Devs: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1

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A hauntingly beautiful meditation on humanity, Devs' slow unfurling may test some viewers patience, but fans of Alex Garland's singular talents will find much to chew on.



Critic Ratings: 86


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User Ratings: 448

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Air date: Mar 5, 2020

When her boyfriend Sergei vanishes after starting a new job at the secretive Devs division of tech company Amaya, software engineer Lily begins to suspect that his disappearance may not be as clear-cut as it seems. Written and directed by Alex Garland.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2020

Lily enlists ex-boyfriend Jamie's help to investigate Sergei's disappearance. She begins to question what she really knew about Sergei. Written and directed by Alex Garland.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2020

Lily returns to work at Amaya and explains her suspicions to Jen and Anya. Forest is visited by Laine, a powerful senator asking questions about the Devs project. Written and directed by Alex Garland.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2020

After Lily's behavior at Amaya, Kenton forces her to see a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, the Devs team disagree over the ethics of their invention, and Forest asserts his commitment to the project.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2020

Kenton visits Jamie in an effort to win his silence. Katie secretly uses the Devs system for her own goals.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2020

Lily and James go to see Forest in a mission to find answers. Lily discovers the secrets of the Devs system.

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Air date: Apr 9, 2020

The Devs team perfect the system, and Forest and Katie wait for completion of the Devs project. Lily and Jamie try to avoid its threat, but a visit from Kenton leaves Lily with no choice.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2020

Lily arrives for her final confrontation with Forest and Katie.

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Critic Reviews for Devs Season 1

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (36)

Garland uses his time wisely, and his beautiful vision of a ghastly future is undeniably insightful. Some of its ideas may not be welcome - they sure as shit aren't comforting - but "Devs" sticks with you, whether you want it to or not.

Feb 18, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The show is what it wants to be, but what it wants to be put me in mind of the big whiffs of the immediate post-Sopranos era, a hefty, pretentious, high-profile exercise in trying to make you Google de Broglie-Bohm theory.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

"Devs" is a cerebral pleasure that gets very philosophical and presses its brainy atmosphere with lots of ponderous soundtrack music and deadpan acting.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

A daring and new deconstruction of one of the basic tenets of human existence.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

The mysteries of Devs don't unspool so much as eke out in a torturously slow drip. And the show's aesthetic details feel so detached from the story that they're often insufferable.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The problem, from a pure storytelling point of view, is that the show's tone, characters and narrative momentum have all surrendered to that same detached, emotionally isolated form of disaffection.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Foster's scientific and philosophical theories keep us blued to the screen and entertained; Devs' futuristic and mysterious aesthetic keeps us hooked. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 2, 2021 | Full Review…

With Ex-Machina and Annihilation, it will surely be one of the most memorable streaks in recent history, establishing Garland -- once and for all -- as one of the foremost voices in modern sci-fi

Jul 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Devs gives a grace and dignity to the apocalypse that you won't find in our own world.

May 29, 2020 | Full Review…

It's as complex as an Alex Garland creation. But Devs once again proves that the mastermind behind tech thrillers is just beginning with his roster. [Full review in Spanish].

May 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Devs is a remarkable study on loss and grief that illustrates how emotional attachment and technological advancements can cause dangerous implications when in the hands of the wrong person.

Mar 3, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

As Devs glides to its ominous and possibly predestined climax, Mizuno artfully underplays Lily's quiet panic when she finds herself trapped in a scenario worthy of Black Mirror.

Mar 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Devs: Season 1

  • Mar 01, 2021
    Mind blowing, brilliant, mesmerising. Gripped from start to finish.
  • Feb 25, 2021
    The premise of this series is both great and terrible. The writing and acting are terrific, especially Nick Offerman. The pace and the layers that are revealed and intertwined as the story unfolds are satisfying and brilliant. This is the scifi series I recommend above all others from 2020 for sci-fi fans. There are religious references and undertones that will bring you to questions whether you are a person of faith or not. And questioning is good. It's how we learn and grow. I recommend watching the series twice. It's even better the second time.
  • Feb 03, 2021
    The religious part of it really kills it for me. It had such potential.
  • Jan 31, 2021
    The top-5 things I've seen in 2020 besides the last 15 minutes but We can't forget what happened before! And is the only reason is missing the last half-star to my rating! Everything perfect: acting, cinematography, directing... You name it! Maybe only sometimes the pace of it could have some boost here or there but couldn't work after all. Was really difficult to not to see all in a row but for sure I would like so much if I've done that. We have to sleep over each episode to love it even more. Everything is scary at the some time and let us think about "everything" on each episode! The question is: this is not so far to be made right?
  • Jan 29, 2021
    Slow, predictable, this close to being good because of the ending, which, though somewhat satisfying, is still predictable and this close to being good.
  • Jan 17, 2021
    Alex Garland did it again: he took his singular vision of restrained, cerebral sci-fi and crafted another story full of questions about the human nature, but this time in a episodic format, and it's almost as effective as the last decade's sophisticated gems 'Ex Machina' and 'Annihilation'. Anchored by a stellar duo comprised of Sonoya Mizuno and Nick Offerman, both of which completely transform into their flawed, realistic characters, the series follows the titular Devs, a top secret, elite department of a futuristic tech behemoth company and their world-changing enigmatic work involving quantum computing. 'Devs' unique, breathtaking aesthetic couldn't have been worked as powerfully as it did had it not been created only by one special mind. The script is more than clever, controlled and ultimately, surprinsingly well equipped in the emotional sense. However, Garland's code in 'Devs' has one irritating bug: it's deliberately pretentious. It sometimes seems like the script actively rejoices when you're forced to look a complex physics concept online in order to understand the plot. If recent science-heavy TV thought us something, it's that you don't need incomprehensive, PhD level concepts in order to transmit your message to the average viewer. The series' structure itself, although a little dragged out for the sake of character development, is solid and really well thought out, especially the near-perfect third act but, at the end of the day, 'Devs' true strength lies in its fascinating characters, layered, relatable and perpetually full of surprises.
  • Jan 15, 2021
    Finally an intelligent script for a SciFi-Show. The ending could have been better.
  • Jan 12, 2021
    Really great miniseries! Just wish there was another season..😩
  • Jan 08, 2021
    Utter pretentious nonsense that just gets more indulgent as the season progresses.
  • Jan 05, 2021
    One of the best series Ive ever seen. What a masterpiece. On par with Westworld.

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