Tuesday, 9 p.m., Freeform (new name for ABC Family)
The television adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” series follows 18-year-old Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) as she discovers she is a Shadowhunter, human-angel hybrids who hunt demons. When her mother is kidnapped, Clary and her best friend Simon (Alberto Rosende) meet a group of Shadowhunters led by Jace (Dominic Sherwood).
What The Critics Say (Metascore 45)
- It’s soapy and action-packed while still paying attention to developing its characters, the typical ABC Family Freeform mix of elements that’s proved successful with its audience so far. — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- It’s too moody and self-serious for a pulpy action show in which monsters dissolve into hot sparks when stabbed. Part of the problem is the script, and part is performance; the dialogue is sometimes written more sassily than it’s delivered. — James Poniewozik, New York Times
- McNamara does her best, but Clary has been written as all breeze and no storm, which makes her central relationship with Jace more an algorithm of attractiveness than chemistry. Decter appears far more interested in Revelations than revelation, and in his rush to get to the “good stuff” he has forgotten that this kind of stuff is good only when it takes a while to get there. — Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times