• Network: ,
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 11, 2002
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
American Idol Image
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics What's this?

User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: American Idol (and host Ryan Seacrest) return for a new season on a new channel (ABC) with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie as the judges.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Music

Trailer

Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
American Idol
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 8, 2018
    75
    “I Kissed a Girl” pop star Katy Perry, country superstar Luke Bryan and music legend Lionel Richie form a panel that doesn’t so much practice tough love as dole out “Chicken Soup for the Soul” critiques.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Mar 9, 2018
    70
    After watching that first episode, we can tell you that it’s a solid return, and definitely stronger than its last few seasons. A good part of that is the chemistry of the new judges--pop star Katy Perry, country singer Luke Bryan and Mr. “All Night Long” himself, Lionel Richie--with the contestants who walk into the room to audition and with each other.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 9, 2018
    63
    The three judges are amiable, upbeat and gentle. They’re also incapable of criticism, either constructive or harsh. ... It’s a soft down pillow, a gentle bromide for turbulent times. Ageless, old-fashioned, congenial, reassuring.
  4. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Mar 6, 2018
    60
    This is a decidedly less mean American Idol. ... Though there isn’t a Cowell among them, the judges’ panel makes passable competition for the judges on NBC’s “The Voice.” ... Overall, the new version of the show holds together well enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Mar 8, 2018
    50
    The new version is really just the old version, but a little sappier, a little more Disney-fied, a little more Americana-obsessed, and it's all, well, fine. It's not particularly good or particularly bad. It's just familiar. And familiar may be enough, depending on what you're looking for. But it's not special.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Mar 8, 2018
    50
    Neither an endorsement nor an indictment, but this reboot so aggressively plays down the middle that it doesn’t seem to be seeking one either way.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Mar 12, 2018
    50
    Meet the new American Idol, same as the old American Idol.

See all 8 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 12, 2018
    10
    Magnificent ... The program is a great incentive for young people not to give up on their dreams. The judges are perfect, especially KatyMagnificent ... The program is a great incentive for young people not to give up on their dreams. The judges are perfect, especially Katy Perry with her charisma and wonderful humor makes the show a lot of fun. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2018
    10
    interesting, the search for a new star seems to be back in the best possible way.
  3. Mar 28, 2018
    10
    The latest version of American Idol has retained the best elements of the original while jettisoning the least desirable ones. New judges whoThe latest version of American Idol has retained the best elements of the original while jettisoning the least desirable ones. New judges who are less **** and snarky offer a fresher perspective on the competition. This is a tighter, faster paced workman-like American Idol that doesn't need the whiz bang spinning Jetson;s chairs of the gimmicky competition. This American Idol sets the benchmark in how a singing competition show should be done. Bravo.. Expand
  4. Apr 1, 2018
    10
    Perfect! Best program!
    instead of taking advantage of those poor people they make it fun tbh
  5. Apr 17, 2018
    10
    I love this Idol, Katy is a queen of program, the best, katy queen of pop, I love
  6. Apr 1, 2018
    10
    my favorite season so far at least the judges are more humain and they give great advice ....& there is alot of talented people this year
  7. Mar 11, 2018
    10
    Perfect, a hint of nostalgia with additional good humor and irreverence of the jurors, Katy Perry once again proves to be a brilliant star

See all 9 User Reviews

Trailers

Related Articles

  1. Ranked: The Best Summer TV Series of All Time

    Ranked: The Best Summer TV Series of All Time Image
    Published: June 8, 2011
    While summer is traditionally a time of reruns and discarded shows, TV occasionally gives us a summer gem. We pick out 20 of the best summer television debuts of all time, from "Seinfeld" to "The Wire."
  2. Ranked: American Idol Seasons 1-9

    Ranked: American Idol Seasons 1-9 Image
    Published: May 24, 2010
    As the ninth cycle of Fox's "American Idol" draws to a close this week, we take a look at seasons past to determine the reality franchise's best and worst years.
  3. Midseason TV Preview: A Look at New and Returning Shows

    Midseason TV Preview: A Look at New and Returning Shows Image
    Published: January 5, 2010
    Read about the biggest and best new series debuting in the coming months, find out when your favorite programs are returning, and watch trailers for over two dozen shows.
  4. The Best TV Shows of 2009 ... and the Decade

    The Best TV Shows of 2009 ... and the Decade Image
    Published: January 2, 2010
    Is 2000-09 the best decade in television history? Find out what shows made the past ten years so strong, and which programs went down as the best and worst of 2009.