Babylon: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Babylon successfully combines two genres into one show, adding great actors and timely subject matter to stealthy wit and hard-hitting drama.



Critic Ratings: 19


Audience Score

User Ratings: 72
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Air date: Jan 8, 2015
Air date: Jan 15, 2015
Air date: Jan 22, 2015
Air date: Jan 29, 2015
Air date: Feb 5, 2015

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Comedy-drama about an American PR expert Liz Garvey (Brit Marling) who is hired to straighten out a problematic British police force, by given them a better public image.

Critic Reviews for Babylon Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

I still consider it my duty to inform you when there is a new show you absolutely HAVE to watch. And Babylon ... is one of those shows. Sorry, everybody. Add it to your queue. It's like The Wire meets In the Loop meets The IT Crowd.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…
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This is a series worth tracking down and watching. If you laugh, that's a bonus.

Jan 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The slow transition of Babylon from comedy to drama makes the series itself something of a public-relations problem. Fortunately, we don't need to spin or label it, other than to say that it's good.

Jan 9, 2015 | Full Review…
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By attempting to straddle two very different genres at once, it undermines the effectiveness of both forms of entertainment. It isn't necessarily a fatal problem, but it's one that will hopefully be ameliorated in the rest of the show's short season.

Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…

Babylon delivers a mixed bag in which it's deceptively simple to applaud the effort to handle the bizarre intersection of publicity and policing, and yet that attempt doesn't make it entertaining or insightful on its own.

Jan 6, 2015 | Full Review…

A layered analysis of a failing system, and - true to its satirical inception - no one is let off the hook.

Jan 14, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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It was an enjoyable, if somewhat flawed offering that brimmed with poignancy and darkness.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The show moves at a clipped pace so we never dwell for too long -- and it's certainly ballsy in facing uncomfortable police issues head-on with such biting wit.

Oct 25, 2016 | Full Review…

There's more rapid-fire walk-and-talks than Aaron Sorkin ever crammed into The Newsroom.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite the show's energy and good cast, there's a slightly anticlimactic feel to the whole enterprise.

Jan 15, 2015 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a solid cop show from across the pond, you will definitely find it here.

Jan 15, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The biggest problem was that none of the characters was engaging enough to make you care about them -- from the chief all the way down to the dimwit new recruit.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Babylon: Season 1

  • Jul 17, 2019
    I chanced across this series and I thought it was brilliant. Loved the characters - the office politics, the mundane and grit of police work in London . The comedy and drama were both equally entertaining and it would be fab to see a 2nd series! Loved the blond wig/ Boris as mayor of London
  • Aug 14, 2016
    I sepnt the first 30 minutes deciding whether this was a comedy or a serious drama, but then I realised it is neither. It is far from serious, and spectacularly unfunny.
  • Aug 06, 2016
    Bertie trebuie s? joace în mai multe lucruri
  • Jan 30, 2015
    Enjoyed it. Somewhat improbable, but once you get past the set up, it moves along with real feeling people and realistic situations. Until the melodrama kicks in, and even that feels like juicy fun.
  • Jan 23, 2015
    Another terrific new show. Brilliant cast -- I love James Nesbitt (The Missing) and Nicola Walker (Last Tango in Halifax). I love seeing an American star on a British show, merging the sensibililties of each style. It's one of those that can be very slapstick funny and then turn around and stomp on you dramatically.

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