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The Returned: Season 1 (2013)




Average Rating: 9.2/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 0

A pleasant change from typically gory zombie shows, The Returned is a must-see oddity that's both smart and sure to disturb.


Average Rating: 9.5/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 0

A pleasant change from typically gory zombie shows, The Returned is a must-see oddity that's both smart and sure to disturb.



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User Ratings: 283

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Season Info

Supernatural crime series is set in a quiet Alpine village.

Genre: Mystery & Suspense

Network: Channel 4

Premiere Date: Oct 31, 2013


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Air date: Oct 31, 2013


Supernatural series set in a quiet village in the French Alps begins with a group of confused people returning to their homes unaware that they have been dead for a number of years. As the newly walking dead try to reestablish their past lives, they uncover longtime secrets, while at the same time, a rash of brutal murders are sweeping the area.

Air date: Nov 7, 2013


Camille has problems reestablishing with her family; and Simon makes an overture to his former fiancée, while unusual happenings suggest others in a similar situation have been brought back.

Air date: Nov 14, 2013


Camille adopts a new identity; and Adele finally admits that Simon is who he says he is.

Air date: Nov 21, 2013


Camille's new identity proves successful; and Lena's scar increases in size, sapping her energy.

Air date: Nov 28, 2013

Serge and Tony

Gradually, the newly walking dead begin to come out into the open, but resuming normal lives proves difficult. Camille faces rejection, while Julie begins to second guess herself, and the serial killer tries to throttle back some.

Air date: Dec 5, 2013


An electrical outage strikes the town; and members of the community begin to perceive Camille as a kind of "prophet." Meanwhile, a dead Simon returns among the living yet again and Victor's body begins to strangely distort.

Air date: Dec 12, 2013


Individual clans form; and Camille is accused of being dangerous. Meanwhile, Pierre assumes a leadership role with the Outstretched Hand community, and Julie and Laure consider running away with Victor.

Air date: Dec 19, 2013

The Horde

In the series finale, strained relations develop between the living and the dead as a new and more frightening horde creeps into town, and the separate factions must choose sides.

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (0)

Creepy-cool. Much more complex and interesting (not to mention sexier) than ABC's current, virtually identical "Resurrection."

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

What we do have, though, is a sad and often tense show that promises to answer many questions in its second season, although you get the sense that knowledge and understanding will come with a high price.

March 12, 2014 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It's all mood, mystery, and restraint - the third item in that list a tremendous surprise, considering the show-no-mercy extremes that seized French horror cinema in the mid-to-late 2000s.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The Returned... manages to be spooky, sad, and sexy-an elegant Halloween treat. I'm five episodes in and fighting the impulse to binge-watch the whole thing.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

Rare is the show that addresses the ordinary madness caused by grief, but Les Revenants acknowledges that magical thinking as a matter of course.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

If a subtitled show is bad, you'll turn it off, but if it's good, it envelops you more swiftly and wholly than the very good show in English you check your email while watching. The Returned is very good. Let it have your brains.

November 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate

There's a grownup sensibility to The Returned that doesn't pause for the kind of cheap shock in which shows like The Walking Dead specialize.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

The Returned is so smart and captivating, you won't even notice the French subtitles!

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC

To my mind, it's the best series of the fall, and with the tonally similar Top of the Lake, possibly of the year.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The Returned, in French with subtitles, is beautiful, riveting and above all thought-provoking.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I imagine the individual perspectives will not jibe until the whole of the mystery is resolved. Hopefully, that revelation will be worth the wait.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

The Returned is effective because it balances supernatural questions with tones that other showrunners don't even consider.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

The Returned adroitly straddles the line between mystery show and horror series as well as any program of this sort since Lost.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

As the characters intertwine and their backstories emerge, the suspenseful ambiguities of this cosmic puzzle only intensify.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

'The Returned' poses more questions than it answers -- a second season is in the works -- but its restless spirits aren't easily shaken off.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

As much as The Returned shrouds itself in mystery with some supernatural elements at play, it is really about the stages of grief and how we handle death. Leave it to the French to get all brooding about zombies.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source:

Think of it, if you will, as artisanal, small-batch horror - an old-world classic that goes back to the basics and makes the most of its carefully chosen ingredients.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

A new zombie classic - a haunting tribute to the lost loves who feed on your brain forever.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

The whole creation, by Fabrice Gobert, is first-rate supernatural drama more than a mere horror show.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Despite the plodding, you may find yourself on the edge of your seat anyhow.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

It's moody and emotional, a real world nudged just a few degrees surreal, and it's grounded by some excellent, plausible performances.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

The Returned is more than a zombie show for those of us who'd rather read subtitles for eight hours than see one more decaying face run through with a sharp stick.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The Returned has such a sure command of mood and character and place that the mechanics of it all don't matter.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

At it's heart, The Returned [a] is chilling tale. Time will tell how [it] does in an American market, but if its rave reviews overseas are a sign, viewers will brave the subtitles for a truly great find this fall.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

The Returned raises the possibility that the undead could also come back in a very different form. Throw in a serial killer and you have a series that sounds terribly grim, but is written and performed so superbly that it turns out to be riveting.

October 30, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

The mood of The Returned is elegiac, not bloody. It's beautifully, meditatively paced.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press

Don't miss it. The Returned is far and away the most thoughtful and thought-provoking series I've watched this year.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye

No flesh-eating zombies populate The Returned. It is much more of a psychological thriller that impresses with its use of an unnerving stillness.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It is not to be missed, even if you don't count yourself much of a fan of ambulatory corpses.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Head trip doesn't begin to describe this addictive eight-episode series. It's eerie, suspenseful and yes, subtitled, but give the premiere a chance and you'll return for more.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

[It's] brainy, bizarre yet strangely hypnotic.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety

In almost no time, The Returned announces itself as smartly written, superbly cast and tremendously unsettling.

October 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Audience Reviews for The Returned: Season 1

An incredibly atmospheric tv series, Les Revenants treats memories and human interaction with subtelty but also engaging us with a very well pulled mistery, never forgetting it's core idea of the dead coming to life and how they will adapt, how they will be received and why they've returned.

Feels like when Lost was great and that is an excellent thing. Here's to hoping that Season 2 will continue it's intimacy and deepens on the mistery.
September 15, 2014
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