Damien: Season 1 (2016)

Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 187

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Air date: Mar 7, 2016
Air date: Mar 14, 2016
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Air date: Apr 4, 2016
Air date: Apr 11, 2016
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Air date: Apr 25, 2016
Air date: May 2, 2016
Air date: May 9, 2016

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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 (10)

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

Mar 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Mar 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!

Mar 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.

Mar 9, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Mar 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.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Damien aims for epic darkness, but it only achieves blundering, dour obscurity.

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Think of the worst adaptation, remake, reboot, sequel, or remix that you've seen. Got it? The first episode of Damien was probably worse.

Mar 8, 2016 | Full Review…

This is a show almost completely without humor, an attitude that might get you through a two-hour movie but can wear a watcher out over the course of a TV series.

Mar 7, 2016 | Full Review…

Bad writing, funny direction, deafening music - in the end, none of it is enough to kill the "Beast." It does rise, although not to the potential of its concept.

Mar 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Damien: Season 1

  • Mar 10, 2019
    too religiously.. but not too bad
  • Oct 22, 2018
    This show is a hidden gem. Great story line and had lots of potential.
  • Mar 14, 2018
    I LOVED THIS SHOW!! I'm fussy about cheap Hollywood dialogue & if it's pedestrian, patronizing or just plain BAD I cannot waste my time. I listen to shows as much as I watch them. I think the error was in classifying it as horror. I viewed it as light drama in a supernatural genre with "occasional," camp aspects -intentional or not ...the package was thoroughly entertaining. I wasn't expecting pulitzer material or tens of millions of dollars in CGI -which I suppose is what the short sighted children who pulled the show were expecting. Paying attention only to what they saw and not what they heard ..."Corporate Logic" once again wins the prize for best oxymoron. Obviously the 83% of viewers who liked it mean nothing if the little boys in charge aren't getting explosions and car chases. xoxo :)
  • Feb 13, 2018
    Beautifully shot, paced and directed I thoroughly enjoyed this build up to the awakening of Damien. The solemn coloring and effective use of light/shadows had me pulled into that world and tuned into Damien's descent, drawing me into his slipping reality and eventual acceptance for what he is to become. The lead actor was believable as he wavered and fought his way through denial, acceptance, anger, and submission with an ending that saw him sell his soul to save the life of another, leaving the balance of darkness in his soul to stiil be questioned. The supporting cast kept the story moving around Damien, pushing him to a decision through their own choices and actions that were more forceful than all the best laid plans. I blame poor advertising for it not being popular as I never knew it existed until hulu and bad reviews from critics who don't understand good tv anymore. Well worth the watch and I can only hope it may get another life on another network or platform.
  • Dec 14, 2017
    This is an intriguing story, mysteriously seductive, showing in a very attractive and sophisticated way. Its has deep meaning but does not make the audience as heavy as the series Games of Throne; not so many complicated love relationships (and sex) like other series,...Somehow make me comfortable, somehow make me comfortable, because I just do not like the love-lines which appear too much on TV these days. Epecially when the main male character no nothing but his girlfriend/goddess,... and care for no one else. I don't know why people prefer tv series such as True Blood, Vampires Diary,.... Because I only saw every character in those series, people fell in love very fast, betrayed also very fast, and then started to SM to each other, well, a lot of 18+ scenes. Love really that easy? What is more profound in life? sacrifice? the responsibility? I'm sick of tv series these days. Damien is different. Well, Damien is not the one who only care for the girls and no one else. He does care for his friends, his family; and his caring appear in many scenes. Same goes for Forever, Constantine,..., just like Damien, those series stop at Season 1. Hannibal stop at three (not so bad), Scene8 stop at season 2,... Well, people just like naked scenes. Of couse, in Damien, there is something I don't like, the heroines somehow were not needed at that much? So many female character (with strong roles) and not many male characters (except for Damien's best friend, others were just old men? Old enemy? Die immediately from the moment show up, serial killer with mental illness?) *Sorry for my grammar*
  • Oct 22, 2017
    This show has good writing and tries to follow the old storyline. This show needed more time and as usual another network did not listen to the people that watched it. Instead they listened to the critics that would watch once and decided to end a show that the best potential.
  • Jan 25, 2017
    I love it i want to see season 2 of damien i hope thy make season 2
  • Sep 05, 2016
    Damien isn't a horror series as mentioned above, it is more so on the "supernatural" spectrum. It is a good show, more directed towards those of us who were around when the original movie came out back in the 70's. Shame A&E thinks duck dynasty is worth another run, but I guess it's all about younger people. Nevermind those of us who aren't into the whole "reality type" garbage shows.
  • Aug 18, 2016
    replace Bradley James with Jensen Ackles. problem solved
  • Jul 30, 2016
    Despite the bad reviews, i quite enjoyed the show. Certainly not horror so i have no idea why it would have been categorised like that. Would have liked to have seen a second season or even mini-series style finale to properly close out the story line. They left too many questions unanswered in the finale (assuming because they were anticipating season 2 getting the green light).

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