Frontier: Season 1 (2016)

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Season 1
Frontier

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Jason Momoa's powerhouse performance as Declan Harp is ultimately weighed down by Frontier's often sluggish storytelling.

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Critic Ratings: 22

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User Ratings: 299

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 20, 2017

In the series premiere, Michael Smyth lands in the New World on an HBC ship and is ordered by Lord Benton to venture into the frontier in search of fur trader Declan Harp, the man responsible for the murder of Benton's soldiers at a remote outpost.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2017

While Douglas and Malcolm Brown negotiate a loan with wealthy Samuel Grant, their brother Cedric Brown kidnaps a Lake Walker boy as trade leverage; Emberly takes a big risk that puts her in Benton's crosshairs.

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After an unprovoked attack on their camp, Machk leads the Lake Walkers to retaliate against the Brown Brothers; Harp sets out to find the truth while tensions increase.

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An unexpected arrival to Fort James puts Lord Benton and Chesterfield on edge; and Emberly conspires to rid herself of a problem. Meanwhile, Michael is shocked when he sees someone from his past in the bay.

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Captain Johnson closes in on Benton; and the fort is reinforced with soldiers as Harp and Benton come face to face. Meanwhile, Emberly makes a move to control Chesterfield.

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Michael and Sokanon conspire to free Harp from Benton, which sends Fort James into a state of chaos.

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Greed and power struggles surrounding the 18th-century fur trade in North America are explored in this drama. Season 1 sees Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron) land in the New World and is ordered by Lord Benton to venture into the frontier in search of fur trader Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), the man responsible for the murder of Benton's soldiers at a remote outpost.

Cast & Crew

Landon Liboiron
Michael Smyth
Michael Patric
Malcolm Brown
Alun Armstrong
Lord Benton
Allan Hawco
Douglas Brown
Stephen Lord
Cedric Brown
Evan Jonigkeit
Captain Chesterfield
Shawn Doyle
Samuel Grant
Zoe Boyle
Grace Emberly
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Critic Reviews for Frontier Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

Frontier is moderately entertaining, but consistently unchallenging.

Jan 18, 2017 | Full Review…

It crams too much fur-trading history into six overstuffed episodes, introducing two dozen hastily sketched minor characters, many of whom have nothing to do but stand around and discuss the underused Momoa.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

For sharply defined characters and more straightforward genre kicks, go with Frontier.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

An action-packed, uncomplicated and very entertaining yarn about the cutthroats who created this country by plundering it

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

In any case, at just six episodes this first season should make an appealing snack for fans of the considerably more spectacular Black Sails.

Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Frontier privileges complication and nuance over titillation and pulp - and capitalizes on what television specifically can do in terms of telling a multi-pronged, multi-location story.

Jan 23, 2017 | Full Review…
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Characters don't seem to have inner lives so much as they have easily defined goals that they keep talking about, as if they're trying to state the objectives of a video game.

Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Excessive exposition is a problem all around the world, really.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It does the best it could within the constraints placed upon it, but the end result is a well-intended and pretty good scripted drama that can't quite navigate its way to greatness.

Jan 23, 2019 | Full Review…

There's enough intrigue, bloodshed, and shots of gorgeous snow-capped mountains to keep fans of rowdy costume dramas coming back for more.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

After a decent mixture of action, gore, and drama? Look no further.

Feb 2, 2017 | Full Review…

Bloody, predictable historical drama about fur trade wars.

Jan 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frontier: Season 1

  • Mar 15, 2020
    Pleeeesssseeee bring it back for the 4th season I only just found out about it thus month and it's incredible. Equal or greater to breaking bad or stranger things in its own uniqueness and it's so entertaining. I'll pay money for it and tell everyone. Bring back my new favorite show please
  • Jan 01, 2020
    Racist show that oversimplify the relations between different historical actors and social movement.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    Best show I've ever seen!!
  • Apr 19, 2019
    Jason Momoa in one of his best roles playing Declan hart. Frontier is an enjoyable show based around their frontier days of British colonies and all that went with. Maybe not the most original of story lines, and possibly not historically accurate, but definitely an enjoyable show nonetheless.
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Lazy history. 18th century British army officers with short hair and beards?!
  • Feb 16, 2019
    Two and a half to three stars is the most fair rating for this show. Higher is very much an injustice to the rating system. The show has some serious flaws in it. The recruiting of one of the central characters is absolutely ridiculous. The face of the show himself has the biggest flaws due to how his dialogue is written in along with his poor acting, The show has some extremely corny scenes, winning fights when the odds are extremely well stacked against them, and some extremely lucky breaks that are consistent throughout the show. Despite it's massive flaws, the show does have some upsides that make it semi-worth watching. The budget for immersive costumes and props is insane for such a mediocre show. They even have yellow teeth!!! The show also has some good side stories and characters that intertwine well with the main story. Along with this, majority of the side characters are phenomenal actors, have great scenes, and develop nicely unlike most of the central cast. Overall this show is something I'd recommend watching if you have nothing else on Netflix to watch. It's not a show to be taken to seriously due to some seriously poor writing and acting. I swear the actor who played Chesterfield showed up to set drunk one day and decided to completely destroy the sternness of his character by smiling with the widest grin throughout the whole episode during some serious scenes. That Chesterfield. It's a show to laugh with some cool and dramatic scenes. There is some character attachment and some sad scenes but the show really doesn't address them very well. Just go in the show with extremely low expectations and perhaps you'll end up thinking "eh, it's not to bad and it's something new to watch".
  • Feb 07, 2019
    Absolutely glued to the TV my parents are also now addicted after I recommend it to them.. what's not to like! If I could give more than 5 stars I would!
  • Jan 25, 2019
    I really wanted to like this series and watched all three seasons. Bad writing, bad history, bad costumes, and ahistorical politics plague this series. The action is cool, but even then the main characters rarely use the guns that they leave lying on the ground. I mean it's a show about fur traders but they aren't smart enough to at least sell the muskets dropped by dead soldiers to the Indians. All the pieces are there but they just cobbled the weird storylines together for whatever reason. It's almost like they don't realize that historically the English, French, Scottish, and Irish would have hated each other. They don't seem to realize that not every Christian is Catholic, and that at this period of time the Catholic priest would be hated by the English. So many things like that drove me absolutely mad.
  • Dec 11, 2018
    The racism directed towards the English is these series is truly breathtaking and only increases as the number of series racks up. I like the idea of exploring what different cultures have to offer, and the creators of 'Frontier' clearly tried very hard to give a fair voice to native Canadians, but fell into laughable (and sometimes outright racist) stereotypes with most of the others, the endless, crude, bashing of the English at every opportunity being particularly cringeworthy (although, frankly I'm not sure the Scots get off much lighter). Series with enormous potential, beautiful settings, great costumes, and some really talented actors, entirely let down by poor script writing/storytelling and uncomfortable racist stereotyping (which, ironically, they appear to have attempted to avoid in some cases!). Crass and unwatchable.
  • Dec 09, 2018
    Good first season, although the whole Benton-Harp rivalry is getting too drawn out.

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