ABC's Betrayal: Worthy of a Second Date?

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CHRIS J. JOHNSON, HANNAH WAREIt’s 2013, but apparently, some TV characters are still dropping (and breaking!) full bottles of red wine on marble floors, then doing Slow Slides of Shame down their kitchen walls.

OK, maybe the previous sentence only applies to Sarah (Hannah Ware), the scarlet-letter-scarf-wearing “heroine” of ABC’s Betrayal, which premiered tonight as a new lead-out to Revenge on ABC. But yes, girlfriend did engage in the worst form of alcohol abuse — c’mon, there’s no way to drink wine with shards of glass mixed in! — and then collapsed in tears after learning the sexy near-stranger she’d just bedded in her photography studio happened to be the defense attorney for/son-in-law of a shady business magnate whom her prosecutor husband is about to bring charges against. (See, she coulda used that glass of vino, maybe even three!)

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So how exactly did Sarah go from thriving artiste/happy mom to out-of-control adultress in the course of just one hour? Here’s the quick version.

Sarah’s married to square-jawed Drew, an ambitious district-attorney type who has the audacity to have his own taste in neckties and not be available when Sarah drops in at his office for lunch — without so much as a phone call inquiring how his afternoon is looking, even though it’s 2013 in Chicago and cellphone coverage is relatively ubiquitous. Oh, Drew also makes the mistake of leaving Sarah to mingle solo at a gallery opening featuring some of her own photos.

There, on a cold, dark balcony, she meets Jack (Stuart Townsend), a steely-eyed, stubbly stranger who offers her his coat and some silly conversation about how he once dreamed of being a wreck diver. (I mean…) When Sarah hints at her current state of flux with vague sentiments like, “You lose sight of things,” Jack corrects her: “You do, you mean.”

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They part ways with a couple of lusty glances, but then Sarah accidentally runs into Jack again the next day as he’s going to frame a photo he bought — one of hers! — and she offers to do the deed (heh heh) for him herself. (Actually, she knows a framing guy, but that didn’t work with my joke…) Next thing you know, Jack is asking her to lunch, she’s compromising by meeting him in a train station. Then she’s dropping her scarf (color: fallen-woman red) and he’s hanging out all afternoon at a suburban Chicago train station, waiting for her to return from a photo shoot so he can give said scarf to her. (THAT’S not creepy or anything. Not AT ALL!) Jack shares his own hints of unhappiness — his wife’s a little older than him (how dare she!) and happens to be the daughter of his boss.  Oh, also sometimes she hangs photos on their living room wall without consulting him first. (It’s official: She’s the worst!)

Jack invites Sarah to dinner. They retire to a hotel room. Their clothes start coming off. And then Drew calls, looking for their son’s favorite bedtime story, and Sarah hits the brakes — choosing to just sit on the bed with Jack and relate the aforementioned story of a dancing giraffe to her would-be lover. (Somehow combining her almost illicit affair with her tales from her son’s bedtime routine made things a lot worse, in my humble opinion.)

Finally, after a reeeeally bad day — more on that in a second — Jack swings by Sarah’s photo studio. And he gives her this speech about his life feeling small, and his meeting her having made him start “to feel the magnitude of things in a way I never did.” They begin to tearfully say goodbye and express their gratitude for having met, when Sarah grabs his arm. And that’s when they take a page from Marvin Gaye and engage in some sexual healing. It’s only when Sarah gets home that she finds out Drew’s been assigned a juicy new case targeting Jack’s father-in-law. “I’m gonna crucify him,” Drew says of Jack, not realizing Sarah just danced the horizontal mambo with his courtroom rival.

Oh — and just to rewind for a second – Jack’s father-in-law (James Cromwell, in Big Bad mode, offering glasses of scotch to the cops), spends the episode suspecting his late wife’s brother of embezzling from his company. His mentally unstable, possibly brain-damaged son TJ (who had some kind of near-drowning accident in which he was saved by Jack) decides to go and confront said uncle, who winds up dead in the river with a couple of bullets in his torso. But it seems from TJ’s account that he didn’t have a gun, and the last he’d seen Uncle Whatever, he’d just helped him out of the water (after they fought) and walked away. Jack, of course, is expected to keep TJ out of jail, but TJ spilling his soul to some gal named Brandy down at “the club” probably won’t help matters. Anyway, you just know Jack’s gonna be drawn into something deep and damaging and probably deadly.

