Divorce: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

While the execution borders on superficial, the dark humor and character chemistry in Divorce hit the mark.



Critic Ratings: 61


Audience Score

User Ratings: 102
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Air date: Oct 9, 2016
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Critic Reviews for Divorce Season 1

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (31)

Considering all the stories about meet-cutes, romance and marriage on television these days, this is the perfect antithesis. In comedy form, of course.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Its characters and situations are alternately aggravating, humorous and, to a lesser extent, poignant. Parker and Church are fully in charge throughout as a perfectly imperfect duo. Yes, they're both that good -- in a series that demands just that.

Oct 6, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

I'm not beauty-shaming Parker. It's just that her unending composure, no matter how hard her character, Frances, suffers, undermines her overall dramatic and comedic impact.

Oct 6, 2016 | Full Review…

It's the overall experience that hits hardest, and while delving into heartbreak may not be something we're all eager to become immersed in, the series' value on levels both informational and artistic is hard to deny.

Oct 5, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Divorce does indeed tread a delicate line. But creator Sharon Hogan manages to find plenty of wry humor in domestic turmoil and there are some surprising turns along the way.

Sep 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The show is funny but in a sad way, funny in an awkward-moments way.

Oct 10, 2016 | Full Review…

It's stale and it's depressing as hell.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a draining, dark show, at many points a comedy in runtime only, which stretches for absurdity with a middling rate of success. But it has potential, and it's beautifully shot.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

There's strength in the show's subtleties, and while there are certainly flaws, it's the little moments that make Divorce special.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The larger arcs - of how a private rupture develops formal contours, of how divorce undercuts the fantasy of self-discovery - make for compulsively watchable TV.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Divorce: Season 1

  • Jul 22, 2019
    Neither brilliant nor original, Divorce is often funny and never boring. It won't become your favorite show, but it's a fun little escape where everyone is their own worst enemy and no one has any chance of finding personal redemption.
  • Mar 13, 2018
    I would love to know how this made it on HBO. SJP must have some power in the business because the show is not funny, and the writing is off. But the kicker in the new show is the fact she is playing and dressing just like carrie from Sex in the city. Her hair is the same too. Am I the only one noticing this? I can go on and on about this show but feel it won't be on much longer, yea!
  • Feb 27, 2018
    Boring. If HBO keeps making shows like this, people will cancel their subscriptions once Game of Thrones is over. B-O-R-I-N-G
  • Feb 11, 2018
    I love this show! SJP is brilliant and plays her character brilliantly with right amount of humour and self depreciation. I thought it was going to be sex in the city meets middle age crisis divorce.
  • Dec 29, 2017
    I enjoyed everything about this series; the music, dark humour, main actors and supporting cast. It was hard to watch at first, because of the subject matter, but then became quite compelling.
  • Oct 03, 2017
    Divorce left me wanting this couple to take five seasons to get this over with. Funny, snarky, and just so well written. SJP and THC do a magnificent job as do the supporting cast. The music supervisor here needs a shout out, would NOT be the same w/out the perfect soundtrack. This show is vastly under rated if you ask me, and possibly by those who have not gone through the twist and turns of a real marriage that comes to a slow... seeping..... end.
  • Jul 16, 2017
    I thought it was a highly entertaining series.
  • Apr 14, 2017
    Narcissistic and trite
  • Apr 08, 2017
    I am picky with half hour shows and the 'dramedy' tricky in general but all the more so with 25 minute episodes. I can't sustain attention for many other half hour shows other than curb and maybe a few others of various natures and networks ..... ANYWAY.... this show i loved and watched 6 in a row and last 4 next day. Also, some shows require a few episodes before you get into it ... this is awesome and u are into 15 min in, latest. Tell me it i'm wrong ..... no way and best THC EVA'!!! (thomas hayden church, to clarify) Made me really luke SJP ... i wad indifferent before. (Sarah Jessica Parker)
  • Feb 14, 2017
    Divorce is an interesting funny adaptation of this theme and counts with charismatic performances by the two main characters, however the story isn't so original as it should had been.

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