Swamp Thing: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Season 1
Swamp Thing

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By leaning into the horror of it all, Swamp Thing swims deep into the trenches of this strange world and returns with a scary good TV show.

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Critic Ratings: 34

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User Ratings: 59

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Air date: May 31, 2019

Abby Arcane (CRYSTAL REED) investigates a deadly virus in the swamps of Louisiana and finds a mysterious creature in the series premiere.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2019

Certain that Alec's disappearance is more than an accident, Abby and Matt venture into the swamp, where she encounters Swamp Thing. Scientist Jason Woodrue comes to Marais.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2019

Driven to cure the worsening epidemic in Marais, when her friend and co-worker Harlan (recurring guest star LEONARDO NAM) is stricken with the "green flu," Abby searches Alec's lab for a cure, but instead finds the latest supernatural reanimation from the Rot. Although Swamp Thing uses his strange new powers to intervene, he's more desperate than ever to find his humanity. Meanwhile, Avery Sunderland is facing increasing pressure from financial sources and Sheriff Cable who questions him about the death of Alec Holland.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2019

Realizing that his new abilities allow him to communicate with the life around him, Swamp Thing senses a growing darkness within the swamp and begins to understand his role in the struggle for balance between growth and decay. Abby, meanwhile, is forced to accept that the things she has witnessed in Marais are evidence of supernatural forces at play -- especially when her return dredges up her dark history with the Sunderlands. And Liz shares some evidence with Sheriff Cable about her investigation into the death of Alec Holland. Lastly, we learn more about the mysterious Daniel Cassidy and the supernatural bargain that keeps him in Marais.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2019

Haunted by the ghost of her childhood friend who reemerges from the swamp, Abby's forced to confront both her past with the Sunderlands as well as the dark forces at play in Marais. While she continues to search for a cure for Alec, he struggles to come to terms with his transformation with the help of a mysterious Phantom Stranger (recurring guest star MACON BLAIR). When Abby's life is threatened, Swamp Thing is able to use his abilities to save her, but it's Matt, ultimately, who saves the day -- further isolating Swamp Thing from the human world. Meanwhile, Sheriff Cable learns some disturbing information about her son, while Jason Woodrue shares a revelation about Swamp Thing with Avery Sunderland.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2019

Increasingly alienated from humanity after being hunted by sheriff's deputies and animal trackers, Swamp Thing struggles to understand his strange condition. Reassuring him that they will find a cure for his condition, Abby and Swamp Thing are discovered by Matt who learns the truth about Alec Holland. Meanwhile, Avery pressures Woodrue to deliver results, which escalates his experiments with Swamp Thing's genetic materials and leads him to a test on Daniel Cassidy; while Lucilia Cable gets some perspective on her son's recent actions.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2019

Still taking on the human appearance of Alec Holland, Swamp Thing guides Abby to an area of the swamp blighted with the encroaching Rot. But when her life is threatened, he must use all of his still-developing powers to save her. Meanwhile, Lucilia leads Avery out into the swamp under a pretense, while Maria meets with Nathan Ellery (guest star MICHAEL BEACH), the leader of the shadowy finance group known as the Conclave.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2019

After a harrowing journey of survival through the swamp, Avery comes face to face with Swamp Thing, who rescues the injured man. After recovering, Avery vows to return with Woodrue and help find a cure. But can they be trusted? Meanwhile, Abby is confronted by Nathan Ellery and the Conclave at the CDC in Atlanta. Realizing that Swamp Thing is in danger, she returns to Marais -- only to find she's too late. Lastly, Matt learns a secret about Avery Sunderland.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2019

While Abby and Liz track down the secret Conclave facility, Jason Woodrue conducts experiments on Swamp Thing and makes an incredible discovery.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2019

The swamp fights back in the season finale. Still reeling with the revelation of the truth behind his existence, Swamp Thing goes on the offensive against Ellery's mercenary team hunting him. Meanwhile, Abby comes up against Jason Woodrue who's crossed the line to save his wife's life. And as Liz tries to help Dan Cassidy escape the curse of the Blue Devil and leave Marais once and for all, Avery Sunderland attempts to find a resolution to his relationship with Lucilia and Matt Cable.

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Critic Reviews for Swamp Thing Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (2)

There are like four shows competing for air in this swamp, and right now, only one of them is interesting.

May 31, 2019 | Full Review…

This distinctive, horror-tinged superhero outing was cancelled prematurely but still has much to offer.

