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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2018
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 252 Ratings

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  • Summary: Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) juggles life as a sophomore at Baxter High and as a witch with her Aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto) in this darker coming-of-age series based on the comic book series of the same name.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Oct 15, 2018
    100
    There are a lot of surprising things about Sabrina, the fall’s first truly binge-worthy new show. It’s a delight and an obsession, and the scariest thing about it is just how good it is.
  2. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Oct 15, 2018
    83
    Aguirre-Sacasa applies a light touch all around, building up the bigger themes without sacrificing character-driven moments--and without giving into the excessive twists that threw Riverdale off course in its sophomore season.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 21, 2018
    80
    The star is Kiernan Shipka, Sally from “Mad Men,” and she brings an appealingly sincere touch as she mixes phrases such as “dark baptism” into her teen lexicon. Her aunts, played by Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis, are kooky excellence. The show, “Riverdale”-adjacent, also has a great retro look with vestiges of foggy, pulpy horror.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 31, 2018
    80
    Sabrina is also possessed by the spirit of Kevin Williamson’s script for Wes Craven’s “Scream”: there’s a giddy cleverness in how it shouts out its own tropes and knowing riffs, in the service of minting a Faustian coming-of-age tale in which the retro atmosphere mingles with progressive gender politics.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Oct 17, 2018
    70
    For as interesting as some of the coven material is, it’s easy--and a little frustrating--to imagine the show “Sabrina” could’ve been if it had embraced the Academy. Many of the scenes that click fully into place involve some combination of Academy students, lore, and protocol that make it feel like such a promising, pitch-black “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” heir that it’s disappointing when the series pulls away. The good news is that once the show pushes past its initial throat clearing, is alluring and compelling enough to discourage looking away.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Oct 26, 2018
    70
    The early run of episodes seems unsure where it fits between the winking, sardonic tone of Scream Queens or American Horror Story: Coven and the soapiness and melodrama of Riverdale. (And, like too many streaming series, episodes could be half as long and the narrative could move twice as fast.) But fear not. A creative light bulb seems to turn on as the season hits its final stretch. If only an actual one would turn on, too.
  7. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Oct 26, 2018
    50
    It’s trying to be the moody, teen-tastic interpretation of it. As Sabrina keeps using dark magic in situations she probably should not, Shipka’s bright professionalism wards off any real tension.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 87
  2. Negative: 40 out of 87
  1. Oct 26, 2018
    10
    A fresh, addictive and dark new take on a classic. I really enjoyed it, also considering how it is way more on a good track than riverdale. IA fresh, addictive and dark new take on a classic. I really enjoyed it, also considering how it is way more on a good track than riverdale. I really hope it will stick around for a while.
    Sabrina is an A for me
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  2. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Thoroughly enjoyable re-visiting of the Sabrina story. Nicely balanced between a fun almost slightly camp take, but one that also has darkThoroughly enjoyable re-visiting of the Sabrina story. Nicely balanced between a fun almost slightly camp take, but one that also has dark undertones that gives is a nicely malevolent atmosphere. Great fun that seems to bypass many of the people giving reviews here.
    Forget the original series and don't take it too seriously (it is light entertainment after all) and judge it on its own merit. Also beautifully filmed - very opulent!
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  3. Oct 28, 2018
    8
    MGTOW trolls are back in the user reviews to rail on about a "feminist agenda" and "social justice warriors." Perfectly entertaining show.
  4. Nov 5, 2018
    4
    Decently acted, but very boring. Not funny at all, the writing has so many holes it could as well be named The Chilling Swiss Cheese of HowDecently acted, but very boring. Not funny at all, the writing has so many holes it could as well be named The Chilling Swiss Cheese of How Not To Write Scripts, and it generally doesn't really make you care about any of the characters. It's fairly mystifying why Netflix already ordered a second season of this completely forgettable show. Expand
  5. Dec 1, 2018
    3
    Two minutes into the show and you are bombarded with feminist liberal social justice warrior propaganda. Another 5 minutes into the show youTwo minutes into the show and you are bombarded with feminist liberal social justice warrior propaganda. Another 5 minutes into the show you are exposed to LGBTQIA witch and warlock style.
    Its agenda and style over substance.
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  6. Nov 1, 2018
    1
    I thought this was very disappointing. The biggest problem it has is that the central character Sabrina is just so charmless that it's reallyI thought this was very disappointing. The biggest problem it has is that the central character Sabrina is just so charmless that it's really very difficult to get invested in what she's up to. The only characters which had slight promise to be entertaining was Michelle Gomez (I'm a big fan of hers) and perhaps Lucy Davis. The rest was just overblown, slightly nauseating teen melodrama with zero charm. I'm normally a fan of teen dramas, but not this one. Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2018
    0
    Very boring tv show. Nothing happens at all. Acting is over the top. Shipka as Sabrina is poor choice because of her wooden acting. There isVery boring tv show. Nothing happens at all. Acting is over the top. Shipka as Sabrina is poor choice because of her wooden acting. There is no plot, no story... Movie effects are annoying...And political propaganda of SJW is all over the place...If you don't like POLITICAL propaganda down your throat this is not for you. I would say this the worst new show this season.Big let down Expand

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