Locke & Key: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

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Though Locke & Key at times struggles to strike a consistent tone, it captures enough of the essence of its source material to provide a fiendishly fun and sufficiently spooky time.

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Critic Ratings: 61

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Episodes

Air date: Feb 7, 2020

Bode makes a friend and a discovery after the Lockes move in. Tyler and Kinsey adjust to a new high school.

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While Nina uncovers details about Rendell's past, Kinsey helps out the Savini Squad, Tyler falls in with a bad crowd, and Bode finds another key.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2020

Locating a powerful new key sends Bode's spirit soaring. Tyler's simmering rage boils over. Kinsey realizes just how much her fear is holding her back.

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Sporting a new hairdo and attitude, Kinsey takes a chance with Scot by sharing what's going on inside her head. Tyler tries to impress his crush.

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Kinsey uses a key to seek vengeance on a school bully. A troubled Nina finds a sympathetic ear. A long-buried memory casts Rendell in a new light.

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Kinsey explores the sea cave with the Savini Squad in tow, Nina confronts Ellie over Joe, and Tyler sabotages his relationship with Jackie.

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The Locke family faces their worst nightmare when the person responsible for shattering their lives resurfaces and demands one of the keys.

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Tyler and Kinsey feel torn when they figure out why Nina is acting strangely. Bode meets Rufus and Ellie's houseguest. Dodge zeroes in on the Omega Key.

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As pieces begin to click into place for the Locke siblings, Ellie opens up about her connection to Dodge, and Kinsey comes clean with her friends.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2020

The battle over the Omega Key leads to decisions that can't be undone -- and a dangerous door that promises plenty of trouble ahead.

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Critic Reviews for Locke & Key Season 1

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (15)

Rarely does the visual storytelling match the heightened emotional experience of our young heroes.

Feb 7, 2020 | Full Review…

For a show that deals so intently with loss - of loved ones, of innocence - Locke & Key is a surprisingly rewarding endeavor.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The world building in Locke & Key is impeccable, mixing the mundanities of school and family life seamlessly with colorful fantasy set pieces. It's pacey and looks great, but it's also a sweet show about a family who cares about each other.

Feb 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Michael Morris brings a warmth to the halls of Keyhouse Manor that highlights the shadows creeping in the corner to great effect.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Locke & Key isn't at all shy about revealing Key House's incredible secrets; it just struggles to then do much with them, instead repeatedly hitting pause on any acquired momentum to dive back into high school dating/movie club drama.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The series is simultaneously attempting to be a compelling family drama, supernatural thriller, murder mystery, and high school dramedy throughout Season 1, and by attempting to serve several masters, it never completely feels like a cohesive whole

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Locke & Key often doesn't go through its most interesting doors. Which is frustrating, because it is asking really intriguing questions.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

New fans might enjoy the show's playful tone, but those expecting the comics' darker side will be disappointed.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The real standout so far has to be the sheer scope and intricacy of the production and set design from Rory Cheyne and David Blass.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

...[it] does deviate greatly from the comic, but each time it does, there is a solid reason that makes sense for a live-action adaptation...I know that people will fall in love with Locke & Key, and I can't wait to see that happen.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Locke & Key makes an iron-clad argument on why it should be one of Netflix's flagships moving forward, even more so in a world of cluttered comic book adaptations. The streamer has made something well worth the wait.

Feb 1, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I loved the first season of Netflix's Locke & Key adaptation, which brilliantly skirts the line between horror, drama, comedy and dark fantasy the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez helped innovate.

Feb 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Locke & Key: Season 1

  • Oct 18, 2020
    It was something that I stumbled upon via a "What's new on Netflix" link. I was intrigued by the idea of using magic keys which are inserted into someone's head or other body part allowing them to do very imaginative things. I quickly became a devoted fan and after the season was over, I purchased a deluxe set of all the comics. That gave me a different viewpoint. The Netflix version was much toned down in order to let the little kids sleep at night. Dodge, however, really gave me the creeps. I can't wait to watch the new season!
  • Oct 09, 2020
    Bad child acting, awful acting and direction from mother in the show. It was an insult to the comic, and I felt like it was a campy waste of time.
  • Oct 03, 2020
    If your looking for a show that leaves you unsatisfied and frustrated this is the one for you. With terrible acting and idiotic decision making at every turn, you will be left wondering how main characters are given the intellectual capabilities of a garden nome. If I were to sum up this rambling mess of series, it would be to state the writer chose to quite literally make the mom's superpower "Alcoholism".
  • Sep 26, 2020
    Above average supernatural family friendly mystery drama.
  • Sep 07, 2020
    Original. Lost 1/2 a star for not explaining the origin of how/why/where the keys were originally made. Can't wait for season 2 as the first leaves you wanting more of this great story!
  • Sep 04, 2020
    Though Locke and Key pushed the animation and the storytelling well, there were too many moments when the characters were either dumb or dis likable.
  • Sep 03, 2020
    I have watched the series a few times now. It is just the type of magical YA fantasy I enjoy. Instantly loved the characters, the family, the town, and the mythology. The tone may be inconsistent for some, but it totally worked for me. The last episode may have been a bit convenient, but still. Locke and Key totally made 2020 a better year, and that alone is worth five stars. Waiting for season 2.
  • Aug 27, 2020
    Boring, bland, bad acting. This show just didn't resonate and starts so awfully slow that it never finds the right tempo. More so, you never really connect to the characters or care all that much. Teenage angst? Sex Education does it better. Skip this show.
  • Aug 14, 2020
    This show is amazing! One of the best I've seen in a while. How it has a score of only 68% I will never understand, but I guess there's just no accounting for taste... If you like shows about strange and magical things then this is for you!
  • Aug 10, 2020
    Frustratingly, there's a really good series buried inside this one, trying to get out. We watched this as a family and both children and adults agreed the exciting and interesting parts were offset by huge and inexplicable plot holes and bizarrely inconsistent behaviour by the characters. Sometimes it feels like each episode was written by a different writer who only had a vague outline of what happened in the previous episode. An amazingly powerful macguffin is wielded in one episode which could have profoundly altered the plot, which is probably why it is pretty much never seen again. Characters do things that should have major consequences but are never followed up. However, plot holes and inconsistent tone aside, there's enough here to entertain on some levels - the main premise and mystery is enough to keep you watching to find out more. We'll probably watch the second season if there is one, fingers crossed for a more coherent plot next time.

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