Room 104: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
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Room 104 uses its anthology structure to its advantage, telling a series of short, eclectic stories that hit their marks more often than they miss.



Critic Ratings: 39


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User Ratings: 284

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Air date: Jul 28, 2017

Extraordinary stories that occur in a single room at a nondescript U.S. motel over the course of several decades are told in this anthology series, which begins with a babysitter arriving at Room 104 to watch an unusual boy.

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Air date: Aug 4, 2017

A pizza delivery boy gets caught up in a couple's twisted games.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2017

A woman seeking salvation is visited by a cult priest who promises to help her transcend the ordinary world for another realm.

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Air date: Aug 25, 2017

In 1997, a son must teach his mother how to use the Internet over the phone after leaving behind an important document on his laptop.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2017

The present meets the past when a housekeeper reconnects with her younger self.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2017

Two young Mormon missionaries test the boundaries of their faith.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2017

A plane crash's sole survivor mulls going back to the life she had or starting anew in 1969.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2017

An aging Croatian tennis player reveals memories of his tortured past to a housekeeper, leading to an unlikely bond.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2017

Two young men plotting to disrupt a political convention are interrupted by nerves—and an air-conditioning repairman.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2017

Two female mixed-martial fighters work together to score a bigger payday in an upcoming bout.

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Set in a single room of a traditional New York motel, each episode of this anthology series explores the stories of those who pass the night in the "Room 104". Their tales range from comedy to horror--and everything in between. Storylines include a babysitter sent to watch a strange boy, when things go terribly awry; a pizza deliverer who gets involved in a couple's argument; and a distressed guest who seeks advice from a ghost. Starring Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Philip Baker Hall and Ellen Geer.

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Critic Reviews for Room 104 Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16)

The specificity of [the] characters hint even more at what makes this closed-off space even more dangerous territory.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The appeal of Room 104 comes from the same principle: The viewer's time with these odd, compelling characters is only temporary. The best episodes, like the best people, are the ones that leave you wanting more.

Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Even the slighter episodes don't feel like missed opportunities or wasted time: The passion is always present, which goes a long way on its own but is cleverly extended by the two showrunners.

Jul 27, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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As with any anthology series, the results are incredibly hit and miss but I appreciate the effort from the front of the room to the back.

Jul 27, 2017 | Full Review…

It's refreshing to watch a story hit all its marks without steering into any unnecessary tangents, and a relief to feel no pressure to catch every episode, since the plot resets every week.

Jul 25, 2017 | Full Review…

The series is an amazing achievement, a testament to the power of storytelling even when confined to an extremely limited space.

Jul 24, 2017 | Full Review…

The Duplass Brothers' foray into TV anthology subverts expectations in more ways than one.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…

They got a really good tackle on interesting ways to tell stories.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Room 104 looks to be leading this charge and, like any forerunner of a new movement, is bound to exude as many flaws as it will inspiration. Still, despite its sickly lighting and outdated furnishings, this is a motel worth checking into.

Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Some of these episodes will probably be kind of bad, or at least not everything will be to everyone's tastes. But that is precisely the beauty of the anthology series.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Not every Room 104 story worked for me, but I'm glad I kept going long enough to make it to the dance episode, and the best ones were so powerful that I'll happily gamble a half-hour at a time on the others.

Jul 25, 2017 | Full Review…

As with any anthology series, not all of Room 104 hits the mark; however, each episode is produced with marvel ingenuity and beauty which in turn, carries the show's sometimes dismal plot.

Jul 21, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Room 104: Season 1

  • Jan 05, 2020
    This reminded me of Twilight Zone. Interspersed with moments of Movie 43. The difference being Twilight Zone was interesting and Movie 43 was occasionally funny. This was just confusing and more importantly boring. I think the critics viewed a special screening. One with lots and lots of Cool Aid. There's a moral in this story boys and girls. Don't drink the Cool Aid.
  • Dec 12, 2018
    I agree with Tommy below. Each episode is painfully boring. The first 3 episodes (Ralphie, Pizza Boy and the Knockadoo) were okay, but then it gets really bad after that. It's almost like every episode you are watching a new coat of paint dry on this boring ass hotel room. I kept saying "It's going to get better", but I finally threw in the towel after episode 9. If you want to make 30 minutes feel like 90 minutes...then watch this show. Unbelievable this got a 2nd season because there is NO way I will even think about watching it. ZZZ!
  • Nov 07, 2018
    This has got to be one of the if not the worst show I have ever seen on TV. Derivative and incredibly boring, it makes a half hour seem like hours. I can't believe there is a second season. The episode with just lame dancing was the worst beside the other episodes. HBO seems to have really lost its way.
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  • Sep 23, 2017
    First episode was interesting but after the show started to get boring and predictable, not worth your time.
  • Sep 12, 2017
    The show is insult to its viewers and a pax on the Duplass brand name.
  • Sep 08, 2017
    It got worse every week. I honestly thought it would be more interesting with stories that keep you wanting to watch. In absolutely no scenario do I want to watch 25 minutes of someone talking to their mom about how to use a computer...I've stopped watching.
  • Sep 05, 2017
    You have to hook me in at the start and this did not. The first episode went from tedious and annoying to unpleasant. None of it was entertaining... like a very bad episode of twilight zone. I did not enjoy it and will not watch any more.
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Watched episode 1 and had no idea what the hell happened.
  • Sep 02, 2017
    This is the WORST show HBO has EVER presented. It wants to be a Twilight Zone type show but, it is an artsy, pretentious POS.HATE IT!

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