Shadow and Bone: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Shadow and Bone

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From gorgeous costumes to impressive -- if intimidating -- world-building, Shadow and Bone is certainly as meticulous as its source material, but by folding in unexpected stories it expands the novel's scope to craft an exciting new adventure for fans and newcomers alike.

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Struggling to accept a future without Mal, Alina covertly follows him on his trek through the Fold. Meanwhile, Kaz receives a tip for a potentially fruitful job.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Alina catches General Kirigan's eye after standing against the Volcra as Kaz struggles to cross the Fold safely.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Ensconced in the lap of luxury among the Grisha, Alina begins her training. The Crows -- Kaz, Inej and Jesper -- prepare for their risky journey.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

As Kirigan takes Alina into his confidence, Mal volunteers for a dangerous tracking mission, and the Crows plot a heist to get into the Little Palace.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Droves of nobility arrive to witness Alina's unveiling as she continues to grow closer to Kirigan. Meanwhile, the success of Kaz's plan depends on the revelation of a hidden passage as Mal relays word about the stag's appearance.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Kirigan seeks answers in his anger over the situation with the Sun Summoner. Meanwhile, Nina draws closer to a Grisha hunter as help arrives for Alina at an ideal moment.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Alina finds her position with Kirigan precarious after the encounter with the stag. Meanwhile, Kirigan's power begins to align with the Fold.

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Air date: Apr 23, 2021

Kirigan allows Alina to unveil her powers in the Fold as the Crows encounter a stowaway on a risky mission.

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Based on Leigh Bardugo's worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Cast & Crew

Kit Young
Jesper Fahey
Freddy Carter
Kaz Brekker
Jessie Mei Li
Alina Starkov
Archie Renaux
Malyen Oretsev
Ben Barnes
General Kirigan
Shawn Levy
Executive Producer
Josh Barry
Executive Producer
Lee Toland Krieger
Executive Producer
Leigh Bardugo
Executive Producer
Dan Levine
Executive Producer
Dan Cohen
Executive Producer
Eric Heisserer
Executive Producer
Pouya Shahbazian
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Shadow and Bone Season 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (21)

If Shadow and Bone doesn't provide quite the level of characterizing nuance and challenging chronological complexity of The Witcher - and it does not - it does go down easier, and seems expressly intended to make long weekend afternoons pass more quickly.

Apr 26, 2021 | Full Review…

[Shadow and Bone] transcends familiarity thanks to the commitment of a pitch-perfect cast, well-stylized fight sequences, and intentional character development that makes these relationships feel nuanced and history-laden.

Apr 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Starring newcomers Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux and Freddy Carter, it flies by over the course of eight episodes of magic, espionage, violence and romance-in other words, all of the necessary ingredients to satisfy a fantasy fan.

May 3, 2021 | Full Review…

Perfectly competent, enjoyable stuff. But, like The Witcher and the other contenders for the Thrones' crown that there have been since, it doesn't - or can't, whether for merely budgetary or more creative constraints - build on what has gone before.

Apr 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The various details and peculiarities we find in the story make this series something exceptional, at least in its first season. [Full review in Spanish]

May 10, 2021 | Full Review…

The storytelling in this adaptation from showrunner Eric Heisserer (Bird Box. Arrival) fails to establish and maintain a momentum nearly as powerful as some of the show's magic.

May 7, 2021 | Full Review…

But while the attractions are clear, there is still the sense that this adaptation of the Grisha novel trilogy could have been so much more.

May 5, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite several subplots, the show never feels overstuffed or long drawn out, and anchors its stories in moving human relationships.

May 3, 2021 | Full Review…

...there are great characters, insurmountable odds, and a winning sense of humor. The writing, as Eric Heisserer is known for, is well composed, taut, and exciting--all fueled by relatable emotion. My anticipation for season 2 is real.

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

It's strange: You almost want Alina to take a back step and let the darker side characters shine. Yet it's thanks to their wild card additions that Shadow and Bone stands apart from the packed ranks of young adult viewing.

Apr 29, 2021 | Full Review…

Loved getting swept into the world of Shadow and Bone for 8 hours and I would watch it again in a heartbeat!

Apr 29, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

While it takes the series a few episodes to find its footing, Shadow and Bone eventually settles into an even pace, balancing the story that has drawn its central viewership with the addition of characters for further world-building.

Apr 27, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shadow and Bone: Season 1

  • 16h ago
    Beautiful to watch. Intriguing story and captivating cast. Very worth the watch!
  • 20h ago
    Series 1 of shadow and bone. It was a truly great series - imaginative ideas, great setting, lovely sets, great costumes, good characters, good acting - until the last episode, which was a let down. The second half of the last episode was just the characters standing around explaining to each other what had just happened and what they planned to do next, in order to set the scene for series two. No-one important died, nothing was resolved, and a real let down. For me it went from 'Oh my God, The last episode is about to start, can't wait to see what happens!' to 'Meh, nothing happened, what a sell-out'. I think it must have been embarrassing for the cast, after all their hard work throughout the series. I'll pass on series 2.
  • 21h ago
    I really enjoyed this fantasy show. I am now considering reading the books. I liked that there wasn't a lot of lull time between story lines.
  • 1d ago
    So I just finished watching the entire S1. At first I didn't really like her acting, thought it was kind of bland. However, after considering the plot and the lines they wrote for her, and who she is to be, well. And her acting is really not that far off from the usual Asian actress in Asia in heroic theme shows/movies. I think her expression did better than the actress that did Mulan. THEN they put her in those costumes where she truly look like almost a classical Empress. OMG. So beautiful. Only she get to dress like that, not even the Queen in the story itself. I'm kind of confused about her relationship with Mal. I have a feeling they are not to be; he will always be her protector though. Talk about ultimate friend zone. Overall her acting could do a little better but with all the other strong actors, superb story and beautiful romantic costumes, she did good 🙂.
  • 1d ago
    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, I have read the books and this world is one of my favorites of all time. I was quite scared that they were going to f*ck up the storyline(s), but in the time they had (8ep) they did a wonderful job. There were a few little things that I wished they would have done differently, and by that I mean just little details that I think they should added from the books, but overall it was stunning. I have been on a shadow and bone hangover since the show came out. I NEED S2 ASAP
  • 1d ago
    This show is incredible! The storyline is very true to the book it was based from, and the visuals are amazing! Can't wait for season 2!
  • 2d ago
    Very well-done. This is one of the better magical Netflix shows.
  • 2d ago
    It is a very interesting show and I cant wait to see more.
  • 2d ago
    Odd one for me. I kind of liked this fairy tale and it's style was strong, not for me, but it was still an enjoyable show despite it not being something I would typically enjoy. Binged it in 1 go, sometimes while working, pretty decent twist you don't easily see coming. I'm not dying to see the next season but I won't avoid it either.
  • 2d ago
    After I finished reading the books I rushed to watch the series. I regret a little bit because the series is so good that I will have to wait a long time before having a season 2.

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