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Damien: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: Damien is a horror series in need of some horror -- not to mention better writing and more interesting characters.


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In the first season of this drama/thriller series based on the 1976 horror film "The Omen," 30-year-old war photographer Damien Thorn (Bradley James) grapples with his satanic past and begins embracing his true identityu with help from friend Ann Rutledge (Barbara Hershey), who has protected Damien his entire life.


Bradley James
as Damien Thorn
Barbara Hershey
as Ann Rutledge
Omid Abtahi
as Amani Golkar
Megalyn Echikunwoke
as Simone Baptiste

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Critic Reviews for Damien: Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

The horror doesn't work, the characters aren't defined and the plot is ludicrous.

March 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite coming from Glen Mazzara of The Walking Dead, Damien is just dreary.

March 7, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The only one who looks like she's having fun is Barbara Hershey, who appears to be playing some sort of devil's henchman/Mrs. Robinson character as she murmurs to Damien about his evil possibilities. Otherwise, the drama is fairly inert, and so cheap!

March 14, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

While only time will tell if it warrants must-see status, Damien is off to a decent enough start, thanks to a polished look, a solid cast- especially Hershey, who exudes the menace she perfected in the likes of Black Swan- and some excellent gore effects.

March 9, 2016 | Full Review…

There's potential in this show thanks to its cinematic style and decent lineup of actors.

March 8, 2016 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Damien has one significant shortcoming: In its attempt to call forth the end of days by making the Antichrist TV's newest hunky protagonist, the show starts its story much too early.

March 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Damien: Season 1


From A&E comes Damien, a continuation of the classic 1970s horror film The Omen. Set 30 years after the film, Damien Thorn has grown up and become a photographic journalist; and when a series of strange occurrences and deaths start happening around him a mysterious woman tries to convince him that he's the prophesied Antichrist. The season begins fairly strong, with a lot of mystery as to whether Damien is the Antichrist or the victim of the machinations of a satanic cult; but before long it devolves into out-and-out craziness. And Bradley James doesn't give a strong performance, though Barbara Hershey is rather impressive as a maniacal villain. Also, the music and cinematography do a good job at setting a dark and foreboding tone. However, the writing is inconsistent; making it hard to get a handle on the characters and plots. A lackluster supernatural thriller, Damien failed to recapture the terror of The Omen and was cancelled after one season.


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