American Odyssey: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
American Odyssey

Critics Consensus

With a been-there-seen-that premise and multiple muddled plots, American Odyssey can't escape the shadows of its superior predecessors in an age of solid spy/action television.



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 204
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Air date: Apr 5, 2015
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Season 1 of this action-drama intertwines three strangers in the same conspiracy. Initially, Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel) is on a mission with her special-ops task force when she stumbles across encrypted files proving SOC, a major American corporation, is secretly funding terrorist groups. After copying the files onto a flash drive, her unit is attacked by U.S. Special Forces, with Ballard the only survivor. Simultaneously, former U.S. attorney Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli) and activist Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson) independently uncover evidence of the conspiracy. All three begin investigating SOC separately, but quickly find themselves in a fight for their lives.

Critic Reviews for American Odyssey Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (16)

To be blunt, the bar is higher to clear than it was ten or certainly twenty years ago, when a show like American Odyssey would have felt like something new.

Mar 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Overpacked story in the opener, but American Odyssey is still very ambitious and very different.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

American Odyssey has pulling power, if you'll give it a fair shot. Fair warning, through: it also has some telegraphed developments and a few rather preposterous ones. You'll likely know them when you see them.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The problem is, there are three tales embedded in its framework, which includes familiar elements - the tension of 24 and the intrigue of Homeland - that add up to something less than the sum of its parts.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Judged by a lower standard, the series is an average broadcast action drama.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…
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It was like someone had cut up broadsheet newspapers from recent years and glued bits randomly to the script, making the whole thing lack cohesion. Homeland it certainly isn't.

Jun 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

In a TV landscape filled with muddled motivations, NBC's American Odyssey feels -- at least, at its start -- like a saga that's easy to root for.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Conspiracy theorists will love American Odyssey, and everyone else should, too.

Apr 7, 2015 | Full Review…

A tough-minded melodrama that's uneven but never less than intelligent, American Odyssey keeps its best subplot front and center.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

NBC's American Odyssey is packed with military secrets, corporate espionage and political drama, but the show's real draw is star Anna Friel.

Apr 6, 2015 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

American Odyssey is the umpteenth attempt at this format and giving it a conspiracy plot backbone - another tired plot device - only makes the show more pat.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

It's [Anna] Friel and Omar Ghazaoui, the young Moroccan playing her traveling companion, who are most responsible for making American Odyssey stand out from the conspiracy crowd.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Odyssey: Season 1

  • Oct 12, 2019
    This was a great show! Rotten Tomatoes, you are the rotten ones for ranking it so low. The show deserved a Season 2.
  • Aug 16, 2018
    This series starts pretty well, then we dive in clichés after clichés and lots of mistakes. Everything is so obvious, there is no suspense! The French guy is a cliché too! Can you tell me why you can find alcohol, parties and women wearing short clothes in Algeria and also along the beach? That's untrue! Algeria is not a country for tourists since a long time! That's totally ridiculous! Everything is exaggerated and you can't believe the story! I watched it until the end to see if something more believable will happen, but no!
  • Mar 23, 2017
    NETFLIX Please pick this up and bring us more, seriously dont understand what all these negative reviews are all about, they must all work for the competition. liking this more than homeland atm..
  • Jan 17, 2017
    Superb acting from the main actors brings more depth to this than some of the others of this genre. Frail and Ghazoui in particular excell but the supporting cast are more than up to the job. Near the end, the plot line got a bit ropey - too much packed into season 1 but a great effort that could have grown into more. Shame on NBC for not having the courage of their original conviction.
  • Aug 16, 2016
    Loved this series and sure wish it was coming back. Great cast, exciting and action packed adventure.
  • Aug 16, 2016
    we just finished watching the American Odyssey series and loved it and can't believe it was cancelled... Bring it back!
  • Jul 29, 2016
    Tedious, would of worked over 3 episodes but stretching it to 13 is laughable.
  • Jul 27, 2016
    I only just watched this series on Netflix. Best thing I've seen on TV for a long time. Much better that Homeland (though that too started off well - just went on too long) I really do hope them make a new series soon.
  • Jul 01, 2016
    Liked this show a lot. Had my family wanting more adventures.
  • Jun 06, 2016
    Yes, I know this show has been cancelled. Very discouraging, that certainly is. Excellent acting, top-shelf, realistic dialogue. Peeling the onion, the layers of the plot line, couldn't have been done much better. Having read the other comments, it seems to me that those who don't like this series have their distaste harbored in partisan politics. Or the plot lines are too complex for some people to be able to keep up. But as conspiracy movies go, "American Odyssey" seems quite capable of at least keeping up with the best of that genre. Good stuff.

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