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: 89


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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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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
Renee 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 (89) | Top Critics (26)

It's probably best not to ask too many questions, but simply revel in the neon-lit retro-futuro stylings and all the other good stuff.

Jan 29, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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…

The show's horizons expand in the second half of the 10-episode season as it becomes clear that Altered Carbon is more than merely an intricate whodunit.

Feb 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | 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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Altered Carbon is a sci-fi spectacle in thrall to its own convoluted world.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Altered Carbon is a frankly amazing Sci-fi series, full of great twists, characters and stunning imagery.

Feb 19, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This is not a show for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Nov 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.88/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Altered Carbon: Season 1

  • 3d ago
    The best technoir TV show ever!
  • 4d ago
    Just re-watched this series with my partner and we absolutely loved it! The last 2 episodes try to cram a bit too much, but we are excited for season 2.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    I discovered this series browsing Netflix, I assumed it was another crappy low end "Netflix original", upon reading the description it seemed to confirm my suspicions, however I accidentally hit play. I didn't realize until I was engaged into a post-apocalyptic world plagued with interloping themes of morality and dystopian society. The beauty of the show comes through the complicated storylines and our immersion into a new world where a social hierarchy dominates government and entire planets.
  • Jul 11, 2019
    Yet another SciFi series where the white man is the bad guy and the hero, Female. non white, ethnic minorities. So racist I'm staggered people liked it. I do wish these programs would just carry a message 'not for white people' Save a lot of time trying to relate to characters and story lines which are aimed at demeaning the white male. Load if SJW crap, watched the first 3 episodes and had to give up. I'm not ashamed to be a white male and no pointless TV series is going to convince me I should be.
  • Jul 01, 2019
    Love, love, loved it!!
  • Jun 23, 2019
    A thoughtful, thought-provoking and well executed tale. Void of needless drama, gaping plot holes and other such things that normally plague these kinds of producions. I recommend it whole-heartedly.
  • Jun 15, 2019
    Whatever to the critics. Sci-Fi fans are sure to love this one.
  • May 20, 2019
    Strayed and watered down version of the book without reason.
  • May 19, 2019
    Best Netflix series ever
  • Apr 25, 2019
    One of the best series I have ever seen. Set in a stunning and yet gritty and rough future. Filled with moral and political questions without shoving it in your face.

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