Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (2014)



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


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Air date: Jun 1, 2014
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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.


Lee Pace
as Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy
as Gordan Clark
Mackenzie Davis
as Cameron Howe
David Wilson Barnes
as David Butler
Kerry Bishé
as Donna Clark
Toby Huss
as John Bosworth
Alana Cavanaugh
as Hayley Clark
Morgan Hinkleman
as Joanie Clark
Mike Pniewski
as Barry Shields
Graham Beckel
as Nathan Cardiff
Will Greenberg
as Brian Braswell
Scott Michael Foster
as Hunt Whitmarsh
Louanne LaFortune
as Maylene David
Cooper Andrews
as Kenneth "Yo-Yo" Engberk
John Getz
as Joe MacMillian Sr.
August Emerson
as Malcom "Lev" Levitan
Sharon Blackwood
as Hunt's Admin
David de Vries
as Dennis Cummings
Ed Amatrudo
as Professor
Annette O'Toole
as Susan Emerson
Lisa Sheridan
as Rebecca Taylor
Steve Reddington
as Male Student
Alec Magee
as Dallas Deputy
Jean Smart
as Loulu Lutherford
Vince Pisani
as Accounting Lead
Barak Hardley
as Petey Manning
Ricky Wayne
as Kenny Burke
Lenny Jacobson
as Donnie Manning
Scott Takeda
as Hirohinko
Jason A. Davis
as Aaron Littlefield
D.B. Woodside
as Simon Church
Griff Furst
as Wally Turner
Barry Stoltze
as Director #1
Robert Larriviere
as Director #2
Pat Young
as Attendant
Randall Taylor
as Carl Surberry
Brian Welch
as Computerland Retailer
Robin Bloodworth
as Bryan Nayhead
Jason Vail
as Attorney #1
Wilson Barnes
as Dale Butler
Neko Parham
as Nick Rallo
Josh Henry
as Young Attorney
Andrew Hyatt Masset
as Senior Attorney
Steve Garland
as TI Executive
Mike Stoudt
as Demo Audience Member #1
John Michael Morris
as College Student
Randy Spence
as Stereo Salesman
Pedro Garcia
as Janitor
John Hardy Jr.
as Demo Audience Member #2
Keith Flippen
as Peter Bilingham
Steven Dane Rhodes
as Eli the Supervisor
Victor Turner
as Male Rep
David Paul Lord
as Arcade Manager
Chris Mulkey
as Gary Emerson
Jenna Bryant
as Booth Babe
Grant Murray
as Agt. Calligan
Stephen Caudill
as Another Rep
Eduardo González
as Senior Salesman
Sadye Elizabeth
as Mary-Sarah Baker
Leon Lamar
as Old-timer
Adam Drescher
as Supervisor
Sean Bury
as Coder
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Critic Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (20)

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…
Top Critic

The pilot is definitely intriguing, helped along by solid writing and a good cast, including a cantankerous Toby Huss.

Mar 12, 2014 | 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…

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