Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Dispatches from Elsewhere

Critics Consensus

A weird and whimsical journey into the unknown, Dispatches from Elsewhere's experimental approach doesn't always coalesce, but committed performances and a genuine sense of wonder make it a trip worth taking.

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Critic Ratings: 31

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User Ratings: 57
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Episodes

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Air date: Mar 1, 2020
2
Air date: Mar 2, 2020
3
Air date: Mar 9, 2020
4
Air date: Mar 16, 2020
5
Air date: Mar 23, 2020
6
Air date: Mar 30, 2020
7
Air date: Apr 6, 2020
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Air date: Apr 13, 2020
9
Air date: Apr 20, 2020
10
Air date: Apr 27, 2020
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Critic Reviews for Dispatches from Elsewhere Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

And yet I was not bored or frustrated as the characters' dreams became real, as their memories became open to alterations, as backstories were told in animation. Almost miraculously, "Dispatches" is oblique, but not off-putting.

Feb 28, 2020 | Full Review…

An ambitious, strange drama with eccentricities that often overwhelm what works about it.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

"Dispatches From Elsewhere" has a few moments of genuine insight, mostly found through Simone, played by newcomer Eve Lindley, but a patronizing tone and grating execution limit the show's impact.

Feb 24, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The first two looks at Dispatches from Elsewhere show a flawed, yet commendable series trying to find its footing and its meaning in the world.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the best things on Television. Delightfully painful and anxiously optimistic. A quintessentially perfect ensemble cast with Sally Field, Richard E. Grant, André Benjamin, and Eve Lindley. Grant is thoughtfully brilliant, Lindley is a shining star.

Mar 12, 2020 | Rating: 9.8/10 | Full Review…

t will remind viewers of other surreal mystery shows (Russian Doll, Twin Peaks and Lost come to mind), but what makes it ultimately more compelling is the message underneath: the real magic is people finding each other.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As that hammer-subtle Amélie reference indicates, Dispatches From Elsewhere contains levels of whimsy potentially harmful to small children.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

The series teeters on the verge of navel-gazing, but its desire to be weird, and make that weirdness fun, instead of unintelligible, keeps Dispatches from being overly self-indulgent.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

If you're looking to be pulled every which way by an ever-evolving and consistently disorienting narrative, Dispatches from Elsewhere is the mind-bending scavenger hunt you've been looking for.

Mar 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Dispatches from Elsewhere embraces playfulness to transport you into the experience of four lonely people striving for connection.‌ It's an honest-to-god good vibes situation, across the board.

Mar 9, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What works best in this show is its style and characters. The plot itself is quite hard to decipher. Even after the first four episodes you're not entirely sure what the dueling institutions are all about.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It helps that Dispatches From Elsewhere is framed around an elaborate larp game - games ask you to suspend your disbelief and social conventions to submit to rules and do strange things.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    At first I thought the show was trying too hard. To be the next Twin Peaks or Lost. But Jason Segal seems to have stumbled on something more than just a book that the show is base on. What keeps me watching is the cast of four he surrounded himself with. Eve Lindley is amazing as Simone. Sally Field was a perfect choice, but when is she not? And Andre Benjamin who's simply an amazing all around entertainer and actor. One of the best aspects of the show is that Simone is played by a person who identifies as a woman, but it never comes up. Whether that's part of the plot and her secret? Or it simply doesn't matter is extremely ground breaking. I'm hoping for the latter. Lindley plays her so well. And I'm looking forward to seeing some of the other projects she's done before this show introduced me to her for the first time. I believe we'll be watching this show next year. My only concern is the potential for a poor follow up sophomore season. But for now, I'm loving the ride.
  • 3d ago
    The show has potential and had my interest but I am one more lame episode from removing it from my DVR. Sally Fields is the most disappointing cast member, I don't know if its her or how they are making her portray Janice but its a total train wreck.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Dispatches is pure magic. I want to LIVE in this show. I see myself in the characters, just as I'm asked. The music is beautiful, the scenery is beautiful. You can get completely lost and feel inspired!
  • Mar 23, 2020
    It's boring. In the first episode they drilled how his life was hum drum and routine. Then they did it more. Slow and boring.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    I started watching this Bizarro coalesce
  • Mar 13, 2020
    This show makes no sense from the beginning. It never hooks you. It drags. Characters are babbling on about nothing remotely interesting. What a waste of time. I expected better from AMC. They usually have something interesting about most of their series'.
  • Mar 12, 2020
    Fantastic show with a wonderful cast! A fresh and interesting concept, you can find a bit of yourself in each character. Totally recommend 😍 I love the whimsy and wonder that's displayed each week and it showcases Philadelphia in a beautiful way.
  • Mar 12, 2020
    Absolutely Loved it!!! The characters are so likable and relatable!! Put yourself in their shoes and enjoy the adventure!!
  • Mar 12, 2020
    I came across this show by accident after watching "Better Call Saul" on the AMC app, and I am so glad that I came across this gem by accident. I literally got hooked immediately and I'm craving more. I never thought I'd feel connected to a series like this and the thought process behind it. When the narrator starts the show with "think of Peter, as you..." or whichever one of the 4 characters, I tried to submerse myself into the show and now I can't stop thinking about it. My fear right now is to see the show get cancelled or not renewed what so ever...we need more shows like this that takes us away from our norms...and bring us into deep thought about life, and have us question "what else is there out there?" Can't wait to see what direction the show will take us.
  • Mar 10, 2020
    Loving this whimsically weird, but always heart felt and fun ride I'm on with these characters. There is something for everyone's situation. Definitely a must see.

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