Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Halt and Catch Fire

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A refreshingly well-acted period drama, Halt and Catch Fire convincingly portrays the not-too-distant past.



Critic Ratings: 46


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Air date: Jun 1, 2014

The opener of a drama set during the 1980s computing boom and following the actions of unlikely trio: a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy, all based in Texas's Silicon Prairie.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2014

After surviving a visit from IBM, Joe's team must overcome internal differences as they begin building the new machine.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2014

Gordon and Cameron struggle to make Joe's vision a reality, while Joe and Bosworth seek capital to fund the making of the new machine.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2014

A crisis threatens the future of the BIOS and requires all hands on deck to save the machine.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2014

Cameron bristles under a new manager as Joe and Gordon attempt to procure a key piece of new technology for the computer.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2014

A breakthrough by Cameron places her at odds with Gordon, leaving Joe to make a tough decision. Meanwhile, Hurricane Alicia spurs some personal revelations.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2014

A visitor from Joe's past threatens his newfound connection with Cameron. Meanwhile, with Donna out of town, the toll of Gordon's work catches up with him.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

Scandal hits Cardiff Electric as the team finalizes preparations for COMDEX. Meanwhile, Bosworth makes a sacrifice for the good of the PC program.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

Unforeseen opponents and new complications threaten to derail the Cardiff Electric team's work at COMDEX.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

In the Season 1 finale, Gordon and Joe prepare to ship the Giant, but a suspicious defect calls their partnership into question. Meanwhile, Cameron takes her future into her own hands.

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The period drama's first season takes place in Dallas in 1983 and follows Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), a former IBM employee now trying to compete with his former employers. After playing an important role in launching the IBM Personal Computer, Joe is hired by Cardiff Electric as a sales executive—his goal is to recruit Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a system builder, to help him reverse engineer an IBM PC. When their boss John Bosworth (Toby Huss) finds out IBM is suing the company for copyright infringement, he's forced to enter the PC business. Joe and Gordon also recruit Cameron Howe (Mackanzie Davis), a student Joe met previously, to work with them on building a new PC from scratch. As the season progresses, Cardiff goes up against the biggest player in the PC business.

Cast & Crew

Mackenzie Davis
Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé
Donna Clark
Scoot McNairy
Gordon Clark
Toby Huss
John Bosworth
Lee Pace
Joe MacMillan
Morgan Hinkleman
Joanie Clark
Eric Goins
Graham Beckel
Nathan Cardiff
Will Greenberg
Brian Braswell
Cooper Andrews
Yo-Yo Engberk
August Emerson
Malcolm Levitan
Lou Anne Cooper
Mike Pniewski
Barry Shields
Annette O'Toole
Susan Emerson
David de Vries
Dennis Cummings
Mark Johnson
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Critic Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (21)

So far it's promising without being riveting, with the potential to be Facebook -- or Myspace.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

It all adds up to a promising, surprisingly lively and fast-paced drama that humanizes those early computer geeks.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is smart, engaging television about the early days of the tech craze in the '80s.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Halt has earned both my interest and my patience. Actors this good deserve a showcase, and AMC viewers deserve a show that respects brains for their content, not their calorie count.

May 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Before long, everyone seemed to have an IBM "clone." That's your backdrop to Halt, but the foreground is a compelling human one.

May 29, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The pilot is definitely intriguing, helped along by solid writing and a good cast, including a cantankerous Toby Huss.

Mar 12, 2014 | Full Review…

Its first batch of chapters carried the heritage of Don Draper and the antiheroes that populated the series' recent golden age. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 6, 2020 | Full Review…

It's weakness is hidden by the show's confidence.

