Beauty and the Beast: Is the New CW Series Worth Watching?

CW TV series Beauty and the BeastThe CW has given their new Beauty and the Beast TV series a great timeslot, following their most-popular show, The Vampire Diaries. On the negative side, it’s also airing opposite seriously tough competition — Glee, Person of Interest and Grey’s Anatomy. Can it compete? Is it even worth watching?

In this version of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, a young girl is saved from being murdered by a mysterious creature/human. Years later, as a homicide detective (Kristin Kreuk), she comes face to face with her mysterious savior (Jay Ryan). He ends up helping her solve crimes while she helps keep his identity a secret. The cast also includes Nina Lisandrello, Brian White, Max Brown, Nicole Gale Anderson, and Austin Basis.

Sound like it’s worth your time? Before you decide, take a look at what some of the critics think:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “It’s tough to imagine how anyone could make a more ham-fisted wreck of a remake of 1980s CBS fantasy series Beauty and the Beast than The CW’s effort, debuting on Pittsburgh’s WPCW tonight at 11:30 after the Steelers game… The CW’s Beauty is laughably bad in myriad ways. There’s no sense of star-crossed lovers, just a plasticized romance between a Cover Girl and a glum, anger-prone male model.”

LA Times: “None of the which is even as mildly interesting as it sounds, and, indeed, I grew weary even as I watched, despite Kreuk’s hypnotic eyes, the broody lighting and roiling soundtrack. It is all so dreadfully familiar — the lovely, headstrong and feisty heroine, the nice guy who wants her (in this case, the medical examiner played by Max Brown) and the broken bad boy she loves instead… One can only hope that this marks the last limping leg of the inter-species romance, because in real life, true love should not include a partner whose first instinct is to kill you.”

Boston Globe: “Last season, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm proved that there is an appetite for updated fairy tales. The CW has taken the hint, and contrived this pretty, and pretty empty, series. It’s a market move, nothing more.”

Salt Lake Tribune: “I’m not sure I have the words to describe just how bad The CW’s Beauty and the Beast is. I’ve only been doing this for 22½ years, after all… The first episode of this Beauty and the Beast remake isn’t entirely devoid of entertainment value. But laughing at this show — not with it — wears off before long. Bad is bad, and this is terrible.”

Hollywood Reporter: “Only The CW would take a super hunky dude who would make most women swoon and call him a Beast because he’s got a couple of cuts on his face that, strangely enough, make him magnetically more attractive to other beautiful people. That is either awesome or messed up, or awesomely messed up. Because The CW doesn’t even get it. If the network got it, someone would have said, ‘Hey, guys, this is ridiculous even by our standards. You know that, right?'”

USA Today: “There’s a murder solved in tonight’s opener, but the murderer is so obvious, it’s hardly worth worrying about. Odds are you’ll spend more energy trying to decide whether Kreuk and Ryan are more sinning than sinned against: They’re terrible, but the material may have left them with no other option. Luckily, in this world of 1,000 channels, you have plenty of other options. Exercise one.”

What do you think? Have you seen the new Beauty and the Beast TV series? If so, will you watch again?

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  1. Holly says

    I like the show, it was quite entertaining and I thought she was awesome. I loved the original Beauty & The Beast and I’m sure this will compare with that series. Critics – watch something else if you don’t like it and keep your opinions to yourself. It was great and I look forward to other episodes.

    • Mee says

      They should keep their comments to themselves while you speak up on yours. Seems hardly fair innit? U like the show? Good for you. don’t muffle others because you do. You don’t like the review, you go somewhere else and keep your comments to yourself. Beaty and the beast is a waste of time and brain power. Do something else.

  2. Jamie says

    I watched and it didn’t seem so bad as all the critics make it out to be. Plus keeping in mind that actors tend to develop their character more as more episodes are made. I think it unfair to judge a new series simply from the pilot episode. I’m definitely going to continue watching for new episodes.

