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: 37


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User Ratings: 172

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Air date: Mar 1, 2020

Peter is stuck in the everyday routine of his mundane life until the day he meets a group of strangers who all have something in common and together they begin an adventure into a world that has been hidden all around them.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2020

The game continues as Simone and Peter follow the clues and explore the city; the gang discovers that the game runs deeper then they thought and they have to make an important choice.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2020

While searching for Fred Wynn at the Shareholders meeting, the gang has their first encounter with Octavio; Janice explores her past.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2020

Fred Wynn takes matters into his own hands but he needs his teammates to move on. He searches for the next clue and asks the gang for help; they take it too far in their search for answers leading them somewhere unexpected.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2020

The game begins to have a deeper impact on our team's lives in the real world; the mystery of Clara's disappearance deepens as the gang learns the full story; fresh clues take the game in a new direction.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2020

With time running out, the gang splits up in an effort to find Clara; Simone and Janice follow her artwork, while Fred Wynn and Peter link the game to a large corporation.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2020

The Milkman leads the gang underground; the players come together while Peter and Simone grapple with their feelings for each other; Janice meets someone who gives her an unexpected clue.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2020

The gang reflects on their experiences; Peter and Simone go on their first date together and Janice faces an unexpected decision; Fred Wynn is convinced there is more to the story.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2020

Simone, Peter, and Janice explore new interests, while Fred Wynn finds it hard to let go.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2020

A final mystery is solved.

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Cast & Crew

Eve Lindley
Sally Field
Tara Lynne Barr
Young Janice
Will Rogers
Robert Kelly
Travis Burnett
Mark Friedman
Executive Producer
Alethea Jones
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
Eli Bush
Executive Producer
Garrett Basch
Executive Producer
Qui Nguyen
Bianca Ursillo
Jordan Harrison
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Critic Reviews for Dispatches from Elsewhere Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (15)

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…

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…

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…

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…

[A] great show to dive into.

Aug 31, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Dispatches from Elsewhere: Season 1

  • Jan 10, 2021
    pretentious garbage, the voice overs try to convince you how awesome and trippy the plot is without earning it at all
  • Nov 19, 2020
    garbage, not worth waisting your time
  • Sep 29, 2020
    BORING! I watched the entire series hoping that it would get better, but it didn't. I really liked the premise of this show plus the cast. You'd think this would be a hit with both of those. Unfortunately, it's more like going to one of Jason Segel's therapy sessions (which actually is shown in one or two episodes) rather than a fully-developed movie/series. I was really disappointed in this series and hope my review will save you some time when choosing what to watch.
  • Sep 14, 2020
    Great show, nice cast, I definitely fell in love with the beautiful transgender lady, I do love the fine taste and cultural and artistic elevate surprising twists, turns, and comedy stunts, but the last three episodes felt into a kind of a boring look how can we rewriting everything from the beginning of time... Just to let us know we are them? They are us? Are they indeed? Did they really do this?... hm.... a kind of low postmodern technique never bringing in front of the viewer the true NONCHALANCE and ENLIGHTENMENT and EMOTION of a good ending.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    Are momente dar e prea meta ca sa fie atragator
  • Jul 09, 2020
    I don't think this is a show for everyone, however I found it invoked a wonder I haven't felt in many years. A delicately, skilfully told story. Definitely worth a look.
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Absolutamente fascinante. Una muestra de sensibilidad, sentido de la tensión, sorpresa, belleza, actuaciones profundas y humanidad. Brillante.
  • Jun 23, 2020
    The Dispatches from Elsewhere series is a mixture of fear and the circumstances that each person can deal with a single problem, in the series, we see ourselves as characters to know how far each of the group goes. Courage, daring, fear, loss, all of this has an advantage or a disadvantage when it comes to group work, and the series sends this message indirectly, that help and humanity can still exist even with a problem bigger to solve.
  • Jun 22, 2020
    There are some confronting aspects of this mini-series, especially if you associate yourself with one of the main characters, but I felt that the show as so well thought through, produced and acted, that you felt you could see how each character grew through the episodes and take heart in your association in how the character arc resolves. Definitely recommended!!
  • Jun 16, 2020
    Surprising series, very intelligently conceived, a challenge to the mind, amazing dialogues leading you to deep reflection. Thank you Jason Segel!

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