Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1
Dispatches from Elsewhere

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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.



Critic Ratings: 36


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User Ratings: 135

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Critic Reviews for Dispatches from Elsewhere Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

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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At times it feels like you are pedalling that bike yourself. But it's got heart and charm and it is quite clearly and endearingly the result of one man's sensibility and vision.

Apr 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Lindley is a revelation, and Segel's beautiful, restrained performance is heartbreaking.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Lures the viewer in with compelling visuals and extraordinary acting.

May 22, 2020 | Full Review…

What is going on is no clearer at the end of the first four episodes. That also doesn't really matter all that much. The series is as intriguing as it is heartfelt thanks to stylishly imaginative storytelling and richly developed characters.

Feb 10, 2020 | Rating: 80/100 | Full Review…

It settles in better after the deliberately strange first episode which feels derivative of Charlie Kauffman.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Ostensibly a show about an elaborate scavenger hunt, the series ultimately became a plea for community, the idea of "we" instead of "me."... I can't imagine a show being more timely in the middle of a pandemic.

May 1, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    A must see show! Fascinating story, evocative visuals and relatable, three-dimensional characters that evoke real emotions and self-realisations.
  • May 23, 2020
    The uniquely structured Dispatches From Elsewhere sprinkles in some good ideas with a visually impressive display, but its clunky themes and unlikable characters make it difficult to jump into.
  • May 20, 2020
    This show impacted me more than any show I've ever watched. Recommend for all to watch.
  • May 19, 2020
    Uplifting, inspirational, beautiful! Engrossing, truly a wonderful accomplishment.
  • May 17, 2020
    Show started of great, but destroyed all bondings you develop with its characters in the attempt to convey a message it did not have.
  • May 16, 2020
    Watched the first couple episodes and had to stop, it was just so boring. I was hoping it was going to be more violent and exciting like Mr. Robot, but I should have realized it would not be since the dorky dude from How I Met Your Mother is the main character. I don't care for him at all. The only movie I actually liked him in was "I Love You, Man".
  • May 14, 2020
    Pseudo-intellectual, feelings show that has no ending, just a sappy fourth wall disintegration. Some involving trippiness before then. This is Jason Segel being shallow and not knowing it.
  • May 13, 2020
    I think we need series like this. Giving us a bit of art-magic.
  • May 12, 2020
    Yes, it is self indulgent, and, at times, uneven, and yes, it lost a bit after the 4th episode, but I freely give it 5 stars for its creativity, intelligence, and emotional involvement. It feels like a night in immersive theater. If you like off beat and interesting with a mystery and romance, put this show directly into your eye holes.
  • May 02, 2020
    Contemporary fantasy and mystery is a difficult endeavor to pull off, but if you vibe with the whimsy, invention and sincerity of 'Dispatches From Elsewhere', you may find new colors for your mind. When 4 strangers are paired by chance to play a treasure hunt, the plot deepens into a murder investigation, which unravels into an existential journey of self acceptance. Noble, inspired and kind of an idiosyncratic talisman for the TV universe. *See Also: Amazing Stories, Twin Peaks, Quantum Leap, Star Trek, Next Generation

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