But so, too, is Sarah: Did I mention the establishing scene of the series shows a gun being fired, and a bloodied, neck-braced Sarah being carried off on a stretcher? The final moments of the hour are similar ones, as a man with a wedding ring — see, could be Jack or Drew — sits beside her and calls her name.

Me? I don’t think I’ve got the patience to stick with Betrayal all season and find out who/what/when/where/why or how. But I’m curious what you think. Grade the Betrayal premiere in the poll below, then hit the comments with your thoughts. What did you think of the show and its cast? Will you be back for Episode 2? Sound off below!

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Comments (102)

  • I give my grade of Betrayal an F. When I saw the trailer, it’s like that movie Unfaithful but Hannah Ware is no Diane Lane and it feels like a soap opera gone horribly wrong. Guess we’re wondering if Betrayal is one of the front runners as the first new show of the Fall TV season to get canceled based on Matt Mitovich’s prediction.

    Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – September 29, 2013 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I definitely got an Unfaithful/Deception vibe from the promo. I didn’t watch or DVR the show, and, based on the recap, I’m glad I didn’t tune in.

      Comment by Meg – September 29, 2013 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Stupid me didn’t get the vibe. The promo was pretty enticing. The show? My God it’s awful.

        Comment by Leeza Lee – September 29, 2013 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Except Deception was actually a decent guilty pleasure show.

        Comment by dude – September 30, 2013 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • An F?! Really?!
      I thought it was great and the actors had real chemistry!
      You should tune-in tonight to give it another chance, you might like tonight’s episode better. They can’t fit everything into the first episode so give it a try!

      Comment by Lexi – October 6, 2013 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree give it a try. I love this show. Most characters in the show don’t have the chemistry that Sarah and Jack do! They are hot!

        Comment by Julie – October 30, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I totally agree. Give Betrayal another try. It’s so exciting and unpredictable story line. Just don’t know what to expect with each new episode. Let’s keep it going.

        Comment by Aliya Yacoob – January 15, 2014 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t even watch it. But your recap was hilarious! Thanks for brightening my night!

    Comment by Babybop – September 29, 2013 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Give it a try and tune in!
      It is addicting!

      Comment by Sara – October 6, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I feel the same way…Betraal is addictive!!! I can hardly wait to catch each new episode…..all the characters are perfectly cast. If ABC cancels this show, I vow to never watch another thing they offer!

        Comment by L M Raley – October 28, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So very true, it’s very addicting Betrayal. So glad not cancelled to date and great creative story line

        Comment by Aliya Yacoob – January 15, 2014 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A recap on the Mentalist would be great. Awesome episode! 1 down 6 to go.

    Comment by enri – September 29, 2013 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gave it a B. Yes, it was somewhat of a slow start, but it sped up towards the end. Most of the acting was superb, especially Hannah Ware and James Cromwell. It was a solid premiere, and the multiple twists really helped it. All in all, it was good, maybe too soon to tell, and there will probably never be a better companion for revenge than this is. Lots of synergy between the two shows, revenge and betrayal. I believe if Revenge could survive, so can Betrayal.

    Comment by Matt – September 29, 2013 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Is it on the same level as Revenge (or the Revenge series premiere)? No. But I’m intrigued enough to watch again next week and I’m hoping this one sticks around. Some of the plot points were a little ridiculous (waiting all day at the train station and then the Giraffe story, laying in bed but not having sex with a dude you just met). But I thought overall it was good. Like Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend (except for when it looks like he has no bottom lip).

      Comment by Julie – September 29, 2013 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The acting was superb? Lordy. . .people are so easily amused. the acting is abominable.

      Comment by Leeza Lee – September 29, 2013 10:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I said some of it was. Hannah ware and James Cromwell did a fantastic job.

        Comment by Matts – September 30, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The problem is, this is so obviously a commissioned “Revenge companion show” instead of its own standalone, right down to the murder flash-forward. This feels much more like a cheap knockoff than a series someone put their heart and soul into.

      Comment by dude – September 30, 2013 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually it is not a rip off or knockoff for Revenge at all. It is actually based on a long running Dutch Series. Second, I think the sign of a good writer, or good writing, is you don’t write all good or all bad. The writers took great care to make sure they did not take easy way out and make one (or both) spouses bad. They wrote the complications as they are, (real). Lastly, even without the remarkable romance that I believe everyone should try for (who makes them happy not who you endure) the other sub story of the crime family and it’s intricate web is also well done. I love writing and find this totally well done, as opposed to what reviewer said, but depends what you wish to see, or if you even do see what they are crafting and why. If you don’t believe this can happen to you in life, I feel badly for anyone who can’t see it can.

