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Childhood's End: Season 1 (2015)



Critic Consensus: While it doesn't quite live up to the book that inspired it, Childhood's End has a balanced narrative and sympathetic performances.


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This three-part series sees a peaceful alien invasion, as the benevolent aliens create a seeming utopia on Earth, but at a cost. Based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke.


Charles Dance
as Karellen
Julian McMahon
as Dr. Rupert Boyce
Mike Vogel
as Ricky Stormgren
Yael Stone
as Peretta Jones
Daisy Betts
as Ellie Stormgren
Ashley Zukerman
as Jake Greggson
Charlotte Nicdao
as Rachel Osaka
Osy Ikhile
as Milo Rodricks
Hayley Magnus
as Amy Morrel
Colm Meaney
as Wainwright
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Critic Reviews for Childhood's End: Season 1

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Where Childhood's End succeeds is that it balances its convention and its twists in fairly equal measure.

December 14, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Clarke's novel is an ambitious project to film, but even with some strong moments, the ambition outstrips the execution and viewers may not feel compelled to get to the second installment.

December 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Some of the original tale's poetic, deceptively detached tone remains, but this miniseries ends up feeling derivative of the films and TV shows that have come in Childhood's End's wake.

December 14, 2015 | Full Review…
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Childhood's End is great looking, with impressive special effects. It's also extremely slow, at least in the two hours previewed, and none of the characters is especially engaging.

December 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Syfy's adaptation plays with Clarke's plot and themes but does so in such a leaden, DOA way that it's almost like a grade-school paper from someone who didn't read the assignment.

December 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Will everything come together by the third night? Will Clarke's visionary book make sense? (Or will this turn into total nonsense?) Unknown, but at least there's enough promise here to hint that it's worth waiting to find out.

December 14, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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