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Preacher: Season 1 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: A thrilling celebration of the bizarre, Preacher boasts enough gore, glee, and guile to make this visually stunning adaption a must-see for fans of the comic and newcomers alike.

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In Season 1 of "Preacher," Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), a preacher struggling to define his relationship with God, is possessed by an unknown entity. With the thing sharing his body now influencing his thoughts, Jesse uses the power it gives him to manipulate his congregation and try and bring meaning and forgiveness to the small town of Ratwater, Texas. At the same time, the characters Fiore (Tom Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef) arrive searching for the entity to trap it once more, but the mysterious Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) intervenes leading to an unusual friendship forming. Meanwhile, the charming Tulip (Ruth Negga) tries to lure Jesse back to his old life; Eugene (Ian Colletti), a sweet boy with a horribly disfigured face, comes to regret trusting in the troubled preacher; and when Jesse's manipulation of the villainous Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley) fails, he must place his shaken faith back where he started.

Cast

Dominic Cooper
as Jesse Custer
Ian Colletti
as Eugene Root
W. Earl Brown
as Hugo Root
Anatol Yusef
as DeBlanc
Derek Wilson
as Donnie Schenck
Graham McTavish
as The Cowboy
Dominic Ruggieri
as Young Jesse
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Critic Reviews for Preacher: Season 1

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (23)

Preacher's energy is apparent from the opening frames. Even if you find it initially confusing, you'll be glued because of the seductive powers of the series' darkly irreverent and anarchic tone, and happy to go along for the crazy ride.

December 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Seeing how it all comes out in the bloody wash for now seems like a risk and an adventure worth taking.

May 23, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Scripture and subtle wit are sprinkled through the outrageous violence and a particularly lovely vocal accompanies a grotesquely violent massacre aboard an airplane. This one will delight a certain narrow audience. You know who you are.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

The series echoes Twin Peaks and The X-Files, but it's definitely plowing bizarre new territory, if you want to go there.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Preacher is a dark, funny and strange show, in the best way possible.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

It's an unusual piece of work that has real promise, not least of all because it is so unusual.

May 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Preacher: Season 1

FilipeP.

Super Reviewer

½

It's arguable that television shows have been trumping the film industry as of late. There is no question that a ten or twenty episode season/series has the freedom and time to explore characters that simply wouldn't have the pleasure in a two hour feature. Preacher is just another one of the shows that absolutely deserved the television treatment. Personally, this premise is so different that I feel audiences wouldn't have flocked to the theatres for a feature film of this nature. Personally, I'm up for anything, so I appreciate the bizarre content as much as the simplest of dramas. From religion to asking you to believe that some urban legends may even be true, this adaptation of the classic comic is not one to be missed, if you have an open mind. Here is why I believe the first season of Preacher is some of the best television I've seen in years. Easing you into the completely bizarre, there are very subtle hints at what's to come throughout the first few episodes. Beginning small while asking you to broaden your mind, Preacher follows a bunch of characters living in a down. One is a vampire, one has a dark past, one survived an attempted suicide, and the other is a preacher who has the power to make anybody do as he commands. If you watch each and every moment carefully, this show does a great job in letting you know to be ready for anything. From literally presenting God on-screen, to litterally banishing someone to hell, this show isn't afraid to take the risks that may unnerve some viewers. Like I said, if you can't go into something as a forgiving viewer with an extremely open mind, Preacher isn't the show for you. Although it's done wonderfully well, there are quite a few flashback sequences and changes of the colour palates to really have you focus on one thing at a time. Without giving too much away for those who have yet to watch the first season, this season is pretty much just a big set-up for the bigger storyline that will be present throughout the rest of the show going forward. The conclusion of this season pretty much states that the story could've been told throughout about six episodes instead of ten. You get to know a lot of characters throughout this season, but I really don't think that will matter much moving forward. The main negative about the first season can also be looked at as its riskiest positive, so that just says how surprisingly great of a series it really is. The things that add up to a great series isn't just the hook, but the technical aspects and performances throughout the great storyline. From Dominic Cooper to Ruth Negga, this cast is terrific and I can't wait to see more of them moving forward. Preacher is a series with fantastic cinematography and a very unique look. Once this season ends, it leaves you needing more from these characters, so I can see this show focussing heavily on character interaction moving forward. These writers have a very large field to play in when cooking up scenarios for them. From its look to its editing/music, everything about Preacher is enthralling. In the end, this is the type of show that will have you hooked immediately when the pilot ends, as long as you are forgiving and have an open mind. That is the biggest warning I can give when recommending this show to someone. From terrific writing, to fantastic characters, to a premise that is wacky and loveable at the same time, the first season of Preacher is near perfect for what it set out to accomplish. Sure, like any television show, there are always going to be filler scenes/episodes that are usually the weakest of the bunch, but at a mere ten episodes, the baggage for this season isn't quite as bad as most. After reviewing the first season of Preacher, I can honestly say that this show can only get better and more interesting from here. There are many unanswered questions and I can completely see this show getting much crazier. Who knows if the fan base of this show will grow or if it will be able to last for a lot of seasons, but we're just talking about where the show presently sits, and it's wonderfully brutal series.

KJP.

Super Reviewer

½

An entertaining and provocative supernatural series from AMC, Preacher is remarkably daring and gritty. Based on a Garth Ennis comic series, Season 1 follows a country preacher named Jesse Custer who gets possessed by a strange spirit that gives him the power to command people to do his will, leading to a pair of angels to come and try to remove it. Dominic Cooper is especially good as Jesse, giving an outstanding performance. And co-star Joseph Gilgun does an excellent job as the comic relief, playing a hundred year old Irish vampire. Also, Jackie Earle Haley makes for a terrific villain, stealing ever scene he's in. However, there are some storytelling problems as there are a lot of flashbacks and tangents that make the episodes feel disjointed at times. Yet, the characters are well-written and it all sort of comes together in the end. While it has a few weak points, Preacher has a unique vision and delivers a solid first season.

DannM.

Super Reviewer

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