neXt: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1

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John Slattery is convincing as a charismatic genius, but neXt's procedural formula could have used more of the intelligence possessed by the series' rogue A.I.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 21

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Air date: Oct 6, 2020

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Air date: Oct 13, 2020

After being mishandled by a Zava employee, the A.I. called NEXT escapes the confined servers of its home company and gains internet access. When Ethan's bullying intensifies, he reveals that Iliza has been persuading him to seek revenge. Concerned about her son, Shea recruits Paul and her co-workers C.M., Gina and Ben to help use Ethan's connection with Iliza to track NEXT's possible location.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2020

Shea and LeBlanc head to Dartmouth to investigate NEXT's whereabouts, which are potentially linked to Biomotion Labs. There, they visit LeBlanc's friend, Professor Richard Pearish for answers. Meanwhile, Shea, Ethan and Ty take extra precautions to disconnect from electronics and the Internet, and LeBlanc urges Abby to do so, as well, but NEXT complicates their plans.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2020

Shea and LeBlanc steal an important hard drive and enlist Ben, Gina and C.M. to help decrypt it, as NEXT creates chaos to stunt their progress. C.M.'s past resurfaces as NEXT targets the FBI building with a dangerous ploy. Meanwhile, Ted and his Zava team buckle down on their search for NEXT, Ty and Ethan hide out in a remote cabin and LeBlanc discovers new information on his health that may affect Abby

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Air date: Nov 24, 2020

NEXT orchestrates an unlikely and dangerous reunion between Shea and someone from her past. Meanwhile, Ted is in trouble with Zava and figures out a way to remain in the company.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2020

Shea manages to save Ethan from extreme danger, while Ty makes a difficult decision for his family's safety. Then, LeBlanc takes matters into his own hands to remedy his degenerative brain disease. Also, C.M. and Gina escape the hospital and learn more about each other, Ted makes a risky deal to take over a server farm in Singapore and he uses Abby to access LeBlanc's NEXT hard drive.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2020

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Cast & Crew

John Slattery
Paul LeBlanc
Gerardo Celasco
Ty Salazar
Fernanda Andrade
Shea Salazar
Evan Whitten
Ethan Salazar
John Cassini
Ron Mathis
David Zayas
Nacio Flores
Ali Ahn
Sarina Ono
Karin Anglin
Congresswoman Beatty
Peter Francis James
Terrence Wilson
Michael Herzovi
Richard Pearish
Carl Clemons-Hopkins
Harrison Cole
Amy Rapp
Jon Tenney
Special Agent Brian Farrell
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Critic Reviews for neXt Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

LeBlanc as a character is an interesting spin on the pop culture billionaire, too.

Oct 12, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The series churns through its largely linear plot at a fast clip. This is certainly gratifying, in the age of Netflix bloat, though it does tend to blunt the stakes.

Oct 12, 2020 | Full Review…
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This delayed production is a flat affair, only occasionally springing to life through the charisma of its cast.

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Slattery is fine in this bland AI thriller.

Oct 5, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Happily, the show maintains reasonably good momentum as this high-tech game of cat and (computer) mouse proceeds, with a few detours along the way. Slattery is especially good as the fast-talking genius.

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…
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Slattery leads the way and knocks this showcase role out of the park, but Andrade, Harner, Mosley, Harlow, Cappuccino et al., are equally impressive.

Oct 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"File #1" was a compelling series premiere that proved the series is brimming with possibilities.

Oct 13, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Just based on this first episode, neXt looks to be an intriguing romp through technological dangers, even if we've seen things like it before.

Oct 8, 2020 | Rating: 3.25/5 | Full Review…

It is hard to imagine this being anyone's comfort viewing in 2020, no matter how familiar it feels.

Oct 7, 2020 | Full Review…

So far it seems a little predictable.

Oct 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Slattery elevates the pulp melodrama with crisp, ironic detachment.

Oct 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Next, with its deranged riffs on the existential threats of coffee pots and cell phones, seems more of the here and now.

Oct 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for neXt: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    This is basically a poor clone of a superior show, Person Of Interest, with none of the subtlety. It's not totally unwatchable, but the further the goes the screwier it gets. I don't expect it to have any staying power. Your time would be better spent watching POI if you haven't seen it.
  • Nov 12, 2020
    Good show, maybe this show was cancelled by "Evil AI"? =)
  • Oct 25, 2020
    just boring. story isn't interesting enough to last
  • Oct 22, 2020
    I enjoyed the first three episodes of this show. The subject matter of A.I. trying to take over is very intriguing and the acting is excellent. The reason I didn't give the show 5 stars is the lack of character development and weak storylines that pertain to them. But, I'm still looking forward to future episodes and how the season wraps up.
  • Oct 21, 2020
    First episode solely focused on Paul Leblanc but there were a lot of hair raising moments. Second episode was better and three was fantastic. Cant wait for episode four!!!
  • Oct 20, 2020
    It's iRobot meets CSI, meaning cheesy, with a script targeted at 4th grade comprehension level. It was too much to hope that Hollywood can address the serious issue of the approaching tsunami of automation, and the existential crisis it is sure create. But at least the public will be familiar with the concept of an AI Singularity, even if the world will be unrecognizable well before it takes place.
  • Oct 19, 2020
    ""NeXt" Person of Interest" ? Not that original, but well acted and on a decent budget. Get the feeling it will be diluted to the point of extinction, much like its forebear "24". Why does the AI have to sound like HAL from 2001 Space Odyssey ? Furthermore, wouldn't it have been easier to cast Paula Patton rather than her lookalike Andrade ? Having waited so long for episode 4, it was such a letdown. Little or no meat on the bone and probably the end of my involvement.
  • Oct 15, 2020
    I love this show so much. I don't give anything 5 starts, but I've gotta give it here cause this show blows my mind. And horrifies me also. AI is scary, but this show is very good.
  • Oct 14, 2020
    Episode 1 was certainly intriguing; the show introduces a modern plot of A.I. taking over the world & manipulating humans… and of course, I have Alexa right on my bedstand listening to personal calls and making recommendations on top purchases for Prime day… But episode 2 really gets you hooked! Action, drama, tensions are held high, and the episode ends on quite a cliff hanger. I am definitely adding this show to my fall / winter rotation
  • Oct 13, 2020
    John Slattery pulls Next together like a finely tailored suit on Madison Avenue. AI concepts are nothing new, but this show perfectly complements the real life crises touched upon in Netflix's Social Dilemma. Sharp, dynamic interactions between Leblanc (Slattery) and daughter Abby (Cappuccino) add a nice layer and air of parental responsibility to the show. I'll certainly be tuning in to see where this fun ride takes us neXt...

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