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Satisfaction US - S01E04


Neil decides to try and make up for his past by changing his public image. Grace is needed to make an impulsive decision at work.

Episode Title: ...Through Self-Discovery
Airs: 2014-08-7 at 10:00 pm
  • Sonia Saraiya

    As of right now, Satisfaction is actually suspenseful--leaving the audience unsure if its protagonists will embrace their better natures or succumb to their special version of suburban ennui. And though some of that suspense is a result of some messy decision-making, those types of messes look a lot like life.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Nice to finally see a show nailing what it wants to be and say, in continually discerning work from Passmore, Szostak and series creator Sean Jablonski.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Sarah Huggins

    We have no idea what the future holds, but if the series holds up to the pilot, Satisfaction is an exciting and way more than satisfying journey worth taking.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The flawed but oddly compelling drama Satisfaction takes an especially cynical view of marriage, but it's no laughing matter in the USA drama.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Provocative and sexily surprising, reminiscent at times of HBO's Hung, only more entertaining than depressing, the Trumans' story plays out with a funny-sad poignancy that rings true even when some of the details feel off.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    At its best, it's a well-acted, surprisingly clear-eyed look at the inconsistent relationship between passion and enduring love, and the innovative ways in which people bend their own rules to accommodate their need for pleasure. At its worse, it's a morally and narratively contrived excuse to watch a very entitled Everyman navigate a world of rich but unhappy women, including his own wife and daughter.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Wisely, show creator Sean Jablonski does not cast blame on either of the Trumans for their marital mess. That makes the characters more interesting and sympathetic, rather than merely a victim and an offender.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    A surprising drama about ethics, aiming to be more than a mere montage of climaxing clients.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    This companion series warrants further monitoring. And while it’s premature to say I can’t get enough Satisfaction, at this point, I definitely want more.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Although the subject matter is darker than usual for USA, series creator Sean Jablonski manages to find lighter moments so that Satisfaction is not a depress-a-thon.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Satisfaction is the most daring, because it’s not really a comedy, and that makes its intent oblique and quasi-European.... The series picks up as it moves away from the couple’s problems and into the complications Neil’s new career creates.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    As drama, that new direction is interesting and may be darkly honest. It’s just unsettling, which will take some adjustment for viewers of a network that has rarely gone there.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Satisfaction has the most provocative premise--until about halfway through when it doesn’t just go off the rails, it careens into the ocean, swims for England, sits for afternoon tea and then flings itself into the moon.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    For every tired element, there are lovely, even mysterious touches.... Emotionally, I'm not sure that a lot of Satisfaction makes sense at all, but a certain strain of dream logic holds it together.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Passmore's interesting to watch, but the characters are frustrating in their refusal to acknowledge that their obstacles are far from insurmountable.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Passmore and Szostak give fine performances, and many viewers will no doubt appreciate having a drama that's designed to reflect modern life, without a crime or a medical crisis as a catalyst. They just might appreciate it more if it were a bit less grim and if the big plot twists felt a lot more organic.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    What the network is positioning Satisfaction as, and what it feels like it should be, is a morally complex story of two people experimenting with what makes them happy, the TV equivalent of a ‘70s adult-relationship movie. And for maybe a half-hour, the pilot feels like that.... And the back half of Satisfaction‘s premiere seems to lose its nerve.

    Time Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Passmore's too bland to pull off the many dynamic emotional shifts Neil goes through, and the whole thing feels shapeless, providing little idea of how the series functions going forward.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Passmore was an engaging lead on "The Glades" and he is not bad here but the scripting of Satisfaction is leaden and unbelievable. Again, we’ve seen it before. And, at least in the premiere, there’s not enough entertainment value to see it again. Full Review