Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 1 (2018)

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Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

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Though not as thematically rich as some of its geopolitical predecessors, Jack Ryan is a satisfying addition to the genre buoyed by exceptional action sequences and a likable cast.

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Critic Ratings: 83

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst, discovers a set of unusual transactions that drags him into the field to track down a significant threat to global security while his boss, James Greer, tags along.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

Jack and Greer decode a fresh piece of intel that takes them to Paris and one step closer to the elusive Suleiman. Hanin's husband returns home with a renewed fervor for his secretive mission, leaving her unsure of their family's future. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

Drone pilot Victor struggles with the immense responsibility attached to his job. Jack and Greer join French Intelligence officers on a mission to track down Suleiman's brother. Hanin is forced to make a dangerous decision for the sake of their children. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

As Jack and Cathy grow closer, Jack's double-life is put to the test. A show of force from Suleiman adds to his ranks and brings him one step closer to his next attack. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

After the horrific Paris church attack, Jack and Greer discover a deeper strategy behind Suleiman's actions, forcing Jack to suggest an unusual trap for him. Hanin faces new challenges in her quest for freedom. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

Jack's moral code is tested when he and Greer use a Turkish criminal to help them track down a high-value target who may be able to lead them to Suleiman. Hanin tries to evade her pursuers and keep her daughters safe. Cathy investigates an outbreak of a virulent form of Ebola that may point to something more ominous. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Aug 30, 2018

Jack and Greer try to convince their superiors to lead a covert ground assault to capture Suleiman. Jack's double life costs him an important relationship. -- (C) AMAZON

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Jack and Greer fear Suleiman's next attack could be on U.S. soil. They must figure out how to stop him or risk enormous costs. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Aug 31, 2018

Jack and Greer uncover a more complex tactic of Suleiman's in the wake of a brutal church attack, pushing Jack to alter his own strategy for capturing Suleiman. Hanin must overcome new hurdles while running towards freedom.

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When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies.

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Critic Reviews for Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Season 1

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (27)

If the cinematic Ryans of the 1990s couldn't fully sell his incompetence, Krasinski's version of the character makes a more convincing case that it's his brains, not his combat skills, that set him apart as an American hero.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, Amazon's Jack Ryan succeeds by spinning a suspenseful, big budget adventure around terrorism around the blandness hero in the business.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…
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Oh, how I wish I could tell you that this show - which has two leads who have been quite beloved on The Office and The Wire respectively - finds a way to rise above the firefights and explosions and terrorism tropes that are part of the genre.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…
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Despite the presence of co-creator Carlton Cuse of "Lost," a show that was nothing if not singular in conception and execution, "Jack Ryan" is generic.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Jack Ryan goes above and beyond the pro forma basics of getting the job done. This is a thrilling and energetic enterprise replete with well-drawn characters and propulsive action. Binge-watchers, start your engines.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Under the watchful eyes of Cuse and Roland, Jack Ryan is well paced, toggling between action, tension and humor. It's easy and focused and avoids getting sidetracked by aimless subplots.

Aug 30, 2018 | Full Review…
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John Krasinski does an exceptional job portraying Jack Ryan in a believable way. The Jack Ryan series is engaging as an espionage thriller should and must be. Absolutely binge-worthy.

Nov 28, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

A fresh take on a known character that this time makes himself relevant by being part of a pretty decent conflict with compelling peers and evil villains. [Full review in Spanish].

Oct 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Its strength lies in its awareness that the war on terror is after all, a terror too.

Mar 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately another expensive-looking but just so-so series.

Jan 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite Krasinski's woodenness, the series still manages to be engaging.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

With strong performances from Krasinski and Wendell Pierce plus Abbie Cornish, Dina Shihabi, a slimy agency bureaucrat played by Timothy Hutton, and a complexly constructed villain portrayed by Ali Suliman, this Jack Ryan plants his own flag.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 1

