The L.A. Complex: Season 1 (2012)

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The L.A. Complex

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The L.A. Complex appeals with natural, humorous dialogue, and a focus on the real struggles of characters in the entertainment business.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 10

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 24, 2012

Hollywood dreamers seek stardom in this dramatic series set at a Los Angeles apartment-style motel. In the opener, an aspiring actress moves from Toronto to Los Angeles and finds kindred spirits at the Lux Motel.

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Air date: May 1, 2012

Raquel tries to get a movie rolling; Alicia goes to a party with a D-list actor; Tariq is offered the chance to produce a track for a big rapper; Abby is offered a part.

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Air date: May 8, 2012

Raquel is dumped by her agency; Nick achieves a breakthrough on stage; Alicia receives an unexpected proposition; Abby considers giving up her dreams and leaving L.A.

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Air date: May 15, 2012

Tariq coaxes Kal to take a break; Nick and Abby explore the city; Raquel marks her birthday.

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Air date: May 22, 2012

Nick meets a kindred spirit after an improv class; Connor struggles with keeping up appearances on set; Raquel questions her methods for securing finances for a project; Tariq brings Abby to the studio to record vocals; Alicia makes a sexy acting debut.

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Air date: May 29, 2012

The first season concludes with Nick and Abby trying to move beyond the casual phase of their relationship. Meanwhile, Raquel starts to question her decisions; and Kal and Tariq move in a great direction until the unthinkable happens.

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Tv Season Info

Featuring Cassie Steele in the starring role of Abby Vargas, "The L.A. Complex" follows the ups and downs of a group of twentysomethings living in a Los Angeles apartment complex. All aspire to work in the entertainment industry, and as their careers ebb and flow, so do their relationships with one another.

Critic Reviews for The L.A. Complex Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

It's CW's best new series in several seasons.

Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Hot parties around the pool, intoxicated sex, smashed windshields, morning-after pills - what's not to like?

Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The L.A. Complex doesn't always ring true, but it's frequently fun.

Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a primetime soap, but one that's genuinely more interested in what the characters want to do for a living than in who they're sleeping with. (Though there's still a good deal of that.)

Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Over all it's as essentially disposable as most CW shows, but in between the rockin' pool parties and show-business cliches there are moments that are better written and less formulaic than the norm for this network.

Apr 24, 2012 | Full Review…

By the standards of similar American series, it is conspicuously modest - less aggressive, less glamorous, less heavy-breathing, more...nice. This will make it a hard sell to some, but I find these qualities appealing.

Apr 24, 2012 | Full Review…

The dialogue is actually pretty darned good and kind of inside funny

Apr 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Who would have thought it would take Canadians to get Hollywood right, eh?

Apr 24, 2012 | Full Review…

What starts out as a seemingly generic series about an assortment of showbiz wannabes becomes more engaging over the first few episodes.

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Score one for the underdogs.

Apr 24, 2012 | Full Review…

For the type of show it sets out to be, this "Complex" is surprisingly, well, complex.

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Audience Reviews for The L.A. Complex: Season 1

  • Jul 31, 2020
    It's characters are just not interesting enough to care what happens to them.

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