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Casual - S02E10


"Casual" is a comedy series about a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister living under one roof again. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating while raising her teenage daughter.

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  • Keith Uhlich

    Despite the treacly smugness, which doesn’t become fully evident until the third episode, it’s easy to get caught up in The Casual Vacancy’s soapy drama and to admire a number of the performances.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The decision to build out Krystal’s story is one of the best choices of this adaption, giving depth and shading to a story that more often swings from sourness to melodrama.

    Time Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    It’s far too dreary to be a comedy, and its social commentary is often blunt and ineffective. Worse, the narrative has no momentum, spending three hours on the tedious minutiae of relationships among more than a dozen characters, most of whom are barely fleshed out.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Despite its quaint picturesque town backdrop, The Casual Vacancy is an ugly little piece of work, filled with bitterness, sniping, selfishness, and cruelty. There is no character other than Barry who seems remotely appealing or interesting.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    By losing the emotional core of the film essentially after the first act--the death of Kinnear's saintly Fairbrother--the film spends the next three-plus hours trying to fill the void. Fools rush in to fill it, but because most of them are treated with such contempt, or pity, none can or possibly could.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    The story--while it may have been fun to read on paper--is slight and even puzzling on screen.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    In the end, this dreary British import proves that the only thing more boring than agitprop drama is someone else's agitprop drama.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Writer Sarah Phelps has done her best, but short of throwing out Rowling's characters and plot, there was no real way to make The Casual Vacancy bearable.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    The performances are fine, the story lines appropriately interwoven. Everything is totally competent.... [But] the details are the story, and simplifying them and sanding them down leaves Vacancy with a real dull streak.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Don Kaplan

    As a television series, The Casual Vacancy stands on its own, but it has only a goblet’s worth of Potter magic.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    The Casual Vacancy was riveting while it lasted. When it was over, though, I wanted to stick a fork in my face.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    A small town, character-driven drama that’s enjoyable enough even if the characters are not entirely believable.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Every element that doesn’t quite work in The Casual Vacancy is offset by a legitimate reason to check it out, at least until the muddled ending. Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The Casual Vacancy is more interesting than it is enjoyable, an unsparing look at the reality of English country life, not the reverie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Victor Beigelman

    The show sets itself up with a lot of potential, but can’t keep all its plates spinning fast enough or long enough to result in a true spectacle.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Katy Waldman

    I appreciated the miniseries’ willingness to reach beyond moral satire. There are glimmers of big cosmic tragedy in this Vacancy, when the camera swings away from two characters arguing (or hooking up) in order to highlight some mythic element in the landscape.

    Slate Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    Like the book, the miniseries can come across less as a believable depiction of a community than as a collection of grotesques, despite the best efforts of its top-notched cast to give their roles three dimensions. The one major exception is Terri's daughter, Krystal, a fully fleshed-out character played to perfection by newcomer Abigail Lawrie. [1 May 2015, p.50]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    A three-hour miniseries that bounces between tragedy and comedy with ease.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    This Casual Vacancy is a little too earnest, which renders the depictions of the class warfare trite and preachy.... [Abigail] Lawrie disrupts the coziness that occasionally threatens to calcify The Casual Vacancy into another lush, prestigious book-on-film, imbuing it with an authentic cry of the damned.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The result is a warmer story, streaked with satire rather than marinated in it. Perhaps the greatest contribution comes from the performance of someone who barely appears: Rory Kinnear (best known as the Prime Minister in the pig episode of “Black Mirror”), whose Barry is a poignant, meaningful figure, a do-gooder whose loss is real for the town’s most vulnerable residents.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The Causal Vacancy beautifully weaves together story lines about vivid characters of all social classes and of all ages with funny, heartbreaking and shocking vignettes about the hangups and bossiness of the main players and their children.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Screenwriter Sarah Phelps has deftly adapted Rowling’s novel into a cautionary, metaphorical tale that pulls its weight and measuredly draws one in.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The Casual Vacancy is a heartbreaking, thought-provoking if occasionally simplistic look at the tyrannical power of the picturesque.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    There are so many characters, frankly, that Casual Vacancy spends virtually all of the first hour just introducing them. The second expands upon that somewhat, before the third finally seeks to bring a measure of tragic resolution to it all, while leaving a number of threads a bit too casually dangling.

    Variety Full Review
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