Daybreak: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Daybreak

Critics Consensus

Daybreak's blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like you've seen a few of them before.

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Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 521
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Episodes

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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019
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Air date: Oct 24, 2019

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Tv Season Info

High school isn't the end of the world... until it is. In this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale, California is populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking ass as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast (on the night of Homecoming... ugh). Following an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate this strange and treacherous world, DAYBREAK is part samurai saga, part endearing coming-of-age story, and part Battle Royale.

Cast

Matthew Broderick
as Principal Burr
Colin Ford
as Josh Wheeler
Alyvia Alyn Lind
as Angelica
Sophie Simnett
as Samaira "Sam" Dean
Austin Crute
as Wesley Fists
Gregory Kasyan
as Eli Cardashyan
Cody Kearsley
as Turbo Bro Jock
Jeanté Godlock
as Mona Lisa
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Critic Reviews for Daybreak Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

A wild ride of a TV show.

Oct 25, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Daybreak] often has the pretentious air of something that thinks it's much smarter than it actually is.

Oct 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Just when Daybreak stretches your patience, it has a way of rebounding with a clever touch or a strong performance that makes you give it more chances.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Daybreak is satire, but while it is loaded with mocking humour, it, too, has great poignancy.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Daybreak will undoubtedly attract a young crowd, but spelling everything out in black and white underestimates their intelligence.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite drafting in the likes of Matthew Broderick, Ken Marino, Krysta Rodriguez as the adults, there isn't enough here to make 'Daybreak' particularly exciting. The comedy falls flat and tries far too hard to prop itself up with pop culture references.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Daybreak is a wonderful new addition to the Netflix genre pool, and it's nice to know the streamer is still willing to throw some serious money behind a series as insane as this one.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Much like its protagonist, Daybreak doesn't claim to be smart - a kind of preemptive defense against inevitable criticisms - instead it revels in its appropriation of familiar genre ideas and cliches about high school cliques and teenage tribalism.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

These scenes provide some great emotional moments, as well as some other fun ones. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 15, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This mash-up of Lord of the Flies, Mad Max and Riverdale quickly wears out its self-conscious welcome.

Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Post-apocalyptic charmer is too bloody for tweens.

Nov 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With so much else to watch these days, committing to ten episodes of this show isn't worth your time unless you're really into snarky post-apocalyptic tales or are looking for something to play in the background while you're doing other things.

Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Daybreak: Season 1

  • 22h ago
    I thouroughly enjoyed this show. I didnt go into it expecting much and by the 3rd episode I was hooked. I love the way the story told itself from the perspective of all the characters in different ways and how these characters interacted with one another. Great visuals. Fun enough, if not predictable, plot, and a seriously good couple of twists on tired zombie cliches. The flashbacks and narrations really shine and they do foreshadowing in a way thats not contrived. The character of Ms. Crumble is a particularly great character and acted supremely well. Also, Matthew Broderick is fanatastic as positive principal turned cannibal, Mr. Burr. I read a few reviews that boo hooed about the ending twist, but if that makes you not come back for season 2, then I kinda feel you werent paying enough attention and I, for one, cant wait to see how they explain it. My only couple gripes have to do with some of the dialogue choices that dont really fit with teenagers and then also the forcing of teen dialogue in other instances that dont really fit in. I also didnt care for episode 8, it just seemed disjointed and the plot of the episode seemed really strange to push at that point. Other than that I had a great time with Daybreak and finished it in 2 days. Patiently waiting for season 2.
  • 2d ago
    The first three episodes aren't great, but it picks up after that. It's a very interesting premise with some nice characters. Unfortunately, it kind of goes off the rails towards the end when it is forced to try and explain the background of one of the teenage girls, and ends up making a mess of the character. Unfortunately, she also is one of the main characters, so it kind of ruins the whole show. I don't know how else to describe it other than to say that clearly male writers don't understand teenage girls (not that I'm claiming to be an expert). Ugh.
  • 2d ago
    The acting felt good and I enjoyed the idea that this series presented in its first 3 episodes. It was entertaining enough while it wasn't busy force feeding you "woke" culture. Edit: Just finished the last episode and can honestly say that this show has one of the worst season finales I've ever seen. The end was not a good type of twist and was completely out of character. Genuinely liked the character of sam in the first half of the series but boy was I wrong. Last couple episodes insured that I will not be on board for season two.
  • 3d ago
    Love this show! I laughed and enjoyed it alot more than I have other Netflix originals and coming of age stories. Its hilarious, action-packed, current, and has clever dialog throughout.
  • 3d ago
    Foul mouth comedy with interesting characters telling an interesting story. Wife and I loved it.
  • 3d ago
    Incredible, unique, perfect. Soo many words to describe this show.
  • 3d ago
    There are only a few show that can get me emotionally, like Game of Thrones (except the last episode tho), How I Met your mother... Surprisingly this show did it to. Freaking loved it.
  • 3d ago
    Boring and way less clever than it thinks it is
  • 3d ago
    It has it's merits. The casting is pretty good. The storyline somewhat interesting. But there's too much of the typical woke identity politics stuff forced into it in an immersion breaking manner. I only made it half way through the first season. Shame, because it started off pretty good. But kept getting annoyed by the completely unnecessary injections of "woke" stuff.
  • 4d ago
    This is so so good! I found myself laughing all the time and also the teen's lives are so accurate to real life, which made me identify with a lot of the characters.

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