Blood & Oil: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
Blood & Oil

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High stakes and bawdy plots make Blood & Oil's plain premise and characters tolerable.



Critic Ratings: 48


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User Ratings: 75

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Air date: Sep 27, 2015

The premiere of the drama about a young couple who lock horns with a tycoon and his wife while trying to cash in on the North Dakota oil boom. First up: Billy and Cody arrive in Rock Springs intent on starting their own business, but when Billy bets big, Cody questions his intentions and their marriage.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2015

Wick scrambles to hide his involvement in the robbery; the arrival of Hap's daughter Lacey stokes a rivalry with Carla; and Billy agrees to another deal with Hap without first consulting Cody.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2015

Hap, who no longer suspects Wick of involvement in the oil heist, extends an olive branch to his son via a new venture, but tensions boil over when Billy tries to join the deal. In other events, Sheriff Tip arrests a suspect in the robbery; AJ tries to use his relationship with Lacey to undermine Briggs Oil; and Hap rekindles his relationship with his son's girlfriend.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2015

Billy turns to an unlikely ally for help in his quest for revenge against Hap; Wick ignores Hap's wishes and continues to see Jules, and even gets Carla to help throw her a birthday party at the house; and AJ makes a major decision after things come to a head with Lacey.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2015

Lacey joins the family business; Billy tries to blackmail Hap with information Cody shared with him in confidence; Hap informs Sheriff Tip that Wick may know more about the robbery than he's letting on; and Cody is put in harm's way when Wick lashes out at Gary.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2015

Cody and her unborn baby are rushed into surgery. Billy, who wants revenge for the attack, looks to Wick for help; and Wick, when he learns who was involved, decides to take matters into his own hands. Hap, meanwhile, tries to bring a rival into the fold; and Carla senses that Hap is involved with Jules.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2015

Wick and Billy form an unlikely alliance; Hap is targeted by federal agents, who want Wick to help them; Billy and Emma hope to bring down Hap with the help of his ex-wife; and Carla launches a plan to expose his secret affair.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2015

Hap tightens security, which almost exposes Wick as the informant. In other events, Annie sets up shop in Rock Springs with Billy, whose lies are beginning to catch up to him.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2015

With Carla behind bars, Hap is determined to find the mole; Annie proposes a deal to Carla; Jules comes clean about her secrets; Billy fears he won't be able to make things right with Cody, who's upset with his lying; and Hap and Annie face off against each other.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Billy chooses between his marriage and the oil game; Cody is tempted by another man; Annie and Hap consider teaming up; AJ recruits Tip to help his son; and Hap and Wick butt heads at the Briggs Christmas Eve gathering.

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Cast & Crew

Delroy Lindo
Tip Harrison
Don Johnson
Hap Briggs
Amber Valletta
Carla Briggs
Chace Crawford
Billy Lefever
Rebecca Rittenhouse
Cody Lefever
India de Beaufort
Jules Jackman
Adan Canto
A.J. Menendez
Paul Rae
Garry Laframboise
Peyton List
Emma Lundegren
Barry Corbin
Clifton Lundegren
Max Arciniega
Marilyn Miller
Briggs Oil Executive
Chad Wright
Briggs Oil Executive
Rodes Fishburne
Executive Producer
Josh Pate
Executive Producer
Don Johnson
Executive Producer
Drew Comins
Executive Producer
Tony Krantz
Executive Producer
Pierluigi D. Cothran
Brian Kelly
Andrew Bernstein
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Critic Reviews for Blood & Oil Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (24)

What can I say: When idiocies have lots of absurd plot, kissing, and grandiose emotions, instead of cases of the week, narrowly avoided kisses, and stoicism, I experience them as delicacies.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

The pleasantly fresh setting is the North Dakota oil boom, but the tone is very Dallas, and the storytelling is as melodramatic as the show's title.

Sep 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Blood & Oil doesn't dig deep enough.

Sep 28, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

ABC's Blood and Oil was one of several new series of the 2015-2016 season to see a showrunner depart due to "creative differences" before premiering. Having now twice seen the pilot, I'm not surprised.

Sep 28, 2015 | Full Review…

In the rollicking premiere episode, [Johnson] gets to both disown his no-account son and throw off lines like, "This plot's been drilled harder than a Tulsa whore."

Sep 25, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Johnson is fun but Crawford is flat and dull, too unengaging to really be a lead on a show like this one... And I don't expect viewers to tune in every week without a hero to keep them engaged.

Sep 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Unnecessary exposition and sometimes over-the-top acting aside, that cliffhanger seals the deal. I cannot wait until next week's episode.

May 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Blood & Oil wants to follow in the soap opera roots of Dallas, but it's so self-serious that its pilot is too easy to laugh at and not with.

May 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/10 | Full Review…

There's something here though - between Johnson's magnetic charms, the rich location and the darker network aesthetics - it all suggest the potential for a show far greater than its pilot.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

[It's] got all the ingredients to become your new favorite guilty pleasure.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

In spite of its flaws, it's still nice to see old Johnson back in the saddle.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

It is loaded with suspense, heart and intrigue and the scenery is gorgeous in more ways than one. Gee, I sound like I am gushing. I enjoyed it and can see it winning over Americans who don't watch football on Sunday night.

Sep 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blood & Oil: Season 1

  • Dec 14, 2015
    How can such a large scale production produce such garbage? Blood and Oil actually had a promising premise that worked well in the first few episodes but quickly devolved into unbearable soap opera.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2016
    It wasn't the best show, and probably a little too soapy for most, but at least they got a chance to tie everything up in the last episode before getting cancelled. Half a star because Don Johnson is always awesome to see.
  • Nov 29, 2015
    Two stars is a generous rating.
  • Oct 05, 2015
    This show a bad soap opera; in less then a week, a young couple looses it's laundry business, uses a $10,000 credit card to raise $75,000 buys a land lease and turns it into a million dollars, all in the first 37 minutes. Is this the best vehicle Don Johnson could come up with?
  • Oct 04, 2015
    JR Ewing would be so disgusted if he watched this trash
  • Oct 04, 2015
    Boring and predictable
  • Sep 28, 2015
    Terrible show, I'm out!

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