American Odyssey: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
American Odyssey

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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


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User Ratings: 207

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Air date: Apr 5, 2015

Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel) stumbles upon incriminating computer files, only to become the sole survivor of an attack on her unit, in the series premiere of this drama centering on an international conspiracy and its impact on three strangers.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2015

Odelle tries to avoid detection while traveling through the desert with her Malian companion. Meanwhile, hacker Bob is reluctant to reveal evidence that Odelle is still alive, and Peter takes his suspicions about Societel to the Department of Justice.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2015

A captive Odelle tries to prove her value to an interrogator. Meanwhile, Harrison reluctantly reaches out to his journalist father for help after discovering he has ties to Col. Glen; and Peter uncovers evidence against Societel Mining, putting him in danger.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2015

Tension is eased between Odelle and her captor, as Aslam and Frank Majors ramp up efforts to find her. Meanwhile, a senator complicates Peter's SOC investigation; Harrison prepares to deliver the eulogy at his father's funeral; and it's revealed that there's more to Randall's death than meets the eye.

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Air date: May 3, 2015

Odelle receives orders from Col. Glen and treks to a secret CIA safe house, but it soon dawns on her that Glen might not be acting in her best interest. In New York, paranoia deepens when Peter discovers Societal Mining is investigating Joe; Harrison and Bob try to connect with Randall's last source.

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Air date: May 10, 2015

Odelle has a reunion. Meanwhile, Maya's relationship with Cameron blooms, but a concerned Peter suspects the young man is a Societel Mining spy, and Harrison snoops into a story his father never finished.

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Air date: May 17, 2015

Peter tries to dig up more evidence against Societel Mining by breaking into a warehouse, but the mission takes an unforeseen turn. Meanwhile, Odelle hopes to tell her story, but she and Aslam are forced to run, leaving Shakir Khan to fend for himself; and Harrison and Bob contact a man who may have answers to their questions.

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Air date: May 24, 2015

An attack on Shakir Khan hits Odelle and Aslam hard. Elsewhere, Peter makes a deal with the Societel Mining CEO as his marriage suffers; Bob inches closer to unearthing Ruby's true identity; and Suzanne makes a new friend.

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Air date: May 31, 2015

Luc rescues Odelle and Aslam as Odelle discovers the mysteries of the Frenchman's past. In New York, Peter inches closer to Yusuf Qasim. Meanwhile, Bob divulges the truth about Ruby; Suzanne and Julia continue to bond, raising questions in the process.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2015

Odelle, Aslam and Luc hold an unconscious Frank in captivity. Meanwhile, Peter at last makes contact with Yusuf Qasim, and Ruby faces the reality that her mission is not yet complete.

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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 (20)

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…

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…

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…

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…

As surprising and refreshing as American Odyssey's ambitious story is the fact that the series, at least so far, appears to be pulling it off.

Apr 4, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Odyssey: Season 1

  • Nov 20, 2019
    Wow this was outstanding. Not sure why it was cancelled. These networks make many horrible Enemy Within-just stupid when you cancel a show with a great plot and acting.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    Interesting but I wanted more out of this 13 episode series. Odelle was a great character, as was Aslam, and Luc. A lot of different character stories, all related. None of them really worked out in a satisfying way. The last episode was a unfinished, as though they clearly expected a Season 2. Harrison, the stereotype grassroots guy was a fascinating, if not stereotyped character, altho his hand wound was never really explained and you kept thinking he was going to die from an infection. Various character cliches. Still something somewhat interesting, I have seen a lot better. Definitely needed Odelle to have much much more of a romance with Luc. the drug-dealing Luc character was the hottest TV character ever! Other characters dangled out of sight, left hanging. Unfinished ending. After reading other reviews, I agree that Netflix should pick this up, because they could probably do something great with a Season 2. Bring back the same actors!
  • 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.

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