The Beautiful Life: Season 1 (2009)


Critic Consensus: Plagued by silly dialogue and shallow characters, The Beautiful Life fails to convince as an inside look at the dark side of the fashion biz.


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Air date: Sep 16, 2009
Air date: Sep 23, 2009

Tv Season Info

The only season of "The Beautiful Life: TBL" centers around fashion models sharing a residence in New York City. The first episode featured the cast at a Zac Posen runway show during New York City Fashion Week. Contestants from America's Next Top Model also appeared. Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson star.

Critic Reviews for The Beautiful Life Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (11)

A shamelessly sordid melodrama.

Sep 16, 2009 | Full Review…

If The Beautiful Life were the first TV show to fill the screen with great-looking fashion models and then suggest there is a tawdry underside of the seemingly glamorous modeling biz, it might feel more interesting.

Sep 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Unless The Beautiful Life has completely fallen apart from when it was picked up, it's unfair that it's coming across as a lame duck. It's much better than, say, Melrose Place.

Sep 15, 2009 | Full Review…

Mischa is the best thing about The Beautiful Life, hands down. If you find you just can't get enough of the catwalk, give TBL a try.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

It's kind of like a garment that looks stylish and expensive but, in reality, isn't very well made. It might sell ... but it probably won't last.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

If you enjoy borderline campy shows that try too hard to come up with soapy complications for beautiful people, you'll probably like this quite a bit.

Sep 17, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Dialogue so bad, it'll make you laugh out loud; acting so shallow, it could make a model look brainy; and actors so unbelievable, they can't even get the runway stomp right.

Sep 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It could have seemed so utterly unwatchable because it came at the end of this CW marathon. Speaking from outside the target demo but from long-suffering experience watching bad television, go with "unwatchable."

Sep 16, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"Inside the Mind of Mischa Barton" would have been a much better bet than The Beautiful Life.

Sep 16, 2009 | Full Review…

Based on this first glimpse of the new fall line, TBL is little more than a title in search of an actual show -- less TV to talk about, per the CW's ad campaign, than TV to groan at.

Sep 16, 2009 | Full Review…
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