Hemlock Grove: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Hemlock Grove

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 34


Audience Score

User Ratings: 216
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Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
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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.


Famke Janssen
as Olivia Godfrey
Bill Skarsgård
as Roman Godfrey
Landon Liboiron
as Peter Rumancek
Penelope Mitchell
as Letha Godfrey
Dougray Scott
as Dr. Norman Godfrey
Lili Taylor
as Lynda Rumancek
Aaron Douglas
as Sheriff Sworn
Amazon Eve
as Shelley Godfrey
Tiio Horn
as Destina Rumaneck
Kandyse McClure
as Dr. Chausser
Freya Tingley
as Christina Wendall
Ron Mustafaa
as Tom Mayer
Paul Popowich
as J.R. Godfrey
Laurie Fortier
as Marie Godfrey
Lorenza Izzo
as Brooke Bluebell
Nicole Boivin
as Young Shelley
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Critic Reviews for Hemlock Grove Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

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…
Top Critic

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…

This sexed-up 13-part series, I'm afraid, is Netflix's first dud. Where it tries so desperately to be eerie and esoteric, it winds up as hackneyed and disjointed as anything the basic TV channels reel out on a regular basis.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

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

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

Apr 19, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

What really puts the stake in Hemlock Grove -- more so than anything -- is that it's flat out boring.

Jan 15, 2019 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Hemlock Grove: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jan 01, 2019
    My wife and I found this searies later than its prrmiere. Decided to take a chance. We love it! The actors give life to the characters no matter where the story went. Highly recommend it.
  • Aug 25, 2018
    scary, smart, but slow on the storytelling part. Slow enough that I had to press fast fwd button several times but scary and smart enough that I kept watching it non-stop
  • Jul 25, 2018
    Has its moments but generally mediocre. 5/10 Teenagers in the small Pennsylvania town of Hemlock Grove are being murdered by a strange beast. The townsfolk believe it is a werewolf. To them, this makes the prime suspects the local gypsies, and Peter Rumancek in particular. He steadfastly denies that he is the murderer but he harbours a dark secret…he is a werewolf. Mediocre. Had some potential to be a edgy supernatural thriller, Stranger Things or True Blood-like (the fact that Alexander Skarsgard’s brother, Bill, has a leading role in Hemlock Grove helps the True Blood comparison). The murders provide for intrigue but this is substantially diluted by the fact that very little happens in the way of solving the mystery for the first 10 episodes. During that time the series is really just a teen soap-opera, with very limited character engagement. Things do kick up several notches in the final three episodes of Season 1, making the Season worthwhile in the end. With a bit more closure on that season it would have been a decent mini-series. After Season 1 there was nothing new to do, except invent other nasties to terrorise the town, and that’s what happens. Add in more soap-opera like sub-plots and it’s pretty boring stuff. I lasted until Episode 4 of Season 2 before giving up.
  • Jul 03, 2018
    Well I really enjoyed this Series. So happy that there was a 'beginning', 'middle' and 'end'. Takes a while to get used to Famke Janssen (Olivia Godfrey) with that accent but I eventually got past it. Amazon Eve as Shelley is awesome. Yes, it does have some pretty WACKY ideas with what one would be capable of if the funding was there but all in all... a good weekend Binge-Watch.
  • Feb 15, 2018
    The second season is better, but this first is a decent start still trying to find its footing.

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