Season one of Unreal has received critical acclaim.  Merrill Barr of Forbes called it "one of the best new shows of the summer because it embraces the insanity it presents on screen".  Dalene Rovenstine of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "If you love The Bachelor , you’re going to like UnREAL . If you hate The Bachelor , you’re going to like UnREAL ."  Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called Unreal "acerbic and unrelentingly sad" and "a close and sometimes frustrating study of women tearing other women down".  In December 2015, Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly named Unreal as one of his "10 Best New Shows of 2015".