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The Slap US - (S01E03)


While trying to balance her TV show, her sick mother and her younger boyfriend, Anouk learns she is pregnant.

Episode Title: Anouk
Airs: 2015-02-26 at 08:00 PM
  • Verne Gay

    The Slap is a chance, and a worthy one, too.

    Newsday Full Review
  • LaToya Ferguson

    As it stands now, The Slap may be one of the few American adaptations of a foreign program that actually works on the same levels as the original.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Diane Gordon

    In the end, it’s all about the stellar cast and the insightful and sharp writing.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Irritating and fascinating, The Slap is unlike anything else on network TV.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    The result is a depressing--if engrossing--rehash of arguments found every day online.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The best of The Slap feels like the jazz that Hector loves, riffing on themes instead of hitting them directly on the beat. It helps to have good to great performances all around. Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Based on two episodes, it’s premature to give the show an unqualified endorsement. But it does represent the kind of drama that should appeal to a sophisticated palate if the ongoing quality justifies first impressions.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sara Smith

    The Slap is rare TV, depicting the kind of drama viewers might find themselves caught up in. It’s nice to see a show shamelessly go about doing its manipulative business.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    A sophisticated, suspenseful comedy of ill manners that seems much more like a Showtime or Netflix drama than a broadcast network offering.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The Slap has the complexity and subtlety that's hard to find in a lot of broadcast network programming, and it's to NBC's credit that they're taking a chance with a limited-run series we'd expect to find on cable.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    A momentary lapse could lead to weeks of thought-provoking drama. The Slap echoes.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The slight overdose of hideousness and the faintly mocking narration by Victor Garber combine to sabotage our investment. Yet Quinto is strong, and most of the characters pique curiosity, even as they grate.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The two episodes sent to critics aren’t perfect, but their flaws (pompous introductory narration, a weak performance by Thurman, a handful of telegraphed cliches in the plot) are easily overlooked. Other performances, especially those of Quinto and Sarsgaard, are stunning in this provocative and surprisingly literate character-driven drama.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    The Slap, a provocative new NBC drama, is a saga that gets under your skin. That doesn't mean it's a great show, but I imagine the issues it raises will spark plenty of spirited dinner-table chatter among those who see it.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Different and complicated, The Slap feels like something viewers might flock to on cable or Netflix.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • John Anderson

    If ever a show was made for hate-viewing, it’s The Slap.... Where The Slap will be going in subsequent episodes is unclear and, mostly, irrelevant. Any and all misfortune, however, will be warmly welcomed.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It’s well-acted while at times also being mis-directed in terms of storytelling and too many hit-over-the-head characterizations.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Lily Moayeri

    There is enough going on in The Slap without the addition of the narration, which is reminiscent of the voice over on Pushing Daisies and sounds like it's describing a comedy. Get rid of that smug, knowing narrator, The Slap can speak for itself.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Margaret Lyons

    It's not fully good by any means, but I will watch more episodes, and I'm interested how everything will get resolved. I'm more curious about the characters of The Slap than I am about the characters of, say, The Affair.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    No question, this is a high-quality production with a fine cast that includes Marin Ireland, Brian Cox, Thomas Sadoski, Michael Nouri, and Penn Badgley. But it's also terribly stagey and saddled with a pretentious voice-over by Victor Garber.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Even if the tale is not particularly captivating, the actors, in particular Sarsgaard and Newton, enliven the quotidian details.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The Slap just misses being as sharp in the execution as it is in the concept.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's quite a cast and a good thing too, considering the almost uniformly absurd character types they miraculously manage to animate.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Add all this up, and what results is not an elegant, adult, psychologically astute miniseries. Instead, The Slap is a bulldozer: bluntly, gracelessly effective.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    The cast is inviting.... But the too-prominent, overly obvious voice-over narrator is a truly awful innovation.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It is humorless, pretentious, a waste of a number of good performances, and about as subtle as its title action, but it is also very real.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Zachary Quinto, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton and Melissa George all try their best, but this is not a legal drama or a cop show, where a near-miss can more or less work. You either nail this kind of challenging material or you don't, and The Slap ultimately fails to live up to the potential implied in its attention-getting title.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The Slap has the ideas and the assembled talent to make a better, subtler character exploration, but it’s brought down by hamhanded characterization and an assemblage of bourgeois-Brooklyn types that it’s impossible (even for another bourgeois-Brooklyn type) to care about.

    Time Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    It's as if every line in the script was written in capital letters--with the exception of the even more ludicrous narration, which was no doubt printed in florid italics.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Meant to provoke, it's about as subtle as a slap.... It's also a "Saturday Night Live" parody waiting to happen.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Maybe in an airy Broadway theater the issues the show attempts to explore would play better, but on TV The Slap suffocates, packed with too many awful characters I don't want to spend another moment watching.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    Everything about The Slap feels manipulated — you can smell the smoke off the puppet strings as the characters are jerked into being jerks. And that's just the pilot. The anvil drops more often and with more velocity in the second episode.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    NBC's new miniseries The Slap is a heavy-handed, button-pushing, endlessly irritating drama about a family that slowly unravels after a man slaps another's obnoxious child at a family party.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review

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