GCB: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
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Despite its gossipy charms, GCB is too broad and tonally slapdash to offer much redemption for its ensemble of women behaving badly.

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Critic Ratings: 31

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User Ratings: 13

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Air date: Mar 4, 2012

Amanda Vaughn, a disgraced widow, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to start over. In the opener, Amanda moves in with her mother and encounters ladies she mistreated in high school who are eager to send her packing.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2012

Gigi plans a luncheon to reintroduce Amanda to society. Meanwhile, Amanda worries that Laura isn't being thought of as cute; Carlene plots revenge against Amanda for embarrassing her in church; and Sharon worries about Zach's fidelity.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2012

Amanda is forced to confront her past when she attends a relationship seminar at church. Meanwhile, Carlene meddles in both Sharon's and Cricket's marriages to distract attention from her own marital difficulties.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2012

Gigi throws a homecoming party for Carlene's uncle, and the guests dress as their favorite Texan. Meanwhile, Amanda helps with Cricket and Blake's denim line; Pastor Tudor counsels Sharon and Zack; and Heather tries to obtain Burl's 500 acres for a client.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2012

Heather invites Sheryl Crow to perform at the annual church fund-raiser, but Gigi and Burl steal the show. Meanwhile, Carlene and Amanda find yet another reason to disagree with each other.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2012

Carlene and Ripp plan a "Gone With the Wind"-theme ceremony to renew their wedding vows, but things don't go as planned when Carlene takes matron-of-honor duties away from Sharon and gives them to Amanda. Meanwhile, Heather seeks forgiveness from the ladies; and Blake surprises Cricket with a special request.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2012

Burl asks for Gigi's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Cricket and Blake meet with potential surrogate mothers; Amanda is hired as Pastor Tudor's assistant; and Sharon discovers dieting guidance in the Bible.

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Air date: Apr 15, 2012

Carlene and Cricket vie for a role in the church's musical, which was penned by Heather back in high school. Elsewhere, Sharon makes progress with her Bible-inspired diet program and gets Gigi to assist her with it.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2012

Amanda assembles an all-female barbecue team for a cook-off. Meanwhile, Heather meets a handsome butcher; Sharon helps Zack with his dealership problems; and Cricket purchases stud services from a businessman.

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Air date: May 6, 2012

The first season concludes with Carlene taking the GCBs to a groundbreaking ceremony for the Condos for Christian Living, but things don't go as planned. Meanwhile, Amanda's suspicions concerning Luke lead to a surprising discovery about Ripp.

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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).

Critic Reviews for GCB Season 1

All Critics (31) | 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…
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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…
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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…

Like most network TV, it's contrived, broad and stereotypical. It apes the female-centered, soap opera-style rhythms of Desperate Housewives, while blowing them up to Texas-size proportions.

Dec 3, 2019 | 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…

A Desperate Housewives wannabe set deep in the heart of Texas.

Mar 4, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for GCB: Season 1

  • Jan 01, 2020
    Gossipy, catty, bitchy fun. So fluffy and entertaining.
  • 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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