        Comment by Jan – December 2, 2013 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I think Betrayl is a very well written show, for people who want to “think”. For one, many live life as if it is, and to them, must be either black or white, no grey. That is not how it is. This show is more real than most in that regard. I am sure it will be canceled for some rot like “reality lives of buffoons” or something. But, as Jack said when asked what his kids would think, “I hope they think happiness is worth fighting for”. Depends if you wish to do what you have to (or think you have to) in life or what you are meant to, to me.

      Comment by Jan – December 2, 2013 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The trailer hooked me, and the hour delivered. I just hope it sticks around long enough to see the events play out. What gets me is how cynical so many people are (Especially the reviewer! I would rate the show an A- but the review would get a D- from me. The review was simply snarky, and the reviewer obviously wasn’t the intended audience.). These two lovers were star-crossed and they were caught in a horrible set of circumstances, just as completely as Romeo and Juliet. My heart completely went out to them. If this show fails, it is because so few people have a romantic bone left in their body. If you enjoy Scandal — totally star-crossed and totally inappropriate lovers — you really owe it to yourself to give this one a chance. And the same goes for anyone who ever believed that two people could be simply fated to be together — regardless of the circumstances.

    Comment by Maryann – September 29, 2013 08:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • so you believe in cheating then?

      Comment by desmond (@youngkiller1988) – September 29, 2013 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • This is why this show will fail. Infidelity (in the media) may be OK when one spouse is “bad.” Abuse, be it physical or verbal, would sort of make it OK. But divorce has to be on the table. When some flaky artist wants to cheat on her perfectly nice husband, I hope she burns in hell. Loses the kids, no visitation, no spousal support, making minimum wage at Sears doing family portraits, and living in a hovel hell.

        You don’t get to cheat because you are bored with life. Ask for a divorce, then go nuts. This show would only have worked if it was presented that her life falls apart and the guy she cheats with turns out to definitely be a monster.

        Star-crossed lovers? No.

        Comment by Patrick – September 30, 2013 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Her husband was NOT perfectly nice. You have to actually participate in a marriage. When you have a wife that’s asking for your attention it doesn’t take much to give it to her. Especially after he sees her on the balcony with another man’s coat on. She was one of the artist and he made it about his career. I agree, that she should have sat him down and laid it all on the table before she cheated. However, no one is perfect. Jack came along and paid attention to her at a time when she was feeling neglected. Poor judgement and hurt feelings lead to infidelity.

          Comment by tp – September 30, 2013 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • One day, you will find out, that this is not always how life is. However, I do not think you will ever see that as it is too absolute to you, and that is your right. Anyone who only sees in absolutes, usually misses life entirely, as life it not played out in absolutes and “nevers”. But to each his own thoughts. I think everyone has a soul mate and there is not a “schedule” when they show up, if ever, or if convenient and wrapped with a pretty bow. My take only. Children also are not happy with people who are not happy with each other.

          Comment by Jan – December 2, 2013 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Totally agree! 2 selfish people acting on their impulses without a care for their kids and spouses is not romance! Hope the show turns out the way you described. I think it’s going in another direction though since they both seem happy! Let’s see what the next 4 episodes unfold! Hoping they focus more on the broken families and how they’re coping instead of 2 selfish, insecure people!

          Comment by Sunithi Selvaraj, RD (@ssunithi) – December 12, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I watch Scandal and the thing about it is that both Fitz and Olivia understand that even if they are in love with each other, there are other and greater forces at work. It’s passionate but the cheating is not romanticized in a way that overlooks the fact that they are both wrong. And their story has been about trying to do the right thing. They’ve known each other for a while and they came to love each other and the tragic part is that Fitz never loved Mellie. It was a political marriage. While I root for them to be together, I want Fitz to be divorced first. I don’t like the cheating even if I do believe they are MFEO. Your responsibilities and commitments don’t become invalidated because you met someone you felt attracted to. Imo.

      Comment by Babygate – September 29, 2013 10:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There is no way this show can ever hold a candle to Scandal. EVER. The acting is so shallow, so fake, it ruined the show. Why does he weave all around when he’s talking? Why is she so overly. . .overly. . .EVERYTHING? It’s like an acting class gone bad.

