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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2018
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 224 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: 29 out of 75
  2. Negative: 33 out of 75
  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 7, 2018
    10
    Série incrível! Roteiro bem estruturado, atuações impecáveis e direção perfeita!
    Super recomendo!
    This is amazing!
  3. Nov 3, 2018
    8
    I was hyped since the first teaser and I actually bought Netflix for this single series. I am not disappointed, Newest adventures of SabrinaI was hyped since the first teaser and I actually bought Netflix for this single series. I am not disappointed, Newest adventures of Sabrina are smartly made, fun on simple level and acting is exceptional. Characters are likeable, Kiernan Shipka as main hero has great charisma, charm and incredible talent, she's perfect as an empathic, conflicted and badass modern Witch. If you feel this atmosphere of teen drama with really creepy and dark horror stuff, you will love this one as I do. Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2018
    4
    I fail to understand which public this show is aiming at. It has an adult undertone with some pretty graphic content, but it's all wrapped upI fail to understand which public this show is aiming at. It has an adult undertone with some pretty graphic content, but it's all wrapped up in preteen/early teen dialogues, relationships, plotlines and issues. It all feels so amateurish, uninspired and on the nose-"edgy." If the writers of this show were a bunch of angry edgy rabid teenagers who hates the world it would make sense, but the writer is a grown man. And oh, i'm pretty sure they hired Kiernan Shipka just because she looks like the original Sabrina, cause it can't be because of her wooden unemotional acting skills. Expand
  5. Nov 14, 2018
    3
    Netflix this was nothing.
    I like the riper and sombre style of the series, but the main characters are weak.
    There I liked the old series
    Netflix this was nothing.
    I like the riper and sombre style of the series, but the main characters are weak.
    There I liked the old series with Mellisa Joan Heart substantially better.
    Netflix can pulp the series with pleasure again.
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  6. Oct 31, 2018
    1
    Thought the show was complete garbage. It can't decide what it is. So shallow and completely agenda pushing over any kind of quality story.Thought the show was complete garbage. It can't decide what it is. So shallow and completely agenda pushing over any kind of quality story. Why they decided to veer so far away from the beloved original version is beyond me. Expand
  7. Nov 19, 2018
    0
    0.000001 / 10 Stars. Don't do more TV shows like this, Netflix. Worst of worst. I dont know how some people can even give this tv show any stars.

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