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When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Whether they came in peace or with more sinister intentions didn't matter: a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien species called the Atrians. In the midst of the conflict, Roman, a 6-year-old Atrian boy, found his way to a shed behind Emery's house, where she protected him from harm, bringing him food, comfort - and friendship. In their brief time together, Emery and Roman forged a deep bond, but the authorities wasted no time tracking Roman down and capturing him in a violent confrontation. Emery has grown up believing that Roman was killed that day. Ten years later, the Atrians have been acclimated to life on Earth, but they are interned in a heavily-guarded camp known as the Sector to keep them separate from humans. Now, for the first time, a group of Atrian teens will enroll in a suburban human high school, with the goal of testing the feasibility of human/alien integration. The eyes of the nation and the whole world are fixed on this historical social experiment, an endeavor fraught with suspicion and fear. In the mayhem of the first day, Emery is amazed to learn that Roman was not killed by the authorities and is, in fact, one of the Atrian students. Their childhood bond is quickly rekindled - in a school and a society that distrusts everything about the Atrians, Emery and Roman have found each other again. However, their relationship is threatened by the small-mindedness of their respective communities and the political agendas of people in power. While the world around them rages with anger and prejudice, their bond becomes increasingly strong and increasingly dangerous. As an epic Romeo and Juliet romance unfolds, a violent encounter between Roman's father and Emery's father occurs in the Sector. Can Roman and Emery's love - and peace between the species - survive?

Status: Ended
TV Channel: The CW
  • Tom Gliatto

    The show makes little effort to create a sense of the potent clash--or erotic attraction--between cultures. [24 Feb 2014, p.38]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Star-Crossed lacks humor, suspense or even heat.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Lily Moayeri

    Star-Crossed is a by-the-numbers, odds-against, inter-species, teenage love story.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Clark Collis

    [An] efficient tale of humanoid alien teens being integrated into a high school.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tom Long

    Star-Crossed never really catches fire.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The dialogue is so awful, it probably doesn't matter that most of the performances are inauthentic.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    As vapid as it is unoriginal, Star-Crossed is sadly typical of a network that continually underestimates its audience.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Star Crossed, with its gloomy-doomy vibe, its comic-book appropriation of big themes and the way it makes an alien encampment look like St. Marks Place on Halloween, may have trouble reaching beyond the teenage demographic.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    There's a tentative blandness to 'Star-Crossed' that hindered my ability to care about any of its broadly sketched characters.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The show, which goes, in its small parts and large arcs, where so many have gone before, is easy to mock. Yet within its bounds and even its baldly obvious analogies and soft political points, it is effective enough.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The astrological outlook for Star-Crossed hinges almost entirely on whether the chemistry between Lanter and Teegarden yields the desired swoons. Because through two episodes, anyway, the impediments thrown in the way of their relationship, while duly soapy, aren’t interesting enough to make any of the supporting players pop.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    With a premise that's at least 20 years past its "fresh until" date, the issues in Star-Crossed get handled with mostly predictable, rote exploration to the point that one has to wonder, does this show matter? Probably not.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    It's hard to see how they'll keep this story engaging over time (which is not to say it can't be done). Star-Crossed is without question a cool concept. There's romance, testosterone overload (and whatever the Atrian hormone is), conflict, betrayal, family melodrama, red-plastic-cup parties, a little sci-fi. It's more than enough for liftoff.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Star-Crossed looks as though it intends to take itself very seriously as an allegory for a futuristic brand of race relations. It’s also a budding love story, with Emery and Roman blowing hot and cold for one another while a seemingly goodly human student named Grayson (Grey Damon) hopes to cut in and claim her.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The emo-dialogue only sounds good if you’re just watching your first TV show..... The show’s decade-forward future is intriguing but inconsistent.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    All in all, Star-Crossed tries hard to differentiate itself, at least in its plotline, from its network stablemates. And in the CW’s world of homogenized TV, that’s enough of a reason to applaud the effort.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Laurel Brown

    Teen romance does play a major role in [Star-Crossed]... but there's a serious story of prejudice hiding underneath. That serious side--a look into the good and bad of humanity when faced with the "other"--is as compelling as it gets.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Jeanne Jakle

    I actually could imagine checking out more. Here's why: It's message. Set in a Louisiana high school in the near future, Star-Crossed may be a sci-fi tale, but it really is about something viewers of all ages and tastes can relate to: discrimination.

    San Antonio Express-News Full Review
  • Carrie Raisler

    The politics are surprisingly complex ... That’s a lot of heavy lifting for a fluffy teen sci-fi romance, but so far the show acquits itself well, sticking the landing with its romantic moments and politically minded scenes in equal measure.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Turgid dialogue obscures intriguing ideas, amid uneven echoes of civil rights and supremacist crusades.

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Some of Star-Crossed falls into the CW’s well-trod comfort zone: young-adult romantic drama with a sci-fi twist. It shows extra ambition, though, by putting its outsiders so constantly and viscerally close to those who suspect and fear them. Add forbidden love, which can never escape the shadow of potential doom, and Star-Crossed could become both provocative and entertaining.

    New York Daily News Full Review
Episode Guide For Show: Star-Crossed