BrainDead: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1

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While admittedly uneven, BrainDead remains a charmingly idealistic sign of the political times.



Critic Ratings: 49


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User Ratings: 506

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Air date: Jun 13, 2016

Series Premiere of a comedy thriller about a woman who returns to Washington, D.C., to help her senator-brother and discovers aliens have invaded the Hill and made a scary impact on congressmen and staffers.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2016

As more bugs infect Washington, D.C., citizens, Laurel's investigation into Dr. Daudier's death continues. Meanwhile, the deceased doctor's daughter and eccentric genius Gustav Triplette encounter the bugs separately and begin to ponder just what is going on.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2016

A fatal incident on live television leads Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to intensify their investigation into the bug mystery, while Luke scrambles to cover up his affair with his chief of staff before the minority whip spills it to the public.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2016

Laurel and Rochelle lean on Laurel's friend Abby to take an MRI so they can get to the bottom of what's behind the cause of the strange behavior taking over Washington, D.C. Later, Luke tries to reopen the government via a clandestine deal with the Republicans.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2016

Laurel seeks her brother's help in getting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention involved in the case, but first he wants her to consult with a noted entomologist about the bug invasion. Later, Laurel's relationship with Anthony takes a turn.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2016

Laurel becomes infected by the bugs, so Gustav and Rochelle try to figure a way to save her; and funding is temporarily cut for the Centers for Disease Control, forcing Luke to reach a compromise to get the money reinstated, but Red is determined to undermine his efforts.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2016

Laurel is investigated about her possible involvement in the bug infestation; and Gustav and Rochelle find an unusual way to communicate with those who've been infected by the bugs.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2016

Rochelle and Gustav capture and interrogate a man who is suspected of being infected by the bugs, while Luke and Red square off in a Senate Intelligence meeting about a threatening war.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2016

Sen. Red Wheatus hires a special investigator to dig up dirt on the Healy family; and Gareth becomes privy to sordid facts about Laurel's romantic past, which puts a strain on their relationship.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2016

Luke enlists Laurel to work on an antiwar poliical documentary, but it comes with a catch, she's teamed with a former boyfriend.

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A woman returns to Washington, DC to help her senator-brother and discovers aliens have invaded and made a scary impact on congressmen and staffers.

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Critic Reviews for BrainDead Season 1

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (29)

BrainDead never, in its execution, gives the impression that it truly groks the political system it mocks... never blends them deftly enough to suggest the deep knowledge that is required to make satire truly scathing.

Jul 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Not exactly satire, not exactly horror, BrainDead is not exactly much fun, either.

Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

BrainDead begins finding its way in Episode 3, which is a good sign of progress instead of regress. If the series runs its entire 13-episode course, it will weave its satirical/serious storyline through the national party conventions and beyond.

Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Trouble is, in this election cycle, truth is funnier than parody and even brain-eating bugs from outer space can't top whatever is leading the cable TV news cycle.

Jun 9, 2016 | Full Review…

The creators of BrainDead, Robert and Michelle King, gave us The Good Wife, in its prime the smartest drama on broadcast TV. Here, though, you want to ask them what they were thinking.

Jun 13, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

BrainDead is still engaging, deliciously weird, and well worth adding to your DVR rotation. I love it simply for existing and, especially, for existing on such a traditional TV network.

Jun 13, 2016 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of James Gunn's hilariously fantastic horror flick, Slither, you'll absolutely enjoy what's in store for you with BrainDead.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

If you haven't already, give BrainDead a chance.

Mar 9, 2017 | Full Review…

While the satire never cuts deeply, it is scarily effective how close their cartoonish outlandishness matches recent history, and frankly this show's science fiction explanation is more satisfying than the messy truth of our own broken government.

Feb 15, 2017 | Full Review…

BrainDead is a teddy bear with fangs, a stinging political satire that bluntly criticizes Washington partisanship and yet radiates hope for the future.

Jun 13, 2016 | Full Review…

There's a streak of idealism running through BrainDead that kept me rooting for the uninfected, and especially for Laurel and Gareth, whose politically fraught flirtation might just put the party back in the two-party system.

Jun 12, 2016 | Full Review…

As a summer series, BrainDead looks like fun.

Jun 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for BrainDead: Season 1

  • Apr 14, 2021
    This show should've never been cancelled. Gripping AF. Not for conservatives.
  • Dec 11, 2020
    Cannot Believe This is Cancelled Ugh
  • Nov 19, 2019
    Great parody of our actual brain dead politicians (on both sides of the aisle).
  • Jul 18, 2019
    Another masterpiece that was shunned from greatness. Perfect blend of scifi and comedy.
  • Nov 11, 2018
    Funny at times, slightly bizarre and yet somehow it would explain so much!
  • Oct 16, 2018
    I just watched this series, and couldn’t help but want more!! A fun, witty take on politics & space bugs combined, and worthy of a future season! A fantastic job by a talented cast & crew!!
  • Jul 09, 2018
    super funny and so realistic about how dysfunctional DC is
  • Apr 26, 2018
    Brilliant edgy political satire.
  • Mar 26, 2018
    Just finished rewatching this and im hoping some streaming network will pickup where they left off, maybe new scenarios, different locations. It was a great show and I really miss it, great writers, production and actors, everything was on point.
  • Mar 15, 2018
    With a high audience score and exclusive distribution, I hope that Amazon are braver than CBS and commission a new season.

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