• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2018
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Sep 28, 2018
    75
    A sweet, surprisingly watchable series that essentially gives "Joan of Arcadia" a Silicon Valley tuneup.
  2. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Oct 1, 2018
    70
    Hall is charismatic and likable enough to ground the show’s fantastical premise in something semi-real, or at least real enough to make the series palatable. God Friended Me also has a sense of humor and a sense of plot-driven momentum.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 28, 2018
    70
    God has historically been good to CBS, in the form of faith-oriented series like "Touched by an Angel" and "Joan of Arcadia." The network returns to those roots with God Friended Me, an appealing show that weaves religion into its premise, while owing at least as much to the since-departed "Person of Interest" as those aforementioned dramas.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Sep 24, 2018
    67
    It's all a bit predictable, but Hall is a charming lead, and the we're-not-alone-in-the-universe premise is pleasantly palatable. [28 Sep 2018, p.50]
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 28, 2018
    63
    Setting aside a glib and emotionally manipulative launch, of all the "This Is Us" wannabes ("Manifest," "A Million Little Things," "New Amsterdam") in the 2018 fall lineup, "God Friended Me" may stand the best chance of success.
  6. Reviewed by: Keisha Hatchett
    Sep 28, 2018
    60
    God Friended Me is a heartwarming series that falls flat on the execution. But if it can learn to laugh at itself and stick to simplicity, it just might stand a chance at survival.
  7. Collider
    Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Sep 28, 2018
    60
    Having Hall to anchor the show is good, because the story swirling around him is bonkers.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 21, 2018
    60
    Yes, it’s all hokey, and yet the premiere holds some promise as a thoughtful feel-good drama.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 1, 2018
    58
    It’s sweet, loaded with a talented cast (Morton is particularly authentic), but it could use a bit more of the devil to it, if you know what I mean.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Oct 1, 2018
    50
    Like the show’s interludes of theological discourse, its moments of regret and redemption are made to be easy to grasp and digest in the context of a Sunday night, broadcast network, mostly-family-friendly comic drama. For those less invested in the God question, or less attracted to sentiment, the show will run mostly on the substantial charm and chemistry of its young stars and the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew sleuthing they do together.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Sep 30, 2018
    50
    With its shiny, colorful exteriors and bathed-in-light church sequences, there’s a glossy sheen to much of "God Friended Me." The test going forward is if it’s willing to dig beneath it.
  12. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 26, 2018
    50
    Yes, the premise is ridiculous, but some of the best moments happen when the show leans fully into its own cheesiness and embraces the awesome storytelling power of pushing a person to be more decent. And thanks in large part to Hall, a charismatic actor who can make even “The Millennial Prophet” sound halfway convincing, rooting the show in Miles’ journey of having and losing his faith makes for some truly meaningful moments.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 28, 2018
    40
    Warmed-over hash.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Sep 30, 2018
    30
    The construction of the God Friended Me pilot is simply an ungodly mess. ... Every beat is so rushed that the pilot feels like a series finale in which all the stories have to be tied up neatly and it reaches an end that doesn't set up a series at all.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Sep 8, 2018
    0
    The very premise of this show is a crime against humanity. Of all the ways the Creator of all things could communicate, he or she chooses facebook?
  2. Sep 2, 2018
    1
    Horrible acting and an already been done premise (see the far superior Joan of Arcadia, also from CBS) make this show, the pilot episodeHorrible acting and an already been done premise (see the far superior Joan of Arcadia, also from CBS) make this show, the pilot episode anyway, a chore to watch. Divine intervention is about the only thing that'll keep God Friended Me on the air. Skip it! Amen. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2018
    8
    Surprisingly believable. Rather predictable, but I like the idea of diverse people working together to help the world.