Banshee: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Its trappings are nothing new and Its lurid combination of violence and sex will likely turn away some viewers, but Banshee can be entertaining in some distinctive ways.



Critic Ratings: 33


Audience Score

User Ratings: 372
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Air date: Jan 11, 2013
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Air date: Feb 1, 2013
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Air date: Mar 1, 2013
Air date: Mar 8, 2013
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Tv Season Info

From Alan Ball, the creator of 'True Blood,' comes this thrilling Cinemax action series that charts the twists and turns of Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), a recently paroled ex-con who assumes the identity of a small town's new sheriff.


Antony Starr
as Lucas Hood
Ben Cross
as Mr. Rabbit
Frankie Faison
as Sugar Bates
Ivana Milicevic
as Carrie Hopewell
Rus Blackwell
as Gordon Hopewell
Ryann Shane
as Deva Hopewell
Demetrius Grosse
as Emmett Yawners
Trieste Kelly Dunn
as Siobhan Kelly
Matt Servitto
as Brock Lotus
Lili Simmons
as Rebecca Bowman
Toby Leonard Moore
as Christopher Hanson
Odette Annable
as Nola Longshadow
Russell Means
as Benjamin Longshadow
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Critic Reviews for Banshee Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (20)

Banshee has a ridiculous energy that's ultimately irresistible, especially when it starts to seem like a shameless mash-up of other TV and film properties.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Down and dirty, poppy and preposterous, Banshee is the work of writers no longer concerned with making a first impression, just a lasting one.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Its overall implausibility and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plotting work against what little promise Banshee has.

Jan 9, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Check your brain at the door - and, while you're at it, hand over your taste, judgment and sophistication, too. Banshee is baloney.

Jan 9, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Banshee can be preposterously entertaining, or perhaps entertainingly preposterous.

Jan 10, 2013 | Full Review…

The show doesn't pretend to be anything more than what it is - a violent, sexy, somewhat cheesy, but generally entertaining genre drama - and that makes it easier to like.

Jan 10, 2013 | Full Review…

It's got style, sex and violence to spare and, in Antony Starr (a beefy spin on Colin Farrell), a leading man who's handy with every bit of his anatomy.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Welcome to Banshee: TV's version of a blinding migraine.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Yes, sometimes this show can numb you to its own shocking violence, but it's still good, thrilling fun.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Ball is famous for exploring the darker side of the American psyche with a large helping of humor, sex and violence and Banshee's pilot follows suit, delivering a thoroughly enjoyable entrance into the series.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Banshee: Season 1

  • Sep 05, 2019
    The physical fighting / violence was ridiculously not believable - you can't get punched in the face 50 times and then show up the next day with minor bruises like it was no big deal - but overall an enjoyable show with an interesting premise. (Sneaky Pete is much better)
  • Jul 25, 2019
    A great show! In its own way, im reminded of Arrow season 1. Violence is over the top and unapologetic. You have to love that brazen attitude with interesting character interactions. Watch it!!
  • May 20, 2019
    Mildly entertaining trash. Another show tailor-made for losers and lame-o's who want to fantasize about being a tough, badass, male hero who kicks ass and beds every hot chick he meets. Yeah, you can see why people like this show! The hero shows up in Banshee looking for his lost love. How does he show he still loves her and wants to be with her? He bangs a bunch of other hot sluts in town, that's how. The hero is the typical tough guy who doesn't say much but is a total badass who can beat up anyone who dares to defy him - even a much bigger black guy who is a professional MMA fighter. You can see the appeal of that sort of thing to a certain type of audience, can't you? The hero is a pretty terrible father to his daughter, if you watch the entirety of this show. But, hey, who gives a rat's ass? Guys only watch this to watch the hero kick all kinds of ass and sleep with every hot chick who crosses his path, so they don't care. This show, like others, follows a simple formula that any Neanderthal can comprehend. Violence + Sex = Good TV. Game of Thrones and Spartacus follow this simple formula, too. In summary, this show is just made in America trash that is mildly entertaining if you are a loser/lame-o who wants to fantasize about being a tough guy who can kick anybody's ass and bang every hot chick you come across. Be honest. That's you, isn't it?
  • Mar 08, 2019
    If audiences wish to see a total action tv series this is the best they can find to date. This series with an unnamed protagonist who takes the name of an upcoming sheriff and as soon as he gets into the town of Banshee all hell follows him. Nonstop action, noir elements and drama kept to a minimum makes Banshee the best action television series to date.
  • Jan 12, 2019
    First season is by far the worst, but still is an A+ season of TV, which says a lot for the other three seasons. Hope Hood and Job will someday be brought back.
  • Aug 29, 2018
    Fantastic action, crazy characters, and nonstop entertainment. Great for a night of mindless, almost superhero-like good vs. evil.
  • Dec 25, 2017
    I honestly don't know where I stand on this show. I do like part of it, but it can be problematic in other areas so its hard to get a solid feeling. Let's be honest, this show is a male power fantasy. An ex-con who is a badass prison fighter takes the identity of a sheriff in order to put himself near his old girlfriend and get her to come back to him... after fifteen years. With an Ukrainian mob boss coming after them. The premise is an old one, but they have some twists in it I like (such as the characters Sugar and Job). The main character "Hood" sleeps with almost everyone (spoiler alert, by season 2 it becomes all).  The first season doesn't pass the Bechdel test easily. All three women characters (Rebecca, the Amish/bad girl, Ana the ex-girlfriend and Siobhan the deputy) revolve around Hood and I don't recall in the first season them talking to each other. The only break in the Bechdel test is Ana and her daughter talking, but not sure if that satisfies it for me enough. I do have to say with this being a Cinemax production that there is a lot of sex that goes with the violence (I think on per episode is the formula). I am surprised though, only one time did it show a woman trying to perform oral sex on the guy and he kind of pushes the woman away, then multiple times it showed a man going down on a woman. That was a very pleasant surprise. Most male power fantasies never show positive sexual interactions for women, but this show does do that. Other than that, there are some bad ideas... No you aren't automatically a badass because you are a good prison fighter. Yes, they should eventually figure out you aren't who you say you are. Oh, and the absolute worst was Ana trying to push away Hood constantly and being fairly horrible to him after he saved her daughter multiple times. The most negative aspect is the constant attempted sexual assault on women. They don't ever get away with it, the women (or someone else) usually stops it and gives the assaulters their just desserts. The problem is that its constant and is something the writers reach for every time they want a stressful event for a woman. Bad writing. Pros: Interesting  story, acting isn't too bad and the sex scenes are fairly good for a power fantasy. Cons: Constant use of attempted rape as an event. Lazy writing and too much unbelievableness. Given all that, I still will watch second season, but from the first episode I am not sure if I will be this generous next review.
  • Sep 22, 2017
    This towns death count is through the roof!! entertainment value 5/5 great story excellent characters
  • Jun 26, 2016
    Great characters and wonder performances by the cast.
  • Jun 14, 2016
    Amazing show with perfect amount of action, T&A, and suspense. Really looking fwd to seeing this show evolve.

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