HUMANS: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1

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Humans is a mature, high-octane thriller offering emotional intrigue and thought-provoking suspense that should prove irresistible to sci-fi fans while remaining accessible enough to lure in genre agnostics.



Critic Ratings: 62


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Air date: Jun 28, 2015

The Hawkins family buy a robot servant called a synth in the opener of this series based on a Swedish sci-fi drama. They soon begin to suspect, however, that they may be in danger from this highly-developed machine and the man in search of her.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2015

Niska stages a brutal escape from the brothel and Leo's secret is revealed. Meanwhile, George is horrified to be given a new synth, Vera.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2015

Anita saves Toby's life; George tries to break free; and Pete is angry at the brothel-murder cover-up.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2015

Joe gets too close to Anita, and Karen is not what she seems. Meanwhile, Leo gets one step closer to finding Mia, and Niska gets revenge.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2015

With Karen on her tail, Leo sends Niska to George's house and an unlikely friendship begins. Also: Joe's secret threatens to destroy the Hawkins family.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2015

Laura and Mattie's relationship reaches a breaking point; and Karen decides to tell Pete the truth.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2015

A desperate Karen hunts down Niska; and the synths stay with the Hawkins family, but Hobb is not far behind.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, the synths are captured by Hobb, and only the Hawkins family can save them.

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A suburban family buys the latest tech gadget--a robot servant--in this remake of a Swedish series. In Season 1 of "HUMANS," when Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) brings Anita -- later known as Mia (Gemma Chan) -- a robotic assistant known as a "Synth" into the family home, the repercussions change their lives forever. As Toby (Theo Stevenson), Sophie (Pixie Davies) and Joe become enamored with Anita, Mattie (Lucy Careless) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) realize something is amiss. Meanwhile, Niska (Emily Berrington), a conscious synth, seeks help from her human brother Leo (Colin Morgan) after an incident places their unusual family in danger; and Pete (Neil Maskell), a police officer investigating Niska's actions, is shocked when his partner Karen (Ruth Bradley) reveals her secret past. Elsewhere, retired scientist George struggles to keep his aging synth Odi from being decommissioned; and Laura and Mattie assist Leo as he tries to uncover the truth behind his father's work.

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Critic Reviews for HUMANS Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (34)

All people have to do is power up their TVs, set aside their sensitivities and tune in.

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

There's so much going on here thematically that it's always bouncing from one complex question to another. And that will keep me engaged all Summer.

Jun 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It's an interesting concept -- as evidenced by the wealth of material already out there -- but for the most part the stories the writers choose to tell are expected.

Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…

What stays with us about Humans, though, are the reminders of all the little ways things will change once we hand part of our lives over to robots.

Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Like most good sci-fi, Humans makes sure that the philosophizing doesn't get in the way of the suspense and chills. Anyone who doesn't enjoy those might be a Synth.

Jun 29, 2015 | Full Review…

A charming, exciting, and impeccably written sci-fi drama for grown-up.

Jun 26, 2015 | Full Review…

A thought-provoking story that focuses on the impact of artificial intelligence on modern society.

Apr 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's good, solid (even thought-provoking) sf entertainment; much better than most of the blockbuster fare you'll find at the movie theater.

Mar 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The differences between the syths, whether between individual models or series lines suggests the possibility of inter-synth conflict and may prove to be Humans' masterstroke.

Mar 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Whilst it was a relief to see a drama which wasn't about crime, there were so many flaws and irritants in this story.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

But what makes [Humans] engaging is the brisk confidence of the storytelling, the smooth and slick professionalism of the production (i.e., it just looks good), and the competence of the cast.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Many scifi stories can fall into the trap of over-explaining their scifi-ness [...] Humans gracefully avoids that trap.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for HUMANS: Season 1

  • 1h ago
    Everything in it is written quite well except the computer stuff (where one or another of the participants is shown reviewing fast moving memory dumps on their laptop) which is just so wrong as to be almost unwatchable. This is a shame as computing and technology is so fundamental to the plotting.
  • Dec 16, 2020
    Starts slow, but then opens up quite interesting questions about humanity. Also, an interesting mix of teenage / child struggles, growing up, family matters, and later, identity. Each character is really rich and interestingly thought through.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    The premise isn't exactly new but raises explores some interesting "what if" questions with a great cast and astonishing performances, especially from Gemma Chan.
  • Apr 17, 2020
    Just enough truth to make it truly disturbing - and thoroughly entertaining. Gemma Chan nails it as the synth Mia.
  • Mar 14, 2020
    The premise is absolutely awesome. The exicution felt like when my dad went through a divorce and desperately tried ro be "hip" again. I was really looking forward to this, but you psychiatric specialist looks like a koala, when he doesn't have to. Credibility. I look like shit, but I'm not aiming to convince people of something.
  • Sep 30, 2019
    Its binge worthy. I actually didnt know they made more seasons till i looked it up. So im very excited to watch 2 and 3.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    Incredibly well done, thought provoking, satirical, and intense! 'Humans' is engaging from a deep philosophical perspective, with characters created with careful attention who are able to really pull at the heartstrings. This is a rare TV show where each season gets better and better. Can't wait for more!
  • Aug 04, 2019
    Great show with some short sighted inconsistencies/script stupidity. But still very enjoyable with a great setting and progression.
  • Feb 13, 2019
    It's really good. Gripping, emotional, complex, intriguing. If you enjoyed Detroit the video game on PS4, you'll enjoy this show; all their material was stolen from this show in my observation, and this show has much more things going on in it than the video game.
  • Jun 19, 2018
    The premise is amazing. the acting is great. i hope this show continues. i love the concept of setting it in modern day. the originally marketing for this show was stellar and offputting.

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