        Comment by Leeza Lee – September 29, 2013 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um, no. If the show fails, it’s not because so few people have a romantic bone left in their body. It’s because (a)people didn’t like it or (b)it didn’t have a mess appeal. Coming from a romantic and someone who watched the premiere, I didn’t like it. It was honestly one of the worst of the new fall season. Felt cheap and kind of like a bad version of the movie Unfaithful. Honestly, this show will probably be one of the first new series to be cancelled. I, as well as many others, have called that. It just doesn’t have a huge appeal. It is not because of the affair at all either. I can’t really put my finger on why it doesn’t have a huge appeal. Maybe because it just looks very bad…. and truthfully, is bad.

      Comment by Eric – September 29, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It makes me uncomfortable how many people see things like this, or the relationship between Fitz and Olivia as “romantic”.

      Comment by murley – September 29, 2013 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah. She’s a total skank for screwing a married man, and he’s a gross cheater. Nothing romantic about them!

        Comment by Chris – September 30, 2013 06:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Except that the relationship between Fitz/Olivia in Scandal isn’t presented as romantic- it’s tragic. That pair have very good chemistry, but nothing about them being in love with each other is ever presented as ideal. He has a wife, and kids (whom I think they avoid showing at all costs because it makes his relationship with Liv that much harder to take).

      Comment by Alice – September 30, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Comments like this make me sad. These people are not caught in a “horrible set of circumstances”. They are selfishly taking the easy way out and avoiding a difficult decision by cheating on the person they promised to be faithful to. In what way is that “romantic”? It’s disgusting and completely devoid of any semblance of character. And comparing this to Romeo and Juliet makes me really concerned about what they’re teaching in school these days.

      Comment by Kristina – September 30, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • True love ? Really! I’m a romantic at heart but watching 2 people selfishly indulge in what they think is love at the risk of their kids/spouses is poor romance. Neither of them had bad marriages or abusive relationships.They just had something missing? How many people have the same sparks after 10 yrs of marriage? True romance is rekindling that and loving what you have and working through the bad times.

      Comment by suesnutritionbuzz – December 12, 2013 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope it tanks so I stop getting the promo pop ups on my computer of people going at it. I seriously thought I got a porn virus the first time it happened. Your write up was hilarious, I would read those for a season but actually watch the show? Not so much.

    Comment by Kate – September 29, 2013 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Poor production values. Felt like a made-for-TV movie from several decades ago. Bad acting, writing, directing, production, etc.

    Comment by Justin – September 29, 2013 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really liked it! Sure, it didn’t have the break-neck pace of SCANDAL but I don’t think it’s supposed to.

    I’m very interested in how the series plays out. Really enjoyed it.

    Comment by Jared – September 29, 2013 09:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just no. This is going to get cancelled soon.

    Why was this picked up?

    Comment by analog – September 29, 2013 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked the show.I am hoping it sticks around to follow.I was looking forward to the show starting.ABC,keep the show,it’s good.

    Comment by Chanda – September 29, 2013 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh this show has me hooked! I enjoyed it!

    Comment by Allyson – September 29, 2013 10:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It felt like 666 Park Ave (without the 666 aspect), Revenge and the movie Unfaithful, but without the wow factor of Diane Lane it fell flat. It’s too bad Witches of East End starts next week cause now I won’t have time to give it another chance. Or maybe I’m just not that interested, we’ll see

    Comment by Ram510 – September 29, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really liked this show! Can’t wait to see what happens when the trial starts.

    Comment by Sharon O'Muilleoir – September 29, 2013 10:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t believe anyone actually watched this all the way through. Wait. . .this is 2013 America. Yeah, I believe it. How pathetic.

    Comment by Leeza Lee – September 29, 2013 10:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think that this show delivered a good hour of TV, and I personally enjoyed it. Your comment was honestly a bit insulting (good thing I don’t value such an opinion – especially from people that work at a porn magazine).

      Comment by Shawn – September 29, 2013 11:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I fell asleep halfway thru but I do intend to watch it ON DEMAND. I loved the review and want to see the episode even if it’s for a laugh.

