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Pan Am: Season 1 (2011-2012)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 9

Pan Am effectively romanticizes the bygone era it seeks to capture with dazzling production values and meticulous period detail, even if the drama at play is a little bland.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 7

Pan Am effectively romanticizes the bygone era it seeks to capture with dazzling production values and meticulous period detail, even if the drama at play is a little bland.

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Season Info

Pilots and flight attendants on the iconic Pan American World Airways are portrayed in this drama set in the 1960s, when air travel represented the height of luxury. The series' only season follows the relationships and worldwide exploits of a Pan Am flight crew after stewardess Maggie (Christina Ricci) joins pilots Dean (Mike Vogel) and Ted (Michael Mosley), and stewardesses Laura (Margot Robbie), Kate (Kelli Garner) and Colette (Karine Vanasse).

Genre: Drama

Network: ABC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 25, 2011

Pilot

In the hands of a brash young pilot (Mike Vogel) and a rebellious head stewardess (Christina Ricci), Pan Am's state of the art Majestic Clipper jetliner makes its maiden voyage from New York to London, transporting its passengers and crew into a rapidly changing world of romance and international intrigue.

2
Air date: Oct 2, 2011

We?ll Always Have Paris

As Dean (Mike Vogel) hopes a flight to Paris will help him find Bridget, Kate (Kelli Garner) and Laura (Margot Robbie) are stunned to learn their mother is on the plane with them. Meanwhile, Maggie (Christina Ricci) takes aggressive measures to fend off a passenger's unwanted sexual advances.

3
Air date: Oct 9, 2011

Ich Bin Ein Berliner

A flight ferrying journalists to Berlin to cover a important speech by John F. Kennedy provides Maggie (Christina Ricci) a chance to meet the U.S. President. But as Kate (Kelli Garner) tries to help her courier contact escape East Germany, memories of World War II force Colette to confront a childhood trauma.

4
Air date: Oct 16, 2011

Eastern Exposure

A last-minute flight to Burma and Indonesia lands Kate (Kelli Garner) in the middle of a frustrating courier mission for the CIA that's further complicated by Laura's (Margot Elise Robbie) naïveté. And as the Clipper's Majestic crew explores Southeast Asia, news of an American space mission leads Ted (Michael Mosley) to recall an ill-fated test pilot mission that upended his career plans.

5
Air date: Oct 23, 2011

One Coin in a Fountain

Laura (Margot Robbie) goes to great lengths to return her engagement ring to her ex-fiancé, while Kate's (Kelli Garner) latest spy mission requires her to score a date with a Yugoslavian racecar enthusiast. Meanwhile, Dean (Mike Vogel) begins a risky affair with the mistress of a Pan Am executive.

6
Air date: Oct 30, 2011

The Genuine Article

As Maggie (Christina Ricci) tries to save her job by adding to the long list of lies she's already told to get hired by Pan Am, Dean's (Mike Vogel) affair with the mistress of the airline's vice president gets serious. Meanwhile, Kate's growing affection for a Yugoslavian diplomat draws her deeper into the world of international espionage.

7
Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Truth or Dare

As Kate's (Kelli Garner) personal feelings for Niko Lonza place the life of the Yugoslavian diplomat in danger, Laura's (Margot Robbie) efforts to help an African American sailor on a layover in New York spark a racist attack.

8
Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Unscheduled Departure

A violent hurricane and an elderly passenger's heart attack force Dean (Mike Vogel) to make a risky unscheduled landing in war-torn Haiti.

9
Air date: Dec 4, 2011

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

As Maggie (Christina Ricci) risks her job to help fly an activist to a disarmament rally in London, Kate (Kelli Garner) is called upon by the CIA for a mission designed to protect the identities of several western spies. Meanwhile, Ted (Michael Mosley) takes Colette (Karine Vanasse) to visit his childhood home.

10
Air date: Jan 8, 2012

Secrets and Lies

As Kate (Kelli Garner) looks to cover up her role in the death of a Russian spy in London, Bridget (Annabelle Wallis) suddenly reappears to resume her career at Pan Am and her relationship with Dean (Mike Vogel). As Maggie's (Christina Ricci) affair with a pro-war congressman turns serious, Ted (Michael Mosley) looks to Laura (Margot Robbie) for help wooing a childhood friend.

11
Air date: Jan 15, 2012

Diplomatic Relations

Kate (Kelli Garner) is ordered to track down a missing Russian double agent during a trip to Moscow, while Dean (Mike Vogel) copes with the sudden return of his fiancé Bridget (Annabelle Wallis). Meanwhile, Maggie (Christina Ricci) struggles to balance her liberal politics with her feelings for a pro-war politician.

