Run: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1

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Though it can't always sustain its frenetic pace, Run's sharp subversions of romcom clichés are never less than entertaining thanks to Merritt Wever and Domhnall Gleeson's electrifying performances.



Critic Ratings: 52


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User Ratings: 169

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Air date: Apr 12, 2020

Series premiere. On a Tuesday morning, Ruby Richardson is shaken out of her humdrum suburban life when she receives an urgent text that prompts her to fly to New York and board a cross-country train, where she reunites with college ex Billy Johnson. As their adventure begins, Ruby and Billy fight the tension that still exists between them while attempting to root out each other's secrets.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2020

On their first night aboard, Ruby's mind is consumed by sex, as Billy probes for personal details she's reluctant to give up. Determined to make Billy jealous, Ruby brazenly connects with a stranger on the train.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2020

Ruby and Billy decide to spend a day in Chicago before making any rash decisions about their next moves. As the two anxiously await check-in at a lavish hotel, Ruby meets an exciting woman at a department store, while Billy tries to handle a relentless Fiona. Later, Billy comes clean about what drove him to run.

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Air date: May 3, 2020

Back on the train, Ruby seeks guidance from a new friend and gets a wakeup call from home that leaves her shaken. Meanwhile, Billy continues to lie about Fiona, who raises the stakes to get what she wants.

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Air date: May 10, 2020

A dramatic detour finds Ruby and Billy in unknown territory as they're forced to make a life-changing decision. As Ruby tries to keep everything together and get back on course, she and an emotional Billy seek the help of an amiable local taxidermist, Laurel.

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Air date: May 17, 2020

Stranded in the middle of nowhere, Ruby and Billy argue about what to do next. Each affected by the other's desperation, the two must come together to confront their actions. Meanwhile, Laurel makes a gruesome discovery, and receives an eventful visit from Det. Babe Cloud.

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Air date: May 24, 2020

Season 1 finale. With the end of their journey approaching, Ruby and Billy consider their future together. Meanwhile, Babe and Laurel are forced together as they follow a new lead.

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Cast & Crew

Merritt Wever
Ruby Richardson
Domhnall Gleeson
Billy Johnson
Vicky Jones
Executive Producer
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Executive Producer
Jenny Robins
Executive Producer
Kate Dennis
Executive Producer
Emily Leo
Executive Producer
Oliver Roskill
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Run Season 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (27)

Building their romantic foundation is key to keeping this momentum-at-all-costs train on the tracks, and even though that should've happened right away, there's still time to get it right.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The execution, as it's carried out by Wever, Gleeson and showrunner Vicky Jones, is smartly, bracingly small. Grounded. Precise. Detailed. Real. That contrast is why HBO's Run is the best new show of 2020.

Apr 14, 2020 | Full Review…

By the time you hit the fifth of its eight episodes you may find yourself yelling at the screen in amazed delight.

Apr 11, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Run is a unique amalgamation of genres and moods, never quite settling in, constantly switching tracks.

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It's unfortunate that the fast-paced urgency that pulls you in at the beginning of the series is also what causes it to slightly unravel. But despite this, Run is an undeniably entertaining series.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

The best of Run has that razor-sharp wit that made Waller-Bridge famous, but it's really the work by Wever and Gleeson that elevates it into a must-watch.

Apr 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns to TV with an addictive, screwball romcom thriller...the genius Fleabag creator produces and cameos in HBO's enormously entertaining new series.

Apr 28, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As far as a relationship dramedy goes, Run clearly has a lot of potentials. But in the end, it feels more like a failed attempt when it decides to aim for something bigger.

Jun 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Smart, sexy, funny, and full of surprises.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

There's great potential for a fun road-trip comedy here.

Apr 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The script succeeds by putting the turns at the right times to get us back on the rails thanks to an excellent cast. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Run doesn't entirely work as a comedy and it doesn't entirely work as a romance, but there is still potential in both if the writers manage to find a more consistent pace.

Apr 13, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Run: Season 1

  • Feb 20, 2021
    This show was anything but boring. Watched it in 3 hours and I started it just for Merritt Wever and the whole show turned out to be pretty good and genuinely entertaining.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    I'm three episodes in and struggling to stick with it. There is something about dialogue that indicates straight away how good a series is going to be and Run is right on the border with unconvincing dialogue that's primary purpose seems to be to immediately explain the plot, when the best dialogue is simply natural that reveals the plot over time, the writing in Run is trying to be clever but ends up just being clumsy. The chemistry between the two main characters just doesn't seem that genuine, supposedly a bond so great that they have been out of each others life for so long that they don't know anything about each other, this just seems like writers trying too hard to be "creative". It is always questionable if you should go and see the band that you grew up with, when they reform late in life, so often it is better just to keep with the old memories, and Run seems to be about a friendship was probably best kept as a happy memory. As many of the positive reviews seem to agree that it runs out of steam towards the end I doubt I will stick with it as if I am seeing the best first it is probably not for me.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    I loved it. Sexy, funny, sad, audacious - it didn't stray from the more difficult facts of the situation, and, in other ways and unlike so many shows, it had the courage to take its black comedy elements what they to go. Plus Gleeson and, especially, the divine Wever were just wonderful. Found the Phoebe Waller-Bridge character annoying (and I usually adore her), which cost it a star, but the rest was so fresh and surprising. If you've ever had a regret in life - and who hasn't? - you'll relate. Really sad that it was cancelled, because I so wanted to spend more time with these people.
  • Dec 14, 2020
    It was engaging at first and quickly loses momentum and mystery.
  • Dec 08, 2020
    A fun, adventurous ride, ‘Harold and Kumar' vibe all over the place. Moving from places to places in a holiday atmosphere, the show will make you want to join their escape. Their chemistry is brilliant, however too many coincidences in the plot | Follow us at
  • Sep 22, 2020
    Was a fine show, last few episodes brought it down for me. Which is a shame because I liked the two main actors
  • Sep 21, 2020
    I'm with the general audience. This show kinda sucks. Its a pretty dumb plot with remarkably dumb scenes. I made it through five episodes but I don't know if I'll watch the final two. I just really don't care how it ends.
  • Sep 12, 2020
    Finally an unusual and original adult romance that, despite the somewhat fantastical premise, the relationship between the lead characters feels earned and real. RUN ditches the romcom cutesy cliches (thank you SO much) and treats it's audiences like the consenting adults they are. Trading in the dregs for a dose of anxiety and high tension, RUN makes a sprint like get away on pure adrenaline. It also accurately depicts the destruction and despair that can occur when impulse meets the very complicated and relatable need to find, or attempt to return to, someone and something more in life and love than what one is currently complacent in, especially as the ticking of the clock gets louder and clearer; and the mid life knowledge that one is "running out of time" starts to permeate the consciousness. Electrifying performances by Wever and Gleason make this an intriguing journey of self discovery and exploration of wounds old and new, with an accurate depiction of the issues that can arise when one tries to make an old love into their new love. Tricky stuff. With very bad odds. And the two leads play it perfectly with a blend of believable emotion and regret, fueled by a revving libido just begging for a test drive-a test drive back to the old familiar and longed for driveway it used to pull up in. But as most of us know, no one can ever REALLY go home again. Here's hoping they make a Season 2.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    A couple of super unlikeable jerks get on a train together and bicker about their relationship.
  • Jun 26, 2020
    Great story line...can't wait to see how this continues

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