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Cleverman: Season 1 (2016)




Critic Consensus: Cleverman is a substantive sci-fi drama that ultimately unveils a unique tale of racial identity and paranormal terror.


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This drama series reimagines several stories of the Aboriginal people in a near-future context. A group of non-humans battle for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior to them, and want to silence, exploit and kill them. Two Indigenous brothers are forced together to fight for their own survival when one of them is passed the mantle of "Cleverman."


Iain Glen
as Jarrod Slade
Frances O'Connor (II)
as Charlotte Cleary
Rob Collins
as Waaru West
Stef Dawson
as Ash Kerry
Ryan Corr
as Blair Finch
Jack Charles
as Uncle Jimmy
Tysan Towney
as Djukara
Tasma Walton
as Araluen
Tony Briggs
as Boondee
Andrew McFarlane
as Geoff Matthews
Deborah Mailman
as Aunty Linda
Jada Alberts
as Nerida West
Tamala Shelton
as Alinta West
Rachael Blake
as Marion Frith
Luke Ford
as Dolan
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Faults and all, I'm sticking it with it to the end. But I'm counting on season two to show just how clever it can be.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Cleverman presents a unique take on Blackness, indigeneity, border protection, and the 'other' all packed into a dope ass sci-fi burrito.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It doesn't quite manage to be the show it wants to be, but you have to admire the intention that clearly exists to be something different.

November 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In an age of television (and film) where those qualities are sorely lacking, especially in the superhero genre, Cleverman isn't just refreshingly original, it's groundbreaking.

August 16, 2016 | Full Review…

It's at the very least, a fairly interesting premise and just compelling enough to keep one watching, especially with the limited pickings during the summer months.

June 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Cleverman is clever in many senses: it's thought-provoking near-future science fiction delivered through pacy storytelling with an indigenous twist, but it's also witty as well as bittersweet.

October 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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