Heels: Season 1 Reviews

August 27, 2021
This well-cast drama starring Stephen Amell as a devoted wrestler trying to keep alive his late father's small-time promotion in small-town Georgia has entered the ring in very convincing style.
August 20, 2021
It is such a great representation, you can tell Stephen Amell is a massive wrestling fan.
August 18, 2021
Where this show is going to throw off sparks, especially at first, is the rivalry between Ace and Jack.
August 17, 2021
Heels is a pretty trashy show, and that's okay-wrestling is a pretty trashy subculture, and it revels in it.
August 17, 2021
The talented ensemble, led by Amell and Ludwig, bring depth and unexpected layers to each of these characters who refuse to be defined by one label.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 16, 2021
Despite the frustrating finale, Heels is excellent. If you're not a wrestling fan, you'll be hooked by the compelling characters and family drama. And if you are already a wrestling fan, you're in for a real treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 16, 2021
This a drama that more often plods than leaps and never makes a case for its necessity. At the very least a wrestling story should feel genuinely exciting and light up a room, right?
August 16, 2021
The show's focus is Jack and Ace, with captivating, authentic performances from Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2021
Heels nicely mixes good old-fashioned sibling drama with some interesting musings about the art of storytelling, like holding back, audience contempt (the good kind), giving people what they don't know they actually want, and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 16, 2021
Heels is built for endurance, not for speed, and it wouldn't come as a surprise if, in another two seasons, it starts popping up in "TV's best drama" conversations. That said, the journey toward realizing that potential is slow and amorphous.
August 16, 2021
It is magnificent, and one of those evocative shows that manage to stick with you long after the credits have rolled. And yes, it is also absolutely a show for which it is worth subscribing to another streaming service.
August 16, 2021
If Friday Night Lights was exemplified by the nigh-saintly Coach Taylor, Heels is the scrappier younger brother: edgier, messier, a bit rougher around the edges, but lovable in its own way.
August 16, 2021
Both Amell and Ludwig are brilliantly cast, with the irony of a former DC superhero playing a guy who plays a bad guy adding a fun layer to Amell's performance.
August 13, 2021
Yeah, Heels can drag a bit, but the secret weapons of Allen Maldonado, Mary McCormack, and a kick-ass Kelli Berglund take the fight fiction otherwise to our assumptions of who we are, and who we want to be.
August 13, 2021
The series does for pro wrestling what Friday Night Lights did for small town football. It's instantly addicting and one of the best new dramas of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2021
Heels would be a better show if it could quit with the hand-holding, if it could stand on the power of its own convictions without needing to fold in a CliffsNotes summary of its every move. And yet Heels can win you over despite the clunkiness.
August 11, 2021
Heels is a solid new drama series, bolstered by a strong cast, impressive writing, and a consistent direction.
August 10, 2021
The show gets to the heart of wrestling in all of its backbreaking glory while delivering a classic sibling rivalry that serves as the show's beating heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 4, 2021
You don't have to be a professional wrestling fan to become completely entranced by the compelling storytelling and dynamic performances on the new STARZ series Heels.
August 4, 2021
Amell's long-time love affair with wrestling makes this role seem like a dream come true, and he's very comfortable in Jack's skin. Since we see so much of it, that's got to make it easier to swing the tiny costumes that bear all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5