Betrayal: Season 1 (2013 - 2014)


Season 1
Betrayal

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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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Critic Ratings: 24

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User Ratings: 43

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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.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Sara recommits to her marriage to Drew after learning who Jack really is. Meanwhile, Jack and Drew are now adversaries as the investigation of the murder that has rocked the Karsten family proceeds.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2013

The investigation of Lou's murder heats up when Drew has a confrontation with Jack in court during T.J.'s bail hearing. Meanwhile, Connie may be justified in fearing for her life; and Thatcher and Jack argue about T.J.'s long-ago car accident.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Drew wonders where Sara's been recently, and she suspects he knows about her encounters with Jack. Meanwhile, Karsten resorts to dirty pool when he fears his empire is slipping away; and T.J. starts running with the wrong crowd in an attempt to be more independent.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Sara brims with confidence and Jack tries to make more of an effort at home as a result of their secret romance. Meanwhile, T.J.'s friend finds new evidence in the investigation of Uncle Lou's murder; and Drew tries to use Brandy to trap Karsten as his case of corruption and bribery is in danger of crumbling.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Sara becomes increasingly worried that her affair with Jack will be exposed. Meanwhile, Jack makes a difficult confession; and Drew is obsessed with tracking his wife's whereabouts.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2013

The impact of Sara's affair with Jack ripples through their families, but Elaine seeks support from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Drew finds new information that could reopen the investigation of Lou's murder; and Zarek goes to extremes in dealing with Brandy to make Karsten happy.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2013

T.J.'s unhinged behavior following a traumatic event forces Karsten to take drastic measures and confront his past. Meanwhile, Jack's distance from his family is evident when twins Valerie and Victor celebrate their birthday; and Sara and Drew deal with their strained relationship and how it affects their son.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2013

Jack takes Sara on a romantic road trip even though the FBI is hot on his trail. Meanwhile, T.J.'s behavior goes from reckless to dangerous as he struggles to deal with Brandy's death and find his place at his father's company; and Karsten finds an unlikely ally to settle a score with Jack.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2013

Jack and Sara's next step in their relationship may be for naught as the murder investigation looms. Meanwhile, Elaine and Aidan continue to get to know each other; and Karsten contributes to Drew's renewed interest in the death of Lou Mrozek.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Betrayal Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

Betrayal is a Hitchcockian web of suspenseful treachery.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…
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An extremely vacuous Harlequin paperback smeared with ABC's trademark, fauxmantic gloss.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 10, 2013 | Full Review…

This copycat is lacking in any redeeming qualities.

Oct 8, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Betrayal: Season 1

  • Feb 09, 2014
    I love Betrayal...it's what I looked forward to watching on Sunday nights!!!
  • Dec 16, 2013
    COME ON ABC, YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!

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