      Comment by Lynne Kraft Yourick – September 30, 2013 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show’s a sinking ship. The pilot, as a pilot – the episode that either draws you in to the show or doesn’t, was really bad. It started out slow and boring. The acting was very, very mediocre. For some reason I only liked Sara’s husband performance (can’t remember his name). James Cromwell isn’t a good actor. At all. I saw him in AHS and I swear, he says every line with the same monotone voice. Hannah and Stuart have NO chemistry. The story really lacked romance because the two made it look like they don’t even like each other that much. I mean, c’mon they see each other like 3 times, small-talk for maybe 5/10 minutes and are already attracted to each other and end up in a hotel room (cheesy)?
    Things that annoyed the heck out of me: Hannah’s teary eyes every other scene, her bad accent and that retarded guy TJ.
    Will I be watching next week? Yes, cause I saw the promo and it actually looked promising. But I’m afraid the bad acting may ruin it for me.

    Comment by Noir – September 30, 2013 12:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I actually liked it,I really liked sara’s hubby,he aint that bad to me.I don’t neccessarily think sara and jack’s chemistry is great,but there’s still time.I also don’t like jacks wife
    I really don’t have an issue about the show being about adultery,I mean so many people commit it so I don’t have an issue with it on tv,there’s waaay worse things on tv now

    Comment by meah – September 30, 2013 03:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Of course he’s not bad, he is the hero of the story and Sara is the slutty-villian! I’m starting to think people in charge of picking pilots for ABC are doing crystal meth

      Comment by Cy – September 30, 2013 07:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The problem with the adultery is that it seems like it is going to be presented as acceptable behavior. It was bad, and she should suffer real consequences.

      Comment by Patrick – September 30, 2013 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, judging from the fact that she is shot in first scene, I think you could say she will suffer the consequences…..did you actually watch the show and form an opinion or just read the comments of others? Just wondering. I, personally am hooked…Betrayal is just great!

        Comment by L M Raley – October 28, 2013 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They gave no explanation as to why she’d even want to cheat in the first place. What she just decided on a whim the stranger was hot and wanted to hook up? And then when they do ABC goes with the “music to make you want these two to be together” routine? Sorry, no. Just no reason for any of it.

    Comment by Evan – September 30, 2013 05:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, actually they did, but people had to think to see it. It was never about cheating, it was about connections and not sexual. The sexual comes from the intellectual. Sarah’s husband looked at her career as a “hobby” not something “important to her”. Is that a reason to cheat..NO. But not being connected to a person you love, regardless of how “normal or average” your life is, as it is a big missing part. You can only go so long with that part missing, even if NO ONE came along. Only those who don’t want to know, pretend it does not exist. Also, if you have never run across a soul mate situation or connection so intense it spurs the rest, then yes,I can see where it would be hard to see it as such, but that is how it is written to be.

      Comment by Jan – December 2, 2013 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked it, it was not perfect and they way they finished each other’s sentecneces ugh terrible. but I think it has potential. I didn’t think she was going to spleep with him so fast but hey whatever works. Will give it a try.

    Comment by Pati – September 30, 2013 05:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No chance in Hell of surviving. Horrible just plain Horrible!!

    Comment by saeh – September 30, 2013 05:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I totally enjoyed it because it was simple to understand. I can’t wait to see where this will lead to. Hope it overcomes the shortfalls and keeps me hooked…

    Comment by Marie – September 30, 2013 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a Dutchman, I’m embarrassed for my country (the show is based on a Dutch show). It was just not very good, it wasn’t completely awful (but to be honest almost no scripted US show really is, Work It! and Coupling (the US version) being the only two exceptions I can think of), but it was very mediocre and mostly kind of boring.
    No idea why this was picked up.

    Comment by Eli – September 30, 2013 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I usually like soaps, but I just didn’t care about the characters in this one. Thought it was pretty bad.

    Comment by Michelle – September 30, 2013 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “…Drew, an ambitious district-attorney type who has the audacity to have his own taste in neckties and not be available when Sarah drops in at his office for lunch…”

    Without question, the most unintentionally hilarious thing about the promo for this show: of course she has to cheat, she’s married to a MONSTER!

    Comment by Jscott – September 30, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the reviewer was right on point, I won’t waste anymore time with this dreck~

    Comment by kayah – September 30, 2013 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I disagree with you entirely. Betrayal is really intriguing! Give it another try, you might like tonight’s episode better!

      Comment by SB – October 6, 2013 06:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not getting hooked into ABC’s after Revenge hour. Last year it was 666!

