Messiah: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)


Season 1
Messiah

Critics Consensus

A promising premise and superb ensemble can't save Messiah from its own bland storytelling.

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Critic Ratings: 22

88%

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User Ratings: 1606
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Tv Season Info

A wary CIA officer investigates a charismatic man who sparks a spiritual movement and stirs political unrest. A fictional story not based on true events.

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Critic Reviews for Messiah Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (10)

With its melodramatic storytelling and excess of side characters who break the show's focus, Messiah nearly runs out of ideas once it's done establishing a zeitgeist none of us have seen before.

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

It is by turns exciting, dull, plausible and ridiculous. And if you can suffer past the extended dawdling in the desert -- or deserts; there's more than one -- it will likely keep you engaged to the end.

Jan 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Thematically, it is suffused with the kind of hope that emerges from healthy distrust of formulaic piety. And if it manages to make you uneasy, you might feel the better for it.

Jan 14, 2020 | Full Review…

But while Monaghan has all the animation of a department-store mannequin, Sisley and especially Dehbi bring a compelling intensity to their complex, riddling roles.

Dec 30, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Messiah introduces a character who might be divine, then keeps elbowing him off screen to focus on meandering subplots.

Dec 30, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Is it worth suffering through 10 tedious hours of this series to arrive at that ambiguous ending? As Steve Carell's Michael Scott once famously said upon hearing that Toby had returned to The Office: "NO GOD. NO GOD, PLEASE NO, NO, NO, NOOOOO."

Jan 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Messiah begins as an absorbing thriller, but begins to lose its steam about halfway through. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Messiah invites people of faith to reflect on what it means to remain steadfast in a tumultuous world and how the times in which we live affect who and what we believe in.

Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite some sluggish episodes, Messiah is an absorbing watch, pushing numerous highly contemporary buttons.

Jan 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The show is much more compelling for the fact that it doesn't tell you what to believe one way or another, and generally lets viewers make up their own minds about whether the mysterious cult-like leader is miraculous or a myth.

Dec 30, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The show keeps from planting firm ideological or political beliefs, which is a good thing. But the plot feels lacking as far as stakes go.

Jan 6, 2020 | Full Review…

In an echo of the beloved X-Files mantra, it's odd how much Messiah makes you want to believe. We're crying out for a beacon of hope and, in troubled times, any Messiah will do.

Jan 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Messiah: Season 1

  • 8h ago
    Show was awesome. Can't wait for Season 2
  • 9h ago
    I loved this show and I can't wait for the second season!!!
  • 1d ago
    Awesome and unexpected from Roma and Barnett. Season 2?
  • 1d ago
    Great new show. Definitely different than many TV shows out there. Many episodes end on a cliff hanger, making this season binge worthy.
  • 1d ago
    It's all in hype of the show Nd cud not hold me for long not sure will see the second season
  • 2d ago
    This is just excellent!
  • 2d ago
    Fabulous show!!! Thank you Netflix!
  • 3d ago
    What a great show! I just could not stop watxhing. 10 episodes flew by. The storytelling is not bland at all
  • 3d ago
    This is the Best-Ever series in all my decades of TV watching. I LOVE "THE MESSIAH." And I'm not even a Christian. This series captures the Western World zeitgeist. And it captures my interest--I have to use real discipline to stop myself from binge-watching. I'm limiting myself to one episode a day, kind of like chocolates. The acting and dialog are superb. But it's the storylines that keep me wanting more. The writers have tapped into the spiritual and existential undercurrents of our time.
  • 3d ago
    Love! Love! Love! Binge-watched the first time. Taking it slower the second time. So many glaring, mind-boggling, provocative moments I cannot pinpoint them all. Just watch it with an open mind and listen closely. If you don't come away with new understanding then you didn't do it right so try again. :) Namaste

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