High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Season 1 Reviews

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November 14, 2019
Does that make sense? It shouldn't. But for those over and under 12 who enjoyed the earnest, silly pleasantness of HSM, this might just hit the spot.
November 13, 2019
"HSM:TM:TS" plays with the genre with an insider's rude glee.
November 12, 2019
It's sweet and funny and charming, and God bless Disney for being the world's most efficient factory at churning out cherubic teenagers who can sing the house down.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 12, 2019
The series is not a reinvention of its genre, but it shines in its little specifics, like the agony of listening to someone slog through reading stage directions out loud, or impromptu harmonies that are really just singing an octave up.
November 12, 2019
More overtly comedic than the original, HSM: The Musical: The Series has no qualms about harpooning the fandom.
November 11, 2019
The show seems aimed at fully self-aware meta humor, but it's not quite sharp enough to pull off self-mockery, and at the same time, too loopingly referential to just be a straight remake.
November 11, 2019
The dialogue and characters here are so grating that it's one minor rewrite away from a Scary Movie-style parody of High School Musical instead.
November 11, 2019
Considering they have to rehearse and put on "HSM," "Musical" finds plenty of time to repeat the infectiously catchy songs of that film and include moments where the characters watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2019
These moments, however, tend to highlight the fact that other aspects of the show remain frustratingly similar to the movie's overwhelmingly two-dimensional approach.
November 4, 2019
While the more prominent arc isn't exactly revolutionary, this newest installment shows early signs of its ability to root itself in something a little deeper. And though the clunky title can feel like an act of aggression, damn, these kids are talented.
Full Review | Original Score: B