Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
Marvel's The Punisher

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 78


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User Ratings: 5810
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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…

As usual, the production is immaculate, and Bernthal -- who never disappoints -- is his usual self. You may, however, wish (I did) that his Punisher wasn't such a humorless, unmitigated jerk.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

Like all good TV, The Punisher takes risks to try and push on into new territory - it doesn't really belong in the superhero genre.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

While not as dreadful as Iron Fist, The Punisher is a punishing experience that makes me wonder if the creative team in Marvel's television division are even trying anymore.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1

  • Aug 25, 2019
    Although The Punisher starts a bit slow (especially if you saw his origin in season 2 of Daredevil), if you stick with it you will be rewarded. Punisher doesn't hold much back, and if you thought, like I did, that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were the darker, grittier Marvels, then Punisher is next level. Punisher beats you bloody and then keeps going and the season one finale was something I'll think about for a while. That being said, it's not really over the top for the character. Jon Bernthal is so perfect for this role and manages to get a lot across with the character's frugality of words. I enjoyed the supporting cast too, although Karen Page is still a wet blanket.
  • Aug 24, 2019
    The biggest issue with "The Punisher" is its first 4-5 episodes. The show starts pretty slow and boring, to the point where I actually stopped watching for a bit after ep 4. But I am so glad I came back because the last 5 episodes are incredible. The show starts to pick up steam by episode 6, and only gets better from there, with eps 9 and 10 being my favorites. I highly recommend slogging though those first 5 episodes because you will not regret it
  • Aug 23, 2019
    It's ultraviolent and there's too much sex, but ultimately it's all used very powerfully to tell an intense but good story. A few great twists and one exceptional episode in particular make it rise above the lesser Marvel Netflix crossovers. I rank it just below Daredevil (Season 1) and just above Luke Cage. If you can stomach the violence, definitely give it a try.
  • Aug 15, 2019
    So boring and bland. The best part of the whole season is the first 5 minutes of Episode 1 showing Frank killing all the various criminals. Very disappointing.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    Never read the comics, wish I had. The Punisher is a fantastic character and the stories are extremely well structured. Bags of action, a must watch for any Marvel fan
  • Aug 07, 2019
    Im not big fan of comic book movies but punisher was very entertaining. Watched entire 1st season and starting the 2nd. If its anything like the 1st season ill be happy.
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Dispersive, broken narration trying to follow too many secondary characters at the same time. But the real problem is, there's really not a lot of punishing going on, for a show (vaguely) based on The Punisher.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    started off to a slow start, but the further along you go, the more intense it becomes. it was very thrilling to watch and at many points, made you feel for the main character, frank. watching not only the plot but also how the characters individually and collectively grow, is amazing. the characters and their emotions and past history are what really bring this to life. the plot can seem like its on loop, but every loop comes back with a slight turn of event, thickening it each time round. i do advise though that this series is not for people who don't do well with blood and violence as some scenes, especially towards the end, can become very graphic. altogether though, really good series and cant wait to watch season two.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    Action-packed.. loved every minute of it. True to character.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    There was a good show in there wanting to be let out, but a mountain of filler and an unwillingness to unleash the real Punisher made this a disappointing snoozer. Too bad, because Bernthal was born for the role, and most any scene between Frank and Micro/David were gold and a couple of the fight scenes were terrific. I'd just stick with his appearances in Daredevil season 2 and forget about this series.

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