Colony: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Colony offers an engaging enough narrative, a few scares, and an overall good time, even if none of it is particularly original.



Critic Ratings: 31


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Air date: Jan 14, 2016

The premiere of the futuristic drama about an alien-occupied L.A.. First up: Will Sullivan attempts a daring rescue while Katie, his wife, tries to help a relative in need. In other events, a job opportunity threatens to divide the family.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2016

Will faces unforeseen challenges on his first day at his new job; Katie receives her first assignment; Maddie reconnects with an old acquaintance; and Carlos pays the price for Will's collaboration.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2016

Katie's first mission forces her to question her commitment to the cause; Will's search for Geronimo doesn't sit well with the resistance; and Bram's girlfriend shares a secret with him.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2016

Will earns the respect of his colleagues; a resistance attack brings the Bowman family together; and Maddie finds a new job.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2016

Geronimo's identity is revealed; Will begins to question Katie's loyalties; Bram finds his way into a secret world; and Snyder sees an opportunity to improve his standing.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2016

A resistance operation traps Will, Katie and Snyder in the Yonk and tests their allegiances.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2016

Will hunts the resistance, bringing him closer to learning his wife's secret; Katie feels cut off from her family and her cell; and Maddie is caught up in Green Zone intrigue.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2016

A high-ranking Resistance member is ready to cut a deal; Katie receives a second chance; and Bram proposes a risky journey outside the colony walls.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2016

Will wants his family out from under the occupation; Katie and Broussard plot a major operation; Snyder tries to protect his office; and Maddie makes a bold political move.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, the Resistance kidnaps a high-value target; and the L.A. bloc is placed on lockdown.

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In a nearby future, the Bowman family are struggling to survive and stay united in a Los Angeles that has been occupied by mysterious forces. However, the middle child of the Bowman clan gets separated from them. Now, his parents, Will (Josh Holloway) and Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies), will do anything to get him back. That's when Snyder (Peter Jacobson) offers Will a chance to find his son, provided he works for the occupying government. To stay together, the Bowman household must face tough decisions and risk their lives in an L.A. that has been changed forever.

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Critic Reviews for Colony Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (14)

For now, it's enough to secure a first season investment.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Too bad USA's mesmerizing brainteaser Mr. Robot got our expectations up.

Jan 14, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The premise is nothing new under the sun, which still exists. But it's decently executed with enough periodic action and revelations to perhaps lure a decent-sized fan base.

Jan 14, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The acting takes a back seat to the engaging plot.

Jan 13, 2016 | Full Review…

We're never short of a chilling American dystopia... Colony is an immediately engrossing one, fiendishly devised by former Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal.

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

USA should feel good about having made an investment in what seems, for the moment, like a work of real science-fiction, rather than science-fiction-flavored action or horror - a work of ideas and real emotion, with strong performances.

Jan 15, 2016 | Full Review…

It makes for engaging TV that gives its audience a lot more credit than many, more highbrow shows do these days.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Well, shut our mouths. That was a highly entertaining hour of television that introduced a world, its main characters, and the basic storylines going forward while never overwhelming the audience...

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

From executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal, the series plays on the tension between protecting your family and rising up against oppressive invaders and what happens when husband and wife find themselves on different sides of that line.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

All the pieces are there for Colony to become an exploration of imperialism and what happens when America becomes the object of its own decades-long foreign policy, but Cuse and Condal give zero hints of ever moving them into place.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

This is the day after tomorrow, with the pop culture of our present and past still lingering in the background and armed drones patrolling the streets like big brother with a hair trigger.

Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Colony is less interested in the sci-fi than the human elements, playing a fairly decent cat-and-mouse game of who do you trust?

