Channel Zero: Candle Cove (2016)


Candle Cove
Channel Zero

Critics Consensus

Creepy, unsettling, and refreshingly unique, Channel Zero: Candle Cove draws on easily relatable childhood fears while peeling back layers of spine-tingling mystery.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 319
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Air date: Oct 11, 2016
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Tv Season Info

Season 1 of this horror anthology series revolves around one man's obsessive recollections of a mysterious children's TV show from the 1980s. Returning to his hometown after 30 years, Mike Painter (Paul Schneider) tries to determine if his brother's disappearance is somehow connected to a series of similar incidents that happened in the past—and to the bizarre children's television show that seems to be on the air again.


Paul Schneider
as Mike Painter
Fiona Shaw
as Marla Painter
Natalie Brown
as Jessica Yolen
Luisa D'Oliveira
as Amy Welch
Shaun Benson
as Gary Yolen

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Critic Reviews for Channel Zero Candle Cove

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

Candle Cove stands in direct opposition to the histrionics of American Horror Story and the like; it's a quiet, unsettling work that builds to a buzzing, static-hum crescendo in its final act.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Channel Zero: Candle Cove is faithful to creepypasta in the way that matters most: by recognizing that children can experience fear that's as complex, terrifying, and real as anything felt by adults.

Oct 26, 2016 | Full Review…

It's even more disturbing if you have kids...and a guy in your backyard wearing a skeleton costume.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

We're not sure we've ever seen anything like the tooth child in Candle Cove, and it has haunted our dreams ever since.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Season one is okay to miss. Visually it's done really well... but I need stuff to move and I was just sitting there staring at the TV just wondering when things were going to happen.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

But the finish of the series, we do not know if it is intended or because of lack of means, but the lack of charisma of its protagonist weighs down a series that wants and can only partially accomplish its goal. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Channel Zero is the answer to our unfulfilled nightmares. It is easily the scariest show on why the hell aren't you watching it?

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Channel Zero is a slow-drip of terror, but the compelling mystery underneath will keep you glued to the series even when everything else in your brain is telling you to shut it off.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The strength of Channel Zero lies in its ability to offer brief but deeply unsettling flashes of horror that go beyond just the creepy marionette puppets featured in the Candle Cove scenes.

Mar 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a compelling mystery built from the questions the story raises and true to the horror it evokes.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Channel Zero: Candle Cove

  • Oct 14, 2018
    A surprisingly scary and plot heavy season for a TV show, this is an amazing season for an amazing show.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    This show was amazing. Definitely creeped me out.
  • Aug 12, 2018
    Somewhere between American Horror Story and Stranger things, Channel Zero: Candle Cove provides a meandering plot through the subtle horrors shared by children around the world. Relying on few jump scares or over-the-top special effects, Candle Cove still delivers spine-tingling terror. For those who prefer chills to thrills, a must watch.
  • Mar 12, 2018
    at the beginning,i thought it could lead to something.i kept watching because i thought it would become more interesting or scarier or at least build up in some way.the idea is quite interesting but the implementation rather poor,unfortunately.the end was the most disappointing to me.nevertheless,i will give season 2 a chance as it has better reviews.
  • Mar 07, 2018
    Saw it... did that mistake! do not try it.. this serie left me wondering what was that.... feeling that i wasted some hours of my life with no reason. this 6 episode serie lacks of info and i feel completely unsatisfied from what i saw. good actors, scenario at best thrash
  • Mar 01, 2018
    This has the potential to be a really good show. Well shot. Great cast. Really unsettling in parts. However six episodes is way too long. The plot meanders as if to fit the time it was given. They shoe horn in random characters and plot devices pointlessly (the relationship that started to develop between the cops for example). They could have cut out alot of the stuffing, just kept the meat, given it 4 episodes, and it would have been a great show.
  • Feb 28, 2018
    Good casting with a fun and creative take on Candle Cove.
  • Feb 10, 2018
    Well done 6 episodes that builds up an intriguing and spooky premise that then just keeps building even after the mystery behind Candle Cove is revealed, so that you're on the edge of your seat up to the very end.
  • Jan 01, 2018
    definitely comes out of left field and surprises the viewer. very unique storyline. the acting is very good. the ending leaves a little to be desired. overall a decent series premiere.
  • Oct 27, 2017
    My daughter and I Ioved the first season and the second! I really hope there is a season 3. Wish there more than 6 episodes. Have to wait a whole year again....

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