Bloodline: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

While Bloodline's tricky timeline detracts from the potency of the story and its characters, the show remains an addictive, tightly drawn brainteaser framed on a believable canvas.



Critic Ratings: 48


Audience Score

User Ratings: 953

Rate And Review

User image


  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.


    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.


    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?


Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Air date: Mar 20, 2015
Show More Episodes

Bloodline: Season 1 Videos

Bloodline: Season 1 Photos

Tv Season Info

Season 1 of this drama series about a wealthy family who run a successful beachside hotel in the Florida Keys begins as Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn), the prodigal oldest brother and black sheep of the clan, shows up . The Rayburns are forced to decide Danny's role in the family when his reappearance triggers a return to his long history of illicit behavior and illegal business ventures . John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler), the deputy sheriff of the county, and his younger siblings, Meg and Kevin (Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz), attempt to keep their brother under control while preventing dark secrets from the family's past from being revealed. The cast also features Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard and Jacinda Barrett.


Ben Mendelsohn
as Danny Rayburn
Chloë Sevigny
as Chelsea O'Bannon
Jacinda Barrett
as Diana Rayburn
Jamie McShane
as Eric O'Bannon
Katie Finneran
as Belle Rayburn
Kyle Chandler
as John Rayburn
Norbert Leo Butz
as Kevin Rayburn
Sam Shepard
as Robert Rayburn
Sissy Spacek
as Sally Rayburn
Waleed Zuaiter
as Major Eckhardt
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Bloodline: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Bloodline Season 1

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (27)

Chandler's John Rayburn may not be able to see what's coming next, but binge-happy Netflix subscribers certainly can. A lighter touch is needed when the space between episodes is seven seconds, not seven days.

Mar 19, 2015 | Full Review…

A certain amount of trust has to go with Bloodline. The team behind it is first-rate, the actors too. And because this is a project designed for binge-watching, maybe the pace will work in its favor.

Mar 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The premiere left me a little concerned that the overheated dialogue and drawn-out mysteries of Bloodline would frustrate me too much in the long run. By the end of the third episode, I would have dropped my plans for the day to watch at least one more.

Mar 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Rarely do we escape the distinctly depressed insular universe of the Reynolds' family, making for an experience both intoxicating and claustrophobic.

Mar 4, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

That noir family dynamic is what makes this show tick. The flashbacks smartly give the audience access to those magic mirrors. We get to understand what the Rayburns see when they look at each other. And like them, we have no idea who can we trust.

Nov 11, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bloodline fails because it is built for binge-viewing, rather than in spite of it.

Apr 29, 2015 | Full Review…

With Bloodline there is an emotional ups and downs from the desire to see the next chapter. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Six episodes in, with the atmosphere swinging between portentous and over-pumped, the suspicion that you are watching a guilty pleasure dressed up as something more sophisticated is hard to dispel.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

That's what makes Bloodline special. Storylines are introduced gradually, over the course of several episodes, and left to simmer on their own until they reach a boiling point.

Oct 25, 2016 | Full Review…

With its dark ambience, stony performances and deliberate pace, Bloodline has a dastardly reticence to it that may turn off viewers. But once the series starts to get its claws into you, a long night of binge-watching seems inevitable.

Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

It's the shenanigans with the timeline - and the way they tend to illustrate how ultimately hollow the characters are, even with these superb actors playing them... that won't have me racing to finish the rest of the first Bloodline season anytime soon.

Mar 19, 2015 | Full Review…

From a plot standpoint, Bloodline is completely flat, using its shifting timelines as a trick to make mundane developments seem more ominous than they really are.

Mar 18, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bloodline: Season 1

  • Jul 05, 2020
    Phenomenal! One of the best shows on Netflix. It's a slow burn but well worth it. Highly recommend.
  • May 25, 2020
    Good job. Almost as good as Ozarks.
  • May 24, 2020
    Underrated show with stellar acting. The show runs slow for some, but builds. Fantastic character development.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    10 out of 10. Gripping storytelling. The characters and acting are superb. Can't stop watching. Currently binge watching on Netflix. Love it! Completed season 1 thus far.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Love the beachy vibe and pretty cool story line..
  • Mar 15, 2020
    Finally cought this. This was great. Good suspense.
  • Sep 01, 2019
    Driven by an absolutely amazinging perfect performance by Ben Mendelsohn backup by a strong cast that also more than just deliver but excels, this family tragedy is hard stop watching, and hard to forget.
  • Jul 09, 2019
    Once I started watching I couldn't stop.!!!! Simply amazing, great binge tv!!!! Love the Rayburns!!!
  • Sep 12, 2018
    Bloodline was always referred to as a slow burn, and it does burn slow at the start. The acting is great, and the setting is wonderful for all Florida Keys lovers. It takes a while to figure out the backstory, but turns out to be an enjoyable psychological type show. Chandler is a great actor as is Mendelsohn. The rest of the cast does well also.
  • Aug 06, 2018
    First 2 seasons were awesome. However, the 3rd season, especially the last 4 episodes, ruined the entire season for me. Seemed like it was written and produced by a completely different team. But like I said, seasons 1-2 were excellent.

News & Features