Class: Season 1 Reviews

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April 17, 2017
For better or worse, Class feels hip in a way that no other corner of the Doctor Who universe ever really has.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 17, 2017
What Class doesn't have yet is its very own reason to exist. It generally riffs on the kinds of plots and premises that have been Doctor Who's stock in trade for decades, but on Class, those storylines feel a bit threadbare and padded.
April 15, 2017
Though it doesn't break the mold when it comes to teen genre series, Class is nevertheless a worthy companion to the Who universe. And there's nothing Doctor Who loves more than a good companion.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 14, 2017
There are enjoyable moments, and it does offer the opportunity to spend a little more canonical time in the Doctor's world.
April 14, 2017
As Doctor Who spinoffs go, Class may not have established itself quite as indelibly as Torchwood did in the Whoniverse, but give it, well, time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 13, 2017
Class' main attraction is its cast. The young actors are all very talented and have no trouble handling the show's heavier material. In fact, I found myself wishing there had been more than just eight episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 28, 2018
I was pleasantly surprised with this series.
August 19, 2018
Overall, Class feels like the BBC version of an average CW show. One of the ones they put on Friday nights to fill out the schedule.
April 25, 2017
Teens battle violent aliens in solid Doctor Who spinoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 17, 2017
What it lacks in monsters though, Class makes up for in good intentions. That's not intended as damning with faint praise. Representation matters and Class is doing a proper job of reflecting 2016 in a way that far too many shows still don't.
April 17, 2017
It's true that Class has the diverse, beautiful look of a modern series, and tries to walk that effortlessly self-aware path that much of the best modern genre television does so well. But unfortunately for Doctor Who fans, it rarely comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 14, 2017
While the first episode is a bit of a mess, further viewings reveal a sci-fi show that could become pretty... great before too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 14, 2017
Indeed, if the prime goal of a spin-off is to capture the spirit of its source show whilst simultaneously standing on its own too feet, Class has already ensured Torchwood has been well and truly schooled.
April 13, 2017
Social progress and body count aside, though, most of the episodes feel like something you've probably already seen. This was the kind of storytelling Buffy was doing 20 years ago and the kind of storytelling Teen Wolf is doing right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2017
The performances are solid, the actors - especially the younger set - are sympathetic and appealing. Ness has made an effort to make them seem like real high school kids, even having a gay couple sleep together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 3, 2017
The overall effect is one that makes this show feel like one big introduction, but somehow it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 26, 2016
It had enough promise and the issues with it were all ones that a second episode would be likely to overcome, which made the BBC's decision to release the first two parts together feel very wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 24, 2016
Though it might move a little too quick at times, Class is out of the blocks and on course to be something that's really worth watching.
October 24, 2016
Class is a disappointing example of how a talent for prose fiction doesn't necessarily translate to the screen.
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