  3. Jean says

    What the hell with those critics, just cause they don’t like the show, it’s not worth watching? they better change their job if they think that only what they like is good.
    I Love CW ’cause it airs great series and I’m sure Beauty and The Beast will not disappoint.

  4. Voice of Reason says

    The “Beast” part of him is what he becomes when adrenaline kicks in. He clearly states that they (the mysterious “they” that were mentioned in the episode) become unstoppable. It does seem like he has gained minor amounts of control over this problem, but it’s only episode one, so who knows what will happen? People forget that being a beast does not necessarily mean outwardly; how shallow is our society, that we automatically assume a beast is someone that has been disfigured physically? Maybe it’s the Psychology major in me, but it seemed pretty obvious that the term “Beast” is not supposed to come from his looks. Just one humble college students opinion, though. Do with it what you will. I plan on seeing where the series goes, why not give it a shot? Most pilot episodes suck anyways. 😉

    • Davers says

      Oh come on. He changes into a beast..and it is a remake of the beauty and the beast show. Please dont try to look for deep psychological meaning behind why it is called a beast on a CW show. It is typical CW tv of beautiful people and they couldnt dare have a beastlty looking character all the time, so this is their compromise.

      • Voice of Reason says

        I wasn’t looking for a deep psychological meaning, I was simply stating that being a beast can be more than just looks. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that is mine. And he doesn’t “change into a beast,” he’s not a werewolf. I was just pointing out that I don’t think it’s *only* his physical appearance that’s supposed to make him a beast, rather his entire being (ever since he went through whatever crazy program while in the military). I have watched (and LOVED) a ton of the CW’s shows, I know how they are about the shallow/physical aspects. But thank you for assuming I don’t know what I’m talking about. :)

    • Mee says

      To correct you, most pilot episodes to not suck. They might be devoid of depth, but they certainly do not suck. This one does and, yes, he has to look like a monster on the outside since the show is piggy backing on the very well known fairy tale. Even if the beastly side of him is supposed to be on the inside; which it is not; they have done nothing to insinuate that in any way. The show is very haphazard and they should just cancel it because I do not see how they can salvage it at this point. The show does suck female and male lead and all. Female lead especially.

  5. Davers says

    The whole point of BatB is getting past a monster on the outside to fall in love with whats on the inside. He turns into a beast (barely shown so far, but looks like some vampire looking man)…but so what. It only happens when he gets agitated. So 99% of the time he is a sexy stud..and he wants to “feel more human”.

    Give me a break. TOTALLY missed the point of all the BatB stories.

  6. Richard S. Russell says

    I knew going in that Kristin Kreuk was no Linda Hamilton, and no way was whatzisprettyface going to be as beastly as Ron “Hellboy” Perlman, but allowing for that I’d be curious to hear what other people think.

  7. says

    Mr. Ryan: Like you, Jay, I was very much in love with the characters of Catherine and Vincent. He was consantly behind her or beside her or rescuing her. That, I believe, is a wonderful way of a real man to act. Vincent has to stay removed from Catherine in a small way, but in a greater way, he keeps watch on her because greater “animal-like” forces are after her, following her because of the way her mother protected her. Who was after her mother? And what section of the military gave Vincent some kind of shot that make him some kind of a “monster?” I would love to learn that in further parts of the series. Also, I would love to hear small snippets about Paul Junger Witt and his partner? Televised? How do their minds work? I am looking forward to viewing the entire series for this season – yes, just like I am a fan of Grimm. Thanks a lot to all.

  8. says

    I’m waiting for the varied mysteries to be shown to all the viewers. Is there someone else behind the “black” curtain, or will Vincent be given more of a healing tonic that might help work better with Kristen? I wonder?

  9. Selena says

    …I’m still trying to decide what about the Beast is ‘Beastly’. So far, I’ve seen he has some scars, and is legally dead on paper.
    …….What’s so beastly about that? He looks/seems purely human to me.

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