;and Juliette offers Deacon an exclusive contract to write and tour with her.

4
Air date: Oct 31, 2012

We Live in Two Different Worlds

Rayna and Teddy's relationship is tested when Rayna performs with Deacon at Teddy's campaign fundraiser and a woman from Teddy's past shows up with a secret.

5
Air date: Nov 7, 2012

Move It on Over

Rayna thinks about moving on when Deacon sets boundaries in their relationship, tension between Gunnar and Avery puts pressure on Scarlett, and as Juliette struggles with her mother's addictions, Deacon is reminded of moments in his past.

6
Air date: Nov 14, 2012

You're Gonna Change (or I'm Gonna Leave)

Rayna wants to change her sound and seeks out the help of a highly successful music producer, Liam McGuinnis, Juliette goes on a sham date with a squeaky-clean NFL quarterback as a PR move for her tarnished image.

7
Air date: Nov 28, 2012

Lovesick Blues

Marshall Evans continues to pressure Rayna and Juliette to collaborate at an event at the Ryman theater, Teddy is forced to reveal the truth to Rayna when Peggy's desperation hits its peak.

8
Air date: Dec 5, 2012

Where He Leads Me

Rayna needs to take a look at what's really important to her after hearing Teddy's side of the story about Peggy. Juliette feels a sense of belonging with Sean's family that she has never experienced before.

9
Air date: Jan 9, 2013

Be Careful of Stones That You Throw

Rayna and Juliette are locked for their tour. When Rayna suggests taking her girls with her, she finds that Lamar's not above holding her hostage with some long forgotten family secrets.

10
Air date: Jan 16, 2013

I'm Sorry for You My Friend

Rayna and Juliette get ready to perform in San Diego in their first arena concert on the same bill. Rayna finds that working without Deacon is too disruptive and makes an interesting proposal to Liam, while Juliette sends Sean a message through the press.

11
Air date: Jan 23, 2013

You Win Again

Edgehill Records celebrates the success of "Wrong Song" with a lavish party attended by Rayna, Juliette and real-life country stars including Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young.

12
Air date: Feb 6, 2013

I've Been Down That Road Before

Rayna begins to settle into the tour when she discovers that Deacon has joined Juliette's band on the road, and she can't help but think that maybe the time has come to make some hard decisions.

13
Air date: Feb 13, 2013

There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

Rayna finds comfort in the arms of an old friend after revealing to Daphne and Maddie her plans to divorce. Juliette is invigorated by the response to her new sound and takes steps to reinvent herself against the guidance of her management.

14
Air date: Feb 27, 2013

Dear Brother

Juliette plans a surprise birtay party for Deacon, which is attended by real-life country stars Dan Auerbach, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, Kate York and Kip Moore.

15
Air date: Mar 27, 2013

When You're Tired of Breaking Other Hearts

Katie Couric guest stars as herself when Rayna appears on the "Katie" show, trying to set the record straight about her marriage and balancing her career with motherhood.

16
Air date: Apr 3, 2013

I Saw the Light

Rayna takes her children and sister with her on tour in NYC, but Rayna doesn't like the influence Juliette is having on her daughters.

17
Air date: Apr 10, 2013

My Heart Would Know

A personal crisis in Nashville causes Rayna to leave the tour in New York City before her sold-out concert with Juliette, but for Juliette, the show must go on.

18
Air date: May 1, 2013

Take These Chains From My Heart

Liam invites Rayna to run away with him to finish her album, and Deacon is surprised by his own reaction, as well as Stacy's accusations.

19
Air date: May 8, 2013

Why Don't You Love Me

Rayna and Juliette are both nominated for CMA Awards and Edgehill Records hosts a party in their honor. Meanwhile Teddy worries about his relationship with Maddie, Scarlett is concerned about Gunnar, and tension grows between him and Will.

20
Air date: May 15, 2013

A Picture From Life's Other Side

Rayna finds an unlikely ally in Lamar when he sides with her against Teddy about the girls. Jolene sees Juliette struggling and tries to find a way to help.

21
Air date: May 22, 2013

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

A shadow has been cast over country music's biggest night: Juliette discovers a letter from Jolene revealing her mother's true feelings; Rayna and Deacon's fairytale evening at the CMA Awards.

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All Critics (48) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (4)

(Connie Britton) is one of TV's most likable and talented stars and Nashville showcases all of her best qualities and highlights one talent we never knew she had: singing!

