Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
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Fear the Walking Dead recycles elements of its predecessor, but it's still moody and engrossing enough to compete with the original.



Critic Ratings: 63


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Air date: Aug 23, 2015

In the opener of this "The Walking Dead" spin-off, a dysfunctional blended family is forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the start of the zombie apocalypse.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2015

As Madison struggles to keep Nick from crippling withdrawal, Travis ventures out to find his son before Los Angeles falls.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2015

Travis, Liza and Chris seek refuge with the Salazar family after escaping a violent riot. Meanwhile, Madison defends her home.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2015

Madison and Travis witness different sides of the National Guard's occupation of their neighborhood.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2015

The National Guard's plan for the neighborhood and its residents is revealed, forcing Travis and Madison to make a difficult decision.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2015

As civil unrest continues to grow and the dead take over, Travis and Madison must explore new ways to protect their families in the Season 1 finale.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2015

The pilot announces that the plane is rerouting to Los Angeles due to citywide blackouts in Phoenix. Meanwhile, the ill passenger loses his pulse, and Charlie discovers a large wound on his abdomen.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2015

A flight attendant attempts to resuscitate the dead man, as Charlie tries to convince an air marshal on the plane that the deceased is dangerous and needs to be contained.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2016

The dead man awakens and becomes violent, but the air marshal traps him in the bathroom.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2016

The air marshal tends to a flight attendant who was bitten by the reanimated man. Meanwhile, Charlie argues that they should land the plane, until the stewardess reveals that there are blackouts occurring across the country.

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The beginning of the zombie apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead" is explored in this spin-off series. Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey star.

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Critic Reviews for Fear the Walking Dead Season 1

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (37)

Fear the Walking Dead feels like a worthy extension because it gives another perspective, from Los Angeles, on a global crisis. There are stories beyond Rick Grimes and his fearless, tested band.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

The new series lacks a beating heart -- even a black one.

Aug 5, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Nothing serves a horror story like a good build. Or, in the case of L.A. itself, a slow crumble.

Aug 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even if zombies aren't your cup of TV, there is plenty to appreciate about the construction of Fear the Walking Dead.

Aug 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Fear the Walking Dead prequel might just as well be called Milking The Walking Dead For All It's Worth.

Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

I doubt that the rampaging hordes - and by this I mean the bloodthirsty and highly opinionated legions of "Walking Dead" fans - will eat that up.

Aug 21, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It feels like writers are trying so hard to humanize these characters, they're forgetting their audience. Society is breaking down and people are being eaten; however, it doesn't seem to be impacting this series.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Fear The Walking Dead has a solid start that encourages you to keep an eye on the story. AMC knows how to exploit the zombie hen for the golden eggs. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

For the most part, Fear the Walking Dead aims to pick up something the mothership lost along the way, specifically an existential horror behind all the gore.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

What I can take away from the first 60-minutes of "Fear the Walking Dead" is that it's aiming to be rich in characters, with Frank Dillane stealing the show.

May 8, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's admirable how boldly Fear The Walking Dead establishes itself as a subtler, slower burn than its guts-and gore-filled predecessor, but the shambling pace may end up testing the patience of more restless viewers.

Aug 7, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

If The Walking Dead is a horror story, Fear the Walking Dead is a mood piece, more artful than the original series.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1

  • Feb 13, 2021
    I hope that the other Seasons will be able to overcome what I think is an impossible task
  • Jan 09, 2021
    Nessa temporada a única coisa que eu senti falta , é aquela violência brutal da serie principal
  • Oct 16, 2020
    It was a nice spin-off of the walking dead.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    Awesome! Loved to watch it
  • Jul 28, 2020
    I think it would have been better to show the life of different characters in different episodes to really understand what happened in this univers, like showing in each episode the life of a doctor, a police officer, a criminal, etc. Like Black Mirror. But talking about Fear The Walking Dead, the events are very slow and the characters without empathy or something different from The Walking Dead. I didn't like at all and would never recommend this TV show.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Fear The Walking closes the gap between the start of the zombie apocalypse and the moment Rick wakes up. It has a very interesting premise, and that is what keeps the show alive. Was it necessary? No.
  • Apr 13, 2020
    I actually like the first season of FTWD. Unlike TWD, we the audience get to see a glimpse into what the downfall of civilization and the world looked like pre apocalypse. It was quite chaotic and eventful. Full of tension and drama. However I did feel like at times the whole season felt very rushed. Of course thats what happens when you only have six episodes in the first season. Perhaps if the show had 8 or 9 episodes in the first season we might of gotten better characters moments and more zombie action. Again I did like this season, but I also didn't love it. The characters at times made very bad decisions and that is because the writing was bad to begin with. I felt we could have done with more character backstory and bonding. There also should have been WAY more zombies and gore. It just seemed liked what season 1 of FTWD was missing was more. More episodes, more gore and blood, more zombies, more character moments, more everything. One thing that was truly great about this season though was Nick. Actor Frank Dillane did a masterful job with this character. I don't think season 1 would have been good at all if it wasn't for Nick. He was a great character this season who adapted very well to the harsh new world and I enjoyed him quite much. All told, the inaugural season of Fear was not bad, but it certainly wasn't great. It was just...ok.
  • Mar 30, 2020
    I've just started watching this due to Covid-19 lockdown. Again more zombie cliches such as people in zombie films/series acting as if they have never seen a zombie film/series, so queue shooting to the chest with exposition about how they 'just wont go down', characters trying to reason with zombified friends early on, inflated drama about having to execute bitten members of 'the group' before they turn etc etc. By the end of the season you will have been beaten over the head by how the real monster all along is......man/government/big pharma.... yawn. The first season culminates with 'the group' releasing a stadium full of zombies on a hospital, killing hundreds of mainly incapacitated wounded people and medical staff to save a junkie. Because the junkie is one of the characters son. Its not terrible but it doesn't make a lot of sense and I'm guessing would more appeal to the conspiracy theory fan and hardcore zombie genre lover such as I.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    Great I like it a lot
  • Jan 07, 2020
    zombie zombie zombie

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