Evil: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)


Season 1
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Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.

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User Ratings: 400

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Air date: Sep 26, 2019

In the premiere, forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard is hired by the Catholic Church to work with David Acosta, a priest-in-training, and contractor Ben Shakir, to determine whether a serial killer is possessed by a demon or merely a psychopath. Kristen finds that she has a taste for the work and is invited to join the team on a permanent basis.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2019

Kristen, David and Ben are called to investigate a supposed miracle when Naomi Clark, a 17-year-old soccer player, comes back to life after she had been declared dead for almost two hours. Also, Kristen meets with her former boss, Lewis Cormier, at the Queens District Attorney's office, where she runs into Leland Townsend.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2019

A high-strung theater producer's behavior turns from demanding to what is believed to be demonic, and Kristen, David and Ben are called in to assess the situation. Also, Kristen discredits her DA office successor and nemesis, Leland Townsend, before he can ruin a 17-year-old boy's life.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2019

Kristen, Ben and David are hired to evaluate Eric, a seemingly psychopathic 9-year-old boy. Eric takes a liking to David, which leaves them hopeful they can curb his violent behavior. Also, Kristen is most affected by this investigation as she worries about her young daughters who lied about a horror game their grandmother, Sheryl, bought behind her back.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2019

On Halloween night, Kristen and David are sent to assess an exorcism, but once the pair analyzes the situation, they are at odds while trying to determine whether it is a supernatural demonic possession, or severe mental disease escalated by physical and mental distress. Also, Ben goes on his favorite show, "Demon Hunters," where he debunks their supernatural finds with fellow unbeliever Vanessa.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2019

The Catholic Church asks Kristen, David and Ben to assess the veracity of a local prophetess, Grace Ling, and they are shaken when they see one of her visions come to life. Also, David struggles with jealousy when he sees God speaking with the prophetess, and to Kristen's dismay, her mother, Sheryl, and Leland begin a relationship.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2019

When Bridget confesses to murder during her exorcism, Monsignor Korecki asks Kristen, David and Ben to investigate if the details match any open cases and if the woman really is possessed by a demon.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2019

When David recognizes one of the sigils in the Poveglia Codex from his father Leon's artwork, he and Kristen journey to a remote art commune to investigate its meaning and how it's related to David's family.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2019

David is shocked to learn he is being sued for inflicting severe psychological harm on Caroline Hopkins, after he assisted in her exorcism. The accusation leads him to question his future as a priest, especially once he develops a very close connection with his defense attorney, Renee Harris.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2019

Kristen, David and Ben are called to investigate an insidiously addictive Christmas song that's spreading among an increasing number of students, and the dangerous relationship between online influencers and their impressionable young followers.

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Critic Reviews for Evil Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

So far, it's an admirable attempt, if sometimes overly simplistic.

Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Both the writing and direction take the time to make sure that the emotional repercussions linger and build on each other, but the in-the-moment stuff is sometimes active for both characters and audience.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

It's like being haunted by someone who's part-devil and part-snarky David Spade. It's very unsettling - and somehow, even creepier.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…
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This delightful first season has pitted poor, unprepared humans against all manner of techno-torment: hackers, misogynist social networks, deepfakes, videogames your kids don't tell you about, freaking YouTube videos.

Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Evil centers a trio of religious minorities-an atheist, a Muslim, and a Catholic-whose heated but respectful debates form some of the show's most compelling scenes.

Nov 6, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Evil is a show that surprises you, which to me makes it one of last year's best dramas.

Oct 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Genuinely disturbing at times, the visual imagery accompanying the suspected possessions, fever dreams, and demonic (?) manifestations is most definitely not for those of a sensitive disposition.

May 6, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Evil is entertaining, disturbing and fun at the same time. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Evil exhibits its creators' capacity for flitting between drama and levity.

Jan 31, 2020 | Full Review…

It is fascinating, suggestive and the time flies by. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 15, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The main female character played by Herbers confirms the ability of Robert and Michelle King to create protagonists that are intelligent, capable, sensitive, strong, and vulnerable. [Full Review in Spanish]

Dec 26, 2019 | Full Review…

Holly hell, I love it.

Sep 27, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Evil: Season 1

  • 3h ago
    Captivating. Really captivating. Can't stop rewatching. Never a dull moment yet doesn't feel "too much".
  • Nov 15, 2020
    Unbiased ideology on spirituality and science and the acceptance that one cannot exist without the other is the underlying message in a concise, no frizzles series exploring the horrors and questions of this world.
  • Nov 10, 2020
    Witty and scary. Great cast.
  • Nov 02, 2020
    The show stars off quite well and then, it becomes a series of plot cliffhangers. The entire season is full of them. A story starts and ends abruptly without ever completing. The main character is also the worst mother in history. I honestly don't think it would truly bother her if her all her daughters just suddenly died. She feels nothing for anyone except perhaps some sexual tension for 1 coworker. Other than that, she's just as sociopathic as the demons and other "bad guys" that she chases
  • Nov 01, 2020
    I could see myself watching this for many seasons. Reminds me of Supernatural with a bigger budget
  • Nov 01, 2020
    Has some really smart writing and great performances from its four leads. It is crazy enough to go really out there sometimes for full episodes but they hit more often than they miss. A fun fascinating show that is probably the best one on Network TV now.
  • Oct 31, 2020
    Very good stories and characters. I'm looking forward to Season 2...
  • Oct 29, 2020
    Love this show. Great actors, great story lines and sometimes will make you jump.
  • Oct 29, 2020
    This show has some super entertaining stuff going on. Surprising writing, great chemistry and acting. It's funny, sad, serious, creepy, icky, with real emotion and important things to say. Kudos to the writers, producers, directors, casting... all involved. They're nailing it. The end of E12 is hilarious, but in consistent fashion they turn this levity into something more complex in the next episode, the season finale, so that the tone stays just so and wavers only slightly, and you're not really sure what they're saying. In other words, they introduce something that, at face value, is gut-bustingly funny, then turn around and use it to further the narrative in elegant, dark, and foreboding ways. I'm not sure I've seen this particular accomplishment before, at least to this degree. Before I watched the season finale, I was not sure how they could swerve from such highly entertaining frivolity, but they pulled it off. I was literally falling about the place laughing at the audacity for at least ten minutes. What seemed shark jumping for a second definitely was not. You know fantasy might be the highest form of satire, right? This show is a doozy, incredibly funny, but that's just one of its many strong traits. There are many other things here, either staring boldly at you or hiding behind what you're seeing and hearing–symbols, metaphors, allegory… the marks of real art. There is also the irony that it is enlightening and not evil. It addresses real questions using logic and reason. What a concept, huh? Not much of that in the workaday of 2020. I hope Evil lasts a long, LONG time.
  • Oct 28, 2020
    This is not something I would normally watch but the scores were good. And I'm glad I checked it out. So yes, there is a somewhat (or very) corny "evil in a catholic fantasy reality" context. And yes, there are demons and exorcisms and etc. But I can't like this show is legit good. The characters are still in the "network TV grade" bracket (not as good as, say, a character in Succession or Billions or other character driven shows). But that said, they do a good job, and there are a few real standout roles/moments in terms of character acting. Even the most fantastical stuff is done reasonably well. The show touches on some "taboos" (like infidelity, drugs, etc), among other sorta real world context. Nothing very intense but it's cool to include. So overall, I might not tell all my friends I liked this show haha, but I still highly recommend it. I binged the shit out of the first season. I'm pretty picky about what I'll watch but this I am looking forward to a second season of.

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