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Witches of East End: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

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70

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 7

Although it's ridiculously soapy, Witches of East End is often campy fun; it's a supernatural spectacle that's entertaining despite its silliness.

57

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 6

Although it's ridiculously soapy, Witches of East End is often campy fun; it's a supernatural spectacle that's entertaining despite its silliness.

audience

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 64

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Season Info

Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, "Witches of East End" centers on the mysterious Beauchamp family: free-spirited artist Joanna and her two grown daughters, wild-child bartender Freya and shy librarian Ingrid, both of whom are unaware that they are gifted (and cursed) with a magical birthright. -- (C) Lifetime

Network: Lifetime

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Pilot

With their idyllic small town life now turned upside down, and a formidable and ancient enemy intent on ending the Beauchamp family line, will Freya and Ingrid be able to accept their true potential before it is too late? -- (C) Lifetime

2
Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Marilyn Fenwick, R.I.P.

Ingrid discovers mysterious and dangerous family heirlooms that she uses to resurrect her Aunt Wendy. Together, they race to save Freya from Doug, her jilted ex-boyfriend from another lifetime. Joanna is jailed and questioned by the police regarding her murder charge. Dash and Killian have a tense reunion. (C) Lifetime

3
Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Today I am a Witch

Ingrid struggles with the consequences of the resurrection spell. Joanna tries to figure out which of her many former enemies might be responsible for framing her. Wendy teaches Ingrid and Freya how to use their powers. Freya gets a new co-worker at the bar. (C) Lifetime

4
Air date: Oct 27, 2013

A Few Good Talismen

Joanna's immortal attorney Harrison prepares for her murder trial. Afraid for Adam's safety, Ingrid re-evaluates her relationship with him. Penelope recruits Freya to help her mend the rift between Dash and Killian. Wendy seduces an entomologist (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) while trying to gather ingredients for a spell. Joanna and Harrison try to protect Principal Redmond from the shifter. (C) Lifetime

5
Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Electric Avenue

Ingrid finds a unique way to mourn for Adam. Joanna and Harrison take their friendship to the next level. Freya meets Dash's ex fiancée Elyse when she returns to deal with some unfinished business. (C) Lifetime

6
Air date: Nov 10, 2013

Potentia Noctis

Freya makes a startling discovery at Fair Haven while Ingrid has flashbacks to one of her past lives. (C) Lifetime

7
Air date: Nov 17, 2013

Unburied

The shifter summons a familiar face. Ingrid discovers something startling from her past. A novelist comes to East End to research his new book. Wendy turns over a new leaf, and attempts to get serious with Leo (Freddie Prinze, Jr.). Joanna reads Freya's tarot cards. (C) Lifetime

8
Air date: Nov 24, 2013

Snake Eyes

Wendy and Joanna come to blows over a secret Joanna has been keeping for over a hundred years. The shifter threatens Freya. Ingrid suspects Mike's ulterior motives. (C) Lifetime

9
Air date: Dec 1, 2013

A Parching Imbued

A mysterious professor with old connections to the Beauchamps tries to help Freya regain her powers. Killian makes a decision about his future in East End. Mike reveals an interesting theory to Ingrid. Amidst wedding preparations, Dash tries to solve the mystery of the catacombs. (C) Lifetime

10
Air date: Dec 15, 2013

Oh, What a World!

Freya's wedding day arrives as do gifts from both Killian and Dash. Joanna and Wendy discover the identity of the shifter. When Ingrid discovers some unnerving details about Mike, he takes dangerous measures to complete his plan.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (7)

With romance, magic, some soapy drama and mystery worked into the story, Witches of East End seems poised to bewitch its audience as it gets off to a fun and dramatic start.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

I'm still very much on board. It has the wit and silliness of Charmed, as well as the nice family dynamic, but still feels like a thoroughly modern show.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

It's certainly a fun little brew of a show, building off some of the great traditions of the genre and twisting them in that wonderfully campy Lifetime way.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

With a pilot artfully shot by Mark Waters, the series is good-looking, atmospheric, and jaunty.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

Playful supernatural drama with bits of edgy content.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There is a lot of heavy fare on television on Sunday nights. If Witches can retain its wry tone, it will be a satisfying alternative for viewers looking for a lighter way to end the weekend.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

[It] will remain a missable new supernatural series populated by wooden actors and feeble plotlines.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

There are billowing dresses and longing looks and magical bursting flowers. That doesn't mean the show isn't fun, though, and the dialogue is snappy.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

It's like binge-watching all eight seasons of Charmed while chugging Red Bull and vodka and downing Fruit Loops slathered with honey.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Bad acting, hokey storylines or no humor would have derailed the premiere completely. None of that happens. Instead, we get a funny show that brings in just enough intrigue -- and, yes, magic -- to make a viewer come back for more.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Witch-themed shows work better when both the witches and the target audience are teenagers. The grown-up witches on Witches of East End are just a little too ridiculous-even more so than the witch sister trio of Charmed.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Some of the dialogue (though hardly all) sparkles, suggesting there's potential for the show to be more than another dim supernatural story heavy on the vapid romance and light on the more compelling story lines.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Even if the series plays it right down the middle - it's not exactly good, but not terrible either - that might be all that's needed to succeed.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Remember ABC's Eastwick or CW's equally unsuccessful attempt to launch a witch/supernatural drama, The Secret Circle? Lifetime is hoping you don't, as it's replowing much the same ground in this new drama.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Lifetime's new drama Witches of East End is a silly but entertaining story that manages to provide a little romance and suspense while letting us see the tongue in its cheek.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Whatever the opposite of spellbinding is, that's this show.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Lifetime's The Witches of East End may not be great TV, but it is great camp.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

What's utterly clear is that the starter hour picks up steam whenever loose-cannon Amick bops around -- although Ormond does a nice job of grounding its shenanigans in a semblance of reality.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The Witches of East End is by no means a show for fans of serious TV (Breaking Bad, The Sopranos), but viewers who appreciate a supernatural soap may find themselves under its somewhat slipshod spell.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Better to power-watch multiple reruns of Charmed, which at least offered some simple pleasures. Witches of East End is just not worth a viewer's toils and troubles.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Indeed, while all the characters have boilerplate for bones - the brainy one, the pretty one, the smart aleck, the tortured hunk - crisp writing and buoyant performances keep the story from trending too trite or too Twilight.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Soapy, silly adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz's best-seller.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

It's almost as if True Blood tried to conceive a demon baby with Bunheads. It didn't turn out quite right, but that's why we keep all those Mason jars in the basement.

September 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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