Pan Am: Season 1 (2011 - 2012)


Season 1
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Critics Consensus

Pan Am effectively romanticizes the bygone era it seeks to capture with dazzling production values and meticulous period detail, even if the drama at play is a little bland.

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Critic Ratings: 37

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User Ratings: 33

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Air date: Sep 25, 2011

Pan Am pilot Dean (Mike Vogel) is set to fly the airline's newest plane on its inaugural New York to London flight in the series opener, but his lead stewardess is a no-show, giving grounded purser Maggie (Christina Ricci) the chance to fill in. Meanwhile, on the same flight, another stewardess (Kelli Garner) takes on her first assignment from U.S. intelligence.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2011

Kate and Laura are surprised when their mom (Kate Jennings Grant) boards the plane on a flight headed to Paris. Meanwhile, Maggie deals with the unwanted attentions of an aggressive passenger; and Dean tries to track down some leads on Bridget.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2011

Journalists fly with the crew to Berlin to cover a speech by President Kennedy. While there, Kate tries to help a young woman escape East Germany, and Colette is reminded of painful memories of World War II.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2011

A last-minute change sends the crew to exotic Rangoon, where Maggie takes Laura under her wing, showing her the wilder side of the city. Meanwhile, news of a space mission leads Ted to reflect on his own past.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

On a flight to Monte Carlo, Kate and Maggie both vie for the attentions of a handsome passenger (Goran Visnjic), who Kate soon learns is involved in her next covert mission.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

Maggie fights to keep her job after she's accused of insubordination, but she does manage to maneuver her way onto a flight bound for Rio de Janeiro. Meanwhile, Katie is given a difficult mission involving Yugoslavian diplomat Niko Lonza (Goran Visnjic); and Dean continues his relationship with Ginny.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Sparks fly between Laura and a sailor (Gaius Charles) she meets on a special flight bringing servicemen home. Meanwhile, Kate's complicated government mission takes a dramatic turn, threatening her personal relationship with Niko.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

A passenger has a heart attack on a flight headed to Caracas, forcing an emergency landing in Haiti, a hotbed of political unrest. Meanwhile, the stewardesses are charmed by a dashing millionaire (Aaron Diaz).

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Air date: Dec 4, 2011

In London, Ted connects with an old flame (Ashley Greene), and Kate gets in over her head on her last courier mission. Back at home, Dean takes Colette to meet his parents and the two start to realize their feelings for one another.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2012

Maggie falls for a congressman after writing a critical piece for the Village Voice against his politics. Meanwhile, fate deals a blow to Colette and Dean's budding romance, and Ted thinks he's found the love of his life.

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Pilots and flight attendants on the iconic Pan American World Airways are portrayed in this drama set in the 1960s, when air travel represented the height of luxury. The series' only season follows the relationships and worldwide exploits of a Pan Am flight crew after stewardess Maggie (Christina Ricci) joins pilots Dean (Mike Vogel) and Ted (Michael Mosley), and stewardesses Laura (Margot Robbie), Kate (Kelli Garner) and Colette (Karine Vanasse).

Critic Reviews for Pan Am Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (23)

A messy collision of genres mashing a Mad Men-inspired '60s homage with an empowerment story for women - and, believe it or not, a James Bond-style espionage thriller.

Nov 21, 2019 | Full Review…
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Unlike Playboy's cramped, claustrophobic intrigue, at least Pan Am takes us somewhere.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

This is a soft-touch, mass-appeal '60s period piece.

Sep 25, 2011 | Full Review…

Beyond selling the glamour of it all, Pan Am may be very hard-pressed to come up with weekly storylines that impel viewers to climb aboard.

Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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There's soap here, and the liberated-woman part sometimes feels like a reach. But the show is fun.

Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The romance and the attractively stylized innocence of the era is addictive.

Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Pan Am is too obsessed with its surroundings, to focus on anything like characters or having a point.

Feb 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Maybe it's all an ill-conceived homage to classic Sixties shows like The Man from UNCLE or The Saint.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Garner definitely gets the most interesting stuff to do in the pilot and she handles it very well, but the other ladies manage to make their moments memorable, too.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The show does an incredible job of sweeping you into the era.

Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The careful attention to period detail is crucial here.

Sep 25, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The show is dazzling to watch, with a huge assist from computer-graphics imagery.

Sep 25, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pan Am: Season 1

  • Oct 20, 2020
    Are oamenii, are o idee, nu stie ce ton sa adopte
  • Nov 29, 2016
    (A year later) Watched it again on DVD. Enjoyed the extra materials with the real stews now in their later years - still poised, sharp, & lovely - and the real stew who inspired SONY to do the Series. Easy to tell they were some of the best of good & interesting women. This is still a great Series with a lot to like - even love, having been a Wonder Years kid in '63, the year of the Series. The Cold War & spycraft elements are good, too. | (Review, 2016) Liked it; miss it (when it was own Sundays on ABC.). Own it on Amazon. Wish they or Netflix would revive it altho' the great cast may be hard to reassemble. Still, it's worth a shot.

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