Rise: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Rise's admirable aim to inspire audiences with a grounded depiction of high school theater is undercut by stock characters and an off-putting presumption that it is more moving than it ever manages to be.



Critic Ratings: 41


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User Ratings: 165

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Air date: Mar 13, 2018
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Air date: May 1, 2018
Air date: May 8, 2018
Air date: May 15, 2018

Tv Season Info

Series 1 follows a passionate teacher who galvanises drama students and an entire town.


Rosie Perez
as Tracey
Rarmian Newton
as Maashous Evers
Shannon Purser
as Annabelle
Shirley Rumierk
as Vanessa Suarez
Joe Tippett
as Coach Doug Strickland
Ted Sutherland
as Simon Saunders
Ellie Desautels
as Ellie Desautels
Amy Forsyth
as Gwen Strickland
Taylor Richardson
as Kaitlin Mazzuchelli
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Critic Reviews for Rise Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (22)

... it's heartfelt from start to finish while also offering an overall feel-good respite from television's ongoing obsessions with "true crime"...

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The cast is solid, but otherwise "Rise" falls flat.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

That timeliness gives the series added relevance, and it grounds the story in reality. The motivated, uplifting kids in "Rise" aren't too good to be true.

Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It's time for a break from the tears. You have to earn those.

Mar 14, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Mazzu is like Rise itself: sweet, earnest, cloying, and also obnoxious.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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When Rise works best, it's invariably placing these kids at the center; when it stumbles, it's nearly always because the series chooses to tell us how inspired they should be, rather than showing us what happens when they're inspired.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Geniune and raw, this NBC drama features an eclectic group of great characters and a strong plot that keeps the proceedings moving along.

Nov 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Rise is well-written, hopeful, and considerably more mild than Spring Awakening (this is network TV, after all), but it's still overly sexualized.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The messages of class disparity, a small town in an economic downturn and the power of a musical never coalesce.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

[The show] does a nice job of showing the world just how important the arts are to children.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

... the stakes are so low on this show that any moment of drama, any monologue unrolled by Radnor or one of the other stars, feels more sanctimonious than emotionally impactful.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Rise deserves praise for reminding us how difficult it is to put on a show, unlike Glee's tuneful fantasias.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rise: Season 1

  • Jul 29, 2019
    I really love it! Make me feel the same thing that Glee did
  • Aug 29, 2018
    Rise is a powerful drama that beautifully handles real life situations against a musical backdrop. Perfect for adults and teens.
  • Jul 26, 2018
    Rise is a step ahead of other TV shows, both in terms of MODERN thinking and societal theme. a high school drama (ADDRESSING relevant problems like abortion, child pregnancy, alcoholism) coupled with versatile and excellent acting by josh radnor has allowed rise to "rise" in COMPARISON to other shows. it Reminds us that every person has to deal with their own life problems in their own way, MAKING rise a must watch.
  • Jul 23, 2018
    This show had a heartfelt theme into it a perfect drama to watch with friends and/or family this is a great show to bringe watch to .
  • Jun 17, 2018
    A clche bit of tripe! Stinks like hot garbAge. Only 1.5 because it doesnt register if i put 1 or less.
  • May 29, 2018
    this was one of the best shows i ever saw. If there ever was a masterpiece in the form of a series, this would be it. So much emotion went into this production. There may be something like this somewhere down the line, but it could never take the place rise has in my heart.??
  • May 25, 2018
    the attempts to tick-off every box on a checklist of both teen and adult stereotypes was not only ludicrous, but offensive.
  • May 22, 2018
    High school Musical meets glee. nothing original about it. terrible acting.
  • May 16, 2018
    I love this shoW-it has real storylines that reFlecT CURRENT issues and thE music and talent is amazing. I have heard it may be cancelled which truly makeS me sad-if you enjoy friday night lights or This is us or gLee, you would probably enjoy this show.
  • May 16, 2018
    Do not find anything interesting about this show.

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