Kiss Me First: Series 1 (2018)

Series 1
Kiss Me First

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 18


Audience Score

User Ratings: 96
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Air date: Jun 29, 2018
Air date: Jun 29, 2018
Air date: Jun 29, 2018
Air date: Jun 29, 2018
Air date: Jun 29, 2018
Air date: Jun 29, 2018

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 (5)

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

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

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Kiss Me First: Series 1

  • 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.
  • Sep 19, 2018
    I like this show hope there a season 2
  • Sep 17, 2018
    Very realistic interpretation of how our society might be very soon. Exciting enough to keep you wanting to find out what happens next, without being too over the top. This show has a lot of potential, heres to hoping it gets a second season.
  • Sep 07, 2018
    This show brings a fresh idea that seems sci-fi, although the technology in the show is not that far off from becoming reality. There are a few plot holes within this show. I enjoyed the show almost the entire time. The acting is really not too bad and the characters gripped me. That was the thing about this show I enjoyed so much. It finds a way to make you relate to the characters. They all have flaws and they are all outsiders. I am an outsider so that for me made this show very enjoyable. British television has their shit together quite clearly. Unlike most of the characters in the show.
  • Sep 01, 2018
    Was originally skeptical of the weird cgi VR world but it wasn’t as distracting as I thought. Gave it a chance, I found myself more into it after the first few episodes. I don’t know if I would say I liked the characters but I found the main mystery of the plot enough to keep me watching.

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