Castle Rock: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Castle Rock

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1254
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Air date: Jul 25, 2018
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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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Castle Rock: Season 1

  • Feb 10, 2019
    Hulu and Stephen King team up again. This is a better tv show and offers a mystery with the typical darkness that comes with King's storytelling. I now want a Needful Things remake. Someone like Netflix or Hulu would be suited to remaking all Stephen King's books, that is a slice of Hollywood that would separate them. 10/02/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2019
    I am a big Stephen King fan, but, I never got around to watching this when it first came out. However, when I found out that writer Mark Bernardin was a writer on this series, I decided to see this sooner than later. Overall, I thought it was great! However, I took away one star, because episode 7 was a waste of my time - honestly, it felt like "filler" just to make the total episodes come to almost stopped me from watching the rest of the series. I hope Season 2 is a bit "tighter" - even if they have to do less episodes.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Well shot , strong performances , intriguing premise , Would recommend.
  • Jun 18, 2019
    Wonderfully freaky!
  • Jun 13, 2019
    So strange that it can only be a Steven King and J.J. Abrams. Oh and throw in Sissy, what more could you ask for?
  • May 20, 2019
    Interesting but wastes some characters from Stephen King books. With no mention of what they went through in the books. For one, Needful Things. While the finale raises more questions than it gives answers. When the next season might not even continue the story.
  • Mar 03, 2019
    This is a brilliantly-acted series with a solid, compelling story. (Legitimately creepy, too, giving me goosebumps several times.) Some have criticized the way the writers chose to end the season by making us all question, even briefly, the REAL identity of Henry Deaver, but it���s all in the way ep 9 is interpreted by the viewer, which is pretty remarkable when you think of it. It���s the classic tale of good versus evil, bringing in a lot of traditional beliefs of God and the Devil. Highly recommend, especially for King fans. ��������
  • Jan 31, 2019
    Castle Rock's first half of episodes are boring and doesn't allow the cast give its best. However the last half are amazing, incredibly cleverly written, thrilling and heartbreaking. I have to highlight the episode called "The Queen" as the best television episode ever made, I've never saw anything as clever, suspenseful or compelling as this episode was.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    A true Stephen King adaptation, “Castle Rock” does well to convey a true Author’s dream. Be that as it may but there are a few plot holes and due to complex story elements, many viewers very well may find this season annoying and overtly complicated.
  • Dec 27, 2018
    The series leads no where and explains nothing. You will end the show knowing as much as you did going in, but with a lot of frustration.

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