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Generally favorable reviews- based on 141 Ratings

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  • Summary: Dick Grayson aka Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Rachel Roth aka Raven (Teagan Croft) up with Gar Logan aka Beast Boy (Ryan Potter) and Koriand'r aka Starfire (Anna Diop) come together to defend Earth from destruction in this live-action series based on the Teen Titans characters.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Christian Holub
    Oct 8, 2018
    75
    Come for Robin saying "F---Batman," stay to see how many bodies the teens drop trying to stop the occult apocalypse prefigured by Raven. [12 Oct 2018, p.49]
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 11, 2018
    70
    The superhero Sturm und Drang and personal melodrama that Titans offers is attractively packaged and reasonably entertaining in the early episodes. ... If you’re partial to the more serious end of the comic-book spectrum, you may already be watching “Black Lightning” on CW, “Jessica Jones” and a few others on Netflix, “Legion” on FX, “The Runaways” on Hulu and “Gotham” on Fox. “Titans” may deserve to join the list, but it’s a big ask.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 12, 2018
    70
    Titans is a superhero hybrid -- a live-action series that essentially weds the CW's DC Comics-inspired fare with the gritty, premium-cable approach of Marvel's Netflix dramas. That's not a bad formula, and it yields an entertaining, heavily serialized show.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 10, 2018
    68
    Another superhero show is overkill, but for what it is, Titans strong-arms its way into acceptance and occasionally more (the series’ depiction of a Beaver Cleaver-style family of killers, introduced in episode two, is especially clever).
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 11, 2018
    40
    Titans is a try-too-hard stab at occupying a middle ground between grumpy, but still family friendly, DC offerings like The CW's Arrow and the definitely-not-for-kids Marvel shows on Netflix. ... What it doesn't mean, at least through the three episodes sent to critics, is any sort of extra creative depth or narrative exploration.
  6. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Oct 4, 2018
    20
    Titans is poorly made, acted, and written enough to be considered a “bad” show, but not nearly crazy, ambitious, or just plain weird enough to be worth it for the discussion alone. It is a slog. It is, in fact, the sloggiest slog I’ve ever slogged.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 11, 2018
    20
    Thwaites doesn’t have anything near the gravitas required to pull off this self-righteously vicious approach. If you’re going to say “Fuck Batman,” that’s your right. But you’d better back it up with more than what Titans has to offer, or you just seem like a frustrated poseur who wants to seem much tougher and cooler than you can ever hope to be.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 11 out of 34
  1. Nov 21, 2018
    10
    So far, This is the best Live-Action TV adaptation of DC Show. This show name doesn't have "Teen" in its title. So stop complaining about ourSo far, This is the best Live-Action TV adaptation of DC Show. This show name doesn't have "Teen" in its title. So stop complaining about our childhood show and start to realize that this show more revolving about like DCEU world. In future, We will definitely see Tim Drake in this show/ DC Universe. So wait for it and enjoy the whole wide DC universe. Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's actually pretty great. Love the dynamic between Rachel and Kory, love Thwaites, really diggin the whole "dark, edgy" vibe. I think the major problem with is the fact that by episode three we haven't really had a glimpse of who is the bad guy, the big bad of the season, but that is just eclipsed by the DC Energy that the show have. Expand
  3. Oct 12, 2018
    9
    it's a good start, this first episode is very introductory, don't even scratch the main plot of the show, just introduce some main characters,it's a good start, this first episode is very introductory, don't even scratch the main plot of the show, just introduce some main characters, raven and mostly kory (besides of the bad characterization) were fine af, dick was dope too (that alley scene was sooo nice), and gar barely appeared but already make me laugh, i'm sooooo excited to see what the rest of the season is bringing to us Expand
  4. Nov 24, 2018
    8
    Against my better judgement I'm giving this show an 8 based on the first 6 episodes. Greg Berlanti is producing, which means his extremeAgainst my better judgement I'm giving this show an 8 based on the first 6 episodes. Greg Berlanti is producing, which means his extreme politics will likely find their way into the show... but they haven't yet.

