GCB: Season 1 (2012)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Despite its gossipy charms, GCB is too broad and tonally slapdash to offer much redemption for its ensemble of women behaving badly.



Critic Ratings: 30


Audience Score

User Ratings: 12
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Air date: Mar 4, 2012
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Tv Season Info

The series follows Amanda (Leslie Bibb) who moves back to her hometown of Dallas after her husband dies in a car crash with his mistress and leaves Amanda with two children and little money. A nasty girl in high school, Amanda now hopes she can put the past behind and escape the gossip coming from the former classmates she used to taunt. But that's unlikely since the grown women are now the mean girls. Carlene (Kristen Chenoweth) is the ringleader influencing former beauty queen Sharon (Jennifer Aspen), realtor Heather (Marisol Nichols) and fiendish businesswoman Cricket (Miriam Shor).


Leslie Bibb
as Amanda Vaughn
Kristin Chenoweth
as Carlene Cockburn
Annie Potts
as Gigi Stopper
Marisol Nichols
as Heather Cruz
Jennifer Aspen
as Sharon Peacham
Miriam Shor
as Cricket Caruth-Reilly
Brad Beyer
as Zack Peacham
Mark Deklin
as Blake Reilly
Tyler Jacob Moore
as Rev. John Tudor
Lauran Irion
as Laura Vaughn
Eric Winter
as Luke Lourd
Colton Shires
as Will Vaughn
Tom Everett Scott
as Andrew Remington
Alix Elizabeth Gitter
as Alexandra Reilly
Hartley Sawyer
as Bozman Peacham
Mackinlee Waddell
as McKinney Peacham
Bridget Sienna
as Carmelita
Michael Arden
as Rev. Steve Stewart
Erin Alexis
as Sapphire
Jack DePew
as Landry Cockburn
Grant Bowler
as Mason Massey
Jacob Tyler Moore
as Pastor John Tudor
Sharon Wilkins
as Bethany May
Denton Everett
as Booth Becker
Sandra Bernhard
as Debby Horowitz
Paul Ganus
as Lonnie McMahon
Scott Reeves
as Captain McPhee
Patty McCormack
as Chessy Bolton
Cocoa Brown
as Chardonnay
Grace Lee
as Chorus Member
Jim Abele
as Dr. Chin
Donna Mills
as Bitsy Lourd
Liz Burnett
as Brenda Bradley
Larry Udy
as Snuffer
Boo Arnold
as Fire Marshall
Matt Lowe
as Rowdy Guy
Stella Stahl
as Assistant
Maree Cheatham
as Boofie Marfeson
Shannon Welles
as Frusannah Faulkner
Selah Victor
as Female Parishioner
Matt Riedy
as Wealthy Man
Jorge Diaz
as Paramedic
Guru Singh
as Guy With Clipboard
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Critic Reviews for GCB Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (21)

It clips along at a lively gallop without ever managing to be clever.

Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Tonally it's as though they're all in a different show - moving from drama to camp to soap to sitcom.

Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Not so much scandalous as scandalously dull.

Mar 4, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Broader than Dallas at its broadest, ABC's GCB won't be selling smart, stylized urban sophistication when it premieres Sunday night.

Mar 4, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

GCB isn't quite a bitchin' good TV show yet. But it's fun in a familiar sort of big-hair soap opera way.

Mar 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Terrible gossips with more money than taste, toting nasty secrets, life-long rivalries and big hair: The zings are almost too easy.

Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

After 15 minutes there's no question about the intent of creator Darren Starr (Sex and the City). He aims to paint those who profess Christ with the broadest and ugliest brush he can find.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Part Dallas, part Desperate Housewives, GCB is sudsy fun.

Mar 4, 2012 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Behind all the sparkle and fizzle, this broadly played gossip game is little more than a parade of been-there-dished-that characters marching down well-traveled lanes to a too-familiar beat.

Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Anything that puts Annie Potts on our TV screen every week is a welcome sight.

Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for GCB: Season 1

  • Dec 03, 2017
    Being from Texas, I was originally very hesitant about the show. Since moving away, I've heard a lot of the jokes about Texans, and wasn't keen on a show that looked to be catering to extreme stereotypes about Dallas. But from the start, it was better than I had feared, and as the season continued, it just got better. All those reviewers who wrote less than stellar things after the premiere really should have done new ones later on. Yes, it's a little over the top, but then, Texans take pride in that. The amount of character growth from all of them was excellent, and I'll always be disappointed it wasn't renewed for more seasons. Especially with all the story threads left hanging in the finale.
  • Jun 21, 2014
    Strictly mediocre. It has a bitingly sharp and lurid premise, but it has no idea what to do with it, turning what could have been cutting-edge satire into cheap farce. It's slightly enjoyable, but there's nothing whatsoever compelling or memorable about it.

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