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. Maz says

    Ultimately these critic guys have a job to do, but surely the judges are the people that enjoy watching Beauty & the Beast. I am a sucker for romance and the anticipation of whether Cat & Vincent will actually get together despite the obstacles they face leaves me itching to get to the next episode. If I want reality I will watch the news

  2. says

    Ok, maybe these magazine/newspaper critics ought to not think so much and just watch something for its base value…entertainment. Afterall, it was voted People’s Choice for Best New Show! I just recently started watching the show. I went back and saw every show from the beginning…and now I’m hooked. And got sisters and friends hooked! Sometimes we don’t need the “perfect plot.” It’s the chemistry and the anticipation of what’s to come. I think it’s definitly worth your time.

  3. Maria Kurzmiller says

    I think it’s a great show! Can’t wait til they finally get together! It’s suspenseful and full of action! Definitely a good show in the making. Keep up the good work. Maria

  4. Lorena says

    Don’t cancell this show. I hate to get into something and they just cancell it on us. Can’t wait for it to come on again.

    • Heidi Geiger says

      I love the show, there is room to improve the storyline.
      I am a little confused, Vincent not beeing able to be with Catherine, but
      rolls around with his ex. (in the Jan show)
      What happened to true love?

  5. Kelly Kellar says

    YES! I definitely will watch it again, and again, and again……….
    I hate having to wait until January 24th for it to come back.
    Please don’t change it or cancel it!!!! The characters and story line are great. I’m crazy about them.

  6. Kelly Kelly says

    Is it worth watching??? How can you even ask that question. YES! It’s more than just worth watching!!!! I can hardly wait from one week to the next to watch it again.
    I hate that I have to wait until January 24th for it to start again. Please do not make negative remarks about this program and cause it to be discontinued. Color me very upset about your remarks.


  7. SamK161 says

    The new show is growing on me, and I am a die hard fan fan of the 1987 version. No one can duplicate the sensuality of Ron Perlman voice, and those eyes. The new Vincent isn’t anything like the old version, which is good, I wouldn’t have given a 2nd look if that was the case. I must admit to looking forward to Thursday nights new show & getting my fix by watching the old episodes, or even watching Sons of Anarchy just to hear that voice again.

  8. Rebecca says

    I love the show. The first murder mystery was a bit weak, but they have improved. I love the chemistry of the characters. I could do without Cat’s sister. There are parts that need developed, and better writers would be a plus, but I like the concept, the characters, and the actors.

  9. Bia says

    I’m from Brazil
    here and watch the channel universal
    I love this show … is wonderful, they have a great chemistry!
    I think there is a bias
    okay qa original was very good but this version has a more modern and current and
    imagines a series for adults that beast looks like a plush lion?
    vincent and cat love

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