Kiss Me First: Series 1 (2018)


Series 1
Kiss Me First

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Kiss Me First believably captures the behavior of modern youth with an engaging premise, but older viewers may have a tougher time maintaining interest in the online cyber-set narrative.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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User Ratings: 108

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Air date: Jun 29, 2018

When her mother dies, lonely girl Leila has to learn how to manage living on her own. Leila has a digital avatar, Shadowfax on the virtual reality game Azana. There that she meets the mysterious Mania, and discovers the secret paradise called Red Pill.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2018

Despite being troubled by Calumny's disappearance from the game, Leila does want to join so she can start to understand some of the mysteries behind her new friend Tess and the world of Red Pill.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2018

Leila suspects Denier, the youngest member of Red Pill, might be Adrian's next target and is determined to save him. But her doubts about Adrian are causing friction with Tess who is totally dependent on him.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2018

Feeling responsible for Tess' safety, Leila realises Adrian is playing a game with her. She must find Tess before Adrian does. But closing Red Pill down, Adrian sews the first seeds of doubt about Leila's character among the other members.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2018

Adrian's game 'to stop the witch' reaches its real life climax as all the players assemble at his secret location, the real Red Pill. Adrian's acolytes are powerfully devout, but Leila's doubts leave a lingering question in Tess's fragile mind.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2018

Tess makes it back to London and unites with Jonty to try and find Leila and stop Adrian. Leila must use all her wits to resist Adrian's mind control. But how to vanquish an enemy who only exists in the shadows of the virtual world?

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Kiss Me First: Series 1 Videos

Tv Season Info

Bryan Elsley's innovative thriller series combines live action with stunning state-of-the-art computer-generated virtual world sequences in a TV drama first. Based on Lottie Moggach's debut novel, Kiss Me First moves between the real and virtual animated worlds.

Critic Reviews for Kiss Me First Series 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

It somehow manages to be both sleepy and bleak, which only drives viewers to seek out a different reality elsewhere.

Jul 2, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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As impressively as Azana's expanses are conceived and executed, none of Kiss Me First's digital escapism can match the more natural thrill of watching its two leads find in one another a safe haven that might be the real deal.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A Skins for the social media age - but an altogether more melancholy and less endearing one.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While the CGI sequences are impressive for a TV show of this scale, there's a noticeable stilted slump within Azana due to the facial animation's clear limitations.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

I can't think of a better show to premiere in this era of technological anxiety, nostalgia for non-existent worlds and questions of identity, and it's great to see such an unapologetically female-led and youth-targeted show come out of Channel 4.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a tonal and hormonal nightmare.

Jul 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Dark, intriguing VR sci-fi drama can be mature.

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

After viewing the first two episodes of Kiss Me First, I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to a light binge with Tess and Leila.

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

By the end, you'll be ready to take off the VR helmet.

Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a series that demands you suspend disbelief, which isn't normally a problem, but then it takes leaps and bounds that don't seem to follow any plan.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Kiss Me First has a lot of spinning plates. It blends virtual sci-fi with repressed drama - creating a mix that's part therapy session, part love story, part mystery.

Jun 28, 2018 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

The show is sly and non-judgmental about all the alternative realities to which a young person might be drawn.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me First: Series 1

  • Jul 08, 2020
    I believe that what made me enjoy this more than some others here is that I wasn't disappointed when the VR failed to offer a brave new world. The VR did exactly what I have found other virtual worlds to do: Offer a hidden place for the lonely and the damaged to congregate and have conversations that change their lives, and not always for the better. This is not the story of a game. This is the story of a cult. And season 1 does not wrap up that story. The cat-and-mouse relationship between Shadowfax and Adrian that develops breaks the theme leading up to it, which was to show how the virtual world offered an escape from real life - and how it utterly failed to. Nevertheless, I found it compelling, though not ultimately satisfying. I honestly don't know what people were confused about. A lot is left unsaid, but if you can read facial expressions and figure out situations, you can see the patterns of abuse in people's lives that lead them to Red Pill, and to the things they do there. Maybe you have to be familiar with abuse and cults to understand - I'm not sure. But when you're adding up the signs, I wouldn't say the pacing is slow at all. If you want action, this is not the show for you. It's not a show for fantasy, either - it's very real, which is why it comes across as so bleak. This is a story about abuse and manipulation. This is a story about how and why we touch one another, how we need to do so, and how that can all go terribly wrong - or just right enough for us to survive another day.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Horrible! Wish there were negative stars
  • Dec 17, 2019
    Absolutely incoherent plot. Do yourself a favor and don't watch this. Bunch of random ominous scenes stitched together.
  • Oct 25, 2019
    Not very cohesive, not much of a payoff, not clear what the conclusion is supposed to be, and definitely no reason for it to continue. But it's OK as it stands, it's got enough intriguing stuff going on that I can't call it a waste of time. Sort of the perfect in-between show for those times when all the "major" titles available seem too formulaic and boring.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Excepcional! Tecnologia e suas consequências.
  • Apr 13, 2019
    Might be a nice watch if you're an angsty teenage girl, but most of it is just shit. The dialogue is inane and the pacing is too slow. The so called VR looks like crap and the virtual world has really inconsistent rules. A perfectly crap show for crap people.
  • Jan 20, 2019
    Well done but I understand how it's not for everyone.
  • Dec 03, 2018
    this show is amazing going to the writing the characters the music the summations they get in shows so much potential to these show's amazing ways also creatives these show can work i hope there a next season for this show it funny at times but can be serious it a good thing
  • Sep 30, 2018
    No thrills in episode 1.
  • Sep 25, 2018
    Boring and stupid about Sims in non Battle royale.

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