Marvel's The Punisher: Season 1 (2017)

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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

Former Marine Frank Castle takes the law into his own hands while struggling to come to terms with his traumatic past.

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A cryptic call forces Frank to act prematurely. Meanwhile, Madani hunts for suspects as Curtis sends an important message.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2017

During his questioning of Micro, Frank abandons decorum. Horrific memories of covert operations explain some of Frank's past.

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Sam and Madani form an intricate plan. Curtis makes an effort to reach out to Lewis. Frank urges Micro to get into the gritty work.

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Frank and Micro head out for answers from an unwilling witness. Madani and Sam hear of an impending inspection. Rawlins is convinced he's seen a ghost.

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Frank's seen better days, so Micro reaches out to Curtis for help. Madani and Russo mingle work and pleasure. Lewis defends himself.

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Lewis deals with the fallout from his actions. Frank and Micro seek out a familiar figure from the past. Sam and Madani go searching for bugs.

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Russo divulges details about his past to Madani. Sarah reveals her anxiety about her son to Frank. A decoy mission doesn't go as planned.

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After a fatal blast, Karen finds herself in a bomber's crossfire -- and Frank is irate. At the same time, Curtis makes a gory find.

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A hit on a famous politician is inspected -- and re-inspected -- from all angles. Madani must come to terms with an awful reality.

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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.

Cast

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 (19)

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…

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…
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The Punisher doesn't have much time for substance. It's simultaneously too much and not enough.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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 08, 2020
    This one is very interesting series
  • Jul 30, 2020
    Punisher: My favourite TV show from Marvel-Netflix partnership. The character first appeared in Daredevil, where he already impressed with his actions, showing he could cross moral boundaries - making justice with his own hands, treating criminals with brutal acts that can be seen as disgusting. The first episodes are a good introduction to his "new life" trying to be low key but he ends up going back again to conspiracies and violence again. There are some interesting characters on the course of it. We are also graced with the appearance of Karen (from Daredevil).
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Loved every episode. The Punisher and his side kick had me laughing in most episodes. An unlikely but welcome friendship.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    I don't understand how this didn't get better reviews. Gritty, tough, in your face and non stop.
  • Jul 10, 2020
    Absolutely Amazing Love This Show To Death 😎😊❤️👌🏻✌🏻
  • Jul 04, 2020
    There are forms of art where you need a certain amount of life experience in order to fully grasp the emotional nature of the characters and the story. The Punisher is one of these. I highly doubt cubicle dwellers and Mtv/reality TV addicts will even grasp a small percentage of what's happening in each episode. For others, it's a gem in a sea of vapid offal that usually passes for television. Although fiction, this series has far more to do with reality than 99% of current television.
  • Jun 29, 2020
    One of the most intense and real shows ever.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    I'm by no means a Punisher superfan, but this show lacks the big flash bang that is the iconic Punisher trademark with the flaring muzzle flash bringing to life the bold white skull emblem. This is more a story of ex-soldier Frank Castle who doesn't know how to do anything except rejoin the war when his family was killed. This time, however, he's wants to bring bloody vengeance to corrupt military and intelligence leaders. It's definitely watchable and Frank is a true character whose story is a merger of tragedy and heroic, which is what makes him a favorite anti-hero. It's not self-conscious, but it's definitely self-aware.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    Great Action. Impressed by every bloody scene.
  • May 17, 2020
    Amazing story, soundtrack and camerawork. You can really feel every punch he takes or dishes out.

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