Truth Be Told: Season 1 Reviews

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February 24, 2020
Feels in line with Apple's other recently launched series in that it's a decent idea with no clue how to execute itself.
January 21, 2020
It does seem odd that a show based around the idea of a crime podcast features it so infrequently in the first few episodes.
December 13, 2019
Truth Be Told is patchy at times, windy at others, though some of those cracks are smoothed over by script-elevating performances from Spencer, Paul and Elizabeth Perkins.
December 12, 2019
Truth Be Told is never boring, but it's never very good, either.
December 11, 2019
Truth (gulp) be told, you know you're in trouble when the least fascinating character is the one driving the action. You're better off listening to a real true-crime podcast like Serial.
December 10, 2019
Where actual true crime podcasts seemed new and dynamic in recent years, Truth Be Told feels a lot more conventional than its zeitgeist-y elements.
December 9, 2019
Truth Be Told has plenty working in its favor, from a strong cast to a premise that banks on the current true-crime podcast craze. Sadly, the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/10
December 9, 2019
There's very little tension, and that compulsive 'can't wait to learn what happens next' feeling you get from true crime stories in the Serial mold is completely missing here.
December 9, 2019
"Truth Be Told" is grasping everywhere for enough material to fill out an entire season.
December 7, 2019
Stellar cast meets so-so writing with predictable outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2019
It's fun watching Paul and Spencer square off, and pretty much all the rest of the performances elevate what's a pretty unremarkable story.
December 6, 2019
The big reveal is way too obvious.
December 6, 2019
Strickland frequently tests viewers' patience, but his off-putting sensibility is powerful enough to make In Fabric as mesmerizing as its subject: salesmanship as a sinister, inescapable form of hypnosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2019
It's interesting, but it drags; it's enjoyable while you watch, but you don't rush to return to it. It's just fine -- but it's not essential TV that you need to pay for a streaming platform to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
December 6, 2019
With a stacked cast and a premise that gives way to a wealth of ideas, Truth Be Told could have been a solid story about many things. However, Truth Be Told doesn't work and instead it's the rare crime mystery where I don't care about getting to the end.
December 6, 2019
While true crime fiends will likely lap Truth Be Told up, the series struggles with tone, unable to decide whether it wants to be a thought-provoking thriller or campy, trashy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2019
I would watch a version of this show as a biting family drama, but its gaze into the court of public opinion leaves it toothless.
December 5, 2019
Interesting, Spencer is solid, as ever, but I've seen better mysteries and more compelling characters.
December 5, 2019
The show seems to understand journalism about as well as Poppy does, treating her cause as righteous and fair-minded and its consequences as unfortunate necessities that come from finally speaking the truth.
December 5, 2019
It's not exactly solving a mystery to think that "Truth Be Told" would have worked better by focusing on Poppy's family, and losing the trendy, true-crime plot.
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