Hemlock Grove: Season 1 (2013)

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Hemlock Grove is an ugly, unpleasant affair that throws crazy ideas together without much forethought.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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User Ratings: 232

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 19, 2013

A cheerleader from a rival high school is murdered in the opener of this supernatural series set in a Pennsylvania steel town. The evidence points to an animal attack, but suspicion soon falls on a young gypsy who recently moved to town.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2013

Roman confronts Peter at the crime scene; Letha reveals a surprising secret; Olivia and Norman fall back into old habits.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2013

Christina discovers a new victim; Peter teams with Roman to find the killer; Sheriff Sworn gets outside help from Dr. Chasseur.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2013

Letha's interest in Peter takes a turn; Chasseur and Sworn's investigation hits a new low; Roman and Peter stay one step ahead.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2013

Shelley's connection to Dr. Pryce is further revealed; Destiny helps Peter understand the recent murder; the gala at the Tower goes horribly awry.

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Peter and Roman uncover new information when they follow Lisa Willoughby's trail to the old steel mill. Meanwhile, Christina's date goes poorly.

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Shelley commits an act of independence; Chasseur questions Roman and crosses paths with Olivia; Peter and Roman's friendship takes a turn.

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Roman falls into a coma and goes on a subconscious journey of shocking truths and revelations.

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Letha's relationship with Peter is discovered by her parents; Chasseur prepares to capture the killer.

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Roman comes out of his coma and reunites with Peter to stop the killer. Meanwhile, the citizens of Hemlock Grove brace themselves for another lethal full moon.

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The atmospheric series adapted by Eli Roth ("Hostel") and writer Brian McGreevy from McGreevy's horror novel of the same name opens its first season with 17-year-old gypsy Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) coming under suspicion for a grisly death shortly after he and his mother (Lili Taylor) arrive in the once-thriving Pennsylvania steel town of Hemlock Grove. That's due primarily to the musings of young Christina (Freya Tingley), a wannabe novelist who spreads a rumor that he's a werewolf after she observes him outside of his trailer home. Despite—or, perhaps, in spite of—what others think, however, fellow classmate Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård), the scion of the region's richest family, befriends Peter; and, after another slaying, they join forces to find the real killer. Roman also deals with an eccentric, demanding mother (Famke Janssen), a freakish but sweet sister (Nicole Boivin) and a cousin (Penelope Mitchell) who believes an angel impregnated her. And, as the season progresses, the town sheriff (Aaron Douglas) is aided with his investigation into the deaths by a Department of Wildlife agent (Kandyse McClure) who may be more than what she seems.

Critic Reviews for Hemlock Grove Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (20)

Unfortunately, watching the whole thing was less like some kind of insane, bloody feast of oohs and aahs and surprises, and more like eating $28 of McDonald's in your car late at night.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The show, created by writer Brian McGreevy, has no center -- it's a lurching combination of muted delivery and crazy happenings.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Hemlock Grove overall falls well short of anything resembling sustained brilliance.

Apr 24, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A good mystery should be mysterious. It shouldn't be puzzling.

Apr 19, 2013 | Full Review…

This Grand Guignol will keep you guessing, which in turn may keep you watching. But you better have a strong stomach.

Apr 18, 2013 | Full Review…

It's a high-concept, low-budget genre-busting gothic horror soap that's full of non sequiturs, loose ends, dead ends and split ends.

Apr 17, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Hemlock Grove doesn't rely on gore; there are some real characters here too.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

This bingeable 13-episode season isn't a taut small-town thriller, nor a glorious horror soap; in fact, it's sometimes downright boring.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Okay, Hemlock Grove. I don't like you and you clearly don't like me or anyone else that cares about things like pacing or compelling narratives, so let's just get this over with.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

When it fails, it's a clunky, hackneyed mess. But for the bulk of the running time it's veering wildly in between, making for oddly compulsive viewing.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The often hackneyed CGI is endearing rather than enraging. When the dialogue and acting are bad -- and oh my, they can be very, very bad -- they're not grating. Instead, these flaws are lost in a show that is beautifully filmed and splendidly paced.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Even diehards of the genre will find fault with the show's uneven mix of hokey and horrific elements; a storyline that's often confusing; and acting that isn't always up to standard.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hemlock Grove: Season 1

  • Feb 22, 2021
    The series started strong, with the first season being the best of them.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    Couldn't get through the first season. Terrible writing. Story lines that don't make sense. Awful waste of time
  • Dec 21, 2020
    I don't understand why you all don't like the show . It's good , yeah sure , some scenes might not look super "real", but it's a great show!
  • Dec 08, 2020
    I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of the shows I have already watched, but it had a different twist in it. I really loved the show and 10/10 recommend to watch.
  • Nov 30, 2020
    A grotesquerie of ever-escalating gore, brutality, sexual violence and convoluted plots. Season 1 is the most benign of the three. If you're only interested in costumes, locations, decent acting and wonderful sets, this series delivers...if only you could filter out everything else. You know the script is problematic when the gypsy/werewolf protagonist, who shows every indication of being hygiene-challenged, must be complimented on his pleasant smell by his pregnant, 99 floors-above-his-station, wealthy teen girlfriend during an intimate roll-in-the-mold inside his crumbling, filthy, lichen-sprouting trailer. Pull out your large capacity Vitamix, add four or five hoary horror tropes, two cans of tomatoes, a pound of pig guts, and a couple of cups of snot and blend slowly. Watch the product for five minutes and save yourself many hours of masochism, not to mention affronts to human sensibility.
  • Oct 03, 2019
    This is as stupid and unbelievable as it gets
  • Sep 21, 2019
    The show starts out masterfully in season one. Everything is tight and controlled.
  • Sep 19, 2019
    I loved every episode, Critics must have been in the bathroom. I binged watched every episode.
  • May 31, 2019
    Can't understand why the ratings are so low. Best horror series I've seen in a long time. Great plot, acting is on point and literally had me hooked from the very start. 10/10
  • Mar 26, 2019
    Overall, I enjoyed the first season. The plot was a unique twist on the horror genre, as well as an interesting visual adaptation of the original novel. And yet, while the end of the series leaves us with plenty of questions, leaving them unanswered is considerably better than the two train-wreck seasons that followed. Honestly, just watch the first season and pretend that the other two don't exist. You'll have a much better time.

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