Fortitude: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1

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Fortitude's fine cast, deliberate pacing, and chilling setting provide the show with more than enough of the titular quality.



Critic Ratings: 37


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User Ratings: 621

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Air date: Jan 29, 2015

A man is attacked in his home in the series premiere.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2015

Infidelity is suspected.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2015

The police close in on a prime suspect.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2015

Dan and Frank travel up the coast in search of a suspect.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2015

Elena's past catches up with her.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2015

The Sutter family is threatened by a surprising discovery.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2015

Fortitude tries to move on after uncovering the murderer.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2015

Another murder appears to be an open-and-shut case.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2015

Frank delivers his version of justice; and DCI Morton closes in on the truth about Pettigrew's death.

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Air date: Apr 2, 2015

Vincent and Natalie question their own ethics; and Morton deals with a surprise that could be his last.

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A brutal murder is investigated in a small Arctic town.

Critic Reviews for Fortitude Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18)

Given the overarching what-the-hellness and seat-gripping tension, Fortitude is made for bingeing. Just when you think the writers have written themselves into a corner, they serve up another stunning revelation

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

You'd say it was straight out of Hollywood, except that it is far too weird to have been commissioned by some weedy, greedy, risk-averse studio boss.

Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Push Fortitude to the top of your winter watch list.

Jan 30, 2015 | Full Review…

What we're most likely to get from Fortitude is simpler: a good, well-told mystery. That's another way to get through those long, cold winter nights.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…
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The resplendent panoramic visuals are a show in themselves. So the bigger your HD screen the better, with Fortitude's overriding whodunit gradually firming its grip while those icy, snowy vistas stay strong.

Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Fortitude is a superior crime show because it makes clear, from the start, the guilt of all involved. You can't keep the cold out forever.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Fortitude throws in everything and anything apart from the kitchen sink and prays it will hit its target. The end result is hit and miss show.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Fortitude is a promising pilot, with the framework for a very weird, dark drama set neatly into place.

Mar 12, 2020 | Full Review…

It's beautifully shot with a great cast -- Gråbøl and Richard Dormer are particularly strong -- but the threads need to pull together for a more coherent and satisfying whole as it progresses.

May 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fortitude cost Sky a lot of money to make, has a top-notch cast and looks stunning. Pity it's about as exciting as watching ice melt.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Because the world of Fortitude (the town, but also the show) is so interesting, the inevitable red herrings on the way to discovering the murderer are side trips worth taking.

May 21, 2019 | Full Review…

A hot-blooded murder mystery set in the cold of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude has an impressive cast headed up by Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon, and an atmosphere that draws you in immediately.

Mar 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fortitude: Season 1

  • May 08, 2020
    I binged this one and loved it. Too bad the second season couldn't pull it off.
  • Apr 22, 2020
    I cant watch every scene (blood & guts) and I cant keep track of who is sleeping with whom but over all I like it because it is NOT boring old American drama with predictable script.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    Great scenery, good characterisation, gripping watch.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    I have just finished Season 2 of Fortitude. While the story goes along various whodunnits and the plot was interesting, I did not find a character that I could really cheer for. I wanted to see the characters develop more. I wanted to see the scientific outpost side of it develop a bit more. Govn'r could have been developed into a true heroine. DCI Morton? Eric could have been developed into an "oh see, he CAN do it" character. Even the Shaman could have been developed into someone whom you felt was trying to do right, however misguided. There were plenty of characters to dislike but no one to get behind and root for. All in all I enjoyed the show, I just wanted someone to really get behind.
  • May 07, 2019
    Love it, but have to say, the way those Huskies are caged up and tied up like that is one horrific way of treating animals and yes it really happens. its bloody criminal and needs to stop....Yes but apart from that, this is gripping, but missing Dan in season 2, and such a shame Morton had to be killed off, I loved the tension between those two and the relationship development.
  • Sep 26, 2018
    Interesting, mystery/suspense. This show tries to be a little bit of everything and if you didn't really check the show out, you may not be sure what your watching (drama, horror, suspense, mystery, romance, etc.). It lacks the excitement and clear antagonist of a horror, but if you have the patience, the end is worth it.
  • May 14, 2018
    Fortitude is a fictional location in Artic Norway, with an unusual population consisting of a lot of people not from Norway. It is almost a direct comparison to the way that Alaska was for the USA for a long time, comprised not of locals but of people from different parts of the country/world trying to either start something new, or get away from something old. The basic concept is about a company trying to build a vacation getaway/go to location in the artic, while there are also a research facility and some sort of mining/oil location. All of this is in danger when a headless body is discovered, a murderer is lose and there is something more then a banal human doing the killing. The acting is great, and the writing makes it feel like these people do know each other. You can feel them sort of group together when Stanley Tucci comes in as a British investigator for the death, and Tucci’s struggle to find out what actually happened. The whole storyline is over by the end of the season, they wrap up the killer and supernatural parts of it cleanly, leaving the show with a solid conclusion. I very much enjoy this with British shows, the idea that the season can stand alone. The one down part is the show does drag a little. It gets slower in the middle then I would like, and that could be my American take on shows, but they could have reduced this from a 12 episode show to a 10 episode show and it would have only been better I suspect part of this is the show starts to have a lot of relationship drama, where they really shouldn’t be, and slows down the story just for drama’s sake. Never a good thing. Pros: Excellent acting, writing, location. Cons: Could have been a little shorter, a little less relationship drama that went nowhere. Caught my interest enough I will have to see what Season 2 will be about.
  • Apr 08, 2018
    Season one - binge watching at its finest. Mysterious, creepy, graphic and edgy. I am constantly surprised by the twisty plot and well defined characters.
  • Jan 30, 2018
    I liked the first season of Fortitude. You aren't really quite sure which way it's headed. It takes turns though out the entire first season. It ultimately becomes kind of an x-files type show. This show is NOT afraid to kill off major characters, which is a good thing.
  • Nov 23, 2017
    Amazing international cast, ominous otherworldy setting, eerie genre-bending narrative. I'm all in.

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