Black Summer: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Black Summer

Critics Consensus

Black Summer has enough undead carnage and a sinewy pace to please zombie fans, but the series suffers from scant characterization and doesn't add much storytelling meat to the genre's gnawed-on bone.



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 731
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Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019
Air date: Apr 11, 2019

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In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.


Jaime King
as Rose
Christine Lee
as Kyungson

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Critic Reviews for Black Summer Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

A bleak, dull affair that mistakes camera movement for narrative energy and has about as much life as the walking dead.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

[Will appeal] to those seeking frantic, intense entertainment, without deep dialogues. [Full review in Spanish]

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Fast-moving zombies terrorize survivors in grim, gory drama.

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

An entertaining, exciting and tense, introduction to what I hope will become a brilliant zombie series.

Apr 30, 2019 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of the zombie subgenre, Black Summer should be right in your wheelhouse. It's a bleak, fast-paced action drama heavy on the action and light on the personal drama.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's formally brilliant, politically loaded, terse and terrifying.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Yet if the zombies are defined by frantic agitation, the show itself stands out from the pack thanks to a pensive, almost dreamlike economy.

May 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's just straight-up, kick-you-in-the-mouth zombie horror, and it is metal AF.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The stiff acting in Black Summer is also a broad issue throughout the series, accentuated by the bad scripting and ineffective plotting.

Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Netflix's Black Summer is a bare-bones zombie survival story that makes you feel like you're in the chaos and carnage.

Apr 15, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Summer: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Absolutely worthless. The characters are uninteresting with the exception of a couple with communication issues...until they really need to convey things. Ryan... Didn't even know he was deaf until episode 2 or 3? And then Sun...her grasp of english is all over the place.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    Fantastic. Most realistic feeling zombie series I've seen. Love the characters, keeps you guessing and worried and on edge.
  • Aug 08, 2019
    Fresh, new and the sort of show that constantly had you on the edge of your seat, Black Summer inserts some life into a dying franchise. The characters are intriguing, Julius James, a man who steals the identity of a soldier (Spears) has a past that makes you wonder and question whether you can trust him. He's also intelligent enough to make good decisions but empathetic enough to usually help those in need. Rose is a character with a large heart, whose trying to get to her daughter but is hard pressed to actually get to her. Throughout the series, the audience watches her grow from a wide-eyed, unprepared sort who eventually comes into her own, realizing the things one has to do to survive while not becoming completely cold. Sun was a character who was smart and resourceful, very reminiscent of TWD's Glenn. However, she had many differences and her relationship with Velez especially was fascinating to watch. There are countless other characters who are interesting in their own right. The storyline itself was fairly basic, but the visual effects and cinematography had you on the edge of your seat. It's definitely a thriller but done right. The way of storytelling also was a very different take and all the better for it. There were some complaint worthy things eg. why children derived pleasure from watching adults fight for their lives against the undead, Earl's departure (which seemed unrealistic) and the unremorseful attitude of the characters at time. For instance, after the death of her husband, Rose barely grieves, getting over it without much more thought later. As somebody whose shown to be so incredibly empathetic, it seems out of character. Also, the entire military base infiltration, that was confusing in itself but at the deaths of all the people below and they barely bat an eye.
  • Aug 07, 2019
    What the Walkdead should have been.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    Was expecting it to be aweful like most zombie shows/movies, was pleasantly surprised, I LOVED IT!
  • Aug 01, 2019
    I genuinely enjoyed every episode: strong actors, interesting use of language.
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Horrible decisions ruined this show for me, episode 3 in the school is full of horrible choices and dumb decisions. Most characters don't act how you'd think they would in a scenario like this and made me shake my head way too many times.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    Honestly first episode was a huge waste of time, the whole thing is. They try to be suspenseful with a bunch of meaningless characters you don't like that have no business still being alive in a zombie apocalypse.
  • Jul 28, 2019
    First 2 episodes were good, all subsequent episodes were increasingly more ridiculous. Either I missed huge plot points or the story did because quite a few developments seemed to come out of nowhere.
  • Jul 25, 2019
    Absolute carnage with very little of ther down time you see in many other zombie shows

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