Damnation: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)

Season 1

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Damnation's complex character driven mystery is intriguing, though it occasionally feels like homework.



Critic Ratings: 25


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User Ratings: 289

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

In the premiere, a farmer's strike in Holden, Iowa, led by local preacher Seth Davenport escalates; and a vicious man from his past named Creeley Turner is sent to restore order.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2017

As Seth and the farmers ward off the treacherous Black Legion vigilante group, Creeley works to learn more about his brother's new life and the woman he shares it with.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2017

When the local farms face foreclosure, Seth and Amelia must find a way to win them back. Creeley and Bessie run afoul of the Black Legion.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2017

Negotiations commence between the farmers and the bank. But things turn bloody when Creeley divides the farmers.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2017

When a traveling carnival comes to Holden, a collection of new faces put Seth and Creeley on their toes, but it's a friend from the past that truly shakes things up.

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Air date: Dec 21, 2017

With banker Calvin Rumple run out of town, the local bank presents an unexpected opportunity for Seth and Lew.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2017

Creeley meets his master on an exclusive hunting retreat, but finds there is more than one game at play here. Seth infiltrates a nearby factory.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2017

When Bessie discovers the grand industrial plans for Holden, Seth and Amelia must decide whether to protect her from the Black Legion.

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Air date: Jan 11, 2018

Seth and the farmers take on the Black Legion with help from unlikely allies.

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Air date: Jan 18, 2018

Seth and Creeley are forced to confront the truth about their past, and in turn figure out a way to survive the rapidly arriving future.

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"Damnation" is a period drama based on an actual Iowa farmers' strike in the 1930s. The story centers on Seth Davenport (Killian Scott), an eloquent preacher who stirs up farmers in a small Iowa town into holding a strike against the banks threatening to foreclose their lands. The situation seems stacked against the farmers, however: The media refuses to report their story. The town's own sheriff (Christopher Heyerdahl) shies away from protecting them to prevent damage to his reelection campaign. Their fellow farmers who haven't joined their ranks sabotage them. Even worse, the banks send to town Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall-Green), a strikebreaker known for his ruthlessness. And Turner has an ace in his sleeve—he has a strong past connection with Davenport that the latter wouldn't want to acknowledge. "Damnation" also stars Sarah Jones as Amelia Davenport, Melinda Page Hamilton as Connie Dunn, Chasten Harmon as Bessie Louvin, and Joe Adler as DL Sullivan.

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Critic Reviews for Damnation Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

You won't find much hope in Damnation and that's an absence that can only exist unfilled for so long.

Nov 8, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Modern relevance and a few good performances are all it has to recommend. It's too often dull, tonally inconsistent, and just poorly written. All the modern political parallels in the world won't matter if the viewer is bored.

Nov 7, 2017 | Full Review…

I am looking forward to what Damnation has in store for our characters and I have tons of questions.

Jun 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The Great Depression's vicious class struggles, down to the dumbly surprising ubiquity of our country's white supremacist undercurrent, are leagues more compelling and relevant than any straight-up Western could possibly be right now.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Damnation is a gritty tale of the American labour movement, the economics of greed, the seduction of capitalism, a terrain of strikes, starvation and bloodied soil. It's Deadwood long after the goldrush and minus sweary Lovejoy.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Damnation's audience should be getting bigger and bigger each week, since this is a show that everyone should be watching.

Feb 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It is great entertainment, and more fun than your history class homework.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Violence, racism, antiheroes in dark Depression-era drama.

Nov 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The score created anticipation when needed and built bridges between the scenes. The cinematography was alternately sparse and visually sumptuous.

Nov 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

From my view, Damnation has a lot going for it. The political history of the United States is always worth discussing, and the series features an incredibly talented cast.

Nov 8, 2017 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

We had to keep reminding ourselves about the time period, which is never a good thing for a period show. But the performances are pretty good, and we liked the twist at the end that set up things for the rest of the season.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The fact is the show never rises about the sibling rivalry at its core. Which is a damn shame for the Netflix and Universal Cable Productions co-produced Damnation.

Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Damnation: Season 1

  • Jul 07, 2020
    Have just finished binged watched this series only now to find that the series was cancelled - great dissapointment. The series showed so much promise for a dramatic series
  • Jan 23, 2020
    Loved it! Excellent cinematography, casting, and setting. Was stunned when i saw season 2 was cancelled due to low american interest. Europe might be a better market for period thriller dramas spiced with history.
  • Jan 20, 2020
    This was a great series. There are however, too many things left unsaid. There needs to be another season to resolve all of the issues.
  • Nov 29, 2019
    This is one of the best series on tv. Please continue with this series. Can't wait to see season 2, 3, - 10
  • Nov 23, 2019
    Absolute must watch! Thoroughly exciting, fulfilling and tremendously inspirational. I really do hope Netflix reviews its decision to cancel the series, renewing it for a second season.
  • Apr 05, 2019
    First off, let me say this was the FIRST series I've ever binged without deviating (and that's saying something considering I've been streaming for almost 4 YEARS now, so my options are pretty endless). I LOVE historical dramas, be it The Lost Kingdom, Marco Polo, The Crown, Hell on Wheels, Frontier, The Tudors, Vikings, The Peaky Blinders, Godless, (I could go on and on) to THIS little gem called Damnation. This series has a raw feel that grabs you from its first episode and won't let you go. I was incredibly dismayed that it was canceled after its debut season, completely shocked. The character dynamics fueled by the political backdrop engulfed by the heart and soul of the story that is Seth and Creely is a tale the should and MUST continue! Bravo to all cast and crew involved-RARELY does a series strike so deeply!
  • Mar 31, 2019
    Excellent series. From script, to directing, to acting and everything in between. One season only? Wow. Someone got it very wrong...
  • Mar 19, 2019
    one of the best series ever, shame there is no season 2!
  • Dec 03, 2018
    Amazing show!!! Please bring back for another season!
  • Dec 01, 2018
    Brilliant expose of the Robber Barons... easy to see why American TY doesn't want a second series.

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