BrainDead: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
BrainDead

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

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Critic Ratings: 49

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Air date: Jun 13, 2016

When Laurel returns to Washington, D.C., to work for her brother, Sen. Luke Healy, she discovers that budgetary disagreements have halted the government, and mysterious bugs are consuming the brains of Congress members and Capitol Hill staffers.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2016

Laurel continues her investigation of Dr. Daudier's death, while more citizens are infected by the bugs; Dr. Daudier's daughter and Gustav Triplette begin to question what is happening.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2016

Agent Onofrio's investigation of a deadly incident on live TV causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to delve deeper into the bug mystery; Luke tries to hide his affair with Scarlett.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2016

Lauren and Rochelle push Abby to get an MRI to help uncover the cause of the strange behavior taking over D.C.; Luke tries to make a secret deal with the Republicans to reopen the government.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2016

Laurel asks Luke to help persuade the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate the bugs, but Luke wants Laurel to first consult a leading entomologist (Margo Martindale); Laurel and Anthony's relationship takes a drastic turn.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2016

Laurel and Gareth are drawn closer together as the bugs continue to take over Washington, D.C.; when the CDC has its funding cut, Luke tries to reach a compromise.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2016

Laurel is scrutinized over her possible involvement with the bug infestation; Gustav and Rochelle find a way to communicate with those infected by the bugs.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2016

Rochelle and Gustav question a suspect whom they believe to be be infected; Luke and Red face off in a Senate Intelligence meeting.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2016

Sen. Wheatus hires an investigator to dig into the Healy family's history; Gareth gets some information about Laurel's romantic past, which puts a strain on their new relationship.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2016

Laurel works with an old boyfriend to help Luke create a political documentary to support his anti-war initiative; Laurel has concerns about Germaine and Luke's baby.

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Cast & Crew

Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Laurel Healy

Actor
Danny Pino
Luke Healy

Actor
Aaron Tveit
Gareth Ritter

Actor
Tony Shalhoub
Red Wheatus

Actor
Nikki M. James
Rochelle Daudier

Actor
Johnny Ray Gill
Gustav Triplett

Actor
Jan Maxwell
Ella Pollack

Actor
Charlie Semine
Anthony Onofrio

Actor
Zach Grenier
Guest Star
Helen Carey
Guest Star
Megan Hilty
Guest Star
Brooke Adams
Guest Star
Beth Malone
Guest Star
Marcus Ho
Guest Star
Mia Dillon
Guest Star
Wayne Duvall
Guest Star
Robert King
Executive Producer
Michelle King
Executive Producer
Ridley Scott
Executive Producer
David W. Zucker
Executive Producer
Brooke Kennedy
Executive Producer
Liz Glotzer
Executive Producer
Jim McKay
Director
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Critic Reviews for BrainDead: Season 1

Audience Reviews for BrainDead: Season 1

  • Aug 06, 2022
    it is different, but interesting
  • Jul 21, 2022
    Perfectly describes an alternate (?) description of History at the end of 2016. Who knows?
  • 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.

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