Houdini: Season 1 (2014)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Houdini's cast is talented, but given the decades of fascination surrounding its subject, the show is oddly lacking in intrigue.



Critic Ratings: 27

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Audience Score

User Ratings: 0


Air date: Sep 1, 2014
Air date: Sep 2, 2014

Tv Season Info


Adrien Brody
as Harry Houdini
Kristen Connolly
as Bess Houdini

Critic Reviews for Houdini Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (18)

Adrien Brody falls short of making history's greatest magician reappear in Houdini, an ambitious two-part miniseries that tries too hard to capture every aspect of a full life

Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…

The miniseries... is too slow and too-often hokey to rate a rave.

Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…

History's Houdini could use a little more magic, but thanks to Adrien Brody, this new miniseries gives intriguing dimension to a man who these days has become mostly myth.

Sep 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

History's flashy Houdini is determined to skate through so many events (some of dubious veracity) and to sledgehammer home their "importance" that it undercuts any emotional uppercuts.

Sep 2, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

History's Houdini offers an easy escape for a couple of nights.

Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…

The two-part Houdini jells in fascinating fashion - especially the first night - despite a wildly overreaching script by Nicholas Meyer.

Sep 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Houdini is able to entertain. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It looks fabulously lavish and we get to see all his major illusions, as well as the secrets of how he pulled them off. But, by God, it does go on.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As a portrait of a self-made man who won fame and glory as a result of his own hard work, daring, and talent (not to mention a hefty dash of showmanship), Houdini is a winner.

Sep 8, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Brody's angular face and tufts of hair make him look perfect for the part, but there's too much magic missing in the biography overall.

Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Brody comes across as too aware of his own effects, so pleased with his performance that he seems to be giving himself a round of applause in every scene.

Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…

You'll almost believe in magic - the magic of a miniseries to capture the tics and tricks of a complicated, driven man.

Sep 2, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Houdini: Season 1

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