Run: Season 1 (2020)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

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: 51


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User Ratings: 140

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Air date: Apr 12, 2020
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Tv Season Info


Domhnall Gleeson
as Billy Johnson
Merritt Wever
as Ruby Richardson
Rich Sommer
as Laurence
Tamara Podemski
as Babe Cloud

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Critic Reviews for Run Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (22)

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

Apr 10, 2020 | Full Review…
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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…
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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…

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…

When Run is at its most authentic, it truly shines as a character study, honestly searching for how something so outlandish would really work.

Mar 30, 2020 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Any future series will require more muscle from the onset, but Jones is blessed with the combined charisma of Wever and Irish actor Gleason at his most relaxed - which is to say, his best - to fire up Run's engines.

Apr 15, 2020 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Run: Season 1

  • Jun 26, 2020
    Great story line...can't wait to see how this continues
  • Jun 26, 2020
    The writers struggled to stretch this rom-com to a series and fell way short. I quit watching ~episode 4.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    I didn't laugh out loud once through the first three episodes despite it being listed under much watch comedy series. More of a Bored to Death fan. The premise is interesting but a little painful to have to watch play out. The characters on and off fighting is off putting and doesn't seem realistic.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    boring and contrived. why critics like this is a mystery. pulled the plug after 2 episodes.
  • Jun 13, 2020
    annoying and neurotic
  • Jun 11, 2020
    This could be a fun show but the actress has the most irritating voice I've ever heard. They should've cast someone less weathered. I like him a lot but she is so painfully insecure and stupid, it's unwatchable.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    Disappointing ending
  • Jun 08, 2020
    Thrilled with the acting. Loved the characters. Unique and interesting premise with lots of potential. Great writing. It could almost have been 5***** but it fell short. Way short, unfortunately. It was so close to being fantastic. It starts as this quest into what would happen if 2 people who'd been lovers years before dropped everything in their current lives to reconnoiter and travel across the country with the possibility of staying together afterward.....vs. saying goodbye forever. The series is short; nonetheless, after 2 episodes it starts going off the rails, teetering on silly farce. It ends up not knowing what it is or wants to be. Throws in a gratuitous, "comedic" and awkwardly politically correct relationship that develops between a bumbling cop and taxidermist---both of whom, of course, this being 2020, are both self-actualized butch women, who end up being the only honest and worthwhile characters in the whole show. Those characters and that relationship would be fine but it is inexplicably and ham-handedly shoved center stage. Meanwhile, the main characters become decreasingly interesting, unbelievable, and more amoral. What a squandered waste of talent and of posing such an interesting scenario about whether you would leave everything you have for resurrected love...or would you move on from there and back to your mundane life? Again: actors are spectacular.
  • Jun 06, 2020
    Incepe foarte bine, se termina bine, sags a little in the middle
  • Jun 04, 2020
    Some electrifying chemistry and great performances, cant quite save this from being a lesser version of Netflix's Dead to Me. The premise itself is interested for some mileage in the story, but once that is exhausted and the story takes a darker turn it doesn't engage the audience and you no longer care about these characters. They begin life as two ex lovers, unhappy in their current circumstances, and run away together. Interesting on paper and it clever how the writers reveal little titbits about the two from their years apart. You kinda root for them... maybe this is their happy ending. Maybe they were always meant to be together. But, by the final few episodes, not only do you not care, if they end up together, you hope they don't! At 7 episodes, the main premise is stretched and there is a mid season slump. But, by the time you get to the finale, you feel like there should be one more episode to resolve the abrupt and frustratingly anticlimactic end. The two leads are great together and the show is better for the casting. Its just a shame that the writing turns the two unsympathetic and unlikable.

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