The Path: Season 1 (2016)


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The Path

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With strong performances, deep writing, and skilled direction, The Path offers an absorbing observation of the human condition, even if a rushed pace occasionally blunts the impact.



Critic Ratings: 50


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User Ratings: 474

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

In the series premiere, Cal leads the Meyerist Movement on a disaster relief mission in New Hampshire. Also: Eddie completes his 6R training, but reports a horrifying vision of the organization's truth after he returns home.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2016

Eddie and Sarah begin the Infidelity Rehab Program; Hawk befriends Ashley, a popular girl his age whose family need financial assistance; and Cal offers to help a donor's son overcome drug addiction.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2016

Cal visits his estranged mother and wants to place her in an assisted living facility and Miranda Frank goes to the New York compound to unburden, where Sarah confronts her.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2016

Two of the Movement's elders visit the compound for the Acension Day picnic, but their arrival casts doubt over Cal's leadership. Elsewhere: Abe learns about Mary's troubled past and Hawk grows closer to Ashley.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2016

Eddie and Sarah are at odds after learning of Hawk's relationship with Ashley. Elsewhere: Abe meets with Alsion and suspects The Movement is up to criminal activity while Cal returns to the Ridge estate to support Sarah's actions.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2016

After Ashley's family is evicted, Hawk brings them home for shelter. Faced with her son's relationship to an IS, Sarah goes on a personal mission to answer questions from her past. Cal asserts his leadership and makes a bold decision for The Movement. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: May 4, 2016

After Cal's actions beckon a swarm of media attention, Sarah and the elders question his tactics. Cal discovers Eddie's relationship with Alison. Feeling his control slip away, Cal spirals into a rage and leaves Sarah to face the congregation on her own. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: May 11, 2016

Eddie brings Hawk along on a journey of spiritual enlightenment, while Cal struggles with the ugly reality of his own violent tendencies. Nicole's labor becomes troubled. Cal, in a moment of weakness, tells Sarah a secret about Eddie. -- (C) HULU

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Air date: May 18, 2016

Sarah and Alison meet up after discovering Eddie's burner phone; Eddie and Hawk return; and Sarah confronts Eddie about his faith troubles. Elsewhere: Cal wants Sarah to be his second-in-command while a familiar face from the organization's past returns.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

Eddie faces exile when his crisis of faith is discovered; Cal sends the final three rungs of the Ladder to the congregation; Sarah learns about a dark secret within the Movement; and Eddie unearths a stunning truth in Peru.

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Critic Reviews for The Path Season 1

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The Path mostly is notable for Aaron Paul giving his all in the service of a role that finds him on familiar shaky ground in a series with too many ruts.

May 14, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Overall, it's not a bad beginning to a series intent on exploring human suffering and the lengths people will go to in order to stop hurting.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Whatever its destiny, this welcome addition to Hulu's stable of original programming is a uniquely engrossing family drama, as distinguished by strong character-driven writing and a talented ensemble cast.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The Path has many things working in its favor, not least of all the way it takes a leap into big questions of faith.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Dark and fascinating.

Mar 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Katims and his protégé Goldberg know better than anyone that TV takes time, and they'll get it here. The Path could, and possibly will, improve.

Mar 25, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The heady brew of eroticism and surreal mysticism can be seductive, but the show's unsteady tone makes it hard to want to swallow the Kool-Aid.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It's frustrating when a series hitches its drama to a lack of communication as its primary conceit because the solution seems so simple.

May 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The Path's twisting and emotionally jarring story of a cult-ish communal following stands up to the best that any networks or other streaming services have to offer.

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Cult and religion, and the difference between the two - assuming there is a real difference between the two - is the backbone of The Path, a smart, haunting new series that premieres on Hulu today.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The true test of any high-concept show is how readily the viewer buys in to its internal logic, how quickly that ideology becomes just a channel for rewarding character study. The Path achieves this almost from the outset.

