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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Air date: Jun 1, 2015
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Air date: Jun 8, 2015
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Air date: Jun 15, 2015
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Air date: Jun 22, 2015
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Air date: Jun 29, 2015
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Fly
Air date: Jul 6, 2015
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Air date: Jul 13, 2015
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Two
Air date: Jul 20, 2015
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Air date: Jul 27, 2015
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Air date: Aug 3, 2015

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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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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.

Jun 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…
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…
Top Critic

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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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

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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