Flesh and Bone: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
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Its nuanced female relationships makes Flesh and Bone a realistic portrayal of a professional ballet company, though it suffers from a lack of levity.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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User Ratings: 191

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Air date: Nov 8, 2015

Premiere of a drama about a troubled young dancer who lands a job with a prestigious ballet company in New York City, where she deals with a mercurial artistic director with whom she has a history.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2015

Claire's efforts to sever ties with her brother hit a snag when he comes looking for her; Paul hires a cutting-edge choreographer; and an aging prima ballerina schemes to remain in the spotlight.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2015

Despite financial woes, the show goes on as the new choreographer inpires the troupe, but irks Paul. Meanwhile, Claire looks into the strip club and Bryan arrives in town.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2015

Claire tries to eliminate Bryan from her New York City life, while getting more involved in the strip-club world. Mia's pains continue and Ross is in tune with Paul's insecurity.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2015

Claire and Kiira compete to become the face of the troupe's season; Mia fears her eating disorder is causing serious damage; and Sergei's interest in Claire is becoming clearer.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2015

As Thanksgiving nears, neurotic Paul has the dancers on edge, while Claire heads home to visit her ailing father and Bryan, whom she hasn't seen since their frightening encounter in New York.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2015

Opening night approaches and Paul is faced with setbacks that he blames on Toni. Meanwhile, Kiira comes to an important decision; and Romeo makes a prophecy that disturbs a seriously insecure Claire.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Kiira makes a decision that throws opening night into disarray; the spotlight is thrown on a surprised Daphne as Claire soars to artistic heights and Romeo's prophecy comes to the fore.

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Tv Season Info

A drama miniseries that follows Claire Robbins (Sarah Hay), a troubled young dancer who lands a job with a prestigious ballet company in New York City, where she deals with a mercurial artistic director with whom she has a history.

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Critic Reviews for Flesh and Bone Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (24)

Flesh and Bone, from Emmy-winning Moira Walley-Beckett, is watchable and often captivating.

Nov 9, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Portentous and pretentious, Starz's new prestige drama Flesh and Bone, about the cutthroat world of ballet, could have been watchable had it fully embraced the camp into which it occasionally pirouettes.

Nov 9, 2015 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Unfortunately the end result is a cast of supporting characters that fall flat without the proper development, and a lead that never quite opens up to the audience.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

To be fair, there are some beautiful dance sequences with graceful moves that are gloriously lit, complete with soaring music, but on the whole, Flesh and Bone tries oh so hard to be dark and moody and brooding that it overloads on those elements.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There is rivalry, sexual harassment and pole dancing. A schizophrenic homeless man sometimes seems like the most well-balanced character. All this is frequently hard to watch, but also impossibly addictive... breaking away proved difficult.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

At eight 60-minute-long episodes, it's hopelessly and frustratingly padded. Walley-Beckett's point is still hard to discern, but whatever it is, it's not worth the time.

Nov 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Outside of the dancing, thereÂ's very little about this show that is especially pretty, and yet it still makes for riveting television.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Fledgling actress Sarah Hay shines as a troubled young ballerina on the cusp of stardom.

Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…

All in all, there's a lot to recommend here, especially if the world of ballet fascinates or remotely interests you, but possibly even if it doesn't that much.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Flesh and Bone may not focus solely on ballet, but it's still an artistic achievement in both performance and execution.

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This drama is uncommonly wise in the ways a naive, frightened young girl might feel, and how she might be able to stretch and grow once ridding herself of some past baggage.

Nov 9, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ironically, given its fleet-footed subjects, Flesh and Bone is one of the most ungainly dramas to come along in quite some time, letting far too many of its narrative spinning plates come crashing down after eight protracted hours.

Nov 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flesh and Bone: Season 1

  • Dec 20, 2020
    It's a heavy series, but so well done. Acting and dancing all perfect.
  • Dec 12, 2020
    Flesh and bone is probably the only ballet serie that "coregraphly" it's EXCELLENT, but the lake of coherence in their character's personalities and general trama jeopardise what the legitimate behind the scenes of ballet really is.
  • Aug 28, 2020
    I was excited after the 1st episode. After that it was downhill. The heroine should have had way more backbone, grit, toughness and survival skills. She didn't. In the 1st episode we learn that Claire had a disturbing past with an abusive brother who was way too much into her. I thought, great! That would have, should have been the crucible which formed a very tough, self reliant fighter... somebody who could deal with her art director at the American ballet company who was a narcissist, and extremely abusive person towards his dancers.What we get here is an oldy moldy hackneyed theme of women being used and abused. She was easily manipulated and it was just plain nauseatingly. You could tell it was directed by men.
  • Jul 15, 2019
    I feel like I wasted my time with this show. I thought it was going to get better. Maybe even be an allegory for sexual assault or the rich versus the poor but it didn't make it's point. It was gross and disgusting her falling in love with her brother. There are better ways to portray something and this just fell flat.
  • Jul 28, 2018
    Bizarre, dark, and basic. Good dancing
  • Aug 07, 2017
    I keep watching this for the ballet sequences and the dance story but the narrative of ths series constantly diverges into melodramatic soap and gratuitous sex scenes. This show is so badly written I was dumbfounded to discover the same person wrote the Ozymandias epiosde of Breaking Bad.
  • Mar 22, 2017
    Love it! Ballet 5 stars
  • Jun 26, 2016
    Elegant, mysterious, well acted and brilliantly danced.
  • Jan 18, 2016
    This slickly-made mini series has beautiful actors, excellent photography, fine direction, and some nicely staged ballet. But the soap opera storyline is preposterous and to call this "a realistic portrayal of a professional ballet company" is ignorant and insulting to the ballet world.
  • Jan 10, 2016
    It's Awesome - if you like ballet in anyway you will like Flesh and Bone

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