American Odyssey: Season 1 (2015)


Critic 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.


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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…
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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…

Audience Reviews for American Odyssey: Season 1


Initially skeptical but American Odyssey turns out to be a worthy journey of 3 different people entangled in a conspiracy. Anna Friel is an amazing actress. However the middle of this season was rather tedious, I am not sure if I'd watch season 2 but the show has potential.


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