Jul 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Colony: Season 1

  • Oct 10, 2019
    From the USA Network comes the exciting sci-fi series Colony starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. In Season 1 a former FBI agent makes a deal to join the new occupation police force of an alien invader in exchange for help finding his missing son; however, unknown to him, his wife is secretly helping the resistance movement. Both Holloway and Callies give excellent performances, and are backed by a strong recurring cast, which includes Carl Weathers and Adrian Pasdar. Additionally, the show does a great job at setting up mystery and intrigue about who the invaders are and what they want (which is to be expected from creator and executive producer Carlton Cuse). Also, the action is especially well-done, delivering a lot of intense chases and gun battles. Only 10 episodes, Season 1 of Colony is an on the edge of your seat thriller that leaves the audience wanting more.
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  • Oct 02, 2020
    Great series. really enjoyed the 3 series and hope they reconsider and do another few series
  • Aug 21, 2020
    I'm bored to death 5 episodes in. How much time do they need to make this interesting. So far one of the most interesting characters in this show gets killed in the most horrific way - and just as we get to know an important feature of her life. Sorry, I won't ruin it for you and tell you who it is. That was a dumb move though, just like all the moves the main character is making during a crisis. What wife would engage in so much dangerous behavior behind her husband's back and continue risking the lives of herself and her family members when they want the same things? They want to find their son. There's no back story - we just dive straight into a semi-boring script with zero understanding of what's happening. I am trying to hang in there. Episode 6 is picking up so we'll see. You will need patience because you are going to be seething with anger at the wife since she is beyond trifling and simple minded. Okay... at first at put 2 stars. But if you can hang in there until about episode 6.... It starts to get really good. Relationships are forming, plot thickens, and we find a somewhat solid show. Keep going. IT IS GOOOOOD. Just hang in there. It's going to be worth it!
  • Jul 22, 2020
    What we do see of the aliens is just disappointing rather than menacing or eerie like those in, say, Falling Skies. That said, this is a dystopian invasion story focused a lot more on questions of morality and freedom than on the sci-fi. It's also refreshing to have two protagonists with equal (and conflicting) agency.
  • May 24, 2020 did so many "official critics" rate this so high? The actions and decisions of the characters all feels so implausible. Like, why would a women - who seems HELL BENT on protecting her family - then choose to put herself (and her family) so much at risk per joining the resistance?? We get nothing of a back story to understand why this might be SO IMPORTANT to her. It just feels silly and dumb. I appreciated the premise - i.e. that you have a family divided by how they respond to a crisis. But I just cared less and less as this went on.
  • Feb 01, 2020
    Lead actor - annoyingly predictable one-dimensional character not helped by the performance. Lead actress - annoyingly predictable one-dimensional character not helped in the slightest by her performance. Single handedly made me hate the entire series, almost. Bowman Kids - I wanted them all dead by season 2. Proxy governor - not terrible, did the best he could within this ridiculous format. Black military dude - not terrible, did the best he could within this ridiculous format. General acting - Hushed talk. Much 'tension'. Biggest emotional response it got from me was to hope for them to die. Music - as predictable and annoying as the acting. Plot - ridiculously contrived, but it was the only reason I finished hate-watching the series and the only reason I gave 2 stars instead on 1. Overall it was like boring sex, where you're just going through the motions but you might as well finish.
  • Jan 31, 2020
    The show starts fine, but after a few episodes the only thing I can remember is: - the super-trained special forces defending the aliens can be easily slaughtered by a woman with no training - that woman is a wife, she constantly betrays the trust of her husband and puts the life of her whole family at risk. Anyway, the husband still protects and excuses her because *REASONS*, even though her stupid decisions could lead to the death of their children
  • Nov 12, 2019
    I didn't like it at first because the lead character was a bit too invincible, but the show got better on Season 2. But sadly they are ending the show after Season 3. I'm glad I watched it, it was a decent show.
  • Oct 12, 2019
    A very good TV serie, another distopic future but with a different focus.
  • Sep 14, 2019
    Basically the story of half life but really bad Sarah Wayne Callies seems to love playing the most retarded female characters in the world making bad decisions left and right and its absolutely excruciating

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