Critic Consensus: An intriguing tangle of mystery and melodrama, what The Society lacks in levity -- and at times clarity -- it makes up for with its surprisingly thoughtful exploration of community, culture, and what it means to grow up.
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At a certain point the drama does get addictive, as the show eventually reveals what it's really about: a grim reckoning with the fact that these teens have had to grow up too fast.
It's easy to sneer at The Society, awash as it is in teen-series melodrama and a perpetually unsatisfying central mystery that only truly serves as a high-concept hook, but there's something oddly seductive about the show as it comes into its own.
The references to canonical literature and moral texts may not help them much as the teens teeter between good intentions and bad impulses, high ideals and dark desires, occasional clarity and murky confusion. Just like the rest of us.
What works most in the favor of The Society is the frustration it builds in a viewer. This is not a complaint, it's a compliment.
The Society is similarly well worth trying on for size, as much for its wit and resonance as its grabby storylines. It may not be revolutionary, but as the best teen drama currently out there it makes a stirring argument for starting over.
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