Smash debuts tonight on NBC after what seems like months of endless commercials and promos. And while the show has been compared, somewhat unfairly, to Glee by many, critics seems to really love it. See what they have to say below.
“How good is Smash? So good you can’t help wondering why no one thought of it before, a compelling mix of credible real-life melodrama with a fictionalized approximation of what it takes to get a Broadway show from the idea stage to opening night.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Smash is excellent, a bar-raiser for broadcast networks. It may be pigeonholed as Glee for grown-ups, but Smash could be the first series to take America’s fascination with singing shows (one of its main stars is singer-turned-actress Katharine McPhee, the beloved American Idol runner-up in 2006) and mix it with a well-written drama to create something of more substance than Glee.” – THR
“Created by playwright and TV writer Theresa Rebeck and with some notable Broadway names writing tunes for it, Smash is an astute exploration of big-city aspirations and showbiz dreams from people who very clearly know their chosen topics intimately. If the rich, well-constructed universe these writers have come up with isn’t enough of a draw, Smash also has music, dancing, lots of entertaining backstage bitchery and a very talented American Idol runner-up.” – Huff Po
“Yea, though NBC walks through the valley of the shadow of death, all hope is not lost. “Smash,” the network’s easily engaging new Monday night drama about the making of a Broadway musical, turns out to be quite the little sunbeam. It has some endearing characters, an instinct for backstage meows and a firm grip on its own sense of camp control, which, if nothing else, sets it apart from Ryan Murphy’s now fully atrocious Glee.” – Washington Post