Bloodline: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1

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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


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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
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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
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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…

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

Apr 29, 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…
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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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Bloodline: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Mar 12, 2018
    really great family drama.
  • Mar 07, 2018
    Excellent series, begin to end. This sEries had many more seasons left in it & should sTill be in production. Bring it back!!
  • Mar 06, 2018
    what a knock out tv series. i just loved it and worried so much about the fate of the characters!
  • Jan 30, 2018
    A great first season that seemed to wrap everything up...not sure they should do a 2nd season... A real slow burner but if you stick with it, it is a very satisfying show. Very well acted with a stand out performance from Ben Mendelsohn as the black sheep of the Rayburn family.
  • Dec 13, 2017
    Great Show. Always been a fan of Kyle Chandler and he does not disappoint. Sissy Spacek is the bomb and has to be one of the greatest actors of our time. She beats Meryl Streep by a long shot! The guy who plans Danny is right on point. Love the show and I hope to see more seasons!
  • Oct 11, 2017
    Attractive camera work, exelent acting, and a great story make this series one of the best on Netflix. Truly superb.

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