McMafia: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
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McMafia takes a sleek, stylish look at the sprawling reach of global organized crime.

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Critic Ratings: 38

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User Ratings: 183

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Air date: Feb 26, 2018

After a tragic event, Russian exile Alex Godman is drawn into the murky world of global crime, as he tries to protect his family from their dark past.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2018

Semiyon convinces Alex into a venture designed to harm Vadim's business in Prague. Meanwhile, a young girl is taken on a very different journey.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2018

A mysterious figure, who is not all he seems, reaches out to Alex. While Dmitri deals with grief, Oksana learns of a secret that could rock the family.

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Air date: Mar 19, 2018

Alex unlocks a way to attack Benny Chopra and Vadim in Mumbai. He and Rebecca announce their engagement, but she starts to think he is hiding something.

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Air date: Mar 26, 2018

Semiyon awakes to an awful accusation; Alex is convinced he's innocent and sets out to try to expose his accusers; Katya unravels a shocking secret.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2018

Alex fears Vadim's next move as he increases the family's security; Rebecca is torn and moves out as she struggles with Alex's choices.

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Air date: Apr 16, 2018

Vadim is caught up in a peace deal in Istanbul; Alex learns the price of his actions; Dmitri makes a decisions that could endanger everyone.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2018

Alex flies to Moscow unaware of his father's actions, Vadim and Ilya are lying in wait for him. Alex has to draw on all his resources, will he survive?

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Air date: Apr 23, 2018

Alex flies to Moscow unaware of his father's actions, Vadim and Ilya are lying in wait for him. Alex has to draw on all his resources, will he survive?

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A man who has spent his life evading his family's ties to the mafia is drawn into a world of crime after his own livelihood is threatened.

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Critic Reviews for McMafia Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

[James] Norton plays Alex with such committed blankness that his rare outbursts of emotion are almost humorous.

Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

No matter how you feel about "McMafia" as a title, it does illustrate what's wrong with the show itself: If it were a McDonalds product, it would be an Egg McMuffin. Bland but filling, it's a breakfast sandwich sans any discernible flavor

Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

It's beautifully bleak all the way.

Feb 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A thrilling watch that's filled with provocative gestures, portentous moments and the same gripping tension that made fellow recent British series like Bodyguard and The Night Manager so binge-worthy.

Jun 29, 2020 | Full Review…

The ace in McMafia's pack is undoubtedly Norton. It takes a lot to turn a caviar-necking banker son of a Russian crime dynasty into a likeable TV hero, but Norton somehow imbues his character Alex with a sense of fundamental decency.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

McMafia is certainly slick. But as an expose of international organized money laundering, I fear it's too dense to be the sexy thriller of 2018 that everyone so wants it to be.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

As the show insists, there really isn't that much glamour at the top, just cold-hearted pragmatism, and cold it is - in each and every frame.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

For many, this may seem redundant, but the commitment to showcasing the mafia's spread in the age of globalization gives the show an important angle.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It is not a failure, and its slick look convincingly creates a world for its story, but to survive in the current TV landscape, it needs to stop being like its main character and take more of a walk on the wild side.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Sometimes it was mad, occasionally it was bad, but in the end I came to love McMafia.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

McMafia has a Night Manager-level budget and a United Nations cast of actors. It oozes quality, and in Norton it has a leading man who can both act and look good in a DJ.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

While "McMafia" is certainly watchable, it's also far too glossy for the subject matter and in thrall to picturesque locations.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for McMafia: Season 1

  • Nov 15, 2020
    Very well written, well researched and original, show holds nothing back. Definitely a must watch for those who crave a high quality production.
  • Oct 13, 2020
    Great TV! It took me about an episode and a half to fully get into it I admit, but from then on I was locked in constantly. S1 of 'McMafia' is outstanding! Riveting plot alongside some terrific acting, particularly from James Norton (Alex) and Merab Ninidze (Vadim). The locations are stunning, I love the worldwide feel to the show - I know that sounds obvious given the premise, but they truly make it feel global which is important. Of course it isn't perfect, but it's very close to being so. Can't wait for season two!
  • Oct 26, 2019
    Wonderful characters and beautifully executed story with an epic climax.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Great show and story line with nice locations filmed. The main character personality change into a mafia boss was well done. Hope it gets a second season.
  • Jul 17, 2019
    Brilliant, we loved it. Bring on Season 2
  • Mar 23, 2019
    Great!!! Really a different view of the underworld
  • Sep 08, 2018
    The crime drama is innovative with its Russian mafia gangs/families as the backbone, although most of the narrative end results are no different from what could have been with any other type of warlords and families.
  • Aug 12, 2018
    I truly enjoyed this drama series, the acting was top of the line, maybe wiuth a larger budget the series can get even better .. I'm excited to see Season 2 and all that it brings
  • Jul 31, 2018
    McMafia is the best program on AMC.
  • Jun 19, 2018
    Great script, excellent acting.Suspenseful. Although the main actor channels michael corleone and other similarities to the godfather, the scope is international and focuses on money laundering, sex trafficking, and drug smuggling. Takes place in london, moscow, tel aviv with middle east countries and the mexican cartel thrown in to round out the international flavor. best show currently on tv.

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