The Last Ship: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
The Last Ship

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Movie-sized action sequences and a pretty cast provide smooth sailing for The Last Ship, though it's not anything that hasn't been seen before.



Critic Ratings: 31


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User Ratings: 471

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Air date: Jun 22, 2014

The crew of a lone naval ship try to save humanity when they discover a deadly virus has wiped out most of the population in the series premiere of this drama. Executive producers include Michael Bay.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2014

The crew members arrive at the Guantanamo Bay military base to collect food, fuel and medical supplies. When they come under attack by escaped Gitmo prisoners, they team up with a gruff private contractor to push back against the offensive.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2014

The crew faces a new foe targeting Rachel and her research, leading Chandler to engage in a series of dangerous strategic maneuvers.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2014

Chandler's leadership is put to the test when the ship's propulsion system is in danger of breaking down, the crew becomes overworked and exhausted, and Dr. Scott could potentially lose all of her research on the virus.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

A mission to help Rachel with her vaccine trials leads Chandler and a small team into the jungles of Nicaragua, where they tangle with a former drug kingpin who will stop at nothing to maintain his power over his oppressed society.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

Panic spreads when Danny Green catches a mysterious illness that might be the virus. Doubts rise about Rachel and her failing vaccine trials as Chandler deals with a crew whose uneasy state grows.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

A distress call near Jamaica is received. Chandler and a small team stage a rescue mission, only to fall victim to a surprise attack that leaves Chandler and Tex stranded at sea.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2014

Slattery assumes the role of commanding officer when Chandler and Tex get ensnared in a perilous situation. With the fate of the world at stake, Slattery must save the captain without losing the all-important vaccine prototype.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2014

Volunteers are asked to participate in human trials of Rachel's vaccine, but the effects could be nightmarish. Meanwhile, in the States, Chandler's wife and father struggle to keep their family alive.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2014

Chandler and the crew journey home in the Season 1 finale. Also: A political power player battles a menacing warlord; and Chandler tries to find his family, only to unearth a terrifying reality about the new world.

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The first series of this post-apocalyptic drama chronicles the events aboard the USS Nathan James, a lone naval ship that must find a way to save humanity from extinction after a fatal virus decimates 80% of the world's population. Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew are joined on the ship by two virologists, Drs Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Quincy Tophet (Sam Spruell), who have been tasked with the grave responsibility of collecting samples of the virus and developing a vaccine. After learning that the ship is the only safe haven from the deadly illness, the crew heads to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in order to collect food and supplies, but they are forced to fight back against escaped al-Qaeda prisoners. The passengers aboard the naval ship must continue to defend themselves from danger when a Russian cruiser attacks the USS Nathan James and attempts to steal the doctors' research that is essential to finding a cure.


Eric Dane
as Tom Chandler
Rhona Mitra
as Rachel Scott
Adam Baldwin
as Mike Slattery
Charles Parnell
as Hugh Jeter
Christina Elmore
as Alisha Granderson
Marissa Neitling
as Kara Foster
Tracy Middendorf
as Darien Chandler
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Critic Reviews for The Last Ship Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

It may be all formula and archetypes, but that's Bay's bread and butter, and the first two hours pack enough oomph to make you want to see what happens when the Ship finally pulls into port.

Sep 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Sunday night scene just keeps getting worse on TNT. No, I don't mean the programming. The shows were already good and just got better with the addition of The Last Ship.

Jun 20, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You just sit back, swallow this thing whole and wait for sturdy, studly, stolid Captain Chandler to fire off another round of uniformed rhetoric.

Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The Last Ship sets sail on a strong premise. The question is whether it will be able to stay on course.

Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Passable summer thriller with some decent (for TV) action sequences.

Jun 18, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The Last Ship isn't the kind of series that people will brag about liking, but it could go viral.

Jun 18, 2014 | Full Review…
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Like a bad version of a Tom Clancy novel, The Last Ship falls prey to the worst aspects of producer Bay's films from cardboard caricatures to rampant bellicosity and xenophobia, without any of the flashy filmmaking that can at least make it watchable.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Darn if the thing doesn't have you wanting to tune in next week to see what happens.

Mar 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The cast is solid - including Adam Baldwin ("Chuck") as Chandler's No. 2 - and if we must contemplate annihilation-by-virus, there are certainly less-pretty places to view it than from the deck of The Last Ship.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

The Last Ship is entertaining enough to overlook things that don't quite make sense. Which don't really matter. You have to just sit back and have fun with it, as serious as the situation is.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

The plotting is often suspenseful, but the characters are one-dimensional, and the dialogue is a mix of cheesy one-liners and cliched grandstanding.

Jun 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Tense post-apocalyptic thriller is violent and scary.

Jul 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Ship: Season 1

  • May 21, 2020
    Its an amazing show for sure, Being sailors wife i started liking it more when I started learning every term they have used in. Since pandemic COVID is here I am getting more and more interested.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    full of action, love it
  • Oct 19, 2019
    What an awesome way to kick-off a show! This season is full of tension and I love all the characters!
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Shockingly good - for the first two seasons at least. Haven't made it beyond that.
  • Feb 17, 2019
    Exceptional web series..
  • Aug 28, 2017
    Truly terrible and predictable, it manages to wipe out 80% of humanity and yet have Russia and AlQaeda as the bad guys. An American testosterone exercise.
  • Jun 26, 2017
    It took me a few episodes to realise that I actually liked this show. Before watching an episode I felt like I didn't like it, but during and after each episode I was loving it. The characters are likeable and there's usually plenty of action, kind of reminds me of an 80's action movie without the cheesiness. It seems to be bigger budget than some of the procedural series like NCIS, and I haven't seen any obvious green-screens which suggests that they're using proper locations for shooting. The story is quite interesting, post-apocalyptic warship, and plenty of ground action too. Thumbs up from me.
  • May 13, 2017
    One the best shows I have ever seen. It brings a great honor to the military & our country. It portrays the devotion and honor of the Navy. The goal of the Navy to protect & serve the country. This show offers a chance to see what could happen in the future as technology, medicine, chemical warfiar and other good/bad advancements progress with more knowledge over the next years. It shows the devastation that can take place & how all the twisted people are out there using these advancements to cause devastation to get what they want & gain power over others. However one thing is clear the more these descusting twisted people in the world try to destroy and manipulate others, the USA along with other kind amazing people will win in the end. Our military is full of devoted, honorable, dedicated men and women who give all they have in them including their lives, to defend our freedoms, our nation, to save everyone and bring down those who threaten humanity. Nothing will stand in their way to bring honor & save us. This show is motivating & one of the best shows of all time. It needs to be on a non cable network as well to bring this show to the masses. It's an amazingly talented cast who iyou would never know where not true Navy Men & women. They do the Navy amazing justice. I hope this show is on for years & it starts getting the recognition is deserves. It's a show to keep you on and your feet. It's a show I can't wait to watch the next episode. Has the action level of a movie. While being an amazing TV show. I would be sad of this was just a movie. It needs to be a series & needs to be out for a long time. Truly an amazing show. Thanks to the cast for the hard work to bring this to life. Here's to many years ahead. Evecellent.
  • Sep 06, 2016
    What a breath of fresh air this series is, No doubt it's shamelessly patriotic, The science is on some points Questionable, and it's not a documentary. It's totally different in every way as appose to some shows we have to put up with. Keep the Series coming Guys.
  • Sep 05, 2016
    Show is great, loved all the struggles the crew of the Nathan James has had to endure and how they retained their honour and integrity

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