Camping: Season 1 (2018)

Season 1

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The first season of Camping makes it difficult to determine who the least happy campers are: those on the screen or those watching it.



Critic Ratings: 51


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User Ratings: 105

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Air date: Oct 14, 2018

The series begins with a "perfect" group camping trip, obsessively organized by Kathryn McSorley-Jodell in honor of her adoring husband Walt's 45th birthday, is threatened by tension between Kathryn and her estranged best friend, Nina-Joy, the unexpected addition of an angry goth teen and the chaotic arrival of Miguel, who is smack dab in the middle of a breakdown and toting his new girlfriend, Jandice, a woman of many talents who rubs Kathryn the wrong way.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2018

After her son, Orvis, gets banged up playing flag football, Kathryn rushes him to the hospital, flipping out about his health and the danger that Miguel's girlfriend, Jandice, poses to the weekend. As Kathryn and Walt attend to Orvis, the others hit a local bar, where a racially charged remark to Nina-Joy awakens George's rage. Elsewhere, Miguel and Jandice create real issues for a prissy shop owner.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2018

When the guys go on a fishing trip, Walt opens up about his dead-in-the-water sex life; Jandice encourages Carleen to loosen up and embrace her female strength; Kathryn's attempt to mend things with Nina-Joy is overshadowed by a big announcement; Miguel and Jandice's first misunderstanding gets serious fast.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2018

A late-night pill swap leads a buzzed Kathryn to crash a neighboring campsite, where she runs into Nina-Joy, Carleen and some chic old friends. Meanwhile, unsettled by a revelation from Miguel, Jandice ends up sharing a beer with a forbidden friend.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2018

With her plans turned upside down, Kathryn decides to cede control during a trip to the grocery store. There, Carleen starts to unravel, while a fed-up Sol vents. Nina-Joy and George explore the state of their relationship. Miguel tries to get back on Jandice's good side but pays a price. -- (C) HBO

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Air date: Nov 16, 2018

When Carleen goes missing, Kathryn's hunt for her sister finds her partnered with an eager Jandice, who wants to start fresh. Meanwhile, Walt tries on the role of unofficial deputy park ranger after coming to Harry for help. -- (C) HBO

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Air date: Nov 25, 2018

With Walt's birthday party on the verge of collapse, Kathryn takes Jandice up on her wild suggestion. In the midst of the revelry, Nina-Joy is confronted by her past and makes up her mind about her future with George. Carleen returns to camp and doesn't like what she finds. -- (C) HBO

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To celebrate her husband Walt's 44th birthday, the obsessively organized and aggressively controlling Kathryn gathers together her meek sister, her holier-than-thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited tagalong -- and what was supposed to be a delightful, back-to-nature camping trip quickly becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won't soon be forgotten.

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Critic Reviews for Camping Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (30)

The trouble isn't that these people are unlikable. It's that they're not unlikable enough.... And Camping isn't bad either, necessarily, it's just filled with a kind of empathy that's rather out of place.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Another perfectly serviceable series about awful people, but not a special one.

Oct 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Garner's good but Camping is bad.

Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A camping trip you'd never want to take, with people you'd never like to meet, doing things you're almost embarrassed to watch.

Oct 12, 2018 | Full Review…

"Camping" delivers an annoying character who is anything but amusing. She made me cringe, yes, but only because I couldn't wait to get away from her to go do my laundry and wash the dishes.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Camping all in all is less fun than waves of dive-bombing mosquitoes. Hell, even a good ol' baked bean-infused fart-fest around the campfire would be a welcome diversion.

Oct 11, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

One is left with the impression that 'Camping' wants to be a great comedy, but can't. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Because neither Dunham nor Konner have the instinct to pierce their characters' jugulars, Camping becomes an accidental portrait of toxic femininity.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Instead of a wild weekend, this is another observational sitcom with a high cringe quota.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

But the general sense is that Camping is working its ass off for not quite enough reward.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Jennifer Garner is totally miscast in the eight-episode Camping as the personification of every bad L.A. cliché you can think of.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's likely too late for Dunham's latest effort to become anything more than a footnote in an otherwise interesting career.

Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Camping: Season 1

  • Jul 11, 2020
    Hilarious, and bitter
  • Jan 23, 2019
    Show is brilliant. Only a low rating because people, yet again, fail to understand Lena's choosing of annoying personalities to cater to the hilarity. I guess you've gotta be a misanthrope to love Lena's character work, which is fine because I am.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    If not for Game of Thrones coming back for its final season, this would have been enough for me to drop HBO, entirely.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    What a terrible, terrible show. I don't know who approved this, but HBO should conduct a full and thorough investigation and get to the bottom of this. First things first, this should have been a 68 minute direct to dvd movie. This was a complete and utter rip off of so many other movies, it's not even funny. I desperately wanted this to be funny, and after watching the entire series I felt so violated and like I had just been robbed of my time, bandwidth and mental sanity.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    I watched to the end hoping for some punch line, but it never happened. Unless the audience was being punked by the whole thing. Poor David Tennant was probably looking for his Tardis to get out of this mess. In the end, there was no one to care about, and no reason for it.
  • Dec 17, 2018
    I watched this because of David Tennant. I wish that I hadn’t. Mindless story. unlikeable characters, dull and silly dialogue. David was the least dislikeable character but even he could not save this mess. I will wait to watch him in Good Omens, instead.
  • Dec 12, 2018
    Funny and well shot. Jennifer Garner is INCREDIBLE
  • Dec 02, 2018
    Awful, just awful. Having to watch it again would be cruel and unusual punishment. How does HBO justify putting this on the air?
  • Nov 26, 2018
    Absolutely Brilliant!!! Great acting, truly funny script. Loved it!
  • Nov 26, 2018
    What is there to like?

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