HUMANS: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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: 60


Audience Score

User Ratings: 985
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Air date: Jun 28, 2015
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Air date: Aug 16, 2015

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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 (60) | Top Critics (27)

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

Aug 7, 2018 | Full Review…

[An] intriguing, erratic serial that trod the narrow line between the compelling and the silly.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…
Top Critic

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…

Humans has a lot of relationship drama and poignant melancholy, which doesn't block the show from engaging with some classic SF themes.

Jun 22, 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…

Audience Reviews for HUMANS: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Jun 16, 2018
    An exceptional series that I can't get enough of. Emotive, compelling and relevant, a victory for British television ??
  • Jan 31, 2018
    This is the best sci-fi interpretation of what AI will be able to do in the not too distant future. The acting is very good as well as the story line. It highlights a lot of ethical dilemmas of AI by integrating it into the story in a non-intrusive way. My one peeve with this show is that they have androids driving cars with steering wheels. If they can develop an android they can certainly develop a self driving car.
  • Aug 05, 2017
    A wonderfully creepy show that delves into the possibilities of AI technology in our future. Suspicion starts from episode one and you find yourself questioning the capabilities of the AI units and ask if they have limits. Suspense,action and drama makes this show easy to enjoy.
  • Mar 16, 2017
    Amazing concept if technology can produce machines to actually have a consciousness and feel emotion. Are they considered human and should they be treated with the same rights? It started out as an intellectual philosophical journey where it questions our own thoughts of spirituality. I loved the characters, their acting and robotic moves. But Season 2 seems to focus in the typical direction of bad guy good guy with synths joining forces and humans as their enemy. The show starts to drag with endless mumbling conversations. It seems to be lose credibility with Mattie Hawkins as an IT genius and the family always having available time to help the syths. It's even harder to fathom machines with the desire or purpose to want sex or the possibility of making one so physically intricate. It's one thing to imitate humans but to be exactly like us only adds to the over population. I would have enjoyed it more if the show stuck to the original idea and reached into the internal layers of it.
  • Mar 15, 2017
    One of the few TV shows where I can't wait for the next episode.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    In today's world of ever-charging technology, a show like "Humans" can serve as an interesting treatise on the ultimate endgame of such technology. Though "Humans" doesn't stray too far from the "careful so that the machines don't take over the humans" theme, it is able to put such a human touch on things that you won't even realize how simple the themes actually are. For a basic plot summary (minor spoilers), the show is split up into a number of plot angles (at least at first)... -There's the Hawkins family, consisting of Mom (Katherine Parkinson), Dad (Tom Goodman-Hill), and siblings Mattie (Lucy Carless), Toby (Theo Stevenson), & little Sophie (Pixie Davies). They have just made the decision to buy a Synth, or a mechanical marvel that can interact with humans like nothing before. Anita (Gemma Chan), as they name her, begins to display troubling characteristics that a Synth is not supposed to possess. -Niska (Emily Berrington) is another Synth. Instead of the homemaker status of the above family, Niska is in the sex trade, prostituting her mechanical body for a price. Again, though, there seems to be more behind her eyes than just gears turning. -Leo (Colin Morgan) and Synth Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), a team looking to meet up with both Anita and Niska, hinting that there is indeed something special going on with them conscience-wise. -Dr. George Millican (William Hurt) is having trouble parting with his loyal mechanical buddy, beginning a process that will draw him into the center of a plot involving synths. -Investigators Drummond (Neil Maskell) & Voss (Ruth Bradley) are heading a new task force that involves sniffing around the scenes of strange Synth activities, of which there seems to be plenty happening. -Finally, there is Hobb (Danny Webb), a private investigator who just seems to be putting all these strange Synth-related goings-on into some kind of a context. The primary reason that "Humans" works as well as it does is because it tells so many different stories all related to the Synths (at least in the early goings). Each story on its own could not have carried the entire torch of this show, but altogether they manage to come at the relevant material from a number of interesting angles. It's science fiction in its purest form, with just enough of a human touch to give it some real emotional depth. One word of warning: This show aired on AMC, but it is a joint production with a British company. If you are not used to listening to British accents, it may take you a bit to adapt. If that kind of thing bothers you or you have trouble hearing, you may want to watch on a device that enables subtitles. It isn't horrible, just not something I was used to. The only reason I can't give this the full five-star compliment? I felt like the endgame was set up more to precipitate further episodes than it was to produce a great ending to this current season. I'm a little worried that this seems like a show that was begging to be an "event series", and continuing will be a shaky proposition. I liken it to a show aired in the recent past called "Extant", which had an intriguing first season but immediately became procedural and rote in it's second go-round. Fortunately, "Humans" was better than "Extant" to begin with, and the fact that it airs on cable gives me at least a bit more hope. Overall, I very much enjoyed watching this show. Despite a glut of shows currently airing that feature technology all over the place, there is surprisingly very little of what I would call "true science fiction" (almost completely idea-based storytelling) in those shows. It was refreshing to see "Humans" take a more traditional approach to the genre, as I'm always looking for new and intriguing ways to ingest a story.

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