Now Apocalypse: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Now Apocalypse

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Marrying filmmaker Gregg Araki's frisky style with heady conspiracies and literary allusions, Now Apocalypse's bodacious aesthetics and philosophical pondering may prove too deliberately offbeat and garish for some.



Critic Ratings: 32


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User Ratings: 130

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Air date: Mar 10, 2019

Ulysses Zane is struggling in the dating scene in LA. His best friend, Carly, is striving to become an actress. Uly's roommate, Ford, is an aspiring screenwriter dating Severine, an astrobiological theorist.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2019

Ulysses researches information about alien reptile conspiracies and gets ghosted by Gabriel; Ford catches his big break as a screenwriter; Carly attends acting class; and Severine and Ford explore non-monogamy.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2019

Severine reconnects with her ex-lover Mustafa; Otto West convinces Ford to do a risqué photo shoot; Uly is haunted by Gabriel; and Carly partakes in a private lesson from her acting teacher, Frank.

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Air date: Mar 31, 2019

Ford is torn about his relationship with Severine and drags Uly with him to a men's group, where he discovers how to be more in tune with his feelings. Carly interviews new roommates.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2019

Ford gets invited to a lavish party in Palm Springs and convinces Severine, Ulysses, and Carly to come along. Ulysses has an encounter with Mitchell Kent at a book signing. Carly meets artist Leif.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2019

Ulysses helps Carly with a new web series; Ford finds out about Severine's feelings.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2019

Ulysses falls for Isaac fast. Severine takes Ford to a party.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2019

Carly takes Jethro to a BDSM sex dungeon; Severine wants Ford to make her sexual dreams come true; Uly and Isaac have an amazing first date; and Ford feels ambivalent about his non-monogamous relationship with Severine.

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Air date: May 5, 2019

Severine has to go on a business trip to Roswell for an indefinite period, and Ford is devastated. Uly's relationship with Isaac intensifies. Carly runs into Leif, the artist she flirted with in Palm Springs.

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Air date: May 12, 2019

Uly and Isaac's relationship disintegrates when Isaac learns about Gabriel. Carly fights with Jethro about her camming. Ford wants to know where he and Severine stand. Carly gets a big career break.

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Tv Season Info

This surreal, coming-of-age comedy series follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia, "Tut," "Twisted") and his friends Carly (Kelli Berglund, "Lab Rats," Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors), Ford (Beau Mirchoff, "Awkward," "The Fosters") and Severine (Roxane Mesquida, Kaboom, "Gossip Girl"), who are on various quests pursuing love, sex and fame. "Now Apocalypse" explores identity, sexuality and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on, or if he is just smoking too much weed.

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Critic Reviews for Now Apocalypse Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

The ride toward the end is as familiar as it is dull. If the apocalypse is nigh, than the last thing people should do is spend their time watching another lazy recreation of millennial malaise.

Jan 30, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Now Apocalypse doesn't hang together with total cohesion but there are enough glimmers of originality to cut through the sludge of generic, commercially-defined internet TV shows.

Jul 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Simultaneously an off-kilter erotic comedy, a camp romance, and a coming-of-age thriller, Now Apocalypse redeems the grosser excesses of Araki's movies.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

On television, however, and with the assistance of Starz, a network that's embraced a certain strain of hypersexual melodrama, Araki's irreverent vision feels somewhat mainstream, even a little sanitized.

Mar 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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This is all perfectly well-made, candy-coloured fun as well as being a bang up-to-date exploration of 21st-century sexual identities (co-written by Araki with sex columnist Karley Sciortino), albeit one in which everyone looks amazing all the time.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While the show's content is raw, there's also a sweetness to the series.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Now Apocalypse has an intriguing premise and a trailer that recalls Araki's acclaimed feature work. The finished result, however, is an absolute mess replete with awful acting and a lack of any sort of narrative structure.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

It's hard to define what Now Apocalypse is really about, which makes watching it feel like you've tuned into to some sort of televised theater of the absurd.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Now Apocalypse is the gritty and poetic Melrose Place you never knew you needed and now can't live without.

Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

While Starz's new series Now Apocalypse hardly reinvents the wheel, the show's colorful aesthetics and charming cast make for a worthwhile experience.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The queer alien comedy we deserve.

Mar 17, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Now Apocalypse has the right combination of quirk, mystery and funny performances to keep us intrigued.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Now Apocalypse: Season 1

  • Sep 29, 2020
    Poor writing. Poor acting on some parts. Bad scenery and costume design. It's the 90s all over again. Araki never got over his 90s film arcs. Complete with stereotypical fetishes.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    I don't like this show. It's trash because of the LGBT scenes. This is easily the most disappointing show of 2019 next to Game Of Thrones S8. If you want to watch a great show from 2019,well go watch Power or Dead To Me because there are way better than Now Apocalypse. How this show does have a 78%. This is baffling.
  • May 06, 2020
    Here's a series that I have binge watched in one day. It comes with a NSFW warning for all of You that don't like to watch sex related theme series. Hot, sexy, clever, funny and extraterrestrial Let's start by saying the cast for this series is brilliant. Everyone that was cast is on point and do an amazing job. The stereotypes portrait are so funny but the script and the way the series is written to talk about romantic, sex and relationship problems is very interesting. *WARNING* You will get horny while watching this series. There's a little bit for everyone and on top of it You will think about a lot of things that might be out of Your reality. Also, You might be able to identify with some of the circumstances and maybe even learn and realise some stuff about Yourself. It is a must watch I have never heard about this series and I think it was not too popular and that's why I have decided to review and tell You guys about it. Really feel that this series deserve more love.
  • Apr 08, 2020
    Absolutely loved this series. Was well acted, interesting storyline and good character development. A damn shame it was cancelled.
  • Nov 26, 2019
    I LOVED the season one. The cast IS amazing. I wish they would renovate It.I'm so Sad It was cancelled. I wish i could see more of it
  • Sep 01, 2019
    Pedro Almodovar grew up. Even John Waters. Not Gregg Araki. As long as there are James Duvalian actors and Rose McGowanesque actresses, he will soldier on - proving that every new generation is doomed. And why not. One sour note - his main characters are a winning mixture of crass and vulnerable. So why are the people they come across too often one-dimensional? I wonder how Under the Silver Lake would have been with Araki directing. Sometimes. Not often. And the title made me seek out the comedy show Whoops Apocalypse. Thanks!
  • Jun 23, 2019
    Low quality Araki show which as quirky as it can be, is often badly written and also gets bdsm very wrong if not is quite toxic and demeaning in it's portrayal.
  • May 28, 2019
    Gregg Araki x TV is a dream come true. So much fun watching this show. It's arousing to the eye and has more kitsch than the whole Met Gala 2019. Desperately awaiting season 2 as the last episode had me screaming with glee and shock and also frantically searching for the next episode. I'm as addicted to this show and the overall genius of Araki as Ulysses is to weed. More please!!!
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  • Apr 23, 2019
    Absolutely Awesome, If you were a fan of twin peaks back in the day, This has a similar weirdness.

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