BrainDead: Season 1 (2016)


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


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Air date: Jun 13, 2016
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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.


Aaron Tveit
as Gareth
Nikki M. James
as Rochelle Daudier
Johnny Ray Gill
as Gustav Triplette
Danny Pino
as Luke Healy
Tony Shalhoub
as Sen. Red Wheatus
Jan Maxwell
as Sen. Ella Pollack
Charlie Semine
as Anthony Onofrio
Margo Martindale
as Dr. Joanne Alaimo
Michael Zegen
as Ben Valderrama
Zach Grenier
as Dean Healy
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Critic Reviews for BrainDead Season 1

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (26)

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…
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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…
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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…

BrainDead has the feeling of two well-respected creative minds putting almost a decade of accumulated goodwill to use.

Aug 14, 2017 | 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…

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