Dracula: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

Season 1

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A delicious blend of horror and humor that more-or-less balances modern sensibilities and the character's beloved legacy, Dracula is a frighteningly fun -- if not always faithful -- time.



Critic Ratings: 54


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Air date: Jan 4, 2020

For over 120 years, Bram Stoker's classic novel, Dracula, has inspired generations of filmmakers. Now the creators of Sherlock give the legend fresh blood! It's 1897 and St Mary's Convent in Budapest plays host to a desiccated husk of a human being, Jonathan Harker, an English lawyer with a strange and unsettling story to tell. Listening in is the kind and inquisitive Sister Agatha, a nun with an unusual interest in the creatures of the night. Invited to Transylvania to meet the reclusive Count Dracula, Harker finds himself trapped in an ancient, terrifying castle, a maze of mouldering corridors and vaults: a prison without locks. It soon becomes clear that he and his client are the only things living in the echoing halls of the moulding pile, and that the Count himself isn't living at all. In fact, Dracula is a 400-year-old vampire who has grown weary of his own exhausted country and has set his sights on the new world.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2020

Russian ship The Demeter seems a perfectly ordinary vessel, but the motley collection of passengers includes one Count Dracula. The ship of death has a new captain.

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Air date: Jan 4, 2020

Count Dracula has made it to England - a new world pulsing with fresh blood - and lays his plans to spread his foul vampire contagion.

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The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire's gory crimes -- and bring his vulnerability into the light.

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Critic Reviews for Dracula Season 1

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (15)

Bang deftly sells this intelligent take on the legend.

Jan 4, 2020 | Full Review…

This three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic is a bloody masterpiece from beginning to end.

Jan 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The three part season has some high and low points, but my biggest issue revolves around the third episode, as it takes a rather jarring shift. It feels disjointed from the other episodes... and it's rather boring to be honest.

Sep 2, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a mix of the brilliant, the questionable, and the simply terrible, resulting in an entertaining, but at times, rather confusing experience. [Full review in Spanish]

Jul 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An at times reasonably diverting, but far more frequently exasperating skit on the novel which doesn't seem sure it wants to play for laughs, shock with gore or - most appallingly of all - play to the Twitter choir.

Jul 12, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This iteration of DRACULA will maintain viewer interest, but I would not call it a rush-to-must-see adaptation.

Jun 22, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

See a different side of Dracula in this dark and twisted must watch Netflix series. It starts off slow, but then you won't be able to stop watching.

Mar 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An audacious rekindling of the undying appeal of literature's most famous vampire.

Mar 13, 2020 | Full Review…

What gives Dracula a witty frisson is its presumption that we're very familiar with the story, as most of us are. The pleasure comes from the surprising variations and clever changes the creators bring to the tale.

Feb 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Well-done take on vampire classic is compelling, gory.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The story keeps things interesting by jumping around in time, preserving some of the epistolary format of the 1897 novel and springing a few twists on the viewer.

Jan 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Despite some gorgeous gore for its gothic and modern horror settings, there's little to sustain anyone who dares dig their teeth into this limp and pale take on the character.

Jan 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dracula: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    The first two episodes were fantastic, true to Dracula and the Victorian era. The third episode truly ruined the entire series.
  • Dec 18, 2020
    Disgusting. Never felt so much cringe like I had on episode 3 romance scene. True example how bad BBC production is these days. I actually told my girlfriend after first episode that there must be some black guy and Indian guy in next episode... and there you go - the black guy is even gay. I truly wish if I could return back time and skip this abomination. Recommendation: Stake it through the heart, cut its head and put some salt over the grave. I truly hope season 2 will never exist. Recap: Episode 1 - 3.5/5 - the only episode worth watching it - wished if all 3 episodes focused on this part of the story Episode 2 - 2/5 - a bit too long and boring, but bearable. Epiosde 3 - 0/5 - can't even find where to start explaining what's wrong with this episode.
  • Dec 02, 2020
    Basically Hannibal but with vampires
  • Nov 11, 2020
    The fact that this show goes from a solid 4.5/5 to a literal 0/5 in only 3 epsiodes is fascinating to me. The first epsiode is fun and interesting, even if the humour can be a little cringe-inducing. There's an actual sense of intrigue and some fun horror concepts. However, by episode 3, nothing makes sense, none of the characters are remotely interesting and everybody is simultaneously a genius and complete moron for the sake of plot convenience. And the ending, wow. I'm sure "his limitations were just in his head all along" sounded super deep on paper, but in execution it's nonsensical and kind of embarrassing.
  • Oct 01, 2020
    I was enjoying it a bit. The gross skin was off putting but whatever, I'm not gonna let that stop me, though I hesitated. Everybody dislikes flies so it was pretty stupid to use flies as the main symbol for the show in the intro. This is the bottom line: Mina invited JOHNNY in past the bread line. NOT Dracula. Dracula was wearing Johnny's skin, Dracula was still never invited in. If I invite Dracula's articles of clothing into my home is he allowed in? No. F***ing stupid writing. I have just switched it off to write this review. That is SO stupid it has ruined the whole thing for me. I very much enjoyed PARTS of it, but over all I wouldn't have recommended it to anyone.
  • Sep 29, 2020
    i LOVE the mix of humour and horror in this one. The first and the second episode are sometimes a bit hard to get through, but it is SO worth it for the third one. I laughed so much this entire show....please watch this. There were many parallels to the book, even though the story isn't the same, and that's another thing i found really cool!!
  • Sep 29, 2020
    The first 2 episodes were epic, giving a fresh and unique take on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Beautifully shot with great witty dialogue. But stop watching after the 2nd episode if you don't want to be sourly disappointed. I actually lost sleep over this. What were the creators thinking??! What started as a potential award winning masterpiece quickly turns into a campy teen-beat mess. It seems as though the entire writing team was cleared out and replaced by the writing team from Buffy The Vampire Slayer in the 3rd episode! The story goes from 1897 Hungary in the first 2 episodes to current day in the last episode where Dracula gets caught up with a bunch of young millennials and uses text messaging and Tinder to hook up with his victims. Really??!! The entire episode plays like a spoof, knocking on the current brainless culture where Dracula sits fascinated next to his young brainless victim asking her, "You really don't care do you?", Nah she replies, "Ah, The perfect food." before he chows down on his victim. Filmmakers, please take more responsibility in dealing with an iconic classic, instead of trying to dumb it down for us to imagine what it would be like if Dracula lived in our brainless culture.
  • Sep 23, 2020
    First episode is cool. Second episode has stupid people. Third episode is just WTF?
  • Sep 12, 2020
    The first episode is amazing; by the third it definitely takes a weird turn - not sure I liked where it was going, but I was certainly entertained.
  • Sep 10, 2020
    Jesus! Bram Stoker turns in his Grave! The first episode sparks an interest and has real potential, but my gosh it goes really down hill from there. Awful, dreadful and a bloody horrid piece of crap. A couple of chimpanzees could write and produce better material than the responsible buffoons at BBC. I hope that young viewers who haven't read the book yet don't think this is in any way a decent version or reproduction of the actual story of Dracula. The plotting is ridiculous, and the characters have about as much depth as a Burger King bumper sticker.

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