Absentia: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

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Absentia sticks too closely to the procedural handbook, leaving its capable lead and mildly intriguing mystery treading water.



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 183

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Air date: Feb 2, 2018
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Tv Season Info

FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic). While hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers, Agent Byrne disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, Emily is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

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Critic Reviews for Absentia Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

The double-episode opener sees several incredible plot leaps in order to keep the action pumping. And a warning for those who prefer to avoid screen violence: the scenes of Emily's torture are disturbing.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Katic is better than the so-so script.

Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Absentia is just a messy TV series that at its best serves as a reminder that good writing is essential to the medium and that pouting and looking dour and confused it not really premium-cable-style acting.

Feb 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The four episodes sent to critics work well enough because of the performances - especially those of Heusinger, Brake and Katic - the direction by Oded Ruskin, and our wanting to know what Nick is going to do.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

While [Stana] Katic's performance as the damaged Emily is intriguing, there's nothing else about Absentia that feels distinctive or worth following for ten episodes.

May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It had the joyless, self-serious texture of too many network shows about serial killers.

Mar 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The troubling questions and terrific performances are enough to keep you following this murky trail, if you're not seriously burned out on serial killers.

Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Absentia's problem isn't its premise, which is no better or worse than your average gritty crime drama...Absentia so completely personifies the mundane procedural that it actually becomes awful.

Feb 21, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Generic serial killer mystery wastes good lead performance.

Feb 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Created by Matthew Cirulnick and Gaia Violo, Absentia admittedly does not give Stana Katic a chance to show off her improvisational comedy skills, but she does show off just about every other acting tool in her arsenal.

Feb 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Within the first five minutes, I found my heart both breaking for and pounding with Emily Byrne.

Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 4.6/5 | Full Review…

Stana Katic's performance shines here, as a trauma victim whose life just keeps getting convolutedly worse, but otherwise Absentia is a misery parade with no hope of reprieve.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Absentia: Season 1

  • Jul 20, 2020
    Excellent show, keeps you on the edge of your seat. I can't wait for season 2.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    This might be hard, but I got the feeling from the start if anything, at least you should go for it for Stana. The girl knows how to act drama and even in this small piece of work with lower investment she just shines. You will cry with this mother she creates and want her to be safe and protected if not by others at least by herself. Stana deserves your time in this one.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    It is an intense thriller. So far season one has had me on the edge of my seat. I am really enjoying it. It sort of reminds me of Kiss The Girls book.
  • May 30, 2020
    Slow boring and not sexy enough for Stana katic to carry on her own.
  • May 19, 2020
    Sound mixing sucks... music and sound effects overwhelm conversations... unintelligible
  • Feb 18, 2020
    Great series. Just found it and loved both the seasons. Hope to see more.
  • Nov 28, 2019
    What a waste of time! Season 1 Plot became more and more ridiculous with each episode as the lead character seems to magically fly from one destination to another as she muddles her way to solving this muddled mess, Worst FBI agent ever!
  • Oct 16, 2019
    5 episodes in and I'm completely gripped!
  • Jul 31, 2019
    The most intriguing moments in Absentia arise not from the whodunnit element but rather the sheer weirdness. Season 1 was phenomenal! You have to watch the entire season and pay attention closely to appreciate it.
  • Jun 23, 2019
    Excellent show, awesome first season. Very cool.🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇

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