Banshee: Season 1 (2013)

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 34

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User Ratings: 397

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 11, 2013

Lucas Hood, a recently paroled master thief, assumes the identity of a rural Pennsylvania sheriff to elude mob vengeance and reunite with Carrie, his onetime lover and partner in crime.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2013

An underling of Kai Proctor decides to hold a rave, selling homemade E pills to Banshee youth--including Carrie's daughter. Catching wind of the plan, Lucas and his team orchestrate a raid, but the effects of a tainted batch of pills leads to trouble.

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Air date: Jan 25, 2013

A mixed martial arts title bout is being planned at the local Kinaho Moon Casino. Huge profits are anticipated for Banshee investors, but the enterprise is threatened when the champion shows off his black-and-blue colors.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2013

A botched museum heist in Harrisburg has unintended consequences, as Lucas, Carrie and Job renew their partnership. Later, after coercing redneck henchman Arno to offer up incriminating evidence, Lucas and Emmett arrest Proctor for Hanson's murder.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2013

A band of marauding bikers crash the annual Banshee Spirit Festival, with deadly consequences. Burned after losing his key witness against Proctor, Lucas is further dismayed when an FBI agent, Xavier, arrives to monitor the situation.

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Air date: Feb 15, 2013

An ex-con from Lucas' past named Wicks passes through Banshee, triggering prison memories for Lucas about the Albino, a brutal insider enlisted by Rabbit to make Lucas' prison life a living hell. Proctor turns to extortion to deal with a local reverend.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2013

Lucas' cover is threatened when Carrie, in an effort to protect herself and her family, decides to give him over to Rabbit. Meanwhile, a drugstore robbery turns into a full-blown hostage crisis at the local high school.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2013

Carrie urges Lucas to let go of the past, even as an increasingly suspicious Gordon is hell-bent on uncovering hers. Rebecca sets out on a life apart from her family. A surprise visitor brings back a flood of memories for Carrie.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2013

As Rabbit closes in, Carrie flees in a desperate attempt to collect her family and get out of town. Kai introduces Rebecca to the business world, and sends Lucas a message. Alex Longshadow recruits a Proctor thug to deal with a problem at the casino.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2013

Season 1 Finale. Recalling a series of prison therapy sessions, and pressed by Xavier's insistence that the FBI handle a kidnapping case, Lucas brokers a deal that brings Rabbit's vendetta against him and Carrie to a bloody head.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Banshee Season 1

All Critics (34) | 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…
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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…

Banshee's first season certainly was an enjoyable one - despite its indulgence in boobs and blood, it managed to carve out a little niche of pulpy drama powered by great performances across the main cast.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B | 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…

Banshee is a great surprise on the winter TV docket, and absolutely worth the trouble of finding it to watch.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Banshee: Season 1

  • Oct 22, 2020
    Well, at the beginning, i didn't know what to think of this show. Started out pretty strong....
  • Aug 10, 2020
    I always wanted to watch this series. I loved the premise. The acting is wonderful and the variety of characters is engaging. After watching game of thrones violence and sex doesn't surprise me anymore, but I must say the amount of sex scenes is completely unnecessary (there's at least two per episode) and I really hope they tone it down a bit in season 2. If I a wanted to see that many naked people I'd watch a porno. Still is a wonderful season 1 and I can't wait for more
  • Jun 03, 2020
    Thoroughly enjoyed this season.. Anthony Starr is brilliant as Lucas Hood and the gathering storyline around his arrival picks up pace quickly and leaves you hooked...would have given 5 stars but just felt it dragged in the latter episodes a bit but a minor complaint in an otherwise brilliant show
  • Apr 17, 2020
    If you take out the cinemax necessary sex scenes, mostly gratuitous, but with the best looking people in the world that can actually act, You have of the most gripping seasons of tv of the Decade.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    must must must watch!
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Yes - this is going to get better with time. Awesome in every way.
  • 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.

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