Sep 25, 2016 | Full Review…

The Path, whose first two episodes are tightly directed by Mike Cahill, is the second compelling original series in a row for Hulu after recently premiering 11.22.63.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Path: Season 1

  • Jun 19, 2020
    This season only is worth to watch compare with Season 2 and 3. At least this one is good to watch. Just stop watching after season 1. Wanna waste ur time? Welcome to looser club.
  • Feb 13, 2019
    One of the most intriguing and thought provoking television series I have seen in quite some time. The first season allows you to dive right into the cultural and community of what a cult (or "movement") may behave like in today's American society, while also exploring human interaction and what faith means to the individual. The character's and their development are what drive the show and what truly keeps a viewer coming back, even if there are some pacing issues which make certain plot points never come to fruition. That being said, I highly recommend this series for anyone looking to binge a new, exciting and mind-bending experience which will have yourself taking a step back and asking, "What is the truth? What is faith?"
  • Jun 13, 2018
    At least give the show a great ending shame on Hulu!
  • May 21, 2018
    As someone who watches a lot of drama, I feel qualified in stating my opinion that this series is an amazing breath of fresh air in an industry of stale junk. The character and plot development is strong and I find myself interested in what is going on which is much more than I can say about other dying series' (twd, anyone?) I was very sad to see it had been canceled. Strong writing and substance is so hard to come across these days..
  • Mar 28, 2018
    Can everyone just watch this show so I can chat your ear off? I LOVE it
  • Mar 09, 2018
    A pretty interesting story, actors are doing a great job Portraying their rolls. I would recommend watching as this tv show is hot.
  • Mar 06, 2018
    I wasn't sure what to expect from a show about a Aaron Paul and a cult. I put it off watching it because it really isn't my normal thing. Then one day I needed something to watch and thought I could blow an hour watching it. Now I have been binge watching it. What I didn't really expect was how interesting it was. A story about loss of faith, the prison of belief and how to deal with the in and out groups in your life was a lot better show then expected. Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame has moved out form his younger sidekick role and he carries the show. He is surrounded by other great actors like Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan. The show is fairly quick paced as it explores the cult of Meyerism and the issues of that kind of religious dogma and fanatacism. There is a foreboding of Jonestown or Waco in the subtext, along with petrified heirarchy that seems to insinuate itself into the movement. Followed by the search for truth, not only in religious subtext, but also in what is really happening behind the scenes kind of way. Is the movement corrupt, or is it just a few people? All of it makes it interesting for drama, and that is what it is good at. Pros: Aaron Paul is great, the pacing is fairly quick and it ends at a good point. Cons: I am unsatisfied yet again with the main female character. They seem to be following down that rabbit hole of a woman who can't choose, who is unable to make up her mind. Hopefully next season they will fix that.
  • Jul 11, 2017
    Could have went very low 3.5* just as easily
  • Apr 07, 2017
    Starts out so good, the last episodes you can already tell the story is crumbling.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    I started watching “The Path” for all the reasons that Hulu wanted me too: I transferred over from “11/22/63”, I had watched “Breaking Bad” (so I knew Aaron Paul), and I was a big fan of “Hannibal” (ditto for Hugh Dancy). All the ducks were in a row and I fell right in line. While the overall plot of this first season wasn’t the most spectacular narrative I’ve ever viewed, it just may have been the very best acting. For a basic plot summary, “The Path” takes an inside look at the religion/cult/movement that calls itself Meyerism. This sect is led by Cal Roberts (Dancy), who is de facto in charge while the head honcho is away in Peru writing the final rungs of the mystical “ladder” that all members of Meyerism must ascend to achieve transcendence. We learn very quickly, however, that not all is as it seems in the leadership structure. On a related note, the family of Cal’s “right hand woman” Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan) provides an interesting counterbalance to the Meyerist faithful. Son Hawk (Kyle Allen) wants to leave school and take his Meyerism vows…until he meets a fellow schoolmate, Ashley (Amy Forsyth), who changes his mind about a lot of things. Husband Eddie (Paul) is having doubts about his involvement in the organization whatsoever, even going so far as to have secret meetings with Alison Kemp (Sarah Jones), a woman who believes Meyerism killed her husband. Easily the hallmark of this show, at least to this point, is its extraordinary acting. Monaghan and Paul have great chemistry together, and the auxiliary pieces all fit perfectly. Most of the time, though, it is truly Dancy that steals each and every scene he is in. He’s perfectly cast for this role, where his nervous twitches and smirky grin play expertly. To be honest, it’s been awhile since I’ve been as impressed with a single acting performance. As far as the plot of the show is concerned, it is skating by just a bit on “concept”. The first 2-3 and last 2-3 episodes do a lot of moving and shaking, but the middle ones have the tendency to cover a lot of the same ground and stagnate a bit. It isn’t a huge deal, as we are just in the first season yet, but the writing/plots will have to improve a bit going forward if this show will ascend to all-time great status. Overall, though, “The Path” has firmly ensconced itself atop my “must-watch” shows list. The show provides a very interesting/relatable concept (with numerous parallels to organized religion) and then absolutely shines in the acting department. I am excited to see what the future will bring for these characters!

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