Foundation (2021)


Season 1
Foundation

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Foundation's big-budget production and impressive performances are a sight to behold, but it struggles to wrangle the behemoth that is its source material into a fully satisfying series.

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Critic Ratings: 88

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Air date: Sep 24, 2021

Gaal Dornick leaves her life in Synnax behind when the galaxy's greatest mathematician, Hari Seldon, invites her to Trantor.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2021

The Foundation makes the long journey to Terminus as Gaal and Raych grow closer; the Empire faces a difficult decision.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2021

Brother Dusk reflects on his legacy as he prepares for ascension; the Foundation arrives on Terminus and finds a mysterious object.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2021

Salvor faces off with an enemy of the Empire; Brothers Day and Dusk are at odds, while Brother Dawn wrestles with his truth.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2021

A flashback reveals the origin of Gaal's conflict between faith and science; the standoff on Terminus takes an unfortunate turn.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2021

Brother Day meets Zephyr Halima, a would-be leader who opposes the Empire; Brother Dusk grows suspicious of Brother Dawn.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2021

The Anacreons and their hostages board the fabled Invictus warship; the bond between Brother Dawn and Azura intensifies.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2021

Brother Day embarks on a journey that no other Cleon has ever attempted; Salvor prepares to make the ultimate sacrifice to return home.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2021

On Terminus, the null field has become even more powerful; Brother Dawn makes a daring choice.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2021

An unexpected ally helps Salvor broker an alliance; a confrontation between the Brothers leads to unthinkable consequences.

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Jared Harris
Dr. Hari Seldon

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Lee Pace
Brother Day

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Lou Llobell
Gaal

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Leah Harvey
Salvor

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Laura Birn
Demerzel

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Terrence Mann
Brother Dusk

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Cassian Bilton
Brother Dawn

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Alfred Enoch
Raych Seldon

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David S. Goyer
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Josh Friedman
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Cameron Welsh
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David Ellison
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Dana Goldberg
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Robyn Asimov
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Victoria Morrow
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Leigh Dana Jackson
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Russell Rothberg
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Critic Reviews for Foundation: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Foundation: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    They clearly put a lot of money and effort bro this show and it shows. It has been a very long time that a tv show was so good that I wanted to watch the season again. Maybe I just want additional content but unfortunately there is not any. I was very pleased to hear of a second season. I love the concept of the show and how well they present it. The show covers a large time period and they do a marvelous job of doing so without making it overly complicated to follow. The characters and people are interrogate, well thought out, and amazingly tied into the story. Very rarely does a Science fiction tv show come along that is this good. If you have not seen this, I highly recommend it.
  • 5d ago
    Love this show! Can't wait for season 2. I see a lot of purists that read the novels by Isaac Asimov harping on this show because it doesn't follow his storyline very well. I mean really, when is the movie ever better after one's read the book? I haven't read the books so I can't really compare, but I thought it was a such a riveting story about the evolving and devolving of the human race expanding across galaxies with just jaw dropping cinematography. They've even added some very cool plots that I'm told the book doesn't even contain. Love also seeing such a diverse and brilliant cast. I've also seen many say there is no way the Foundation novels could be truly recreated for the screen, so give it up people and just enjoy the masterpiece the screenwriters have created using Asimov series as a loose guide.
  • Jan 20, 2023
    The show had a few slower paced moments but I liked the variety of the type of actors and actresses that are in the show. The characters were interesting and the visuals were actually pretty incredible. Some parts of the show were a little slow and they were meandering a bit. Some episodes had really great short stories.
  • Jan 19, 2023
    "It takes more power to build than to burn." Oh the irony of that statement - lost on the writer and director of this series." May they be blessed forever by company of brother Day, to entertain him daily, only to forget and restart the cycle each dawn - a fate of, and worthy of, this, their creation.
  • Jan 15, 2023
    3 stars, it has it's highlights but also a lot of plot holes and problems. First the good thing. The Empire plot is really good and Lee Pace performance is great. As for Terminus? It's below the average. The plot is bad from beginning to an end. From simple nitpicking like strength of armor on the ship, where bullet from turret is not enough to damage it and yet simple pistol can penetrate ship armor, to much, much bigger problems. Phara evil plans and how they play out works only, because characters around her suddenly act really stupid and everyone has short term memory. The whole conflict on Terminus and how it plays out in the end treats viewer as an idiot. I read books a long time ago and I do understand that a lot needed to be changed in order for the series to not feel like slow boring documentary. As I said I really liked Empire plot, because the spirit of the book is preserved. Hell, even it it was completely changed it actually is really entertaining to watch and follow. I can't say the same about Foundation plot. Not only is it not interesting, it also is full of stupid characters, problems and contradictions. For the fans of books, the whole concepts of psycho-history is butchered, so they probably won't be happy about this. I really hope the writers in second season study the source material a little bit more. Not to recreate it, but to get inspired and make something better for the Foundation plot, just like they did with the Empire plot.
  • Jan 15, 2023
    Leah Harvey's acting put a sour taste in my mouth and is not convincing in the slightest. She has the same constipated look and tone in every scene. The visuals are great though
  • Jan 15, 2023
    It was an extremely innovative and different first season, whose flaws are almost entirely attributable to pandemic restrictions. While there are some pacing and scope missteps, it's clearly a setup to a fantastically grand tale. I eagerly await future seasons and an optimization of the storytelling.
  • Jan 14, 2023
    A blend of well thought and heavy handed alterations of the the source material, the show is totally devoid of Asimov's typical wit and playfulness. The excellent actors' performance and the stunning visuals can't prevent Foundation from crumbling under the weight of its own gravitas. Striking half a star out for the show's damning incapacity to instill a sense of the galaxy's vastness nor to give the audience a grasp of the action's locations.
  • Jan 14, 2023
    It's an okay show with nice looking CGI and good actors doing a great job. That said, I think it strays too far from the source material and the story is a bit rushed. Also, please stop it with the self-righteous and bratty protagonists. It's almost a cliché.
  • Jan 11, 2023
    the music is just fantastic!

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