In early 2007, Hidden Palms was announced to begin on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, at 9:00PM Eastern/8:00PM Central on The CW, but this timeslot later became occupied by Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. The series eventually premiered on The CW on Wednesday May 30, 2007 at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central. It was announced on June 12, 2007, that Hidden Palms would wrap up two weeks earlier on the CW, and stop rebroadcasting it on Sundays.
Hidden Palms was first slated to be a mid-season show and 13 episodes had been ordered. During production, the shows episode number was lowered to 8 and The CW decided to keep it for the summer. In a press release, The CW announced that it would stop airing encores on Sundays and that the series would air two new episodes on Wednesdays, replacing what would have been One Tree Hill repeats, and wrap up on two weeks earlier.
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|Episode #||Title||Air Date||Rating||Share||18-49||Viewers||Weekly Rank|
|1||Pilot||May 30, 2007||1.3||2||0.6/2||1.86||# 83|
|2||Ghosts||June 6, 2007||1.1||2||0.4/1||1.49||# 89|
|3||Party Hardy||June 13, 2007||1.0||2||0.5/2||1.37||# 91|
|4||What Liza Beneath||June 20, 2007||1.1||2||0.5/2||1.28||# 93|
|5||Mulligan||June 20, 2007||1.1||2||0.6/2||1.76||# 88|
|6||Dangerous Liaisons||June 27, 2007||0.9||2||0.5/2||1.41||# 96|
|7||Stand By Your Woman||June 27, 2007||0.8||1||0.6/2||1.39||# 99|
|8||Second Chances||July 4, 2007||0.7||1||0.3/1||0.97||# 99|
However, there has also been negative reception of the show. Mike Duffy of the Detroit Free Press said the show is "luridly derivative" and that "there's nothing remotely hip" about it. Charlie McCollum of the San Jose Mercury News said the show "spends far too much time exploring the whiny angst of the teens". Tom Shales of The Washington Post said of the show, "you're likely to find more fascinating figures and intriguing dramatis personae in the latest catalogue from J. Peterman.
The show has also come under fire from the Parents Television Council, which called the pilot episode "cliché-ridden" and claimed the overall plot was inappropriate for its teenage target audience because of its depiction of underage drinking, parental suicide and sex, the pilot and finale episodes being named the most offensive television programming of the weeks of their respective broadcasts on the CW network.