Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (2017)



Critic Consensus: A rocky start can't keep The Punisher from pushing the boundaries of Marvel's TV universe with a fresh take on the comics-derived action thriller.


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Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
Air date: Nov 17, 2017
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After disposing of the last of the gang members that killed his family, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal)—also known as The Punisher—lives under an assumed identity and works as part of a demolition crew. However, a mysterious man who calls himself "Micro" (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) lures him out of hiding with video of Castle and his unit torturing an Afghan investigator named Ahmad Zubair (Shezi Sardar) in Kandahar. Castle and Micro form a shaky alliance to take down Agent Orange (Paul Schulze), Castle's superior officer in Afghanistan and the mastermind of the shady Operation Cerberus. Initially unknown to Castle, Micro sent the same video to Homeland security agent Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah), Zubair's former partner. The video spurs Madani to pursue Castle on her own, with the reluctant aid of her new partner Sam Stein (Michael Nathanson). Her pursuit leads her to Billy Russo (Ben Barnes), Castle's war buddy and former best friend.


Jon Bernthal
as Frank Castle
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as David Lieberman/Micro
Ben Barnes
as Billy Russo
Deborah Ann Woll
as Karen Page
Amber Rose Revah
as Dinah Madani
Daniel Webber
as Lewis Walcott
Jason R. Moore
as Curtis Hoyle
Jaime Ray Newman
as Sarah Lieberman
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Critic Reviews for Marvel's The Punisher Season 1

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (18)

Like all good noir stories, The Punisher can be very dense at times, but in a surprising twist for a Marvel show it does all come together in a way that makes sense.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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As a narrative about veterans trying to find their place in the world, The Punisher has something to say. But it could have been so much shorter, and its placement in the Marvel universe feels tangential at best.

Nov 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

it's impossible to overstate how leaden and badly structured The Punisher is.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

... where John Wick invented a superhero, crafted his universe, and detailed the entirety of his mission in a tightly paced 90 minutes, The Punisher has upwards of 11 hours to do the same thing, and all too often it's a plodding slog.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Under The Punisher's Olympian gruffness hums a low-wattage charisma to which viewers blessed with the superpower of extreme patience may warm.

Nov 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Punisher doesn't always hit the perfect note but you have to give it chops for trying to do something a little different, and eschewing genre conventions. It's just too bloody long.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…
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If you're going to glorify violence and tell your audience that what Frank is doing is right, you must make sure there's a line drawn in the sand.

Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The Punisher is an unforgiving tour-de-force of brutal scenes and a great central plot that keeps weaving the characters around until it all boils over in a satisfying way.

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

Sometimes the show has something very poignant to say, and other times, The Punisher needs to shoot people up with a flare of badassery. At the end of the day, this could have been a straight shoot-em-up, but instead aims to be something more.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The Punisher takes on notes of revenge films and explorations of veteran trauma. These genres add a bleakness to the story of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) that, at times, is hard to watch because it's so emotionally wrought.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1

First of all I am a huge Jon Bernthal fan and I absolutely loved this series. There were a few things I did feel dragged on and A episode or two that i might have got bored with but over all I loved the characters I loved the relationships between the characters. The guy who played Micro I thought did a spectacular job, I feel like he really nailed the character.

It's a good season overall, but sometimes it get lost on what's the main focus of the history

I do not like the actor that played Frank Castle. The show is great, very well done. He didn't totally mess it up but his acting is pretty bad. I took away a star just for his acting. He was just as awful in the Walking Dead as well. A recast would give it 5 Stars!!!

I actually fucked up with this tv show...The Punisher!! U mother fuckers,assholes,son of bitches...what the fuckin climax scene that u fucked me up with a fuckin unprofessional bitch lady police officer shots billy russo! Who the fuckin bitch are u to show like this about billy russo character...when curtis like assholes can't do anything! Then who the fuck is this dare to touch that fuckin retarded billy!! I don't like the climax where u totally messed us with some bullshit content! Which doesn't suit to my expectations...what do u think Dr.kristen dumont expected of billy in her bed scene in climax!! I was expecting Frank to end this scene which was so good to digest atleast! AND moreover Madani character is so which she was shown like some great police officer which is so bad to see...when it comes to shoot a marine!! Fuck u assholes,Fuck ur mama,Fuck ur whole goddamn bullshit! I was expecting billy in the next season...for sure!!Change ur minds cause villians too becomes heroes at some part���! Just start new season..and have a serious discussion with netflix..and make it happen! Without billy ur show was fuckin underrated like ur fuckin underrated madani bullshit! Fuck u assholes

One Bud Light away from being a stereotypical army bro's wet dream, 'The Punisher' is very clearly aimed at a specific demographic: military veterans, all my respect to them. The themes and narrative being told are laser-focused on exploring issues of PTSD, identity/purpose after the war, and even gun control, all with characters meant to elicit the right kinds of emotion at the right time. Unfortunately, though the second half picks up the pace, the season's main villain's B-plot isn't much good, another main supporting FBI agent character isn't very interesting ('Daredevil's' Deborah Ann Woll is at least a pleasant addition in a guest role), and a preachy side character and story interfere with the overall, mostly tired conspiracy narrative being told. As fully devoted as Jon Bernthal is to the damaged role of Frank Castle, the show's lead also feels too depersonalized from the audience on a writing standpoint to fully relate to on his mission of callous revenge. But the thing about 'The Punisher's' first season is how surprisingly responsible it is through it all. There's nothing cool about the ultra-violence Frank employs, just pure horror at how far the broken man will go (and it pushes the boundaries of taste) to make his enemies suffer, and vice versa. With the topical material at hand, the show fully sticks the landing in what it's trying to achieve.

If youâ??re a fan of The Punisher then youâ??ll love it. Awesome take spin off of where the MAX comics brought the character to.

I loved this take on the Punisher and Bernthal was perfectly cast.

Amazing series loved it ....

This show is great. The writing and acting make the show worth the watch. Having seen Season 1 I am looking forward to Season 2. Sad to hear there will be no Season 3.

My main criticism is the fact that all characters -- Frank especially, obviously -- have near ZERO consequences from blows z7 gun shots that would put down ANY one in real life (you see, here's the thing ... there's actually no such thing as bullet-"proof" vests -- ESPECIALLY vs shotguns & monster semi-autos. Also (*semi-SPOLER*) -- HOW/WHY did they JUST happen to locate Gunner the very minute Frank did? And this is nit-picky & unfair I know, but Madani's lisp ... I cannot staaaand it. Otherwise, action is freakin' awesome. And oh yea --- so, dooooo believable, that caricature of the fat-ass NRA white guy ("You know the JEWS own the media, right!?" SO mother-EFFIN pathetic. And heroic, obvs ... as there was one or 2 times believe there was a show that DIDN'T portray gun owners as such. Cuz, ya know ... it's the Right wing w/ all the hate & anti-Semitism;;

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