On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Critics Consensus

Though it loses a bit of narrative steam, On Becoming a God in Central Florida proves a clever and absurd satire that will make you want to buy whatever Kirsten Dunst is selling.



Critic Ratings: 37


Audience Score

User Ratings: 36
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Air date: Aug 25, 2019
Air date: Aug 25, 2019
Air date: Sep 1, 2019
Air date: Sep 8, 2019
Air date: Sep 15, 2019
Air date: Sep 22, 2019
Air date: Sep 29, 2019

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Critic Reviews for On Becoming a God in Central Florida Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (20)

The pitch-black comedy about desperation, anxiety, and self-delusion is not afraid to be deeply weird.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

On Becoming A God's sense of humor is sharp and peculiar, easily cutting through the plot's bleaker moments without actually distracting from them.

Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A clever, compelling, and thorough evisceration of American capitalism...

Aug 21, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Going broader and broader in this case doesn't feel like a natural progression; it honestly feels like an expansion of an idea that's more like a movie in order to make it into a series.

Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Loopy, winding, and heavily atmospheric, this tropical noir finds just the right balance between social critique and Lynchian dreaminess.

Aug 23, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[Kirsten] Dunst is the saving grace throughout a rollicking Season One that keeps delivering whenever she's on screen. It may well turn out to be the TV performance of the year.

Aug 23, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Ted Levine...is the pyramid schemer, NYPD Blue's Sharon Lawrence is his wife, and Mary Steenburgen is a snooty rich woman.

Sep 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The dark comedy of the Kirsten Dunst-led On Becoming a God in Central Florida works so well because it takes no reservations in presenting a fully saturated, unapologetic dive into absurdism.

Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] keeps excitingly close to the fire, despite being a period piece. But most of the cultural commentary evaporates over the course of the season, as FAM becomes an otherworldly rabbit hole for the show's surreal digressions and unlikely plot twists.

Aug 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Dunst pours her heart into [the role], turning Krystal into a sparkling, striving hustler.

Aug 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for On Becoming a God in Central Florida: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Takes an episode to get into this but it's funny and different. Kristen Dunst is terrific.
  • 2d ago
    Enjoyable dark comedy. Great snapshot of MLMs and how they work. Terrific performances by all involved. I'm very interested in seeing how the whole season plays out, but I feel like if there isn't a payoff of some kind...it'll be disappointing. It's headed in an uncertain direction after a few episodes so they've got options and that makes it fun to try to see what the endgame might be...
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Great. The first few episodes are an emotional roller coaster ride for Krystal. Seeing her struggle so much justs makes me anxious to see her climb to the top. I cant wait to see the rest of the season!!
  • Sep 06, 2019
    Kirsten Dundst shines (albeit with quite a bit of tarnish) as the main character in what should be a dumb show with a dumb premise. But her star is powerful enough to carry the entire show. I've only seen three episodes but find all the acting to be top notch. Thoroughly enjoying so far.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    I really want to like this show. Kirsten Dunst does an AMZING job portraying her character, as well do the other actors. But it's the underlying storyline that is old. Same old, tired progressive storyline. Women slave away and suffer for their male counter parts, always in the wings but never getting noticed for all their work. The men, of course, are either spineless ineffective wimps, or alpha types that take advantage of the women and anyone else. Now, there are men like this. No denying this. But if you watch this show and believe it to be an accurate representation of life in the mid to late 80's or even now, then do you also believe in fairy tales? Because all this show wants it's audience to believe is a false, fairy tale narrative. And while the show is oddly entertaining because of the solid acting, amazing attention to detail portraying life in the late 80's, the tired old progressive storyline just kills it for me. I am tired and over the progressive narrative that underlies every show on showtime, and cable. Reinforces a fairy tale.
  • Aug 31, 2019
    After two episodes, I am totally engaged with these characters. Their struggle against insane circumstances somehow brings out their humanity, and has me rooting for them even as they continue to make terrible choices that hurt them and everyone around them. Not sure if I'm supposed to be laughing or horrified, but can't wait to see what happens next.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    after 2 episodes, I can't wait to watch more!
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Very very funny and engaging--it hits the perfect balance of comedy and thoughtful. I realllly wish I could binge this show!
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Nope. Was really looking forward to this series--and it must be stated: Kirsten Dunst is not simply good, but very good, resisting the temptation to overplay the central Floridian cracker (the type who vows aloud, while standing at her kitchen sink, hands all sudsy and face set with determination, "I will NOT be poor again!"). But the series itself feels dated--like maybe 10-15 years stale--and the same ole jokes about earnest gullible ambitious reg'lar folks who step into the maw of capitalism while someone nefarious (and religious) steers the tiller, etc etc. Just doesn't take off. Or if it does, it's not flying anywhere that holds my interest. It's cynical, and not in a fun way--and slapstick in that 2019 overly broad comedic way. I found it a tedious bummer.
  • Aug 26, 2019
    Really enjoyed the first two episodes, so far its very watchable and kirsten dunst really makes this series take off. I'm surprised by , after watching the first two episodes , how many crtitics think this series is an attempt to mock "capitalism". This series is a satire on amway which is a pyramid scheme and very far from the principles of capititalism . Hey critics, take a business class or two and maybe you'll figure it out. You wouldn't know what capitalism is if your life depended on it.

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