12
Air date: Jan 22, 2012

New Frontiers

Colette (Karine Vanasse) is intrigued by a mysterious passenger on a flight to Rome, while Dean (Mike Vogel) learns that there is a smuggler on board. And as Kate (Kelli Garner) hones her skills as a pickpocket to steal some rocket plans, Ted (Michael Mosley) discovers that his new fiancé is attracted to women.

13
Air date: Feb 12, 2012

Romance Languages

As Laura (Margot Robbie) and Kate (Kelli Garner) each face relationship challenges, Dean (Mike Vogel) struggles to end his affair with an airline vice president's girlfriend. Meanwhile, Colette (Karine Vanasse) volunteers to chaperone a precocious twelve-year-old passenger.As Laura (Margot Robbie) and Kate (Kelli Garner) each face relationship challenges, Dean (Mike Vogel) struggles to end his affair with an airline vice president's girlfriend. Meanwhile, Colette (Karine Vanasse) volunteers to chaperone a precocious twelve-year-old passenger.

14
Air date: Feb 19, 2012

1964

As a prince's courtship exposes a surprise in Colette's (Karine Vanasse) past, Ted (Michael Mosley) has second thoughts about marrying Amanda (guest star Ashley Greene). Kate (Kelli Garner) lands in the middle of the hunt for a double agent, while Maggie (Christina Ricci) is drawn into a pilot's lucrative smuggling scheme.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (9)

Unlike Playboy's cramped, claustrophobic intrigue, at least Pan Am takes us somewhere.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Take the back stories, add the unfolding drama of love, loss, disappearances and danger, shake it all up and it could be a tasty cocktail.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

The sky's the limit for this infectiously glossy romance that might make you actually desire to fly again.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

A gorgeous production, though the story sometimes keeps it on the tarmac. Still, a must-ride.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

This is a soft-touch, mass-appeal '60s period piece.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Every television series launches on a wing and a prayer, perhaps none more than this entertaining, glossy drama.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pan Am may never soar to the creative heights of a Mad Men, but it's not a bad start.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

Pan Am's optimistic angle may be just the thing it needs to keep itself afloat among its moodier counterparts.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The show embraces its escapist spirit early and often, and I think that's probably the right call.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club

Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

While the show revels in nostalgia-drenched visuals, it feels at times that the set and costumes have been more meticulously planned than the narrative or characterization.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

The show does an incredible job of sweeping you into the era.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

By establishing itself as an ambitious and fun piece of television, Pan Am sets one of the most exciting courses for this young fall season.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The careful attention to period detail is crucial here.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

The show's extravagant, aggressive joy about the friendly skies sometimes makes even that pinnacle of historical romance seem like a Lars Von Trier film in comparison.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It remains to be seen whether the ambition of Orman's plot will lead the show to tantalizing destinations or mere flights of lunacy.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Pan Am feels like a watchable version of something whose core has been removed.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

The show is dazzling to watch, with a huge assist from computer-graphics imagery.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

A show with more moving parts than a jumbo jet.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It's a new series that is, to use a word that would have been employed during the era in which the show is set, kicky - fun, with the promise of something more.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The romance and the attractively stylized innocence of the era is addictive.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

So far, so great.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

This is revisionist feminism of the strangest sort.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Groaning under the weight of takeoff, I don't like Pan Am's chances of reaching cruising altitude.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

A sparkly and highly appealing international adventure.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Beneath all the visual dazzle of the premiere episode, a bit of the groundwork is there, but Schlamme and Orman [the writers] need to build on it very soon.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

This is a series where surface is substance, and surfaces don't come much dreamier than in this beautifully realized flight fantasy, from its lovely, terror-free airport to its even lovelier cast.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Beyond selling the glamour of it all, Pan Am may be very hard-pressed to come up with weekly storylines that impel viewers to climb aboard.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Pan Am is nostalgic bonbons for the mind, made with the finest ingredients.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

The disjointed, choppy approach leaves this meticulously outfitted production looking overdressed for the occasion.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

It's definitely a flight worth booking.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Pan Am doesn't say much of anything about the current state of the nation except that our best days are behind us.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Pan Am's easy whirl fits the bill, when its chatter is snappy and also when it's not.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate

There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Pan Am's production is highly stylized, neat, and dreamy, perfectly suited to the nostalgia it is eager to evoke.

September 25, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

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