Sense8: A Christmas Special (2016)


A Christmas Special

Critics Consensus

Sense8 serves up a heaping helping of yuletide queerness and sci-fi slyness in this narratively messy but richly felt special.



Critic Ratings: 15

Audience Score

User Ratings: 0
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Air date: Dec 23, 2016

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The journey continues as these eight singular hearts and minds weave in and out of each other's lives finding deeper connections, learning darker, more desperate secrets about one another and struggling to identify with more than just oneself.


Bae Doo-na
as Sun Bak
Jamie Clayton
as Nomi Marks
Tina Desai
as Kala Dandekar

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Critic Reviews for Sense8 A Christmas Special

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

... "Sense8" is a show that always feels incredibly true to itself, especially its deeply held ethos that love, in whatever shape or form it might come in, is something to be honored and cherished.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The best sequences by far are the long-winded montages of the eight main characters experiencing something together, usually something beautiful and cheerful.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Sense8 is giving us some unique sci-fi underscored by representation that we just don't see anywhere else on TV, it also has plenty it can work on.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

... Sense8 delivers all the love in the form of eight hyper-connected humans, emotionally and physically relying on one another in an increasingly hostile, dangerous world.

Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

... occasionally feels as if it's been beamed back to us from the distant future to hook up with one of our most prominent religious holidays, but the more you watch of the special, the more you'll say, "Oh, sure. Of course."

Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sadly, Sense8: A Christmas Special is not that thoughtful.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Narratively, there's still a lot for the show to address, but overall, I though the special was a success. I'd grown fond of these characters and it was comforting to revisit them.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

It's that spirit of connection that makes the show so appealing even when it's at its fuzziest or most self-indulgent.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

It is also... genuinely blissful, lashing the series' eight protagonists into a warmhearted tableau-standing before a chorus of Santas in San Francisco's City Hall, dumbstruck by the beauty of the moment.

Dec 30, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

"A Christmas Story" feels like the show is standing still because it doesn't offer deeper characterizations or give each Sensate's storyline the attention it deserves or, in some cases, a compelling storyline at all.

Dec 28, 2016 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sense8: A Christmas Special

  • Dec 31, 2018
    If you haven't yet WATCH THIS SHOW TONIGHT!
  • Aug 14, 2018
    An intermezzo that feels nearly magical with a dash of bittersweetness lurking in the distance, but our beloved Sensates learn to embrace living inthe moment
  • Jul 09, 2018
    Was over waaayyyyy too soon. Brilliant!
  • Jun 11, 2018
    From beginning to the finale, you know you're watching something special.
  • Mar 30, 2018
    the best show i have seen on tv
  • Jan 04, 2018
    An important inspiring storyline told beautifully from a culturally relevant perspective. Shame on Netflix for not recognizing its importance during these turbulent times and committing to its full five season commitment. I found the show captivating and relevant.
  • Sep 20, 2017
    Loved the special. Beautifully done!
  • Jul 25, 2017
    Wonderful episide. The locations are beautiful. Positano is great! The Wachowski and music! Perfect!
  • Jun 24, 2017
    It certainly answers some of the questions left when the first season ended and leaves you wanting more, so you want to start the second season and see how it goes...
  • Jun 19, 2017
    Lots of beautiful cluster moments here, what more could you ask for.

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