Nashville: Season 5 (2016 - 2017)


Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 7


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Air date: Jan 5, 2017
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The fifth season of this musical drama continues to depict the lives of a group of professional musicians in Nashville, Tennessee, the nation's country music capital. This season, the complicated relationship between fading superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton) and ascendant contemporary sensation Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) continues to color their lives as the two musicians are faced with challenges in their careers and personal lives, and as Juliette struggles to recover from a traumatic event in the previous season finale. Also starring: Claire Bowen, Charles Esten, and Jonathan Jackson.


Hayden Panettiere
as Juliette Barnes
Connie Britton
as Rayna Jaymes
Clare Bowen
as Scarlett O'Connor
Charles Esten
as Deacon Claybourne
Jonathan Jackson
as Avery Barkley
Chris Carmack
as Will Lexington
Sam Palladio
as Gunnar Scott
Maisy Stella
as Daphne Conrad
Lennon Stella
as Maddie Conrad
Jen Richards
as Allyson Del Lago
Rhiannon Giddens
as Hallie Jordan
Cameron Scoggins
as Zach Welles
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Critic Reviews for Nashville Season 5

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The original tenor of the series is one of the things that made it so appealing in the first place. Add to this that the tempo of the narrative is ideal, and episodes never drag.

Jan 4, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fans who have grown weary of the show's soapy, breakneck pace should definitely give CMT's Nashville a chance. The show and its characters appear to finally be getting better with age.

Dec 31, 2016 | Full Review…

The pace has been slowed down -- not to a crawl, but to allow for some breathing room, to let characters have full scenes of dialogue, and reactions to those dialogues.

Dec 19, 2016 | Full Review…

The much-discussed slower pace of the action is a boon to the show's central relationships. Can't be said enough. Avery and Juliette, Deacon and Rayna - they finally have time to talk!

Dec 14, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a welcome change, and fans who have grown weary of the show's soapy, breakneck pace should definitely give CMT's Nashville a chance. The show and its characters appear to finally be getting better with age.

Dec 12, 2016 | Full Review…

The shift to CMT -- and the subsequent easing up on the show's former breakneck pace -- may be the best thing about the new season.

Jan 10, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Nashville now almost always bums me out, even more so because it used to be a show I once looked forward to every week. But I haven't felt that way in quite a while now.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Nashville: Season 5

  • Mar 01, 2018
    DO NOT WATCH THIS SEASON. Save yourself the misery. Pretend the show ended after ABC!!
  • Mar 01, 2018
    This season was SO BAD.
  • Mar 01, 2018
    I wish this show stayed dead at ABC.
  • Dec 02, 2017
    Despite its lazy end, Nashville: Season 5 combines the younger cast strong performances with some great songs and some twists and turns, whose will cause a mix of sadness, interest and inspiration on the spectator.
  • Aug 14, 2017
    I've really enjoyed this show up until this last season. Ever since it moved to CMT, it's all over the place. I think CMT should have kept some original writers, because this show keeps trying to tackle issues it has absolutely no idea how to handle, while jumping from one crazy jacked up story line to the next. Also, Hayden Panettiere is an excellent actress, yet these writers have regressed her to the point where she's basically reliving the first couple of seasons. Where's the growth that we have seen up until this season? The character development is abysmal, and it's not fair to her when she could do so much more. She deserves a chance to be a better person and I don't understand why they won't allow that. The truth is, if the writing doesn't improve and Lennon Stella doesn't get some acting lessons, you'll lose your fan base. It's to the point where we have to fast forward through some scenes because they're just that ridiculous. Come on now. This was a good show. I hope they can get it back on track.
  • Aug 11, 2017
    The best hour long drama on TV right now! Thank goodness CMT picked it back up. The characters are real and believable. The music is excellent and authentic, not canned. The story line is perfect and the characters are well-developed. This show is highly recommended!
  • Jul 17, 2017
    Instead of writing a fascinating storyline, the new writers have wasted some unnecessary pregnancy on us, many new and unnecessary characters, too many stories about children, and not enough of our main star, Haydn. What about explaining why Avery and Juliet are wearing the wedding rings again? What about a few hot scenes between them? Or even a wedding? There are better series than Nashville, do not waste time on this senseless shit.
  • Jul 15, 2017
    This show is going totally down hill. I'm thinking that whomever is writing on this show has a political agenda. Losing interest rapidly.
  • Jun 12, 2017
    Still one of the best shows on television!!!
  • Jun 02, 2017
    I watched the episode yesterday, so sad that this is what happened with Nashville. So many scenes of Daphne and her unqualified sister. There's hardly any music from Juliet, there are hardly any scenes of her and Avery's. Once they had such good scenes and today they were shortened to 10 seconds. Just dull and depressing.

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