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: 22


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User Ratings: 197

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Air date: Mar 7, 2016

In the series premiere, acclaimed war photographer Damien Thorn realizes he is the Antichrist following a traumatic event while on assignment.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2016

Damien becomes a target for several conspiracies, leading Detective Shay to interrogate him.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2016

Damien advises an old friend about Rutledge's intentions; Simone turns to the church for answers; Shay gets an unexpected visitor; and Rutledge gains Damien's trust after a mysterious death.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2016

Damien and Rutledge hinder Shay's investigation; Simone has an extreme religious experience; and Shay's injury takes a surprising turn.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2016

Damien is led to a dark place by a surprising connection with a war veteran.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2016

Damien is led to a beloved figured from his past and confronts Rutledge as he begins to unravel the conspiracy surrounding him.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2016

Damien gets help from a surprising source; Shay locates Damien's old friend; a mysterious figure asks for Simone's help; and Rutledge makes an offer to Damien.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2016

Damien tries to control his fate, which culminates in a bloody confrontation. Elsewhere: Simone and Greta meet Veronica and Shay loses a witness.

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Air date: May 2, 2016

Damien seeks help from Greta and Simone uses Veronica to get to Rutledge.

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Air date: May 9, 2016

Damien makes the ultimate sacrifice as Rutledge and Lyons target Damien's circle.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Megalyn Echikunwoke
Simone Baptiste
Barbara Hershey
Ann Rutledge
Bradley James
Damien Thorn
David Meunier
Detective James Shay
Omid Abtahi
Amani Golkar
Robin Weigert
Sister Greta Fraueva
Scott Wilson
John Lyons
Brody Bover
Jacob Shay
Melanie Scrofano
Veronica Selvaggio
Daniel Kash
Captain McGarry
Juan-Carlos Velis
Father Frank Esparza
Joe Doyle
Charles Powell
Sandrine Holt
Paula Sciarra
Bola Aiyeola
Mrs. Baptiste
Fulvio Cecere
Captain Dislo
Madison Oldroyd
Little Girl
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Critic Reviews for Damien Season 1

All Critics (22) | 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…

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

Mar 8, 2016 | Rating: D+ | 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…

Damien's main hurdle is going to be convincing us to care about a lead character who-despite being the freakin' Antichrist-is disappointingly bland.

Jun 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Bradley James makes Damien worth watching. The character is an enigma.

Jun 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.8/5 | Full Review…

Show no sympathy for this devil - instead, cast it back into the pit from whence it came.

Jun 19, 2020 | Rating: D | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Damien: Season 1

  • Aug 01, 2020
    This was really was good Best show I've seen It really needs a sequel though. ME Sad about it cancelled after 1 season. If Only they bring it back somehow that would be Awesome OR Another series like this I would definitely watch it for sure.
  • Jun 02, 2020
    I found the show very entertaining. I was sad when I found out it was cancelled. Maybe they can bring it back.
  • May 31, 2020
    I was pulled in except if it was some sort of continuation of the Omen trilogy it didn't make sense. Damien was pure evil from the get go. The original parents died and so did his guardians. And this Damian is too nice a guy. A fun ride but not great. Kept me occupied during lockdown where I want nothing to tax my brain as did Band of Brothers which was awesome and a real horror story.
  • Oct 02, 2019
    I wish there was a second season
  • 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.

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