Emerald City: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1
Emerald City

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Dark and brooding, but also confusing and contrived, Emerald City is the Game of Thrones/Wizard of Oz mashup nobody asked for.



Critic Ratings: 42


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User Ratings: 417

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Air date: Jan 6, 2017

A tornado occurs while Dorothy searches for her mother, and the storm transports Dorothy to a mystical land where a powerful ruler has outlawed magic in the series premiere of this dark, modern reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz."

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Air date: Jan 6, 2017

Dorothy finds a soldier with amnesia and a man trying to help his best friend. Meanwhile, Glinda and West say good-bye to their fallen sister.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2017

The Wizard sends guards to kill Dorothy. Meanwhile, the witches' power intensifies as the Wizard loses control; and Tip and Jack seek a cure in the City of Ev.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2017

A lost girl finds Dorothy and Lucas. Meanwhile, the Wizard exercises his power over the residents of a village; and Jack goes on a new path following a life-altering experience.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2017

West interrogates Dorothy using some enchanted methods. Meanwhile, the Wizard seeks help from the Kingdom of Ev as he plans the construction of a weapons arsenal; and Lucas may recover his memories thanks to an old acquaintance.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2017

Dorothy makes progress toward learning about her past after her confrontation with the Wizard. Meanwhile, Lucas goes to great lengths to recover his memory, including allying with West; and the Wizard enacts his plan with Langwidere to prepare for the battle to come.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2017

The Wizard launches an attack on a village as his power is threatened, and he enlists West to help. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Lucas fight to keep Silvie safe; and Langwidere grapples with her new authority as her relationship with Jack grows complicated.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2017

Glinda reclaims something she's been searching for after Dorothy and Lucas arrive at her castle. Meanwhile, the Wizard heads to the Kingdom of Ev; West uses dangerous magic to help Tip; and Jack struggles to find his place in Langwidere's life.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2017

An intense negotiation gets underway when the Wizard arrives at the Kingdom of Ev. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Lucas find themselves on opposite sides; Jack's decision may have deadly consequences; and Tip and West solidify their bond.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2017

In the series finale, Tip and West reach Emerald City with vengeance on their minds. Meanwhile, Dorothy faces off against the Wizard and fights to save Oz; and Glinda brings her power to the battlefield as the threat of the Beast Forever looms.

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Critic Reviews for Emerald City Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (21)

The escapes and re-escapes pile up as this recurrently grisly tale tries to cast its spell... But Emerald City has its moment as a vicarious, danger-packed thrill ride replete with jolts, wonders and ample shivers amid its shimmers.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Emerald City is a gestalt of a series as opposed to an adaptation of a beloved book series and iconic movie. Many images and ideas abound, some alluring, none particularly coherent.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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The fact that the design of Emerald City is so blatantly ripped from Game of Thrones means one is going to more easily notice where this iteration comes up short. And it's everywhere.

Jan 4, 2017 | Full Review…

I DO know that Emerald City is the direct result of some evil thing hooking the cheerful, technicolor classic The Wizard of Oz up to the death machine from The Princess Bride and sucking every ounce of life out of it.

Jan 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The plotting is goofy, the tone is relentlessly dark and the pacing is excruciatingly slow. Worst, the characters are hard to care about.

Jan 9, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The overall result is a first season that has its flaws, but features enough delightful weirdness to intrigue those willing to give it a chance... Emerald City is without a doubt an epic leap into the unknown. Sometimes, it soars.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

NBC clearly saw some potential in this new modern take on an old tale, but its opening two hours are proof that it could have done with more heart à la Dorothy, and less of the grittiness that's taken over prestige television.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm stoked for more, and I hope you are too!

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Emerald City's ambitious pretentions of being the next great adult dark fantasy keep colliding with a childish, clumsy tendency toward unpleasant shock value.

Jan 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Seems like at every point in this production where a choice could be made to right the ship, everyone involved decided to double down on the insanity and banality.

Jan 6, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

The new series twists the story of Dorothy's adventures in Oz into a fantasy epic. It's aesthetically pleasing, but its plot often falls flat or feels long-winded.

Jan 5, 2017 | Full Review…

While both of these things make Emerald City completely watchable, perhaps the best thing about it is the performances of Arjona and Jackson-Cohen.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Emerald City: Season 1

  • Jul 25, 2020
    absolutely fantastic show. Was so gutted they never made season 2 or released it onto uk in the uk. Desperately want to watch it again
  • Jun 09, 2020
    I don't care what others think, Emerald City is one of the best TV shows ever to be cancelled. Each episode was better than its previous, leading to a massive season finale. It's the magic of the old days returning again, and it should be continued with season 2. There's so much potential for it. for example, season 2 could be featuring Ozma as a villain, Lucas and Dorothy with The Lion and The Tin Man vs her and the witches, The Beast Forever as everyone's enemy and Dorothy's father, and the rest depends on the creativity of the writers, composer, director, cast and producers. ALL WAITING FOR A SIGN TO BE UNLEASHED
  • May 11, 2020
    This show was indeed a fresh view of a story and one that was interesting to watch. It's a shame that it was canceled afters Season 1...
  • Feb 28, 2020
    Unbelievable that they killed this great series .so much junk gets the chance for 5 and more seasons
  • Apr 25, 2019
    This really is a great show, very interesting twist on an old favorite, it's a shame it didn't get the chance to show what it could have done with a season 2. Visually the show was amazing the acting was top notch if you like fantasy, little horror and a good twist try this
  • Mar 27, 2019
    Ridiculous. Bad acting. Unwatchable. One and a half for decent production value.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    It was a great show, it was original, it was compelling and consistent. It is sad it was cancelled, it deserved better.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Posted review . Seems rotten tomatoes can’t handle getting back what they have no trouble dishing out in the way of criticism
  • Dec 06, 2018
    Im surprised nobody liked this. Its a fun over the top retelling of wizard of oz. Looks very good so suspect it was not cheap to produce and the actors are quite honestly overqualified for such a story.
  • Sep 16, 2018
    I liked the show. Wish it would come back

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