Awake: Season 1 (2012)


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


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Air date: Mar 1, 2012
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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 (30) | 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…
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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…
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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…

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