Falling Water: Season 1 (2016)


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Falling Water

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Falling Water attempts complexity and intrigue but churns out an unimaginative concept lacking a redeemable payoff.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 86

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Air date: Oct 13, 2016

The premiere of mind-bending drama about three disparate people who discover that they share a subconscious link via a dream.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2016

Burton questions whether the Woman in Red exists beyond his dreams; Tess learns how to navigate into others' dreams; and Taka connects the group suicide to unexpected sources.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2016

Taka takes a closer look at the cult; Burton meets a mysterious CEO while on a business trip; and Tess discovers difficult information at her mother's house.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2016

Burton's controlled façade crumbles; Taka and Sabine find an unexpected intimacy; and Tess seeks solace with a dying ex-lover.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2016

Tess quits the dream experiments and uncovers more of her mother's secrets; Burton rejects sleep to shake loose of Olivia; and Taka is torn between Kumiko and Sabine.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2016

Tess, who believes Charlotte was involved in the taking of her son, enters her mother's dreams; Ann-Marie Bowen attempts to recruit Taka; and Burton uncovers new secrets.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2016

Taka and Tess are brought together by a blackout; and Burton finds evidence that the Woman in Red may exist outside his dreams.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2016

Burton pursues the Woman in Red; Sabine has issues with Taka, who learns more about the green; and Tess and Bill meet a familiar face while following a lead about the boy.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2016

Taka, Tess and Burton all converge on the boy.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2016

Tess tries to protect the boy; Taka attempts to appease the Green; and Burton strives to heal the Woman in Red.

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Three seemingly ordinary people – trend-spotter Tess (Lizzie Brochere), NYPD detective Taka (Will Yun Lee), and security expert Burton (David Ajala) – discover that, while they don't know each other, they can connect with each other and possibly others through their dreams. In their attempt to seek the meaning of their dreams and why they're dreaming them in the first place, they find out that there are stronger forces playing a high-stakes game behind their connected dreaming. The first season of "Falling Water" also features Zak Orth as industrialist Bill Boerg and Anna Wood as The Woman in Red.

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Critic Reviews for Falling Water Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

The sole appeal upon which Falling Water relies is mystery, and I'll admit that after watching I do want to learn the answers to the questions the plot has posed. But I don't wish for the answers so much that I'll sit through another hour.

Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…

The idea of dream-traveling isn't new - see 1984's Dreamscape - but this is a good-looking and intriguing reworking of the premise.

Oct 13, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Falling Water is a hollow puzzle box. It is a twisting, turning show that centers on dreams but completely loses the required balance of a series like this one: don't just present new questions, give us a few answers too.

Oct 12, 2016 | Full Review…

The performances are solid and the production values also make the grade under the direction of show-runners Gale Anne Hurd (who spent a season on The Walking Dead) and Blake Masters (Brotherhood).

Oct 12, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The only thing that's crystal clear is that this won't be a short trip, so it's up to a viewer to decide if the show is languorously absorbing or just painful slow... My not goes to painfully slow.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

If you're feeling burned TV series after TV series that plants a central mystery and then dances around it for too long to sustain interest, proceed here with cautious optimism.

Oct 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Intriguing but irritatingly opaque, this drama traffics in dreamy imagery and surreal plot developments that seem cobbled together from other mysteries.

Oct 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

We don't expect answers to the series' biggest questions yet, but we should at least know what the characters are striving for collectively and what's really at stake here. Otherwise, it's hard to really care about what happens each week.

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

The problem with Water is that it keeps promising revelations that are constantly withheld, as though we might not keep watching if the show tipped its hand about what all this dream investigation is really about.

Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…

There's a compelling TV show underneath its heavily stylized packaging, and if you have the patience to watch that play out then you will be rewarded.

Oct 12, 2016 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

So far, the tension has felt more tailored to give the illusion of stakes and mystery and gravitas rather than a filter for legitimate urgency.

Oct 12, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's easy to drift. About then Falling Water usually does something shocking or creepy to make you wake up and pay attention. But really, does anyone like being jolted when they are nodding off?

Oct 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Falling Water: Season 1

  • Jun 04, 2020
    It is one of the best series that can be seen at the moment. The narrative is very well plotted, and it travels through the dreamlike in a plot that links what happens in dreams with reality. I am surprised that "criticism" has not been able to appreciate it adequately.
  • May 31, 2020
    Entertaining. There are no gaps in it. Most of the events are carefully planned so that I can believe what's happening.
  • Jan 25, 2020
    This show is amazing, from the cast to the sets to tiny details in the environment to pacing. Nearly every episode ends with me thinking it was an amazing episode
  • Mar 18, 2019
    Another excellent example of a show the people likes but the critics hated. At this point I think we can pretty much ignore everything a professional critic says because they're mostly shilll souless, lying acks of human detritus. This was a solid series that suffered from poor marketing (more like non existant) and a saturated schedule.
  • Mar 14, 2018
    one of the best, but if ur looking for easy thing like teens stuff this isn't what u looking for cos it a bit puzzled and u have to put the pieces together like the Legion TV series
  • Jan 27, 2018
    Almost to the end of Season 1 and excited to see how it wraps up. Regardless, it's been a great ride. Not only are the leads great and the mood/atmosphere of the show eerily electric, but the ideas ... so well thought out! I would urge viewers to ignore the critics and give this a good shot. It's better than a lot of the shows and movies that examine dreams and what they might mean. The pacing can be slow, but it works and gives you some time to think about what you're seeing, which is so important when it comes to dreams. Don't most of us wish we could go into our dreams and spend a bit more time taking in the details?
  • Jan 25, 2018
    An incredibly original series that get side tracked a little but still has excellent cerebral depth. Fully deserves five stars.
  • Jan 18, 2018
    Watched the first 5 episodes of season one and it has been intriguing thus far.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    I generally agree with the critics on RT, but they got this one WAY wrong. Falling Water is one of the most unique and enjoyable series o the last few years. I encourage everyone (with any intellect) to give this series a shot.
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Falling Water attempted to impress with complexity and intrigue but churned out a poor show. Actors are good, so is camera work and production but the story and how it is delivered lacks imagination and convinction.

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