Dickinson: Season 1 (2019)

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Audacious and aspirational, Dickinson's bold blend of period-drama and millennial milieu definitely won't be for all, but those looking to break free from the doldrums of their viewing life may find some kind of hope in its singular vision.

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Critic Ratings: 64

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User Ratings: 263

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 1, 2019

Emily Dickinson is an arrogant unwanted poet, who lives with her parents. Emily is depressed that her her best buddy, Sue, is getting married to her brother.

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Women are forbidden at Amherst, so Emily and Sue get creative to attend a lecture.

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Emily and Austin throw a party, and their mutual love for Sue causes tension.

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Emily seeks help from an author (John Mulaney) when her favorite tree is threatened.

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Emily confronts tough issues at a meeting of the local Shakespeare Club.

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Emily takes a "sick day" to write and finds a connection with her father's law clerk.

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On her father's election day, Emily defiantly attempts to publish another poem.

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On Christmas, Emily tries to be the "good little woman." Zosia Mamet guest stars.

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During a solar eclipse, Emily confronts the Shadow of Death in her home.

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Emily's relationships are challenged as she moves into a new chapter of life.

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Critic Reviews for Dickinson Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (32)

It's a wholly unsuccessful and tonally inscrutable piece of work.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Dickinson" seems ready to whisk viewers to a place they've never been before. But he promise is soon swept away, and "Dickinson" goes back to being just another humdrum teen dramedy suitable for The CW.

Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Dickinson shows promise in a number of areas -- among them striking visual language, an irresistible playfulness in the music supervision, and a sense of fun, if not humor, that pervades even scenes about mortality or misogyny.

Oct 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Silly, horny, a little sad, and just a shade frightening...It gets a lot wrong, but it gets the most important thing right.

Nov 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Within Dickinson is the still-nascent potential for something beautiful, waiting to burst forth like a morning glory, so long as its promise is cultivated with care.

Oct 28, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The show deliberately leans in to flamboyant anachronisms and jarring contradictions.

Dec 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Alena Smith launched the punk and spectacular cathartic of a baroque show that has something of the expansive cinema and deliciously camp of Baz Luhrmann, Dickinson. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Dickinson challenges our straight-washing of history and allows for nuanced takes on love and attraction.

Apr 7, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Dickinson, streaming now on Apple TV+, is a confused, disrespectful mess that manages to turn an American literary icon into a paint-by-numbers influencer whose "not like the other girls" energy renders her portrayal borderline unwatchable.

Dec 30, 2019 | Full Review…

It is crazy, optimistic, entertaining, somewhat irreverent, funny at times. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There are moments, like this one, where Dickinson's quest to modernize the story feels a little jarring, revisionist a la Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and sleek enough to be an iPhone commercial.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I found it difficult to get through much of it even though the talent is all right there. A great story about Emily Dickinson is waiting to be told and Hailee Steinfeld is well suited for the challenge. This, unfortunately, is not that story.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dickinson: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Idk if ive ever rated a show on here before, but this one is just perfect. I cant stop rewatching it. Its so funny and quirky and heartfelt. The writing is incredible. I literally just checked out a book of emily dickinson poems from the library.
  • 4d ago
    Entertaining, smart and modernized story of Emily Dickinson. Never thought I'd like a show about the poet but I am pleasantly surprised. The music is spot on and action can be a bit absurd but fits nicely with Emily's melodramatic writing style. Beautiful. It's an unknown gem!
  • Dec 15, 2020
    LOVE the show! Love how it's set in the old times! One of my favorite shows can't wait for season 2!!
  • Dec 14, 2020
    Entertaining and awesome.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    I was not prepared to fall in love with this show the way I have. Incredible set and costume design work wonderfully with the framing and directing, the writing is absolutely magnificent as are the performances, even the soundtrack is on point. Hailee Steinfeld perfectly captures the modern, slightly absurdist version of Emily Dickinson created by Alena Smith, and the supporting cast help bring this whole, colourful world to life.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    I love love love Hailee's acting even if the whole story and set-up is rather bizarre.
  • Jul 14, 2020
    Bastante inesperada, muy graciosa. Me ha encantado.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    I really like this one, its different, good acting, funny moments, but not ridiculous funny moments. A must see!!!
  • Jun 13, 2020
    Too self-obsessed with itself and modernity to be interesting or fun.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    OMG!! This is fabulous!! So well done, great soundtrack.... wow. Surprising ...clever comedy and It's great how they bring today's humour and language into this old timey period. They blend history and literature in present day attitudes. Love it!! Well done Apple!!

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