Servant: Season 1 Reviews

December 3, 2019
Placing time and distance between each episode may mask the sad discovery that very little happens in the first season of Servant -- certainly not enough to justify more than a two-hour jaunt into upper middle-class ennui.
December 3, 2019
Like us, Julius can't resist opening doors better left shut, listening to conversations better left unheard and seeing things one can never un-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 2, 2019
Servant has much to commend it... But it is never... remotely scary. Creepy, yes. Atmospheric, always. Unsettling in general. But so little actually happens that the series drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 2, 2019
Seemingly inspired by Rosemary's Baby, there's no recovering from the worm-ridden nature of its concept, which starts off fuzzy and weird and doesn't get much clearer over time.
December 2, 2019
Doesn't seem to have the emotional curiosity to earn its premise.
December 2, 2019
There may be places where the story begins to droop, but, if we are to judge a psychological thriller by its ability to worm its way into our psyche, then "Servant" certainly performs its duties.
November 27, 2019
It's eerie and unsettling in ways that television often tries to be but rarely accomplishes.
November 27, 2019
Right from the outset Servant brings surprises that keep the viewer wrong-footed. It also retains a delicious ambiguity.
November 26, 2019
Servant starts off with creepy atmosphere to spare. The problem is that it doesn't have nearly enough story to fill 10 episodes, which means that all that spare atmosphere gets used up well before its five-plus-hour running time is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 26, 2019
It offers possible resolutions and answered questions, and seems to get off on withholding them. And despite its shortcomings, we keep going because we want a bite of that chocolate.
November 25, 2019
It's almost impossible to make sense of at least a half-dozen pivotal character decisions and I'm unsure which of those inconsistencies are the product of faulty series psychology and which are part of faulty narrative construction.
November 20, 2019
Like the show, her character remains opaque for longer than it should, but the dynamics introduced by Shyamalan and creator Tony Basgallop are rich in thematic potential, even when it feels as if there are too many of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 20, 2019
"Servant" is fascinating to look at and, at first, contemplate. But its slithering, reversing structure elides the fact that it must move the plot forward only infinitesimally each episode in order to conserve it.
November 20, 2019
Right now, Servant is delivering the kind of giddy thrills you want from horror: Things are going from bad to worse for the Turner family, and I can't help but enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 20, 2019
It's a good premise, surrounded by good ideas, and yet there's no saving something that was never alive to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: B-