    Comment by N – September 30, 2013 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Someone else used the perfect word for this show: DRECK! I don’t know how, in a town full of stellar actors, they chose the ones they did. Seriously? My kid exhibited better acting skills in her school play. Then, the music! Wow. Talk about clueless. . .the music choices, when it was used, etc. just scream “amateur!” Don’t waste your time on this. It IS dreck.

    Comment by Liliana Rawks – September 30, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really wanted to like it, but this show and I have zero chemistry. I just didn’t really care about the characters, no matter how ‘hot’ they were supposed to be.
    Also, the cruelty of the returned necktie just didn’t do it for me. Poor dumb Sarah, with her phoptography hobby and boring little life. Sob……

    Comment by jdbasset – September 30, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC, you got away with the cheating in Scandal, and most forgave it for Mistresses, but this will not be the same.

    Comment by GTS – September 30, 2013 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Unbelievable. First, the final sex scene is completely inappropriate for network tv. It’s softcore porn! Shows about cheating are completely unethical, and part of the reason kids are so screwed up today. (Trust me they find a way to watch no matter what). I can’t believe it’s rated TV14. I did not enjoy it, and will not be watching again.

    Comment by radioguy – October 1, 2013 04:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was hoping to enjoy this show as much as I did the first episode of Revenge, but for me it really paled in comparison. The characters are pretty dull; the only ones they spent time trying to flesh out (no pun intended) were Jack and Sara, and even then it came across as forced and predictable. I couldn’t even feel bad for Jack’s wife or Sara’s husband being betrayed or Karsten’s brother-in-law being killed because not enough was revealed about them for me to even care. What would have made things more interesting is if they used the entire first episode to introduce all the characters (there’s not that many in the first place) and given viewers more background on each of them, then they could have built up to the affair at the end of the second episode. I’m not planning to tune in again. It was a waste of time.

    Comment by Marla – October 5, 2013 11:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I truly enjoyed the first episode. It caught my attention the whole time. Very straightforward scenes and dialogs. Very realistic! Background music by Foy Vance even made it perfect. Cant wait to see the next episode.

    Comment by Rey Arile – October 6, 2013 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! The background music really set the mood! I like this style of show. It is intriguing, but not TOO fast to where you can’t keep up! I love the romance factor, too. Great show!!!!

      Comment by SB – October 6, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BETRAYAL is a great show!
    I understand that some of you felt like you were left hanging, but it was only the FIRST episode…you are supposed to feel that way. It is a TV series, not every question is going to be answered in the first episode!
    Keep watching so ABC does not cancel it!
    I like that it is not so “2013″ and has a classic romantic feel to it. I think it is supposed to be like that, not so high-tech. It is really addicting. Women will especially love it and I am already in love with Jack!

    Comment by SB – October 6, 2013 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by theresa – October 6, 2013 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my gosh I can’t believe the bad reviews….I love it!! I can see how some of it can be cheesy etc but the connection between Townsend and ware are enough to keep me watching.

    Comment by Candyce – October 6, 2013 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree! Did you see the scene where the lovers were like really naked? And his wife going down on her knees?! Maybe it was too explicit for people who watch network tv. There is also the whole Chalize Theron/Townsend link which makes him even hotter.

      Comment by asta – October 12, 2013 09:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I truly like the Betrayal and will not miss an episode. I am very excited. It takes the place of Sunday Night Football. I can not wait to see the climax. I do hope Drew and Sara work things out to save there marriage, Please tell me, how many times did Sara and Jack have sex?

    Comment by David Chapman – October 7, 2013 12:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved the show. Please don’t cancel it. I thought the actors did a great job. I can’t wait to watch the next episode.

    Comment by Molly – October 7, 2013 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved this show. Was totally hooked, hope it is not cancelled.

    Comment by Julie – October 7, 2013 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it will turn out to be a great show and it has great actors and a catchy story line. Anyone that thinks it is slow doesn’t know how to appreciate a good show!

    Comment by laura – October 7, 2013 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • thank you Laura for being you. finally, someone with an attention span longer than 5 seconds! To the haters: yes, duh, there are things you dont know about the characters. YOU WATCH THE SHOW TO FIND OUT– I can’t believe some people don’t know this. These are the same people who read cliff notes and think they know the whole story. shows that dont require character development and can solve a problem in one hour are called called cartoons. unfortunately, this show will get cancelled. because it makes people uncomfortable, it makes them use their brains, and because people are sheep and will see “show gets bad reviews” as the first google hit and will not even give it a second thought. The only reason im sad i watched it is because now i’ll never have closure. just like with Red Widow. Ugh!

