Messiah: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

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Season 1
Messiah

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

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Critic Ratings: 28

88%

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User Ratings: 1900

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 1, 2020

A man called al-Masih is believed to have saved Damascus. The CIA monitors the crowd following al-Masih into the desert.

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CIA officer Eva demands answers in Israel. Footage of al-Masih goes viral. A Texas pastor comes up with a plan.

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Al-Masih appears during a Texas tornado. He inspires pastor Felix to follow a new purpose. Eva and the FBI get close.

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Eva talks to al-Masih but is won over by his charm. A trial becomes political.

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Eva keeps an eye on al-Masih. Felix struggles with his beliefs as the church attracts a wide range of followers.

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Jibril sees a powerful vision while in the desert. Eva receives information about al-Masih. His believers follow him out of Texas.

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News intensifies al-Masih's apparent powers. Eva's doubts grow. Jilbril and Samer part ways amid political conflict.

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Al-Masih speaks directly to the president, causing problems in the White House. He is asked some challenging questions.

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Eva discovers information about al-Masih's past. Jibril and Samer meet again. Rebecca is forced to take a stand.

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Eva rushes to prevent a plan from unfolding. Breaking news causes distress among al-Masih's believers.

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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 (28) | Top Critics (11)

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…

Australian series creator Michael Petroni sets out quite a sprawl, and Australian directors James McTeigue and Kate Woods seem equally at home with the big set-pieces as they drill down into character and backstory. Surprisingly addictive.

Jan 27, 2020 | 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…

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…

Basically, it's a mere matter of tone inconsistency, and while it does nag on occasion, it doesn't ruin the general experience. And despite polarizing audiences, the concluding twist isn't to be missed.

Jun 8, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Has you glued to the screen. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Global psychological thriller missing thrills, has violence.

Feb 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In trying to cover all possible bases and maintain a manufactured ambiguity, they make Al-Masih little more than a cipher who smiles beatifically one moment, malevolently the next.

Feb 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Messiah is frustrating.

Feb 3, 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…

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…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Messiah: Season 1

  • Sep 29, 2020
    Great show. I binge watched it because it was so interesting. Definitely bring it back for season two. Great casting
  • Sep 11, 2020
    I like the ambiguity of al Misah. I likethe building of confusion and I'd like to see what happens next. I hope it gets a second season.
  • Aug 27, 2020
    I really liked the premise, the idea, the questioning... and enjoyed the subtle storytelling which I thought added to the mystique. Surprising that this was canceled, was hoping to see more, but I guess Netflix needs immediate data from viewership despite human limitations of wakefulness and time to watch its enormous selection of shows and movies.
  • Aug 25, 2020
    Although axed after 1 seaaon this show is brilliant. I would love to see more, to see where the creator wanted to take it. Characters are well thought out acting really good. Premise is very interesting and though provoking. Axed way too early. Must watch it.
  • Aug 20, 2020
    Honestly got no idea what most of the critics are on. Don't know if they're religious and offended or atheist and offended. For anyone even vaguely open-minded it's an intriguing / thought provoking look at life and how different people/governments would react to the presence of a higher power in the flesh. Really bad decision to cancel this one. It's worthy of at least one or two more Series'.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    For the First Time in my Life I gave Five Stars for a Serie!!! It is the most impressive Serie I have seen in the Netflix. I hope, someday Netflix rethink and continues this Marvelous Serie. Regards Fabricio (FF) from Brazil
  • Jul 06, 2020
    Great TV show, with an original story. Captivating plot, it's hard to find a story with no action that keeps you involved this much. You always want to know what happens next. A great success ! A must see.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Incredible show, very thought-provoking. It makes you wonder how fragile our whole system and belief system is. And as Medhi, the actor who plays Mesiah, said in an interview "how much people are looking for meaning". One of Netflix`s best series.
  • Jun 15, 2020
    Awe-inspiring Show. But sad that it got discontinued. Would be great if it's continued.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    I loved the first season. It's not action-loaded, but a finely nuanced play with the audiences expectations. You are never sure if he's the real deal or if he just toys with people, if he has a plan or is just following "god's plan" for him. Would love to see another season. I can't understand the critics score (quite usual for rotten tomatoes...who are those "critics"? Do they really understand what they are doing?), as usual the audience score says more about the series.

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