Velma: Season 1 - TV Reviews (2024)

Velma: Season 1 Reviews

Velma: Season 1 - TV Reviews (1)

Joe Reid Primetimer's frustrating to watch the show nervously wink at its audience, assuring them that what they're watching is smarter than the IP-mining trend that birthed it. It would be a better series if it could just calm down.

Full Review | Aug 6, 2023

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Erin Maxwell LA Weekly/Village Voice

It’s an empty shell of a farce that’s not clever or engrossing. Just gross. How Kaling thought she could get away with a remake minus the sleuthing, silliness, ghouls and “meddling kids” that made it a joy really is a mystery.

Full Review | Feb 22, 2023

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Bob Chipman Moviebob Central

Scooby Don't.

Full Review | Feb 15, 2023

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Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies

Leans annoyingly into the awkward racial and sexual humor while simultaneously re-treading ancient, overdone, and obvious Scooby-Doo jokes.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 | Jan 28, 2023

There’s a few great moments when they poke fun at the tropes in the original cartoon, but they’re too few and far between. The meta humor and more mature storylines don’t always land. [It] has a lot of potential but it doesn’t hit like it should.

Full Review | Jan 27, 2023

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Heather Hogan Autostraddle

Every episode is a cringy, eye-rolling slog that doesn’t seem to have any idea who its audience is, yet seems to despise them all the same.

Full Review | Jan 26, 2023

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Shirley Li The Atlantic

Its edginess comes at the expense of its own characters and punishes the audience for being invested. Like a certain Mystery Inc. member rummaging around in the dark for her glasses, the series is unfocused, confused, and desperately lost.

Full Review | Jan 23, 2023

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Jen Maravegias Pajiba

Velma is unpleasant. It replaced all of the wacky yet loveable hijinks of the original IP with a complicated mess whose only nod to fans is a pile of dusty easter eggs hidden in Velma’s closet.

Full Review | Jan 23, 2023

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Korey Coleman Double Toasted

Velma is constantly pointing out how clever it is to be self-referential. At some point, the show isn't trying to be a comedy anymore - it's being analytical.

Full Review | Jan 22, 2023

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Patrick McDonald

I don't understand the backlash, this is both hilarious and in the same cadence as NEVER HAVE I EVER. To me, a Meta and Diverse SCOOBY-DOO comedic reboot makes more sense than an Archie comics RIVERDALE. It's called evolution, people. Zoinks and Jinkies!

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 21, 2023

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Craig Mathieson The Age (Australia)

The 25-minute episodes are a suitable delivery vehicle for the humour, but across a season it has a lot of work to do to function as a cohesive whole.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Jan 20, 2023

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Randy Meeks Espinof

Velma is only keen on being provocative, and doesn't care if it loses bite, quality, and humor along the way. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Jan 19, 2023

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Omar Holmon Black Nerd Problems

Honestly, the show could have been a lot better.

Full Review | Jan 19, 2023

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Nadira Goffe Slate

Velma’s attempts at modernizing the franchise are so inept, they’ve given rise to conspiracy theories that Kaling intentionally made Velma bad as fodder for an ongoing culture war in which people would beef about it incessantly online.

Full Review | Jan 18, 2023

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Joyce Slaton Common Sense Media

"Show, don't tell" is one the most universal and basic pieces of storytelling advice, so follow it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Jan 18, 2023

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Mey Rude Out Magazine

If Velma can iron out a few kinks, and workshop a few of its worse jokes, it’ll become a great lead in for Harley Quinn. Time will vindicate Velma.

Full Review | Original Score: B | Jan 17, 2023

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Marshall Estes The Spool

While its departure from its source material may be a turn-off for die-hard Scooby fans, it still has a lot of love for the franchise in all its iterations, especially for Mystery Inc’s beloved brain.

Full Review | Jan 15, 2023

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Darren Franich Entertainment Weekly

Velma mostly replaces the old silly sensibility with crass name-droppy pointlessness.

Full Review | Original Score: C | Jan 14, 2023

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Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

Jokes become exhausting in the meta, not-for-kids Scooby Doo prequel.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Jan 14, 2023

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Coleman Spilde The Daily Beast

The hotly anticipated origin story of the brains behind Mystery Inc. is well worth the wait, with a compelling mystery and even funnier punchlines.

Full Review | Jan 14, 2023

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