Hemlock Grove: Season 1 (2013)



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


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

Apr 19, 2013 | Full Review…
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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…

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