Prodigal Son: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Prodigal Son

Critics Consensus

Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.



Critic Ratings: 21


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User Ratings: 161
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Air date: Sep 23, 2019
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Critic Reviews for Prodigal Son Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Some tonal tweaks could turn this eagerly outrageous crime drama into something enjoyably out there, but for now, it's just the craziest "Silence of the Lambs" knock-off yet.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Prodigal Son is more than several cuts below that Oscar-lauded classic. Still, it's better than chopped liver, of which Dr. Martin Whitly has shown he knows a thing or two.

Sep 23, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Prodigal Son is taking important steps forward without sacrificing any excitement or drama in the process.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.2/5 | Full Review…

Dark drama has OK plot, weak characters, lots of violence.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sheen seems to be having an especially good time in his deliciously menacing role.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Thanks in large part to the cast and some slightly obvious but well-executed twists, the pilot was a helluva fun ride. The question, of course, is how Prodigal Son will maintain this momentum over the course of the season.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Michael Sheen is dancing with light feet in this role, clearly having a blast playing a serial killer who is at once a duplicitous menace and a charming conversationalist.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 85/100 | Full Review…

The pilot works as a neat little intro, perhaps a little too neat, and certainly too tidy, to the family and procedural dynamic.

Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a standard-issue, formulaic drama that never quite kicks into gear, and I can't help but think that Prodigal Son could have been much more riveting, given its subject matter and the presence of [Michael] Sheen.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Prodigal Son is, at the outset, a dark show that doesn't take its darkness seriously enough.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Prodigal Son is a sinister, slick, and sometimes silly serial killer saga punctuated by a fun Michael Sheen performance.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Sometimes a series tries to be too many things at once, but even though Prodigal Son Season 1 Episode 1 juggled a lot, the series may pull it off. It's dark, twisted, horrific, and fun.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 4.2/5.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prodigal Son: Season 1

  • 2h ago
    dont know if it wants to be be serious but fun feel like its just made to be a 13+ show made for tv culd have been good if it was rated 18+ and embraced the dark aspect but does not work when they try to throw in some lame jokes feel like i have sen this before and not so predictable all the time
  • 3d ago
    Love this show and the acting.
  • 4d ago
    I really liked this show at first...I am a fan of Tom Payne, but more of a fan of Michael Sheen. Michael Sheen is barely in this show. That is why he probably took this gig, so he had time to do other things. Disappointing. At this point, it is hard to see how his character is even relevant.
  • 4d ago
    This has potential, but needs a lot of fine tuning- plot and character wise. The writing needs to be smarter and edgier and the leading man needs to find his ground. I hope it gets better.
  • 4d ago
    Its entertaining but just so gosh darn predictable. I wish the writing was a bit edgier. At times it just comes across as a throwback to 70s cop dramas. It could spawn a drinking game though - every time the camera pans to Malcolm and his hand tic you have have to take a shot!
  • 6d ago
    So interesting and different. Still getting to know all the characters so it really keeps your attention. Great casting choices. Can't wait for the next episode!
  • Oct 15, 2019
    This show is different, which makes it refreshing. I look forward to watching it.
  • Oct 15, 2019
    Occasionally falls into the genre's conventional tropes, but switches it up just enough to feel fresh and new. With electrifying performances from Michael Sheen and Bellamy Young, this is a great recommendation for people who like classic procedurals with a twist.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    I didn't expect to like this show but first viewing kept me glued to my seat. Complex characters and very good acting. Only knock is over the top level of grotesque murder methods. Would not recommend binging or the viewer is likely to be the one having nightmares.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Great storyline wish this show was on cable or a streaming service. Love the story of a serial killer son who becomes a criminal profiler, I like there's a story line that continues through each episode. I feel if this show was on FX, A&E or Netflix the show can be a lot more gritty, like Dexter or Breaking Bad, I feel that being on network TV hold it back, Prodigal Son feels like it's forced to be PG 13, but really want to be Rated R❗❕

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