UnReal: Season 1 (2015)

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The revealing and thought-provoking UnREAL uses reality TV as a suitably soapy springboard for absorbing drama.

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Critic Ratings: 50

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 1, 2015

A producer, Rachel Goldberg, works to manipulate relationships on a dating show in order to film outrageous footage as the series begins.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2015

A family tragedy strikes one of the girls; Quinn offers a cash bonus to Jay, Shia and Rachel to create the season's villain out of the remaining girls; Rachel's old laptop falls into the wrong hands and threatens to expose intimate details of her past relationship with Jeremy.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2015

Rachel is forced to ask her mother for financial support. Her mother agrees but the loan comes with strings attached that affect Rachel's mental well-being. Back at the mansion, Adam's best friend makes waves on set when he is asked to choose three of the women for a romantic dinner date with Adam. Meanwhile, Quinn tends to Chet after a health scare; and Lizzie discovers details about Jeremy and Rachel's history.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2015

The girls get upset when a tabloid exposes news about Adam's past; Rachel produces a romantic date at Adam's vineyard; Quinn revisits an old relationship when she realizes she will always be the "other woman" in Chet's life; Jeremy receives a promotion.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2015

The crew heads to Mississippi for Faith's hometown date with Adam; Rachel makes a surprising discovery about Faith and gets Adam to protect her; Jeremy and Rachel try to mend their friendship; Quinn sues Chet; Shia takes drastic measures to boost a girl's popularity.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2015

Adam meets Mary's family when the show arranges their one-on-one date; Rachel and Quinn make some questionable decisions to win a bet with Chet.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2015

Tragedy hits the set affecting the contestants and everyone behind the scenes. -- (C) LIFETIME

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Air date: Jul 20, 2015

Adam is offered an interesting proposal, with the final elimination ceremony right around the corner. Meanwhile, Rachel is pulled between Jeremy and Adam; and Chet makes a decision about his relationship with Quinn.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2015

Rachel deals with the repercussions from an impulsive decision; Quinn and Rachel question their future as producers; the final three contestants return to Adam's vineyard for romantic dates.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2015

Season 1 ends with an unwanted guest returning to the set. Meanwhile, Rachel is betrayed; and Adam makes a decision that changes his life forever.

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Tv Season Info

TV producer Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) reluctantly returns to work on the set of reality dating show Everlasting after being coaxed by her boss Quinn King (Constance Zimmer). Because she left the show after a spectacular mental breakdown during the previous season's finale, Rachel faces hostility from co-workers. Nonetheless, Rachel effectively does her job of creating ratings-boosting drama among the show's cast for Quinn—too effectively as it turns out when tragedy hits the set. Along the way, Rachel gets involved in a love triangle with her ex-boyfriend Jeremy (Josh Kelly) and Everlasting's current suitor Adam (Freddie Stroma). Quinn, on the other hand, carries on an affair with Everlasting's creator Chet (Craig Bierko). The first season of "UnReal" also casts Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Aline Elasmar as Everlasting producers Jay and Shia, Johanna Braddy as Anna, Breeda Wool as Faith, Nathalie Kelley as Grace, Ashley Scott as Mary, and Mimi Kuzyk as Dr. Olive Goldberg.

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Critic Reviews for UnReal Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22)

The balance between comedy and drama shifts toward the latter, which isn't the show's strength.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

UnReal is darker than a locked box inside a lightproof cube sitting on the bottom of the ocean at midnight. It is an ice cream sundae laced with ipecac, delectable and poisonous all at once.

Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…
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I simply love the idea that reality TV has spawned something of value, and that scripted TV is "reading" reality TV, owning it as it takes it apart piece by piece. Let us be grateful that these reality satires aren't here to make friends either.

Jun 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a lot to like about UnREAL.

Jun 2, 2015 | Full Review…

On the other side of that terrible title is a show that's both engaging and thoughtful - one that's fun and highly critical and skeptical, but still feels sympathetic to people who make reality shows, people who watch them, and people on them.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…
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If, despite all you know, you still choose to believe that most "reality shows" are real, stay far away from Lifetime's terrific new comedy-drama from Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

Jun 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The show's ability to explore human manipulation and psychology is unparalleled, but it wouldn't be half as fun to watch without the performances of Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer at the core.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

In its first hour alone, there's far more truth and reality on UnREAL than there is in the reality series that inspired it, ABC's The Bachelor.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

It feeds your suspicions about the television industry, where everyone's ethics are warped by a pursuit of power and money.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

While most reality television is so ridiculous that some shows can serve as parodies of themselves, Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro had the brilliant idea to spin a scripted series out of that madness.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The most interesting relationship on UnREAL has been and will most likely remain the dysfunctional one between these two.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

UnREAL exposes the limits of contemporary liberal feminism, the kind that generates clicks and bucks for a handful of people but has precious little to offer any woman whose life falls outside the media cycle.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for UnReal: Season 1

  • Jul 03, 2019
    the first season was by far the best of the 4. it's a great twisty-drama, it really pulls you into it all.
  • Jun 26, 2018
    One of the best if not the best 'mockumentry style shows around. 100 times better than actual reality.
  • Feb 26, 2018
    I just started watching this show from a suggestion via Hulu and wow, I've been missing a gem!! This show is fresh, riveting, and sexy. I've never watched The Bachlor or shows like it because I've always find them fake and pretentious but as a scenic of those type shows this show fit me well. I recommend this show.
  • Feb 18, 2018
    Very diffrent and interessting, my advice though would be to stop watching after this season, as the second just doesnt come even close.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    Currently addicted to this show!
  • Feb 15, 2017
    ROFLMAO, hahaha, guffaws w/ tears, knee slapping, gut wrenching cramps, and it's funny, too....If you miss this, you won't make it to comedy heaven. More than a new comedy, it's a new paradigm.
  • Sep 24, 2016
    Smart, thought-provoking and disturbingly believable, UnREAL boasts a well-written black-comedy/drama ignited by absorbing performances from Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby.
  • Aug 17, 2016
    I stumbled upon UnREAL while catching up on Bachelor in Paradise and I had no idea what I was getting myself into. As a reality tv junkie I am OBSESSED with this show and the dark and twisted behind the scenes drama. As a former acting major I am beyond impressed with what the actors in UnREAL are bringing to the table. Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer are an unstoppable duo and I cannot get enough of their sick snarky back and forth dialogue. The rawness and blunt honesty they bring to Rachel and Quinn is a breath of fresh air from the normal typical leading lady role. That being said the entire cast is extremely strong and dynamic. I watched the first season in a day and quickly went to iTunes to get my hands on season 2. HIGHLY recommended and cannot wait to see what deep dark twisted secrets season 2 holds.
  • Aug 04, 2016
    Ever since I saw the first preview for UnREAL, my mom and I knew it would be a hit. Boy, were we right on the money! Shiri Appleby has come such a long way from Roswell, playing the deeply troubled Rachel and Constance Zimmer steals the show every week with her captivating performance of Quinn. This show provides an eye opening, jaw dropping insight of behind the scenes "reality" that nobody ever wants to truly believe but is so obviously present. I hope Constance wins the Emmy, she more than deserved and earned her nomination!!
  • Jul 08, 2016
    I watched it mostly because Constance Zimmer was great in 'House of Cards'. She is even more impressing in this show. She runs the show, and watching her do it is enough to like the show, at least for me.

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