Critic Consensus: Although it's ridiculously soapy, Witches of East End is often campy fun; it's a supernatural spectacle that's entertaining despite its silliness.
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With a pilot artfully shot by Mark Waters, the series is good-looking, atmospheric, and jaunty.
[It] will remain a missable new supernatural series populated by wooden actors and feeble plotlines.
Lifetime's new drama Witches of East End is a silly but entertaining story that manages to provide a little romance and suspense while letting us see the tongue in its cheek.
What's utterly clear is that the starter hour picks up steam whenever loose-cannon Amick bops around -- although Ormond does a nice job of grounding its shenanigans in a semblance of reality.
Better to power-watch multiple reruns of Charmed, which at least offered some simple pleasures. Witches of East End is just not worth a viewer's toils and troubles.
Audience Reviews for Witches of East End: Season 1
The supernatural series Witches of East End plays a little like a Harlequin Romance, but comes through with some excitement and adventure. In Season 1 two sisters, Freya and Ingrid Beauchamp, discover that they are immortal witches that have been reincarnated over a dozen times, and their aunt Wendy returns to warn them that a shape-shifter is coming after their family. Overall it's a compelling story that's full of mystery, but unfortunately there's a horribly cliched and trite B story with Freya torn between two brothers in a convoluted love triangle. However, Madchen Amick and Rachel Boston really shine and have an incredible amount of charisma that overcomes the weaknesses in the episodes. And, there are some fun guest appears from Tom Lenk, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Virginia Madsen, who play interesting characters. Season 1 of Witches of East End has a bit of a rough start, but eventual creates a fascinating mythology that's full of intrigue.
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