Our Boys: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Our Boys

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Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 7
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Air date: Aug 12, 2019
Air date: Aug 12, 2019
Air date: Aug 19, 2019
Air date: Aug 26, 2019
Air date: Sep 2, 2019

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Critic Reviews for Our Boys Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

There's an immense level of compassion here, which should ultimately prove rewarding for anyone who digs in.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The strange case of a narrative that might have been curated carefully with its investigative beats, but so little appears to happen in each episode that a necessary tension is lost.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The first two episodes at least suggest the series will be rewarding in the sense that it will provide a better understanding of the complexities at play without Our Boys itself serving any political agenda beyond the truth.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Trying to portray the intricacies of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a TV show is always difficult, but Our Boys is a compelling fictionalization of a very complicated story.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Our Boys puts a human face on an age-old conflict, asking if justice is ever possible in a world where young boys are used as tragic pawns.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"Our Boys" is done in such a thoughtful and sensitive manner that it demands to be viewed by as large an audience as possible, both locally and globally.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Our Boys is paced with a punishing slowness... But it rewards with tough insight.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This 10-episode HBO series puts faces on a conflict often seen -- especially in the U.S. -- from a distant aerial view, bringing the loss, pain and senseless circle of violence achingly home.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is not to say Our Boys is detached - if anything, the emoting is deeply felt and often difficult to bear - but it is so microscopically focused on the tense real-time linear progression of the investigation that no moment feels contrived.

Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A work of distinguished writing, fearless in its sophistication, unfailing in its powers.

Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Our Boys: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    EXHAUSTING! This production drags beneath the weight of its style. On one hand it wants to be very personal; but there are endless scenes of vast crowds, and crowded streets and trains. By the end of the second episode, it's impossible to tell what characters are central to the story -- if any are. The screenwriting axiom "SHOW IT, DON'T SAY IT" is absolutely ignored. This project can't help but show and tell, and it takes too much time getting into a scene and getting back out. Better skilled hands could have laid out each episode in half an hour, but the production is so self-impressed with its realism, that it never employs visual shorthand. Everyone thinks aloud, every word of every conversation or police report or meeting is spelled out. I've already lost interest for lack of a cohesive story.
  • Aug 14, 2019
    A bit bypass in that it glorifies Arabs and demonizes Jews. It shows the worst side of Israel (the right-wing ultra religious) on one hand and a perfect Palestinian family with patient loving parents on the other. Why isn't the bigoted, intolerant hatred of Israel and Jews by Arabs portrayed at all? In the first two episodes one would automatically consider Israel the problem in this nearly century-long conflict.
  • Aug 13, 2019
    Misleading, ultra-left pro-palestinian series that tries to describe Israel an aggressor.
  • Aug 13, 2019
    Very interesting serial.

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