Feb 29, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Reed makes a great Abby as she is caring and sensitive but can be hard as nails if the moment calls for it.

Feb 11, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

There's still a great show in there somewhere, and perhaps one day it might be fully-realised. But for the time being, despite its very capable first half, Swamp Thing is just another show.

Aug 21, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

[The finale] wraps up the series well enough under the circumstances, but Swamp Thing deserves better than one single, truncated season.

Aug 7, 2019 | Rating: 7.3/10 | Full Review…

In its initial form, the series is a messy, sweaty and genuinely scary romp in the swamp that embraces nature's dark side - murderous vines and all.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The greatest strength of episode one by far was its unbelievable use of practical effects.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Wan's new series, which can be especially frightening when it chooses to be, also opts in for more horror than not.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

With a compelling plot, an appealing cast and impressive gore effects, this is shaping up to be a highly entertaining series.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Every week, Swamp Thing produces a stronger episode and a better case for why we need this show.

Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A particular eco-thriller that improves as it gets closer to physical and vegetable terror. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jun 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Long-time stuntman and actor Derek Mears is the man inside the suit. Hats off to the team who put Swamp Thing's suit together because it looks awesome.

Jun 7, 2019 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Swamp Thing: Season 1

  • Jul 06, 2020
    with a strong enough and with charismatic cast that knows how to guide its respective character swamp thing has the charm of 90s television
  • Jun 03, 2020
    Awesome dc horror tv show . James Wan did a great job making this tv show , this man is genius and it is a show worth checking on the DC Universe app .
  • May 25, 2020
    One of the best superhero TV shows ever to be created .
  • May 24, 2020
    The first two thirds of this show were undeniably some of the best superhero episodes I've ever seen, with great horror, amazing special effects and a focussed plot. It's the latter that falls apart during the last couple episodes as (SPOILERS) the introduction of the blue devil felt so out of left field and just the show delving into the tradition of TOO MANY PLOTS AND CHARACTERS. This ends up with a disappointing final battle with swamp thing and the mercs attacking him that feels rushed and the storyline of Jason Woodrue that bored me consistently. Other than that, the show has a still good, but it could have been incredible if they focussed on one plot but only hinting at other potential ones that could be introduced in later seasons, even though there won't be for this season, which is a shame. Still, a good watch and the characters were compelling, especially Alec and Abby.
  • May 19, 2020
    Swamp Thing feels like a new and significantly improved take Dauberman's 'Swamp Devil'. Using DC Comics' popular and less known line-up of characters, the series shows comic book based media is not always about heroes in capes. It captures the feel of modern horror films like 'The Conjuring' and 'Annabelle' without the difference in quality. Even though the series was short lived, it is worth the watch (or binge).
  • May 12, 2020
    'Swamp Thing' takes a little bit to go where it needs to go both in terms of characters and storyline but when it does? it delivers despite some problems still within the script and maybe within the gore. (7.9/10)
  • May 12, 2020
    An outstanding TV version of Swamp Thing. The quality was like watching a 10 episode movie. The cast was spot on with their characters and the acting was remarkable. The crew did a fantastic job bringing the look and feel of the series to life.
  • Apr 19, 2020
    *spoilery* Unfocused, clumsy, terribly written, 90% miscast (thankfully, with the exception of Andy Bean/Alec Holland and Derek Mears/Swamp Thing), and awkwardly played by almost everyone else, painted up in really bad "southern face" accents. The season/series finale has what amounts to a viney-tickle-fight with a bunch of random mercenaries. Plot holes and pointless acts. I went into this so excited, and half-way through ended up nearly "hate-watching" it to get it over with. This series wasn't cancelled only because it was "too expensive." Great special effects, though. Seriously, this LOOKS great.
  • Apr 03, 2020
    This was amazing. True to the Alan Moore storyline which is to say respectfully done and beautifully written, excellent across the board. Beautifully shot, flawlessly cast, artistically portrayed in some of the best acting I've seen on the small screen to date. It's an absolute travesty that this wasn't allowed to continue. I don't buy films or series on disk but this one I want to OWN. Thank you to everyone involved for this gift to swamp thing fans and long time readers. We love it.
  • Mar 30, 2020
    It truly is awful. A show so bad it has to hide behind 'well its a show about a monster, duh' as an excuse for badly written characters and an insultingly infantile plot. By far the most difficult thing to accept is how can a series set in the backwaters of Louisiana not have a single character with a Louisianan accent. Pourquoi?

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