    Robin, played by Dean Venture, is a little light weight for the gravitas they are trying to pretend his character has.
    Of course anyone trying to give Robin gravitas is very confused.

    Fairuza Balk plays Raven as well as she has played this character before and actually manages to upstage most of the rest of the cast. Ironically, she is one of the bright spots of this series.

    Starfire, is played stiffly by RuPaul and honestly I'm just waiting for the actress to do something worth commenting on.

    Hiro Hamada is Beast (singular) Boy. I keep wanting him to be Greg Cipes, but there is potential given time.

    Blood. Lots of blood. Poorly filmed fight scenes. Lots of brooding. Many MANY liberties taken.

    So why an 8? To enjoy this you must forget everything you know about DC's properties or these characters. Just ride the addictive crazy train that it is. It's a bit like Gotham that way.

    I'm still not sure why DC thinks they need everything dark and gritty. My best memories of their material has always been the bright and happy. (SEE: Teen Titans Go To The Movies)
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  5. Oct 14, 2018
    6
    Watching Titans was confusing and entertaining at the same time. If that makes any sense.

    It made me shake my head when Raven was one
    Watching Titans was confusing and entertaining at the same time. If that makes any sense.

    It made me shake my head when Raven was one screen, it made me role my eyes with the poor choreographed fight scenes, but it made me hopeful at the potentially great story that can come.People were bashing starfire simply for her suit, but in my opinion she was the best part of the pilot.

    But it's a promising start, for the series, and i really think that this slow start will payoff in the end (of the season)
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  6. Nov 20, 2018
    3
    Dark, gritty and violent. Definitely not for kids. And symptomatic of all that's wrong with the DC forays into live action. Let's start withDark, gritty and violent. Definitely not for kids. And symptomatic of all that's wrong with the DC forays into live action. Let's start with the main issue that I have with this, i.e. Starfire. while everyone looks about the right age to keep within the boundaries of the Teen Titans history, albeit without the teen, Starfire looks way too old to be in this role. While Dick looks about right for someone in his early 20s to be leading the team (someone with a little bit more experience than a kid), Starfire looks about right to be the mum who's waiting for everyone at home....in her $5 hooker outfits. I'm at a total loss as to why the show cannot dress her in something else without making her look like she should be standing on a street corner.

    Raven, completely one dimensional. Her main role seems to be to act sad, scared and angry. That's it. Beast Boy seemed to be the only one who had the potential to shine and then...nothing. DC decided to just plop him in a corner and showcase someone with cool green hair instead. Robin who now seems to be super violent (think DC's answer to Frank Castle) and so dark I'm constantly wondering why he doesn't just put on the Bat outfit instead.

    There also doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to each episode either. Hawk & Dove - why ? Absolutely no connection to the anchor story or any reason for them to be in that episode. Doom Patrol - why ? The throwaway attempt to provide some backdrop to Beast Boy could have been done in one sentence instead of an entire episode. Both these episodes did absolutely nothing except to say "Hey, DC also has some other cool characters".

    The way this series is going, is typical of DC's arrogance in just about every attempt they have made into live action, i.e. "You will take it and by god you will like it !" Except, as the latest disaster of the crew leaving Justice League has shown, actually DC, no, we don't have to like it. Heck even your own people don't like it.
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  7. Dec 10, 2018
    0
    I would rather be forced to watch every episode of TEEN TITANS GO! on repeat for a year than more of this try hard stinker. The characters areI would rather be forced to watch every episode of TEEN TITANS GO! on repeat for a year than more of this try hard stinker. The characters are only loosely based on their original versions and then only when its needed to remind you they are from a well known franchise. Any other time they are generic and trying extra hard to be moody and angsty. Would have likely had a better time had they made their own characters because as it stands it doesnt live up to other iterations, not even GO!. Expand

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