Aug 8, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Halt and Catch Fire stumbles right out of the gate with its squandering of its talented actors on inconsistent, thin characterizations [...] and a noticeable lack of the drama and mystery it so desperately wants to create.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Well-acted, visually striking, with an engrossing story, Halt and Catch Fire is one of the most promising dramas that AMC has delivered in recent years.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

... the biggest issue is the characters themselves, which are by now copies of copies of the great antiheroes (and their equally fascinating enablers) written by Matt Weiner and David Chase and Vince Gilligan.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

As far as spinning a tried-and-true formula, Halt has pulled off an intriguing debut that modernizes the concept and at least cleans up some of the 1950s issues that plagued Mad Men.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1

  • Nov 07, 2019
    Theres a reason you havent heard of the show....because it is so bad....but the problem is the story is good and it is well shot...This is why somehow you sit through the entire series watching these characters do random stuff that is neither satisfying nor interesting
  • Sep 30, 2019
    I dont know how I totally missed this show back then, but I just binged on it for a whole weekend and it's hands down one of the best shows I've ever seen. Must see!
  • Jan 29, 2019
    Halt and Catch fire (season 1-4) 4 stars out of 5. 5 is a rewatchable show. 4 stars is a full watch through with not a real regret, and kind of happy. 4 is pretty good. 5 is fucking great. So, I’ve watched a lot of shows recently. I’ve watched a lot of shitty shows too. I just pile through Netflix and amazon prime. I go to a website and find the shows that are best. I think maybe those websites are bullshit but whatever. What else am I going to do? So, the description of the show was like, “made by the creators of mad men.” So, I’m like, I liked mad men, this is like mad men for the tech industry, maybe it will be great too. Story: started off kind of slow. Carried into the middle. Bleh in the third one. Kind of an up and down throughout the story. Nostalgia kind of show, going through my childhood and adulthood. Very interesting. The show seemed like a prequel to the social network. This movie could’ve went a couple more seasons and brought us up to current events. Definitely character driven. See a lot of interesting character development and growth. Donald Draper: the Donald draper in this show was really excellent. The star in this story. Is he good guy or bad guy? Who the fuck knows? Really well-acted and very well-written. Great. Definitely the star of the show. Blonde girl: she did a good job. I remember her from black mirror very well. Nerdy computer hacker. Good character development. White trash guy: I fucking love this white trash guy. He’s my most favorite character to play white trash. He played a good nerd as well. Big fan of this guy. Well acted and turns out he can play many versatile roles. Donna: kind of underrated, but definitely part of the family. Good character development. Ups and downs. Old guy: first you didn’t like him, then increasingly you started to like him more and more. Team ups, rivalries, who are you rooting for? I don’t know. Very educational on how tech came to be. I’m pretty sure that’s exactly how it happened. Very interesting. In conclusion, wasn’t completely stoked about this show, but I think it got better and better. And you start to get attached to some of these characters and want to see how they turn out. By the end of it, you don’t regret. I might even watch it again just to see if I missed anything. Worth a watch once. https://pokergladiator.wordpress.com/
  • Oct 10, 2018
    The first season of Halt and Catch Fire is easily the best technology focused show I've ever seen. I was enthralled by their quest to copy the IBM BIOS and then create their own computer to compete with them, despite the fact that Cardiff Electric (which is loosely based on the real life company Compaq) wasn't even focused on the PC market before Joe walked through the door. The drama between the characters is entertaining while not overbearing, the dialogue is smartly written, the acting is great, and the show actually tackles the technical aspects of building a computer in a realistic way (they don't completely dumb it down). The story may not move at a blistering pace but it drew me in and kept my attention all the way until the season finale. If you liked Mad Men and you like technology, you'll probably like this show.
  • Jul 19, 2018
    good show, not sure why this is all caps. This season starts a little slow but you'll be rewarded down the road. would write more but can't stand all caps.
  • Nov 05, 2017
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  • May 16, 2017
    AMAZING! Killer storyline with very interesting characters. You'll be on the edge of your seat!
  • Mar 06, 2017
    This is the best of the best for any geek that has outlived the 80!
  • Nov 30, 2016
    This series is sooo good and sooo addictive! The characters are wonderful with multi-faceted personalities. The acting is excellent. And the story really pulls you in. Plus I have a penchant for the tech industry of the 80s. Highly recommended! (Also there are multiple strong female leads.)
  • Sep 18, 2016
    Scott McNairy and Lee Pace do an amazing job playing their roles in a perfectly portrayed story of the tech industry in the 80's.

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