BrainDead: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
BrainDead

Critics Consensus

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

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Critic Ratings: 49

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User Ratings: 498
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 13, 2016
2
Air date: Jun 20, 2016
3
Air date: Jun 27, 2016
4
Air date: Jul 11, 2016
5
Air date: Jul 24, 2016
6
Air date: Jul 31, 2016
7
Air date: Aug 7, 2016
8
Air date: Aug 14, 2016
9
Air date: Aug 21, 2016
10
Air date: Aug 28, 2016
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Tv Season Info

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.

Cast

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…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for BrainDead: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jul 25, 2017
    By the third episode I was hooked. Great cast and clever, relevant scripts How could this not be a runaway hit????
  • Mar 15, 2017
    Beyond brilliant. The ratings by critics and Rotten Tomatoes' synpopsis are both stupid and inaccurate. This all too brief series illuminated perhaps more accurately how Washington DC operates than any other series - and that's why it was taken down. It was too honest and the powers that be couldn't have voters being enlightened so it was cancelled right before the election.

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