  • Aug 15, 2020
    In this season the tv show have a really big plot with many characters and explore terrorism, have many good scenes of action with shootings every episode. 4,5/5
  • Aug 01, 2020
    Solid and John Krasinski is surprisingly good playing Jack Ryan.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    It absolutely drags and doesn't feel like Ryan to me.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    So far this sucks. These writer's are crap. They are just shooting and killing people to get you hooked. Tom Clancy wrote about death but he did not do stoopid death like these writers are doing. I was hoping that the series would move away from the movies and get closer to the books. It is the opposite so far. These writers have moved left of the books. Tom is rolling in his grave. Anyone associated with the Clancy estate should be very much ashamed. Go get some better writers.
  • Jul 09, 2020
    A few convenient strokes of luck helped both sides keep tension going. Plenty of down-home-with-the-jihad-family time.
  • Jul 01, 2020
    This is a TV show, not the stuff that cable companies like HBO (Sopranos, Wire, etc.) F/X (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Fargo, etc.) and Amazon, Netflix and the rest have manged to create--stuff that far surpasses the simplicity of television shows of the past (not including the great ones which are in the vast minority (West Wing, NYPD Blue, Mash, ect). So if you like television shows that use focus groups and cut out characters and writing, this show is for you, and I know some people who like that from time to time and others who prefer that on a consistent basis. It's not terrible when compared to other broadcast television shows, but it is terrible when compared to the great stuff Netflix, Amazon, HBO and the rest has put out and is putting out. There are lots of people who like sort of silly, sort of mindless shows to relax and unwind to and there are lots of people who like great writing and great characters to get swept away in. This show is for the former watcher, it has none of the latter. You know which one you are--and maybe that changes night to night, but let that guide you in deciding whether to watch this one. For me, I wanted to like it but came away very disappointed because of the writing. My guess would be...if you liked the show Two and a Half Men (obviously a different genre than Jack Ryan but still a relevant barometer), you'll probably like this one.
  • Jun 23, 2020
    Jack Ryan in his first season manages to become one of the best action series based on military tactics, since its well-developed history by Graham Roland and Carlton Cuse. The first season stands out precisely for introducing us to viewers who Jack Ryan really is, his fears, his vision, his strategy, and that brings us closer to his character.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    The first season on Clancy's Jack Ryan was very good in most episodes. However, as Dr. Ryan is suppose to be an Analytical - Statistics desk person with a previous tour of military service, why is he now a vigilante with the CIA. The State Department was more fitting of his position. Now Ryan is like a Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and a serious dah! maybe I'm James Bond with his wacky vocal impersonations. Season 2 is too predictable and not as fun as Season 1. I prefer the man who can figure stuff out on paper, work with a taskforce to take down the bad guy. The constant disobeying orders and defiance makes Dr. Ryan a vigilante with U.S. Officials either threatening him or backing him up in his wrong doings justifying the means at the end. Nice cover up job. I would like to see changes made to Season 3 to revert back to being a non-macho man and demonstrating his ability to analyze data, aide and assist. Does Dr. Ryan need a gun in hand every episode? So in ways Season One was awesome while Season Two made less sense. We understand about terrorist and the Muslims but too much stereotyping as in the form of discrimination and harassment. Then Season 2 saying the Venezuela President is corrupt and need to eliminate him, that there is no freedom or democracy while Reyes in charge. First Season 4 Stars and 2nd Season 3 Stars. James Greer career comes to an end and let the relationship grow some between Ryan and Dr. Cathy Mueller. No need to add LGBTQ people having sexual moments or anyone in bed sex scenes. Keep the show clean as don't need any nudity. You can make suggestions where things are heading via body language. Keep the show Professional and geared toward real life crisis. It is not necessary to shoot and kill everyone as not everyone is our enemy. Tone down the violence a little and do more acting.
  • May 28, 2020
    Season 1 developed the plot in a way that let you get to know the characters and understand what was going on. You came to know the kids and the family dynamic of Suleiman. Ryan's relationships with Greer and Cathy are begun and developed. Absolutely loved the pacing and characters even though the acting was not stellar. Ryan was actually the same character that Clancy wrote about. No stupid bash'em, shoot'em up middle-school mentality here. However, don't waste your time with the disaster called Season 2, they completely lose their way and ruin the whole thing. It's like they never even watched season 1 before making season 2.
  • May 25, 2020
    Zero surprise in this show. Whatever happens is so obvious it will happen before it happens. I don't know if it is intentional, but I would hope not. Makes for a very boring experience. The character Jack Ryan is so 1 dimensional and unlikable. He is a drama queen that loves to respond to anyone with a good old fashioned blank stare at nothing for 5 seconds with dramatic music.

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