Awake: Season 1 (2012)

Season 1

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Intelligent and thought-provoking, Awake tempts audiences with an original and complex concept that keeps them guessing.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 59

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Air date: Mar 1, 2012

In the premiere of this drama, a detective awakens after his family's car accident to discover he's living in two parallel worlds. In one, his wife survived the crash and his son perished. In the other, his son continues to live but his wife was killed. While trying to regain footing in his complex double lives, he continues his efforts to crack cases in both worlds.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2012

As he continues to navigate his two versions of reality, Michael investigates the murder of a homeless person, with a mysterious man with short stature soon materializing as a suspect. Meanwhile, Michael's bizarre behavior is scrutinized by his superior; the accident that shattered Michael's life comes into clearer focus; and Michael's therapists analyze his condition.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2012

Michael's parallel realities begin spinning into chaos when his son is kidnapped by an on-the-lam convict who has a connection to Michael's past. In his other dimension, Michael searches for a missing teenage boy, yet developments in both worlds cause others to doubt Michael's sanity.

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Air date: Mar 22, 2012

A purported suicide during a high-end yacht party leads Michael to an encounter with Rex's ex-babysitter, Kate. In his other realm, Michael happens upon Kate again, yet this time she appears as a suspect and as a very different version of herself.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2012

Michael tracks a serial killer, but an FBI agent points to him as a suspect in his own case. Meanwhile, when Hannah considers moving to Oregon and returning to school, Michael's therapists believe the change of scenery will help him heal and put an end to his dreams.

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Air date: Apr 5, 2012

Detective Britten grapples with a schizophrenic keeping a psychiatric hospital under siege, but it is his own sanity that he calls in to question.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2012

A surprise tip directs Britten to a barren warehouse that's connected to a case he handled prior to his life-altering accident. Elsewhere, Hannah puts into motion her move to Oregon; Bird teams with Britten to probe a puzzling suicide; Vega and Britten delve into a years-old murder.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2012

Britten helps a couple adapt to the witness-protection program, inspiring him to prepare for his own new life in Oregon with his wife. He also attempts to introduce Vega to his longstanding informant, to the informant's chagrin.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2012

The end of a big football game plays out in different ways in Britten's dual realms. In one reality, antagonism between rival fans results in a murder in the stadium parking lot. Elsewhere, Rex deals with a broken heart; Vega and Hannah plan a going-away party for Britten.

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Air date: May 3, 2012

Britten and Bird size up a possible case of gang violence. Before long, clues from Britten's parallel realm force him to give the case a harder look. Elsewhere, Hannah offers a helping hand to Rex's girlfriend; Capt. Harper can't fulfill a promise; and Vega puts Britten's going-away party into motion.

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LAPD detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) lives in two parallel worlds after surviving his family's car accident in the only season of this reality-bending drama. In one existence, Britten's wife has survived the crash and his son has perished; in the other, his son continues to live but his wife was killed. While trying to regain footing in his complex double lives, he continues his efforts to crack cases in both worlds.

Critic Reviews for Awake Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (19)

Awake is an intelligent, thoughtful, provocative and well-acted show that by summer is likely to be just a memory.

Mar 1, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Hard to understand why NBC would keep Awake sitting on its bench for so long, because the show is better than most of the series the network had in its starting lineup for the season.

Mar 1, 2012 | Full Review…

It packs some punch. And Isaacs certainly doesn't sleepwalker through a decidedly distinctive role.

Mar 1, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is exploring new turf in terms of a relationship drama with a bold narrative premise, and vaguely spiritual aspirations.

Mar 1, 2012 | Full Review…

When I got the screener that contained the first four episodes, I gobbled them all up in almost one sitting.

Mar 1, 2012 | Full Review…

This is a show with a brain and a heart.

Mar 1, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The result is a superbly acted drama that remains compelling, even when the plot gets creaky.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Both tonally and structurally, Awake throws you in at the deep end.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm still not sure how good a show Awake is. For a while, I'll keep watching - and I'll keep hoping that it turns into something that justifies its highly unusual concept. But I'm afraid, when it's all over, I could be dreaming.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

In a way 'Awake' could almost stand on its own as a short story, but still offers up one of the better pilots of the past year and should definitely prove worth your attention going forward.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Even though it was unable to reach the lofty ideals set forth in the pilot, Awake was never a program that struggled to entertain.

May 1, 2012 | Full Review…

Awake offers a fascinating look at competing realities that makes it one of the 2011-12 TV season's most ambitious dramas.

Mar 1, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Awake: Season 1

  • May 30, 2020
    The original concept and excellent cast make this hidden gem a must-watch. Shame it only lasted one season.
  • Aug 11, 2017
    12 excellent episodes ruined by an horrible finale. // 12 excelentes episodios arruinados por un final horrible.
  • Sep 10, 2016
    So sad they took this off the air! Very compelling storylines with great acting. It had potential!
  • Apr 06, 2016
    Kyle Killen is a genius! This show is so brilliantly original! The plot is like nothing I have seen before! It also wraps up VERY WELL at the end, even with it only being one season, which I always need! It really had a beginning and ending. The pilot is phenomenal, and one of the best episodes of the series! It introduces you perfectly to the show! The next 2 episodes are good, which make for a solid trio of episodes! The next three aren't good. Then comes the seventh episode, the halfway point, and man is it good! Then the next three episodes aren't good. But then...the final three episodes happen, and they are so great, and some of the best episodes of television I have ever seen! The series as a whole is a very intriguing and interesting premise, with excellent performances, phenomenal writing, and very high production value! And with a story that is not only great, but begins and ends...this show is one of the best TV shows ever. I also liked the color pallettes for the different worlds. And creator Kyle Killen had some VERY interesting ideas that would have made for some more great seasons!
  • Aug 20, 2015
    This is a curious fail for me because I generally like shows like this. The premise sounds interesting on the surface but there is something about it that feels familiar to me although I'm not sure exactly why. It also tries too hard to make me connect in an emotional way to this guy and it totally backfires. I got bored with the melodrama and benched it.
  • May 04, 2015
    Crime shows about crime shows are stupid. I'm just not a fan of the genre, and probably never will be. However, if a crime drama appears now and then that puts a big twist on the whole formula; then it has my attention. Enter Awake - a show with a wild premise that will keep you second-guessing each and every episode. The only issue is that the show struggles halfway during its 13-episode run. It's almost as if the writers were really unsure if a second season was coming or not. wasn't, and while it ended on a 'good enough' note, more could've been done to really solidify this as a great mini-series.
  • Sep 29, 2014
    89% This is the mother of psychological fantasies. The premise is so original and complicated that it alone can glue the audience on to the screen. I always hated the villains played by Jason Isaacs, because that's what you are supposed to feel at villains( on most cases), but not until I watched Awake did I realise that there was such a good actor in him. Awake is one of the best sci-fi, mystery series that I have ever seen in my life. The last three episodes are too good and so is the second episode. The ending is confusing, it is an abrupt ending, usually motivated at a sequel and now it can only be left to interpretations.
  • Feb 16, 2014
    5/5 Best TV show that no one watched.
  • Dec 04, 2013
    Really digging the alternate reality cross-crime drama. Hope they would have given it a chance.

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