Lore: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Subtle and spooky, Lore's horror-laden history lessons take on new life on the small screen, though it sticks too closely to the podcast's original format to truly distinguish itself.



Critic Ratings: 25


Audience Score

User Ratings: 93
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Air date: Oct 13, 2017
Air date: Oct 12, 2017
Air date: Oct 12, 2017
Air date: Oct 12, 2017
Air date: Oct 12, 2017
Air date: Oct 12, 2017

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Based on the podcast phenomenon and narrated by creator Aaron Mahnke, this haunting six-episode anthology series is brought to life by the executive producer of The Walking Dead and the executive producer of The X-Files. Throughout history, fear was best kept buried. But folklore opens the door, allowing stories to creep inside and haunt us. The scariest stories are true. -- (C) AMAZON

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Critic Reviews for Lore Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

Adapted for television from a popular podcast - the first time I've written those words; no doubt, not the last - Aaron Mahnke's Lore is worth a look.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Such effective audio storytelling already left its mark on the podcast world, and the Amazon adaptation doesn't elevate things at all. If anything, it's less effective because you can't watch it in your car or while out for a jog.

Oct 13, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

While Lore's transformation into something equal or more impressive than its original iteration seems fraught, its foundation in the freaky, in myth, in folklore, and in urban legend has a timelessness to it.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This little series of episodes might not be perfect, but that theme throughout, the tension between hope and evidence, it's a gorgeous thing.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

If you like your terror TV served up with some dark and disturbing flourishes, "Lore" will leave you screaming for more.

Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Lore almost plays like an educational program - and that's what makes it so terrifying.

Dec 19, 2017 | Full Review…

The idea behind this anthology series is so good, it's a shame the result is this dull.

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

An interesting but unspectacular addition to the horror genre, Lore, perhaps, works best in its original form.

Oct 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Cate Shortland's survival story is like a pastoral Come And See, capturing the refugee experience as a haunted memory through rich, impressionistic visuals.

Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For the most part, the stories never stand entirely on their own. They never stray far enough from Mahnke's steady narration to become an absorbing episode of television on their own.

Oct 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Adapting podcasts for TV is an admittedly new and difficult challenge, but hopefully the next show to attempt it takes advantage of the lack of precedent and tries something a little more novel.

Oct 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lore is great viewing for people who like to mesmerize (or alienate) people at cocktail parties with sinister chatter about weird happenings, even if drags at some points.

Oct 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lore: Season 1

  • Sep 28, 2019
    I loved the first season. I will rewatch it more than once. It has a particular style you don't find on other shows. They destroyed all of that in season two so enjoy the 6 episode arc. Season to is a different show.
  • Jun 29, 2019
    Seasons 1 is, by far, better than Season 2! No more history lessons or narration in S2.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Genius - Fantastic stories that couldn't possibly be true except the narrator is there to let you know that the world is actually much creepier than you ever dreamed it to be... The only peeve that I have is the narrator himself speaks like a robot. High and low tones in his voice at the wrong part of a sentence makes him sound like an old 1980's speak and spell... but other than that the show is great, love it.
  • Oct 29, 2018
    Found this show by accident and really glad that I did. Interesting stories told with a horror NPR type of vibe, a combination of history with superstition. I really enjoyed the combination of live action using actors with the narrator to tie everything together. Fun watch this halloween season.
  • Aug 09, 2018
    Three episodes in. We get it, everyone in the past was sexist and horrible. Every one of these “horror” stories has to include a tangent about feminism or how horribly women were treated. It has nothing to do with the stories and no basis in fact (for example, a story about Robert the doll had to include an aunt haranguing a mother about the evils of being a suffragette and quoting the Bible to the mother who is —of course—portrayed as being innocently patient with the backward ways) and instead is a tangential extrapolation by the writers. Despite this, the same point is brought up nearly constantly. I can handle when the preachy points are directly related to one story (as in “Black Stockings”) but when they make it a common sermon in episode after episode...I get tired of it. Additionally, they constantly interrupt the “main story” with others that are along a loosely related theme, and then jump back and forth as if to hide that they don’t actually have enough material on the topic at hand. I love myths, legends and paranormal stories, and yet this series is entirely unpalatable.
  • May 28, 2018
    Without the annoying voice, it would be a hit, but the horrible horrible narration voice it's a feature hard to overcome
  • Apr 25, 2018
    This works so much better as a podcast than a tv show.
  • Nov 14, 2017
    It's pretty much poo, all the way around.
  • Nov 07, 2017
    In a very good way Lore is a shitty show. If you didn’t know Lore is a show about the lore behind popular culture monsters, and it tells you these stories through the very history channel like flashy black and white photos, and shitty live action stories with some of the worst acting on television. This at least in my opinion makes for a counterintuitevly funny, interesting, and occasionally even scary show in a very guilty pleasure way. For those who a very conscious viewer who really cares about the quality of acting or editing this is definitely not for you, however for those who might have a lower standard for television you can look past all these flaws to find a fun campfire story style show.
  • Nov 03, 2017
    It's like an even more dumbed-down version of 80s shows like Ripley's Believe It or Not. The narrative voiceover is just unbearable. They should fire the narrator and re-dub the season with a new voice. Even then, the writing and acting could use some work. I find it odd that none of the positive audience reviews explain what they like about this dismal show.

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