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: 77


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Air date: Jul 25, 2018

Series premiere. An anonymous phone call lures death-row lawyer Henry Deaver back to his home town of Castle Rock, Maine.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2018

Henry gets a new client at Shawshank Prison.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2018

The past catches up with Molly Strand.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2018

Henry prepares for his day in court; a coffin arrives in Castle Rock.

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Air date: Aug 8, 2018

A stranger comes to town; Castle Rock honors Sheriff Pangborn.

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Air date: Aug 15, 2018

Henry's son visits from Boston; a funeral stirs up unsettling memories.

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Air date: Aug 22, 2018

Memories haunt Ruth Deaver.

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Air date: Aug 29, 2018

Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock; Henry follows a clue.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2018

A world beyond the walls exists.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2018

Season 1 finale. Some birds can be caged.

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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.

Cast & Crew

André Holland
Henry Deaver
Sissy Spacek
Ruth Deaver
Scott Glenn
Alan Pangborn
Melanie Lynskey
Molly Strand
Jane Levy
J.J. Abrams
Executive Producer
Ben Stephenson
Executive Producer
Liz Glotzer
Executive Producer
Stephen King
Executive Producer
Vinnie Wilhelm
Marc Bernardin
Andrew Bernstein
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Critic Reviews for Castle Rock Season 1

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (30)

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…

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…

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…

"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…

If you liked Lost, and are a fan of Stephen King, then Castle Rock is likely to become your new favourite show.

Nov 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 1

  • Jan 24, 2021
    I'm mixed on this. It started out good and was interesting, but episode 9 (which confused me) kind of ruined it. And the ending was bad, that also ruined this season for me.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    "Castle Rock" Delivers the ‘Misery' Prequel You Never Knew You Wanted. Atmospheric "Castle Rock" is a Creepy and Immersive Stephen King Mashup
  • Jan 08, 2021
    For a series TV show, the cast is amazing and it's everything you love about Stephen king's Maine.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    A slow burn horror series, giving us the vibe of one creepy horror city with everyone living inside it. Two alternating storylines for each season, giving us a big picture of what's going on. Bill Skarsgård (ex Clown of ‘IT') perfectly portrayed his role as one creepy character for Season 1. However the plot remains questionable for Season 2 | follow us at
  • Oct 25, 2020
    unforgettable ending...more than a horror story its a puzzle with sorrow which gets created slowly and unfolds like a blast at the last episode.
  • 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 stress 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%.

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