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The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (2015)




Critic Consensus: By executive producer Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters in a fully realized post-WWII dystopia.


Air date: Jan 15, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015
Air date: Nov 20, 2015

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An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.


Rufus Sewell
as John Smith
DJ Qualls
as Ed McCarthy
Alexa Davalos
as Juliana, Juliana Cra...
Joel de la Fuente
as Inspector Kido
Michael Rispoli
as Don Warren
Rupert Evans
as Frank Frink
Luke Kleintank
as Joe Blake
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 1

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (29)

Amazon's latest series is quite engaging, but when it hints at the wild and insightful series that it could have been...

Full Review… | March 10, 2016

Now that this complicated and terrifying new world has been laid at our feet, I'll be sticking around to see what happens next.

Full Review… | December 10, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Simply put, it's plodding, moves at a glacial pace and overreaches with too many diffuse narrative strands.

Full Review… | December 8, 2015
New York Post
Top Critic

Where this series gets interesting is that the main form of fighting back seems to be in delivering mysterious film reels to the Man in the High Castle even though no one has any idea who he is.

Full Review… | December 4, 2015
The Young Folks

For those of you who may be thinking that whole second (or third) Golden Age of TV thing ended with the finales of Breaking Bad and Mad Men, brace yourselves for The Man in the High Castle.

Full Review… | November 30, 2015

Violence, tension in gripping dystopian thriller.

Full Review… | November 24, 2015
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 1


"The Man In The High Castle" is good and entertaining, but there's just a little something "off" about it that keeps you from loving it. For example: how many Nazi movies have you seen where the opening credits are set to a show tune...sung as a dirge...with a bizarre pidgin English enunciation? If this seems intriguing to you, I would agree -- but it also hints that something's not quite right with whole project.

The acting quality is inconsistent, which can be off-putting at times. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Joel de la Fuente are very good in their roles as occupying Japanese characters. Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos are better than average, while the hunks (Kleintank and Evans) are merely adequate for their roles. For a lesson in flat, two-dimensional acting, look no further than the uninspired performance of Camille Sullivan as the Pacific States resistance leader who may have been sight reading her role. I simply couldn't tell -- or care about -- what was going on in the Pacific States resistance -- which is somewhat problematic for a movie of this type. Nor did I really care much about any of the characters (except Tagawa's!) after 10 episodes, which again, is problematic for a serial story.

The script is good, but not great. The story and twists are good, but they seem to lack grounding. Similarly, the period costumes and CGI visual effects are good but not great. That's how it is for the whole season: Good, but something prevents it from being great. You'll have fun if you watch it, but you probably won't gather around the water cooler with your coworkers to discuss anything about "The Man In The High Castle" after you've seen it.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


The Man In the High Castle is a alternative historical drama where the Axis won the second world war and the United States became divided between the Japanese, the German and the Free States. A woman living in the Japanese colony found a secret film showing what would happen if Allied won the war, she then must deliver it to resistance forces while others have plans to prevent rebellions from happening. Quite thoughtful but rather slow in terms of the pacing

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Based on a Philip K. Dick novel, The Man in the High Castle is a groundbreaking sci-fi drama that delivers an extraordinarily compelling first season. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and developed by Frank Spotnitz (a former X-Files producer), the show is set in an alternative reality where the Allies lost World War II and the United States has been divided between Japan and Germany, and the story follows a young woman in San Francisco who is drawn into the resistance movement when she is given a subversive film and tasked with getting it to the Neutral Zone, where she meets a Nazi double agent who's infiltrated the resistance. Starring Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, and Rufus Sewell, the cast is quite strong; particularly Sewell, who steals every scene, giving a captivating performance every time. Also, the costumes and set designs are incredibly well-done, creating a unique look and feel for the series. And the music, especially the theme song "Edelweiss," does a brilliant job at setting the tone. Smart and provocative, Season 1 of The Man in the High Castle is unlike anything else on television.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Jonathan Wenur
Jonathan Wenur

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