Castle Rock: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Castle Rock

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A meticulously crafted mystery brimming with allusions, Castle Rock is bound to please even the pickiest of Stephen King fans -- though mileage may vary for casual viewers.



Critic Ratings: 76


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User Ratings: 1353

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Season 1 of the drama series opens with death-row lawyer Henry Deaver (André Holland) receiving a call asking him to come back to his hometown of Castle Rock, where a man was found in an abandoned block of the local penitentiary apparently having been kept captive by the former warden Dale Lacy (Terry O'Quinn), who recently committed suicide. Henry travels back home, where he reconnects with his mother Ruth (Sissy Spacek) and Sheriff Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn), who saved his life as a child. As the season progresses, Henry tries to figure out who the imprisoned man really is, discovering terrible secrets about him, the warden and the whole town along the way.


Melanie Lynskey
as Molly Strand
Scott Glenn
as Alan Pangborn
André Holland
as Henry Deaver
Jane Levy
as Jackie
Sissy Spacek
as Ruth Deaver
Bill Skarsgård
as Shawshank Prisoner
Cassady McClincy
as Young Molly Strand
Chosen Jacobs
as Wendell Deaver
William Xifaras
as Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Castle Rock Season 1

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (24)

For a purposely misleading series that prided itself on all its enigmas, Castle Rock answered its major questions in unexpected and impressive ways, while once again tying itself to the greater King universe.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

When it tries to be a wonderland for King fans, it races past the line of referential, rounds through fan service, and steps into cliché, sometimes even inching toward self-parody.

Jul 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Castle Rock looks to be one of the best King things in years, even though the man himself serves primarily as a road map and blueprint.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Starts slow and gets better -- while an excellent cast (and lead, in Holland) front a story that's a little more psychological than supernatural in the early going.

Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Castle Rock" is a giant basket of Easter eggs for King people, but for the rest of us it's a decent show layered with supernatural secrets waiting to be decoded.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show makes skillful use of its episodic medium, carefully pacing its storylines and building out its world while still making sure each hour is filtered through generous helpings of creepiness.

Jul 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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It's so rare to see seniors with dementia centered and humanized on TV.

Jul 29, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

There are many elements that 'Castle Rock' makes use effectively. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Strong performances can't save this satisfactory Stephen King fan fiction that will have you running back to the source material.

May 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Not that Castle Rock isn't genuinely scary at points - it is... But in seeking to mold suspense, the Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason offering had a distinct tendency to lose me.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

There are elements of this series that are trying far too hard to be clever, but there's also a raw, honest thread of emotion that underscores everything that happens.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Abuse, corruption, violence and mental health issues provide much of the drama and suspense in keeping with King's themes - with the overall show providing a startling portrait of modern America.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 1

  • May 25, 2020
    It was amazing! The ending was a little hard to handle but it makes you think about what the season was about even more. I watched it and then watched the youtube videos analysing each episode - so interesting!
  • May 12, 2020
    Well made, not as good as its second season but thoroughly entertaining and disturbing. The episode entitled "The Queen", may be the most powerful episode of tv many have seen to date.
  • May 07, 2020
    Excellent plot, although they never really make it clear exactly what is going on, and we never really find out. The ending was so bad, one would have thought Stephen King himself wrote it. The whole thing drags out so long that you find yourself wanting to fast forward it. Tons of side plots that weren't necessary, added nothing, weren't developed. The whole thing could have been done better in 5-6 episodes rather than 10. It's like one of those large bags of chips you buy at the store. You think you got a ton of chips, but you open it and realize the bag is only half full of chips and the other half is nothing but air.
  • Apr 05, 2020
    Loved it! It was so crazy and Bill Skarsgård did a great job! Actually the whole cast did a great job!
  • Mar 21, 2020
    Season 1 is boring. I wanted so bad to like this, but I can't steess enough how little actually happens. Based on the show that's on the screen, the writers had a couple simple ideas for King references, but that's it. No endgame, no story or imagination to speak of, and the characters are hollow shells. Why is this rated so well? Real score should be 42%.
  • Jan 22, 2020
    best, it was really good, i enjoyed it. please give us no2 etc asap. as I WANT MORE !!!!
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Best on Hulu right now.
  • Jan 17, 2020
    Incoherent ending, classic Abrams.
  • Dec 24, 2019
    Solid plot, solid characters, lazy ending.
  • Dec 24, 2019
    Great series i truly enjoyed this even with its ambiguous ending.

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