Panic: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Panic

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It's completely preposterous and entirely too much, but Panic is never less than entertaining, no matter how far off the rails it flies.

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Critic Ratings: 25

76%

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User Ratings: 86

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Episodes

Air date: May 28, 2021

The newly graduated seniors await the kickoff signal from this year's judges, and tensions build as old friends become new competitors. Heather has sworn she will never play the game. But after a shocking betrayal, she may not have a choice.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

Twenty-three players are in, and the stakes are high--literally. Panic's second challenge takes the players sky-high, even as the game attracts the attention of the sheriff and his deputies who are dead set on stopping it. The new kid's odds are looking up until a bit of surprise sabotage.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

The town celebrates the fourth of July with a parade, but one float carries an old ghost, and coded instructions that call the players to a third challenge. A nighttime raid on a dangerous property and some surprise alliances mean Heather will have to seriously watch her step.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

Narrow escapes take on literal meaning as a disastrous series of events at the third challenge puts all the players' lives in danger. Luckily, the players get a short break at the annual Player's Ball, where sparks fly unexpectedly between competitors, and old trouble returns to cause new problems.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

The players brave a night at the local haunted house, where ghosts new and old make themselves known. The answer to a riddle reveals the game's troubled legacy, Heather's goals almost go up in smoke, and we learn that one of Panic's loudest detractors has a secret connection to the game.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

The annual demolition derby provides some much-needed distraction from the troubling revelations of the previous episode. With the cops closing in on the judges, no one is sure the game can continue. Heather repairs one relationship, and ruptures another, in a dramatic ending that proves the game must go on...but not for everyone.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

Trust falls get literal meaning in the game's fifth challenge, where an abandoned train bridge forms the backdrop for revealing footage of our players--and the unintentional outcome of both their secrets and their lies. This challenge will determine who goes onto Final Four. The truth may set our players free but not before it returns to haunt them.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

The judges get personal when they announce the first of the four individual challenges that will establish the game's finalists. Past and present collide in the unexpected exposure of our player's motivations--and enmities. The sheriff gets closer to making an arrest, and Heather has her heart broken.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

One of our Final Four players is disqualified, opening the door for a surprise upset, and a dramatic showdown. As outside pressure on the game escalates, the consequences are wild - literally. Our players learn the hard way what's really at risk when you gamble it all on a game.

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Air date: May 28, 2021

Someone is dead set on making sure that Joust, the final challenge, ends with the right winner--and Heather realizes that for at least one person, Panic isn't a game anymore. An explosive conclusion brings the game to a permanent end...or so, at least, it seems. This year's players may be finished with the game. But it may not be finished with them.

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Panic is a new Amazon Prime Video one-hour drama series, written and created by Lauren Oliver (based on her bestselling novel). It takes place in a small Texas town, where every summer the graduating seniors compete in a series of challenges, winner takes all, which they believe is their one and only chance to escape their circumstances and make their lives better. But this year, the rules have changed -- the pot of money is larger than ever and the game has become even more dangerous. The players will come face to face with their deepest, darkest fears and be forced to decide how much they are willing to risk in order to win.

Cast & Crew

Olivia Welch
Heather Nill
Mike Faist
Dodge Mason
Jessica Sula
Natalie Williams
Camron Jones
Bishop Mason
Ray Nicholson
Ray Hall
Enrique Murciano
Sheriff Cortez
Lauren Oliver
Executive Producer
Joe Roth
Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kirschenbaum
Executive Producer
Elle Triedman
Executive Producer
Adam Schroeder
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Panic Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (6)

If you're the type who can vibe out with a trashy teen drama, "Panic" might just be the show for you.

Jun 2, 2021 | Full Review…

There was a time when Oliver's book would have made for an intense, entertaining 100-minute movie, but it strains under the pressure of a 10-episode season. Even for teenagers eager to take on the world, more isn't always better.

May 28, 2021 | Full Review…

The series has a good idea and an engaging young cast, but it's hard to see it sustaining 10 episodes.

Jun 7, 2021 | Full Review…

Panic is a nail-biter of a series that, even with a familiar formula, goes to unexpected places. It's as dramatic and pastiche as any teenage media ought to be...

Jun 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Panic has its share of flaws, but if you're in the market for a compulsively watchable teen drama that doesn't require much intellectual commitment from the viewer, it might just be the perfect summer show.

