Absentia: Season 1 (2017)



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


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Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018
Air date: Feb 2, 2018

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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 (13) | Top Critics (5)

The most intriguing moments in Absentia arise not from the whodunnit element but rather the sheer weirdness.

Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…

Katic is better than the so-so script.

Oct 10, 2018 | 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…

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…

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…

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…

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