Smash: Season 1 (2012)

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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: 43

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User Ratings: 36

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Air date: Feb 6, 2012

Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who have one common desire -- to be a smash.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2012

Ivy (Megan Hilty) and Karen (Katharine McPhee) jump through hoops for the brilliant but temperamental director Derek Wills (Jack Davenport) as they pursue the role of a lifetime.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2012

The search begins for a Joe DiMaggio to play opposite Marilyn - but everyone?s first choice, Michael (guest star Will Chase), has a secret.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2012

Karen must learn to advance in the high-stakes world of Broadway. Derek hosts a party for hot young star Lyle. Eileen tries a new strategy for raising funds, while Tom goes on a first date.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2012

Karen finds a new use for her acting talents as she joins Dev at a party. The drama between Michael and Julia heats up, as Eileen and Ellis forge an alliance. Ivy senses trouble with Derek.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2012

Ivy faces major problems as her voice begins to fail her. Julia struggles to avoid Michael -- but she can't. Eileen explores her inner hipster at a downtown dive bar with her new pal Ellis.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2012

Everything comes to a head as Eileen, Derek and the team present "Marilyn The Musical" to would-be investors.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2012

Grace Gummer and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic guest star.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2012

The team begins their pursuit of a marquee star, as Eileen charges Tom and Julia with finding a title for the newly reinvigorated musical. Karen and Ivy find themselves in competition again.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2012

The show has landed a star, the mercurial Rebecca Duvall, but Eileen is thrown into a panic when Rebecca gets stuck in Cuba.

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Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire -- to be a "smash."

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Critic Reviews for Smash Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (28)

Smash weaves all of its burning questions, players' plights and wowza showstoppers with wit and excitement. Break a leg, gang!

Sep 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The trouble with Smash isn't the razzle-dazzle, then, it's the nuts and bolts.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

I would gladly pay $75 for an orchestra seat to see the show-within-a-show. The way things are going, I would pay $100 if the purchase exempted me from having to watch any more of the show itself.

Feb 6, 2012 | Full Review…
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As long as it's well sung, there's always room for the lullabye of Broadway.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Smash will strike you as almost unbearably tedious and pretentious.

Feb 6, 2012 | Full Review…

When you get right down to it, Smash is not a single TV show, but two. And one of them has got to go.

Feb 6, 2012 | Full Review…

We want this show to work, but sometimes we think we want it to work more than the actual creators of the show do.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Smash is to Glee as Broadway is to community theatre. You can enjoy the latter and have a blast seeing it, but it's not the same as a production like this one that really hums on every professional level.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Smash does a very good job of establishing the world these characters inhabit and their distinctive roles in getting this musical off the ground, and, in the process, investing you in their stories and struggles.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

It's a quality show for sure, but at least initially, it lacks the magnetism of the Hollywood icon it pays homage to.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There's no letdown in any of the pacing, dialogue or overall mature, intelligent way Smash approaches a universe that no other series has ever dared touch.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The cast is amazing, the story is charming and the music is everything a drama about Broadway needs to be.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smash: Season 1

  • 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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