Jun 9, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It has a seamy "sin and scandal in a small town" vibe that's not unlike Riverdale, but Olivia Welch breathes such life and pathos into main character Heather that this series transcends cliches.

Jun 8, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Panic Season 1 has a character problem, not so much from the main group of people, but from having a large number of those involved in the story.

Jun 7, 2021 | Rating: 3.6/5 | Full Review…

It finds its real stride in building out complex characters, some of whom aren't even playing the game. And it's a show that understands how everyone in real life sees themselves as the protagonist of their own story.

Jun 4, 2021 | Full Review…

A true edge of your seat type thriller with so much more to watch for than the game - lots of mysteries with twists and turns - while perfectly setting up for season two.

Jun 4, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

"Panic," in its best moments, suggests that facing down individual demons doesn't really matter when the demons can make money off of you

Jun 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Panic has a difficult time finding its focus, and the YA tropes are abundant, but it has the potential to be a special series.

Jun 3, 2021 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Panic does not exist to challenge your mind; it exists merely to occupy it. To that end, it is wildly successful.

Jun 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Panic: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    I liked the premise. I thought it left a lot of questions unanswered or only partially explained. I loved the love story between Ray & Heather. Lots of symbolism and interesting characters. I watched the whole season and am ready for more.
  • 4d ago
    The proposal of the series seems good and original, but it is very badly exploited. It ends up being a silly teenage love story.
  • 5d ago
    I don't know why I finished the show. Maybe not as many other shows around, but if you are into angsty teenagers doing stupid stuff, mixed with ridiculous romances... go for it
  • 6d ago
    Not to often I can get my husband to watch a series. We both enjoyed it.
  • 6d ago
    the plot twist could surprise anyone, it's totally worth it!
  • 6d ago
    This is a great Teen Drama Show. Still enjoyable to watch as an adult. Great idea! Great story line! Not cheesy at all!! Amazon is really stepping up their game! Plus fun fact, Jack Nicholson's son plays a big role! guess who he is!
  • 6d ago
    OMG a must watch was skeptical at first but before I knew it I was hooked
  • Jun 07, 2021
    why is it that writers tend to give the characters no common sense are simple cognitive brain power. all the character in the show seem to not be able to make simple choices, understand the simple decisions, use common reasoning. the choices and decision the character make in the show are so bad a elementary school child make better ones. I tis sad when the writer makes characters do the most unnatural choices and actions. I got feed up after the second episode but wanted to force myself to finish the series to see if it could save it self; but that was a lost cause. the plot line began to unravel as the story went on; becoming nonsensical. the story to just jump around not making any sense and going in so many direction that nothing seemed to tie together. It seemed like the rambling of someone high on drugs. the characters seemed to have the possibility to become someone you could want to know more about and follow; but the writer kept destroying each and every character to the point you did not care what happened to them. you do not have to make every character to unrelated to common sense to make a plot line. Give the character some dimension and brain power. why is it that for the show or movie to move forward the plot point just jump out of nowhere without any reason. It seems clues just magically fall into the characters hand without any real work. every person that watches a show or movie is not lazy, has nothing better to do, or just stupid. some people watch to see a show or movie with some real tension that was built up, or strong character base develop into someone you want to cheer for or hate. the show was neither of those just a cash grab of nonsense.
  • Jun 07, 2021
    My three star rating is an average. The first few episodes I would have rated at least four stars, and the last few episodes maybe one or two at best (oh no, look out for the escaped tiger!) What lifted the show for me was the great acting from the leads, particularly Olivia Welch as Heather Nill, and Nancy McKeon completely owned her minor role. There was some sensational dialogue too, (great writing Lauren!) but also scenes where I felt like I was watching outtakes from The Young and the Restless. Suspension of disbelief was tricky even from the first episode, but became almost impossible by the final episodes. Most of the YA tropes were there, some nicely subverted, but that didn't detract from the show's watchability. Hey, I finished it, so it can't have been all bad! I freely admit that I am not the target audience for this show, so really I was comparing it with others of its type. And that's where it was ok, but not great. It could have been so much better if they'd just kept it a little more real.
  • Jun 06, 2021
    La storia è ben costruita e ti viene voglia di vedere una puntata dopo l'altra. Il finale si svolge in modo molto veloce, potevano andarci un po' più piano. Comunque vedrei la serie 2 volentieri.

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