Lodge 49: Season 1 (2018)



Critic Consensus: Lodge 49 takes a surreal journey into the television dreamscape that can prove quite rewarding for viewers who stick with it.


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Air date: Aug 6, 2018
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A light-hearted, endearing modern fable set in Long Beach, California about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Russell), who's drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business. Dud serendipitously finds himself on the doorstep of a rundown fraternal lodge, where a middle-aged plumbing salesman and "Luminous Knight" of the order, Ernie (Jennings), welcomes him into a world of cheap beer, easy camaraderie and the promise of Alchemical mysteries that may -- or may not -- put Dud on the path to recover the idyllic life he's lost.

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Critic Reviews for Lodge 49 Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

There's just not enough. Stories like this need to provide more heart more often.

Aug 7, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

In its oddly gentle, gently odd and entirely distinct way, Lodge 49 makes as good an argument for the existence of a kind of shabby everyday magic as you'll find anywhere.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I'm down for sharing a cheap beer with Dud and Liz every now and then, but a show needs more than likable characters to catch an audience in 2018.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

There are so many pleasures in Lodge 49 that it's impossible to list them all here.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a poignant portrayal of the way grief is, to some extent, a form of staying in touch with the lost one.

Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Lodge 49 is a wave well worth riding.

Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It never quite comes together.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Lodge 49's appeal is actually pretty straightforward: It is filled with characters that you care about, who feel less like types than flawed, three-dimensional humans.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

It's sort of, uh, Cheers meets Twin Peaks amid the ruins of late capitalism.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

The meditative dramedy moves at a stoner's pace, but after a few episodes Lodge 49's subtle observations about capitalist alienation waft to the surface.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lodge 49: Season 1

My time is more valuable than "sticking with" a show that could not be more boring. Sorry, makers, the life of a loser just isn't worth more than two episodes (which is all I watched.) All I could think of was, haven't I already seen this? The story of a supposedly-lovable-basement-philosopher? In, say, "Last Man on Earth"?

I love this show! I found it gripping right from the start and binge watched every episode. If you like Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, or Northern Exposure then you will probably like this show.

I finished the season and I'm still not sure I liked the show. Odd show with odd pacing, plot, and characters. Kept coming back to see what would happen even though not much did.

Great ensamble cast, fascinating storyline, nice arc but much you happen in season 2. Funny but touching; fun and compelling.

THis show was FANTASTIC!!!!

Similar to Atlanta (another fantastic show), Lodge 49's wacky plot, and lovable lead made me fall in love with this show. While at first it may be slow, and not interesting enough, it quickly goes crazy, and you won't know what I mean until you watch it, but there is really nothing like it.

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The two negative critics missed the entire point of this show. I suspect they also only watched a few episodes. The show starts out slow and builds. There is a purpose the "boredom" of the beginning episodes. There is something about this show that makes you keep pushing play on each successive episode, and although I'm not sure why I kept sticking with it, I'm glad I did. This season is a piece of art as a WHOLE. It can not be judged by a few of it's parts. The pay off is well worth it. It has really made me reevaluate my own life, and given me some insight into joy and happiness. This is not to say that there are not times in the show that feel sad, depressing and hopeless. But it is speaking to those times in all our lives. It shows us that it understands, and in the end, why we should carry on. I can't wait for a second season.

I love this show!!!! Obsessed. Will probably watch it again to pick up missed clues. Can't wait for Season 2!!!

Part a slacker comedy, another part a conspiracy thriller, and all-around abnormal, Lodge 49 is likely the year's most original new show by a mile. Taking cues from surrealist novels (the title itself is a reference to Thomas Pynchon's The Cyring of Lot 49), the show plops viewers into a narrative that gets deceptively more strange as it goes along, stringing along bizarre scenarios and (potential) mythology that may or may not be red herrings in the end. Despite the fairly complex narrative, however, Lodge 49 is just as commendable for how down to earth-it-is, and has a firm understanding on everyday life. Themes such as financial stability, work environment, and family are explored this season, and damn well too, and hopefully the show will be able to work with a similar pace for future seasons. Some critics were quick to label Lodge 49 as "The Big Lebowski as a TV series" but the distinction isn't quite accurate (that Coens Brothers movie is practically a Farrelly Brothers compared to this), but those looking for something zany and out-of-the-box are well advised to check this promising new series out.

Seemingly aimless in its storylines; but that's its charm. It's fun; often unexpected turns; wonderful characters. Russell is great as Dud. Cassidy steals every scene she's in. A refreshing alternative to regular network fare of crime dramas, procedurals and doctor shows.

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