Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Motherland: Fort Salem

Critics Consensus

Despite a fine cast and impressive set up, Motherland: Fort Salem's ambitious ideas are overwhelmed by the sheer too-muchness of it all.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 32
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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 18, 2020
2
Air date: Mar 25, 2020
3
Air date: Apr 1, 2020
4
Air date: Apr 8, 2020
5
Air date: Apr 15, 2020
6
Air date: Apr 22, 2020
7
Air date: Apr 29, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Motherland: Fort Salem Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Motherland combines too many ideas in order to make one wildly confusing show that, despite its insistence otherwise, struggles to understand what "empowerment" actually means.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Fort Salem offers a beautiful world to gaze at, but it's hard to get lost inside it.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

It squanders precious opportunities to develop compelling antagonists-and that lack of complexity is even more unfortunate given that the three leads are so charismatic and well-cast.

Mar 13, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Overall, Motherland: Fort Salem is definitely bringing something to the table with its world-building and witch lore.

Mar 23, 2020 | Full Review…

If the first season can clear up some of the confusion and expand the world beyond the recruits, we expect things to get very interesting.

Mar 19, 2020 | Full Review…

[A] gender-bender head-trip.

Mar 19, 2020 | Rating: 4.6/5 | Full Review…

A matriarchal society, the power of women's voices, and militarized witches -- in an alternate history America that's cold-blooded...it's a wholly imaginative new universe.

Mar 18, 2020 | Full Review…

The types are all pretty obvious and plot turns are telegraphed well in advance, yet the show fails to clearly explain what is going on in this alternate America.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The acting is fine, and even if the characters feel a little trope-y, the chemistry between all the leads in there and the visuals and world-building are top-notch.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

As a light-hearted Freeform teen drama, Motherland takes itself much too seriously, but as an expansive piece of supernatural alt-history, it falls far short of its ambitions.

Mar 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Those more pertinent narratives are nearly crushed inside the margins by shoehorned subplots such as a mishandled suicide storyline, necromancy, and pretty much anything regarding the elder witches in their command station.

Mar 12, 2020 | Rating: 50/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Motherland: Fort Salem: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    Motherland: Fort Salem has a very cool concept - alternate history plus fantasy. In the Pilgrims' era, witches stood their ground rather than be burned in silence. They struck a deal: they'd fight to create and protect the United States, and in return they could live and use their powers openly without persecution. Their military force continues today, facing a mysterious enemy. The casting is very good, and the acting is more than fine. Watching female characters who are badasses rather than damsels is a plus, to say the least. The only thing that stands out as below par is the need for a military consultant. Obviously it's not trying to be Saving Private Ryan, but ... a cadet does not flop down on a couch while getting chewed out by an instructor. And so forth. For a show in its first season with such an unusual concept, Motherland: Fort Salem is doing really good work.
  • 5d ago
    Accidentally came across this show and now I'm hooked! Original storyline, great casting and excellent cgi effects. Fast paced too with something exciting each episode - I can't wait for the next episode!!!
  • 6d ago
    I'm shocked by the critic reviews as I've really enjoyed it so far. It offers a unique magic system I've not seen before and a compelling story to follow in the world it portrays. I find myself wishing I could just binge-watch the entire season, but alas, I must wait!
  • 6d ago
    While critics may have found themselves "overwhelmed by the sheer too-muchness of it all," I think it's an inventive, enjoyable new show with gorgeous cinematography and striking special effects. The characters are engaging yet relatable. The world is well-built and I'm dying to know more. I consider myself to have very high standards and I can't imagine why the critics are judging this show so harshly. I think it's good, clean fun. Is it prestige TV? Obviously not, but it was never trying to be.
  • 6d ago
    Don't listen to the critics, they are ridiculously out of touch these days. Pay attention to the audience score. This show beats the Hel* out of Charmed. It's an alternate reality where women who are witches are America's front line army. (a black woman is president of the US). The first episode blew me away and exceeded my expectations. I look forward to new episodes. Give it a chance.
  • 6d ago
    So far enjoying it. A really different take on an alternate reality. Looking forward to more.
  • Mar 23, 2020
    I was surprised that this series is not based on a book because it felt like there was a fair amount of depth to the world-building. I'm intrigued to see where the show goes and how the magic in that world works!
  • Mar 23, 2020
    Not exactly impressed with the start but I will see how it comes out. Mostly writing and character design.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    It was ok but they could have left out the sexual parts so younger children can wawatch.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    Interesting first episode. A novel premise (although it reminded me at least in some of the basics of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell), well executed. Remains to be seen if the rest of the season follows through.

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