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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Air date: Jun 1, 2016
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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
Hunter Page-Lochard
as Koen West
Rob Collins
as Waaru West
Stef Dawson
as Ash Kerry
Ryan Corr
as Blair Finch
Jack Charles
as Uncle Jimmy
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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Critic Reviews for Cleverman Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

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

Jun 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.

Nov 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.

Aug 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.

Jun 3, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 13, 2018 | 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.

Oct 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the first season of Cleverman is too busy building a world to tell a story. It's a familiar trap for genre shows.

Jun 1, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Cleverman has a rough immediacy in its pacing and cinematography that helps to make up for its deficiencies elsewhere, and if you have an appetite for sci-fi conspiracy thrillers, it's worth sampling.

Jun 1, 2016 | Full Review…

The multiple, long arcs become legible, and sort themselves out satisfactorily in the end, if not in any way surprisingly.

Jun 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Like WGN America's Underground, about a group of runaway slaves on a Georgia plantation, Cleverman pours an underdog minority tale into the superhero mold.

May 31, 2016 | Full Review…

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