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UnReal: Season 1 (2015)

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

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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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Shiri Appleby
as Rachel Goldberg
Constance Zimmer
as Quinn King
Freddie Stroma
as Adam Cromwell
Josh Kelly
as Jeremy
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Critic Reviews for UnReal: Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20)

In a pilot ep that's crammed with characters, exposition, gags and events -- all handled superbly -- we hook into a number of "journeys" that promise to make UnREAL as satisfying as it is hilarious.

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

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

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

June 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.

June 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a lot to like about UnREAL.

June 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.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for UnReal: Season 1

Incredibly addictive, UnREAL is a trashy and provocative dark satire from Lifetime. Season 1 follows the behind-the-scenes of a dating show called Everlasting, where a group of women compete for a rich British aristocrat while the producers manipulate them in order to provoke melodrama that will generate ratings. Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer lead the cast and give outstanding performances. And the writing is quite impressive, with sharp, witty dialog and clever, daring plot twists. Additionally, the serial storytelling does a great job at building suspense and tension as the season progresses, with gripping cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Scandalous and shocking, Season 1 of UnREAL is a gritty exposé of reality television.

DannM.

Super Reviewer

UnREAL takes a look behind the scene on a fictional The Bachelor satire. Rachel is a manipulative specialist in creating drama on screen, but it takes a toll on her emotional stability. With every character having their own agenda, reality TV show becomes chaotic. The acting was natural and the writing was nice too. Initially I thought the idea was silly but UnREAL might just help Lifetime achieve something ground breaking.

SylvesterK.

Super Reviewer

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