Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Marvel's The Defenders

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Marvel's The Defenders further develops well-known characters in an action-packed arc whose payoff packs more than enough of a punch to offset its flaws.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

In the series premiere, Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand independently face off against crooks and crime, all unknowing a group encounter is looming.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

Matt struggles to change his ways while a new scheme develops. Jessica finds herself biting off more than she can chew. Luke follows a clue. Danny faces an opponent just as capable as he is.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

Elektra's secrets are exposed. Danny adjusts his strategy. Jessica receives legal help from Matt, while Luke sets out on a hunt for the White Hat.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

A Defender group dinner attracts some uninvited guests who are far from amicable.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

Elektra's honesty is doubted, and Colleen has a confrontation with someone from her past. Luke shows his endurance.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

Stick offers up a theory, Danny finds himself sidelined, and Alexandra learns that it's not easy being the leader.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

Matt, Jessica and Luke embark on a desperate search. Colleen and Claire debate heroism. Elektra tries to recruit an all-important ally.

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Air date: Aug 18, 2017

As New York edges closer to disaster, Elektra sees what's beyond the wall, and the Defenders make a last-ditch effort to save the city.

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Critic Reviews for Marvel's The Defenders Season 1

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (32)

The long-awaited Defenders who fight their way onto Netflix next Friday are not your older brother's superheroes.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

While it's a kick to watch these heroes trade barbs and sometimes blows, the miniseries leaves you itching for them, especially Jessica and Luke, to return to their own, somehow more expansive sandboxes.

Aug 16, 2017 | Full Review…

With The Defenders, Netflix is making another very bold, very smart move.

Aug 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's Alexandra who's key to everything. Just powerful, dangerous and mysterious enough, she's the reason the Defenders can find common cause... a much-anticipated series and beloved franchise has already found an indispensable newcomer.

Aug 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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It's a bridge more than an artistic accomplishment in its own right. If that's enough for you, that's fine, but with all the build-up and all the hype for this superhero supergroup, no one would blame you for expecting a little more.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

The Defenders themselves might shy away at the term "hero," but they're here at the exact time we need them.

Aug 18, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

We start to finally see things coming together, which should probably have happened more towards the beginning of the episode.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

With any luck, the next time these heroes come together, they'll have a better villain to face and a stronger story. Despite those failings, The Defenders still delivers an enjoyable team up for these characters but it's clear it should have been better.

Aug 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

No, the plot is not particularly complex... but the show shines every time it shows the four heroes interacting with each other, or getting involved in martial arts fights. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

[It] starts off slow but takes the four genres from the solo series' and slowly blends them to make a unique team dynamic we haven't seen before in the Marvel Universe.

May 21, 2019 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Some good fight scenes, though nothing on the level of some of the Daredevil stuff, and sadly some weak villains take it down a peg, but overall I really enjoyed myself.

Feb 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Defenders focuses on its heroes and villains, building piece by piece in a way that is consistently captivating.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's The Defenders: Season 1

  • Sep 04, 2020
    Despite the slow if necessary start, "The Defenders" offers the character clashes and great team-ups you'd expect from these four stumbling upon each other. Marvel is trying to pull off a small-scale Avengers and there's no denying they've played it right by doing the individual shows first and building up to this. It packs more punch because of that. Plus, it's good to see the various supporting characters and find out more about the Hand. Alas, the more you find out the more banal it gets.
  • Aug 08, 2020
    This tv series is like avengers but it's way awesome
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Loved watching all the heroes come together - just a shame the Punisher wasn't brought in in enough time
  • Jul 10, 2020
    Very disapointed with this, all i heard was "blah blah blah revenge..blah blah dont kill them blah there is a large hole in the ground but we have to speak for an entire episode before going to someone else and speak about it" They suddenly can not fight, they are weak and question every single thing anyone is doing. And the iron fist... omg he is by far the most slow thinking, dumbest "hero" so far. Im sooo disapointed!
  • Jul 04, 2020
    It was alright but the way they depicted some characters where off specially danny they made him weak and dumb. And when he faught daredevil in the one scene and Jessica but.in the comics there is no way daredevil would win in a fight against danny its like they nerfed him too the max.danny is the best martial artist there not daredevil tf iron fist beat characters that none of them could beat except danny. AND danny has beaten luke and daredevil in the comics lol sad they dont go by comics it messes up the character serious marvel read a iron fist comic please. it just they messed his character up sad.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    The Defenders was everything I expected it to be. Nothing more, nothing less, and I'm just fine with that.
  • Jan 19, 2020
    I hated the story :(
  • Dec 29, 2019
    This show was really good, and it's a shame that they cancelled it after just one season. It was great seeing all of the character we met already come together in this big event. The first episode was a little strange, jumping from character to character, but it was necessary. Besides that, the biggest issue with the show was that it was too short.
  • Nov 16, 2019
    Absolutely atrocious. Proof that anything with the Marvel name on it is an abysmal confection of vomit, feces, diarrhea, zit pus, and cancer. The show looks surprisingly cheap and low budget as hell. The fight scenes were all terrible. The story was horrible. Thankfully, the Marvel/Netflix collaborations have all been cancelled. Ha ha! Rot in hell Luke Cage! Rot in hell Jessica Jones! Rot in hell Daredevil! Burn in hell, Punisher! Rot in hell Iron Fist! Rot in hell Defenders! A pox on you, Marvel! I curse thee, Netflix!
  • Sep 18, 2019
    This tv series was very nice and action packed. That's a shame it didn't keep on.

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