Smash: Season 1 (2012)

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Season 1
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Dynamic showstoppers and a unique take on the show business industry make Smash a must-see adult program.

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Critic Ratings: 44

90%

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User Ratings: 38

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 6, 2012

Successful writers Julia and Tom team up with producer Eileen to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe; Ivy, a seasoned chorus singer, competes with a new actress, Karen, for the starring role.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2012

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Air date: Feb 27, 2012

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Air date: Apr 2, 2012

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Air date: Mar 19, 2012

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Air date: Feb 13, 2012

Ivy and Karen work to please the director as they pursue their dream role; Julia and Frank struggle with the adoption process; Eileen works to finance the musical.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2012

The actor everyone likes for the role of Joe DiMaggio harbors a secret; Karen goes to Iowa for a baby shower and must make a decision about her future; Eileen's ex-husband may have turned potential investors against her.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2012

Karen must learn how to get ahead in the world of Broadway; Derek throws a party for a hot, young celebrity (Nick Jonas); Eileen tests a new fundraising strategy; Tom goes on a date.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2012

Karen puts her talents to use at a government party; Michael and Julia's drama increases; Eileen joins forces with Tom's assistant; Ivy thinks something is amiss in her relationship with Derek.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2012

Ivy starts to have problems with her voice; Julia cannot seem to avoid Michael (Will Chase); Eileen and her new pal Ellis hang out at a downtown dive bar; Karen books a side job at a bar mitzvah.

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Cast & Crew

Christian Borle
Tom Levitt

Actor
Debra Messing
Julia Houston

Actor
Katharine McPhee
Karen Cartwright

Actor
Jack Davenport
Derek Wills

Actor
Megan Hilty
Ivy Lynn

Actor
Anjelica Huston
Eileen Rand

Actor
Jaime Cepero
Ellis Tancharoen

Actor
Raza Jaffrey
Dev Sundaram

Actor
Brian d'Arcy James
Frank Houston

Actor
Will Chase
Guest Star
Uma Thurman
Guest Star
Nick Jonas
Guest Star
Grace Gummer
Guest Star
Ryan Tedder
Guest Star
Emory Cohen
Guest Star
Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer
Craig Zadan
Executive Producer
Neil Meron
Executive Producer
Darryl Frank
Executive Producer
Justin Falvey
Executive Producer
Marc Shaiman
Executive Producer
Scott Wittman
Executive Producer
Theresa Rebeck
Executive Producer
David Marshall Grant
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for Smash: Season 1

  • Jan 08, 2021
    I really enjoyed this season. As a musical theatre person myself, I found the songs very enjoyable. The only major problem I had with the show is that, while it sheds a very positive light on its gay characters, something I can always appreciate, all of the straight men are either generally unlikeable or do something stupid in the end that permanently ruins their character, and all the girls, likable or unlikable, are straight. It's a little questionable, but ultimately not enough to weigh the season down. The show does suffer from one major plot hole, however, that most viewers will not notice, but that I personally can't stand, and that is that the characters in the show-within-a-show are made unnecessarily vocally challenging. Marilyn can't go a single song without belting, and Joe Damagio goes between hitting bass notes in History Is Made At Night and belting out a completely avoidable high A in Lexington and 52nd Street. Still, this is a nitpick at most. Great show!
  • Jun 29, 2020
    Oof, if it weren't for amazing songs, this would've been atrocious. It seemed "Smash" didn't relate to a big Broadway hit, but rather in reference to how many times people randomly slept with each other. It was apparent no one in the writer's room knew how to create drama other than people cheating on each other. It got stale about 5 episodes in and there were still 12 episodes after that. Also, I thought it was funny and telling that a portion of this show is about a "star" being put above the show when that's exactly what they tried to do with McPhee. Yes, she's talented. Yes, she had the most name recognition, but anyone thinking she was better fitted for the role of Marilyn over Hilty is blind, deaf, and dumb. Plus, can this also be the last time the trope of one person being more talented than everyone around them ends. As I suffered through this, there was no way anyone could tell me Karen was a better performer than Ivy and having that notion shoved down my throat made this all the more terrible.
  • Mar 14, 2018
    UNA IDEA INTERESANTE Y ÚNICA, UN CAST PERFECTO Y MÚSICA ALUCINANTE. HACÍAN DE SMASH UNA SERIE DIFERENTE Y CON UN CONCEPTO ÚNICO.
  • Jul 23, 2017
    Some actors give better performances than others, but over all this show is a must-see if you like musicals. The music is very memorable, and the powerful scenes are worth the occasional plot-bump.
  • Jul 12, 2017
    Although this show has your basic, over-the-top drama, the cast is super talented and pulls it off quite well. You have the superstar voice of Megan Hilty belting out original songs written just for this show, and you have oscar winner Anejlica Huston, and TV star Debra Messing, stealing just about every scene. Some of the subplots can become fluffy, but you will not find another show that portrays Broadway quite as well as this one. Musical fans, this is a must-watch!
  • Jun 28, 2015
    It's a musical show and the best thing about it are the music and the singing that goes along with them.
  • May 16, 2014
    Smash's first season integrated a fresh perspective for television. The incredible ensemble created vibrant numbers that captivated its audience. Very great first season!!!!!

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