      Comment by Mrs. X – October 13, 2013 08:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I completely agree with what you have said here…and I LOVE this show!!!

        Comment by L M Raley – October 28, 2013 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love both the first and second episodes of Betrayal. I hope they don’t cancel it. Please please please don’t cancel it.

    Comment by Joy Shannon – October 8, 2013 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree is definitely going to suffer growing pains but come on give it some time, cancelling a shop before it can find an audience if after a season it is in the same boat than cancel it, wrong with networks. If it were today half the shows of my generation that became hits would be cancelled today. One thing I do disagree is the 2 lead characters not h not having chemistry..what show were you watching??

    Comment by Rita – October 9, 2013 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lol forbidden love is whats capturing the audience. Just the lovers in this have no chemistry so it won’t last. I’m shocked Revenge lasted long as it did. It’s dragged. None if them will ever be good as Scandal. Good chemistry and plot twists that are actually interesting.

    Comment by tt – October 11, 2013 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is so interesting! The thrill of an affair, the fantasy of a passionate sex life with someone super hot! Call me crazy but stuff like this never happens to me so it’s sooo addicting!!

    Comment by Lisa – October 15, 2013 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love the show and can hardly wait for the next episode. This is exactly how an affair begins … when one partner isn’t fulfilling the needs of the other partner so what other explanation needs to be supplied. Isn’t that what our imagination is for? I love the chemistry between Jack and Sara!

    Comment by LM – October 16, 2013 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me, too! Love this show.

      Comment by L M Raley – October 28, 2013 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • People are taking this show way too seriously. It’s an hour of entertainment, lust, romance and good looking people doing things we secretly want to do sometimes. Just enjoy the quilty pleasure. It could be better but better this than nothing.

    Comment by Janna Williams – October 30, 2013 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Superb! Love it.

    Comment by Ed – November 4, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is it? It is just awful! Please put some logical story lines into the show.

    Comment by ralab – November 4, 2013 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is great. I never watch this kind of show but I got addicted. I look forward to seeing the show every week. The two leads are gorgeous and the story is believable. The conversations between the two leads are sweet. The hesitation to enter into the affair is realistic. Stuart Townsend and Hannah Ware are a visual feast . I almost don’t care about the murder story. I just want more of Sarah and Jack. I’m dying to know what will happen when Drew finds out. James Cromwell is great. He is scary when he’s mad. I hate Revenge, don’t like Scandal. This is a simple love story that takes place in the middle of a complicated storm.

    Comment by Lin – November 5, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My comments may sound strange but as a revenge and scandal regular hear me out. The couples don’t go together. They’re too young to have two older kids. Also the James Cromwell super wealth and power thing doesn’t seem real. Some of it’s the wardrobing I think. Also love Sara but her accent is too strong. It feels like a pilot that has nothing to do w abc.

    Comment by Pam – November 10, 2013 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoyed the show. It has an interesting vibe to it, is very easy to follow. And it does seem to tell a tragic, romantic love story…Revenge bored me to tears..scandal is okay. Hey, but maybe I tuned in because I know exactly how it feels to be betrayed by someone I adored. For some reason, sara and jack have my sympathy..I hope they do not cancel.

    Comment by Gina – November 17, 2013 10:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this show is ridiculous, aside from the bad acting and relatively mediocre story lines, i cant seem to get over the glorification of having an affair. i understand that life isnt black and white but they introduce these two characters who have seemingly very nice and caring spouses who love them … yet sarah and jack meet eachother like twice, realize theyre a little bored in their marriages, and become magically in love with eachother. instant soulmates! ohhhh man, this show makes me so nervous for impressionable people who watch this and find these lame leading characters “so romantic” and “meant to be”. ughh, i cant even. i just had to post my thoughts on this because the entire show is based on the premise of two people who do a very cowardly, selfish thing that uproots the lives of their spouses and their children just because theyre bored. wahhh, poor sarah and jack! i will say that i’m whole heartedly rooting for elaine and drew though … ABC would make me a fan out of me if sarah and jacks lives start reallyyyy sucking and the spouses come out on top! heres hoping

    Comment by laurenhl – November 17, 2013 11:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But then there would not be a television show. It is television — not real life!!! I love the show. I love all the characters.

      Comment by Joy Shannon – November 18, 2013 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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