Altered Carbon: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Altered Carbon

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 92


Audience Score

User Ratings: 5237
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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 (92) | 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

A tremendously solvent production that works wonderfully. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Altered Carbon: Season 1

  • Aug 12, 2019
    Very decent. Loved the science and tech concepts presented. I'd say it is Blade-runner meets Demolition Man. Better graphics. The tech shown in it is very much plausible.
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Very good sci fi show
  • Aug 03, 2019
    This series was fantastic. Pure Sci Fi Epic.
  • Aug 03, 2019
    Original idea combined with great acting makes for a winner show!
  • Jul 30, 2019
    Altered Carbon remains familiar, yet with a detective story to find something or someone like Blade Runner atmosphere, but Altered Carbon is yet engaging and not boring... sometimes it's hard to keep up, but it is how the show's no new...but it's OK.
  • Jul 17, 2019
    The best technoir TV show ever!
  • Jul 16, 2019
    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!!

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