Poldark: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1

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Like an epic romance novel come to life, Poldark offers a sumptuous visual feast, from gorgeous scenery to a charming, handsome lead.



Critic Ratings: 23


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User Ratings: 19

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Air date: Jun 21, 2015

In the Season 1 premiere, Ross Poldark returns from the battlefield to find his father dead, the estate in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2015

Ross resolves to reopen his family mine with Francis. Demelza struggles to fit in at Nampara, and Verity makes an unsuitable match, leading to a feud between Ross and Charles which ends in a violent showdown.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2015

Ross celebrates the opening of Wheal Leisure as rumours spread of a scandalous relationship between him and Demelza.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2015

News of Ross and Demelza's marriage spreads through the community, damaging Wheal Leisure's prospects. Demelza is filled with anxiety when Francis and Elizabeth invite the newlyweds to spend Christmas at Trenwith.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2015

Demelza tries to reconcile Verity and Capt. Blamey; and Ross joins other mines in setting up a smelting company.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2015

Ross and Dwight try to save the jailed Jim, who's gravely ill; and Demelza attends a ball held by George.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2015

Francis blames Ross for Verity eloping with Andrew Blamey; and Mark suspects that Dwight and Keren are having an affair.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

George expands the Warleggan empire, bankrupting Carnmore. Ross blames Francis, but when Francis and Elizabeth contract a serious illness, Demelza risks her own life to save them.

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Set in 1780s Cornwall. Ross Poldark returns fromthe American War of Independenceto find his father dead,hishouse in ruins and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin.

Critic Reviews for Poldark Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

It's just right for lazy, low-expectation, but dignity-protecting summer viewing.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Such is my addiction to this particular genre that I obviously snorted the entire thing. But, as a connoisseur of this junk, trust me when I say it gives a reduced high. It is too in love with Poldark.

Jun 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Poldark has proved such a reliable source of Sunday comfort and joy.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Each character is richly developed over the course of eight short episodes and each one has an interesting story to tell.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Graceful and lithe, setting down layers, introducing characters, and taking its time.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

"Poldark" is juicy, romantic, melodramatic storytelling at its most enjoyable.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

OMG I have never thought I'd enjoy dating in the time of texting.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a story of interesting characters in interesting times. I love it.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Poldark manages to ring the changes on an old favourite and yet, for all its widescreen flash and dash, stay true to the traditions of BBC period dramas the past.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

With its intriguing cast of tortured souls and master manipulators, and the struggle of some between duty and desire, many equally fascinating stories are being told simultaneously.

Jul 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Turner-best known as the improbably hot dwarf who romanced Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit-smolders, the women in his life pine, and there's enough intrigue, plot twists, and back stabs to hook even the most devoted Shonda Rhimes fan.

Jul 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Soon Aiden Turner will join other Masterpiece hunks and heroes as the new heartthrob of the PBS set ...

Jun 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Poldark: Season 1

  • May 08, 2021
    I wish there was more!
  • Aug 29, 2020
    I love Poldark (well not the character, but the show). Excellent cast! I followed this show over the years and it hooks you in, and it will evoke emotions. Sometimes the characters make stupid decisions that don't make sense which can be aggravating (I hear it is much worse in the books, so maybe viewers got off easy), but overall it is a wonderful drama. Poldark certainly captures the ups and downs of being human. It is an intriguing story.
  • Jan 03, 2020
    Poldark has everything I look for in a TV series: great characters, adventure, drama, joy, romance, inspiration, and feel good moments. The acting and the story are not exaggerated like in a soap opera.
  • Nov 13, 2019
    Got hooked quick. The characters are so well casted that they jump out at you and are so believable. Each episode is a roller coaster and twists and turns here and there. Funny in spots and sad in others . It's a fun ride.

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