Lovecraft Country: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Lovecraft Country

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Anchored by Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Jonathan Majors' heroic performances, Misha Green's Lovecraft Country is a thrilling take on Lovecraftian lore that proves the Elder Gods aren't the only thing that goes bump in the cosmos.

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Critic Ratings: 135

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Air date: Aug 16, 2020

Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose. After recruiting his uncle George and childhood friend Letitia to join him, the trio sets out for "Ardham," MA, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus' late mother's ancestry. As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti, and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2020

Inexplicably recovered from a terrifying night, Leti and George luxuriate in their new surroundings, while Atticus grows suspicious of their Ardham Lodge hosts—Christina Braithwhite and her elusive father, Samuel—who unveil cryptic plans for Atticus' role in their upcoming "Sons of Adam" ceremony. Later, after Tic, Leti and George stumble upon a clue that could lead them to Montrose, each takes an unwelcome walk down memory lane.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2020

Leti hopes to mend her relationship with her sister Ruby, by turning a ramshackle Victorian on Chicago's North Side into a boarding house—an endeavor that stokes neighborhood racism and awakens dormant spirits stuck in the house. Meanwhile, Atticus remains burdened by a guilty conscience as George's wife, Hippolyta presses him for the full story of what happened in Ardham.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2020

After Christina mysteriously shows up at her doorstep, Leti confronts Atticus about his plan to surreptitiously return to Florida. Later, in search of missing pages to a crucial text, Leti, Tic,and Montrose head to Boston, with Hippolyta and Diana along for the ride. Back in Chicago, a handsome stranger nurses Ruby's disappointment over a squandered job opportunity.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2020

After making a devil's bargain with William, Ruby steps into the charmed shoes of a white woman, but her transformation only fortifies her resentment of the racial divide. A betrayal by Montrose unleashes Atticus' pent up rage, leaving Leti deeply disturbed and sending Montrose into the comforting arms of his secret lover.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2020

In the throes of the Korean War, nursing student Ji-Ah crosses paths with a wounded Atticus, who has no recollection of their violent first encounter.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2020

Hippolyta's relentless search for answers takes her on a multidimensional journey of self-discovery, and Atticus heads to St. Louis to consult an old family friend.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2020

A distraught Diana finds herself in Captain Lancaster's crosshairs. Meanwhile, when a visitor from his past arrives at the boarding house, Atticus and Leti each take steps to protect their future.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2020

With Hippolyta at the helm, Leti, Tic and Montrose travel to 1921 Tulsa in an effort to save Dee.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2020

After uncovering the origins of the Book of Names, the gang heads back to Ardham to cast the ultimate spell. Season 1 finale.

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Cast & Crew

Jamie Harris
Eustice Hunt
Wunmi Mosaku
Ruby Baptiste
Chase Brown
Young Atticus Black
Jonathan Majors
Atticus Black
Marcus A. Griffin Jr.
Teen Atticus Black
Abbey Lee
Christina Braithwhite
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Letitia "Leti" Lewis
Aunjanue Ellis
Hippolyta Freeman
Aunjanue Ellis
Hippolyta Freeman
Wunmi Mosaku
Ruby Baptiste
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Letitia "Leti" Lewis
Abbey Lee
Christina Braithwhite
Yann Demange
Executive Producer
Bill Carraro
Executive Producer
Ben Stephenson
Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams
Executive Producer
David Knoller
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Lovecraft Country Season 1

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (48)

Considering the track record of all involved, they seem to have had unfettered freedom, and that license is a sword that cuts both ways. But when it works, it works brilliantly.

Dec 29, 2020 | Full Review…

For every fun, if wildly anachronistic, element, Lovecraft Country is always careful to re-center itself on its characters, and their hemmed-in status as Black women and men in 1950s America.

Dec 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Right now, between the messy narrative, bendable rules, and buckets of blood, it's just too hard to get a grip on "Lovecraft Country."

Oct 20, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Lovecraft Country has an extraordinary ability to wink and keep a straight face at the same time, to be fun and serious simultaneously.

Aug 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Misha Green was not responding to George Floyd when she wrote this episode-she was responding to the history of police violence visited upon people whose skin has been kissed by the sun. The only thing that's new is the mythical beings who save them.

Aug 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The rules of the world Green has created remain confounding. Still, there's enough reason to watch, but patience will be necessary to see where it all will ultimately lead.

Aug 18, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Generally, television shows are better served by declining to handhold their audiences through various twists and turns. But Lovecraft moves straight past "trust the audience" and runs right into "the audience can read our minds.""

Mar 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Lovecraft Country wears its progressivism like a costume.

Mar 5, 2021 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Lovecraft Country is ultimately a collection of smart and relevant ideas scattered across a collection of strange episodes.

Mar 1, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

There is no doubt Lovecraft Country is a thoroughly enjoyable, pulpy romp... There are flaws but the conviction and energy in Green's vision shines through.

