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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Air date: Dec 14, 2015
Air date: Dec 15, 2015
Air date: Dec 16, 2015

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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

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

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

Dec 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.

Dec 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.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Dec 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.

Dec 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.

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Though the technically glossy Childhood's End tends to favor obviously broad strokes [...] it's unafraid to poke into Clarke's darker ideas.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Childhood's End's special effects are marvellous and credibly incredible, till the appearance of Satan Karellen whose roguish red drag looks like something an amateur seamstress would knock up to go to a costume party.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Childhood's End is as much about the puzzling but beautiful moments along the way as it is the ultimate conclusion.

Oct 24, 2016 | Full Review…

The absorbing three-part Childhood's End (airing through Wednesday) plays like a deluxe Twilight Zone miniseries.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

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