Altered Carbon: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Altered Carbon

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Altered Carbon leans hard into its cyberpunk roots, serving up an ambitiously pulpy viewing experience that often overwhelms, but never bores.



Critic Ratings: 95


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Air date: Feb 2, 2018
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Society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent. Takeshi Kovacs is the lone surviving soldier in a group of elite interstellar warriors who were defeated in an uprising against the new world order. His mind was imprisoned -- on ice -- for centuries until Laurens Bancroft, an impossibly wealthy, long-lived man, offers Kovacs the chance to live again. In exchange, Kovacs has to solve a murder ... that of Bancroft himself.


Martha Higareda
as Lt. Det. Kristin Ortega
Tamara Taylor
as Oumou Prescott
Antonio Marziale
as Isaac Bancroft
Joel Kinnaman
as Takeshi Kovacs
James Purefoy
as Laurens Bancroft
Renée Elise Goldsberry
as Quellcrist Falconer
Hayley Law
as Lizzie Elliot
Ato Essandoh
as Vernon Elliot
Leonardo Nam
as Stronghold Kovacs
Trieu Tran
as Mister Leung
Kristin Lehman
as Miriam Bancroft
Dichen Lachman
as Reileen Kawahara
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Critic Reviews for Altered Carbon Season 1

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (29)

It's a dark, violent and exploitative future, of course, but we wouldn't want it any other way.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: 16.5/20 | Full Review…

Big issues of body, mind, identity and technology shuffle around the "Altered Carbon" universe, but the show often drags its feet in order to fill its individual episodes' running times.

Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Yet for all of its bells and whistles, nothing about Altered Carbon feels very different or new or bold.

Feb 1, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The sheer amount of imagining, both borrowed and original, accumulates into a vast, dirty world and gives Altered Carbon the feel of a proper cyberpunk novel: big, baggy, ambitious, trashy, funny, gruesome, clever, cheesy, and hyperactive.

Feb 1, 2018 | Full Review…
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If you can get past that violence, or even through it, there's much to savor. Morgan's novel has been turned into a phantasmagoria of sights, sounds and details.

Jan 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Part of the thrill of "Altered Carbon," the new sci-fi series from Netflix, is figuring out the rules of the strange future universe we've been dropped into.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The performance has catapulted the season to a higher level.

Mar 3, 2020 | Full Review…

I think it's easier to call Altered CarbonSeason 2 good, which is only frustrating because Season 1 was extraordinary.

Feb 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon has a lot going for it - it's production values are high, it's absolutely gorgeous to look at, and it's playing at themes that might very well be interesting.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon is a slick, sexy, noirish cyberpunk romp.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon shines a technicolor male gaze on the bruised and mutilated bodies of young women.

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The first two episodes of 'Altered Carbon' are not wonderful, but they do have enough virtues to surprise us with this Richard Morgan's novel's adaptation. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Altered Carbon: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    A unique experience with a very creative setting, a brilliance performance from Joel Kinnaman and Martha Higareda only slightly behind
  • 5d ago
    Fresh theme. Good pace. Great actors. Good story.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    I wasn't sure what I was walking into but this exceeded my expectations and gave me a rich world with a lot of complexity and depth to dive in to. Well done.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    My only regret was not watching this series sooner. I have to wonder if the viewer base hadn't taken so long to find this gem, if season 2 would've had a better budget to make it actually watchable.
  • Jul 11, 2020
    It is honestly an amazing TV show. I binge watched the first season in a day and I was not disappointed. It is not the highest budget TV show, but it delivers with amazing story, characters, dialogue and the sets are very well done too. I recommended it already to almost everyone I know, because it is very interesting and it is not your average Sci-fi dystopian show, it is better.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    Amazing characters and story, an overall great show!
  • Jul 02, 2020
    One of the best science fiction series I have ever scene.
  • Jun 28, 2020
    Loved it! Great characters, story and world. I binge watched it and was drooling for more.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Only Altered Carbon's production design deserves a 5 star but the story could have been better
  • Jun 19, 2020
    I stumbled on this show by pure coincidence and decided to "give it a chance" mostly because I saw the audience rating was just above an "8" on IMDB. I have only watched Season 1 as of this writing and am blown away. A cross between Blade Runner and maybe The Matrix, this show is really original. Sure it "borrows" on some ideas others have used (What movie DOESN'T borrow/emulate from its predecessors?). What it borrows it RAMPS up on, but beyond that there is some truly ORIGINALITY and breakthrough storylines/ideas going on here. I kept going "wow" throughout the whole series. Totally cool tech and futuristic advances in humanity's understanding of itself. It is GRITTY and ROUGH in places but ELEGANT and GRACEFUL in others. Be prepared to INVEST yourself in new names and concepts. It's not just a shoot'em up action fantasy cyberpunk extravaganza (it is that though) - It is DEEP and you have to pay attention to keep up! Big screen and sound system a MUST! Watch your back, watch your stack...

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