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Damnation: Season 1 (2017-2018)

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

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

November 8, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

November 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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

November 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.

November 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.

November 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.

December 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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