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It's a big, glittery showcase for Britton's supersize charms.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

My favorite thing about Nashville, and something I'm impressed that it's maintained, is its focus on the work and craft of making, especially writing music.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

It's a smart mix of soap opera, music and political intrigue.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's the clear writing and the blunt, brass tacks portrayal of Rayna's business dealings that give credibility to the characters and authenticity to the situations in Nashville.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A mash-up of the best elements of All About Eve, Dynasty and Nashville itself, it's a delectable treat.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

The hype is justified. Nashville's terrific.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

How long Rayna's rule will last is at the heart of the series, the best of this fall's new shows.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

The supporting cast is uniformly terrific, a series of political and personal dilemmas are depicted with thoughtful nuance, and this show isn't so much about country music as it is about a desire to communicate, be loved and be heard.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Even in a better season, Nashville would stand out, making beautiful music and juicy drama with its sensationally entertaining medley of backstage rivalries, family and political shenanigans, and enough sexy-sudsy twists.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Nashville introduces so many characters that watching the first episode of this ABC drama feels like being on the spinning teacup ride at Disneyland.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

The characters' relationships and backstories are trite. Since the writers cared so little about originality, viewers probably won't care enough to keep watching.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Like a catchy ballad that sticks in the mind, Nashville sounds like a hit.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

In almost every way, Nashville moves like a show that knows what it wants to be, and even if not everything's in place just yet, that has to inspire confidence.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club

Nashville is Country Strong for television. Unlike that melodramatic piece of throwaway fluff, however, Nashville has substance.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

This element [the music] is the heart and soul of the show. Now, I'm just hoping everything else can continue to live up to it.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

Even if you're not into country music, give Nashville a shot. The large, talented cast is top-notch, the drama will pull you in, and the music only helps to set each scene perfectly.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

My interest is piqued enough to watch another episode.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News

There's a constant threat that Nashville will collapse under the weight of its poor investment.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

At its core, Nashville is an intriguing story about accepting harsh realities but not settling for them.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Here's the TV series that speaks to the economic worry and pain this country is feeling without being heavy-handed about it.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

No matter what stories you tell, if you don't have truly interesting characters, nobody is going to care. Fortunately, Nashville has created a number of them in just the one hour of its pilot.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Country music isn't my personal preference, but well-written and superbly acted shows are. And that's just what Nashville is.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

ABC's soapy, song-filled Nashville, is my pick for the best new show of the season.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Listen up, and your ears will thank you.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Best of all, if the show were a country song, it would be a crossover hit, because the truth is, you really don't have to love country music to love Nashville.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Easily this season's most promising debut, Nashville has the potential to be the perfect drama, even for people who don't give a spit about country music.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

A grown-up soap with impeccable casting.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Nashville is big, bold, wildly ambitious and great fun.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Nashville is arguably the best- written new TV series of the fall season.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Nashville is at once a city and an idea, and what's most impressive about the pilot for the TV Nashville is that it's willing to consider both.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

I'm a little gun-shy about going nuts over Nashville after just one episode. But dad-gummit, it's really fun! And sexy! And smart! So I'm going back out on that limb anyway.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Nashville falls somewhere in between the two extremes, a story that thrives on heightened melodrama and big twists but gives its characters more depth than you generally find in network lather-fests.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

One of the great pleasures of Nashville is that it arrived fully formed, with a sure sense of what it wants to accomplish dramatically, and with a masterful command of atmosphere and setting.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The mix of music, political power-plays and pure soap promises to be addictive.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Rayna and Juliette could give us TV's best catfight since Krystle tangled with Alexis on Dynasty.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

Simply enjoy the season's best, most enjoyable new hour.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Nashville is the best of the fall pilots, if only because of [Britton's] presence.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The best new drama of the fall TV season, at the top of almost every list, is Nashville.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

An irresistible blend of soapy shenanigans, domestic tension, political intrigue and catchy tunes.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Nashville feels fresh because it catches a different tone.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate

Happily, Nashville, with its unexpected intelligence and surprisingly low-key attitude, not only met all my cockamamie expectations, it exceeded them.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

The world-weary Britton and the cunning Panettiere are spectacularly spiteful in their scenes together.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

If there's this much crooning throughout, the series might lose some viewers who simply grow weary of "She done him wrong" songs.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It's a pleasure to watch a show that knows what it wants to be and has the chops to pull it off.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Nashville works largely for the same reason country music works - strong personalities and timeless narratives.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Country-fried but never half-baked, ABC's Nashville is much more than a melodrama in tune with "Music City."

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Nashville may be the exception, with its clever, even cynical, mix of middle-aged crises and youthful ambitions set in country music's Mecca.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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