Feb 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While it stumbles now and then, Lovecraft Country stands out from the TV pack

Feb 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Lovecraft Country does a lot of powerful work that's wonderfully informed by genre filmmaking, making for an entertaining series of episodes.

Feb 18, 2021 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lovecraft Country: Season 1

  • Apr 25, 2021
    Confuso e sem nexo. Os atores carregam nas costas vários momentos da série, mas infelizmente isso não é suficiente pra salva-la!! Decepcionado, esperava muito mais...
  • Apr 10, 2021
    LOVECRAFT COUNTRY is pretty tight and visceral, and the performances keep the story moving forward. The magic seems almost awkward sometimes, but then quickly rights itself as if the awkwardness was intended. The action is the most horrifying part and the horror is the most exciting. It's a properly weird adventure and doesn't shy away from the brutality of history.
  • Apr 08, 2021
    One Hell of a ride. Lovecraft Country is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, occasionally for the worse as the odd detail may go by too fast to be properly taken in, or resolved, but over all for the better. The first episode is a sobering look into the parts of not-so-distant American history that doesn't get talked about enough, and at a little past the halfway mark, you begin to question whether or not the real monster is institutionalized racism... It is, but also there are literal monsters and from the first haunting screech in that dark forest, till the adrenaline-pumping last episode, the show had me glued to the screen. It's brutal in its commentary, captivating with its unrelenting character drama, stunning with its sense of boundless imagination, and genuinely unsettling in its multiple expressions of horror. While not completely perfect, (there were a few instances of glaring plot convenience, as well as certain aspects being poorly or not at all explained), the series was surprisingly well paced enough to deliver in ten episodes what many would struggle to fit into twenty. This is thanks largely to the immaculate dialogue writing and breathtaking talent of the cast, both of which come together to craft wonderfully complex characters, almost none of whom are truly all good or all evil. If you're a fan of horror, drama, or just want a masterclass demonstration in genre fiction and or acting, (and can handle a surprising amount of body horror and some creepy children), you can't afford to miss this.
  • Apr 08, 2021
    It comes together more after the first couple episodes. Plot holes aside, I loved all the actors in this show. I enjoyed stories they told, drawing compelling parallels between classic horror themes and racial oppression and trauma. Entertaining and worth watching if you can let the writing slide and really get into the story and the world.
  • Mar 28, 2021
    Good first episode, awkward second, only made 35 minutes in the third. A big mishmash of scenes that dont go together, makes this show a scrapbook of micro-scenes, not a true t.v series. One star for the quality of the actors, the settings and costumes. Dont waste your time unless you like scrapbooking.
  • Mar 25, 2021
    Not enough Lovecraft in Lovecraft Country. I am a huge HPL fan, yes, but I was willing to cut major slack for a TV attempt, but this one doesn't measure up to even watered-down expectations. Only made it to episode 3 and I bought the darned whole first season on blu-ray. This is a Family Drama about members of a '50s black family where the racist issues of the time almost overshadow any lovecraftian storyline. And it's nonsensically injected with modern music in the background and shamelessly in the foreground. e.g. A family elder barely escaping death and fighting the pains of a badly aching knee wakes up the next morning dancing to "Movin' On Up!", the 1970s Jefferson's theme song. Unfortunately, not kidding. Great special effects, though. Too much music all the time, and more silly than creepy. Sound editing inappropriately goes from "What did they say?" subsonic volume to WAKE THE NEIGHBORS amplitude. Wish they would have swapped the main two protagonist sisters' actresses. Lovecraft Country is to H.P. Lovecraft what the McNugget is to chicken: It's a cheap re-envisioning of chicken for young people who don't know what real chicken is supposed to taste like.
  • Mar 07, 2021
    First episode was really promising, but it immediately devolved into nonsensical, lazy, hackneyed, pandering nonsense. Some of the most truly lazy plotting I've seen in a long time. Well below the standards HBO set with The Wire, Deadwood, Sopranos, and early GoT.
  • Mar 02, 2021
    Invece dei soliti vampiri e zombie, qui troviamo nuove prospettive ed eroici personaggi afroamericani nel periodo dell'apartheid degli anni 50. La trovo una serie interessante che si distingue dai soliti clichet horror, e ci riesce! Da vedere
  • Feb 27, 2021
    Despite a good start and an intense atmosphere, Misha Green's Lovecraft Country loses itself in the middle of its monsters and magic, leaving the viewer with little more than a campy supernatural tv show.
  • Feb 25, 2021
    Has fuck-all to do with Lovecraft and his mythos. Don't expect to see any of that but be prepared for watching a slow-moving racial empowerment story 90% of the runtime. Not to mention bad dialogue and acting which fluctuates between good and worse than elementary school Christmas play in the same episode.

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