The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Shannara Chronicles wears its influences heavily on its sleeve and needs to find surer footing before it can tap its true potential, but it still might suffice for viewers in search of a teen-friendly Game of Thrones.


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In series 1 of this fantasy drama series adapted from books written by Terry Brooks, an unlikely trio sets out to save their homeland, Four Lands, when it's threatened by a grave danger. Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett and Aaron Jakubenko star.

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Critic Reviews for The Shannara Chronicles Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10)

The show sputters along, never quite finding its footing between the stakes of a collapsing fantasy universe and a soapy teen drama.

Jan 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The fact that the mostly inert The Shannara Chronicles is utterly familiar on both levels is a reminder that a truly vibrant fantasy story requires some sort of invention.

Jan 6, 2016 | Full Review…

It doesn't help that the characters seem to be allowed to switch from talking dour fantasy-novel heroes to bored millennials whenever the mood strikes them - perhaps something that might have to do with this being MTV.

Jan 5, 2016 | Full Review…
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The world is rich and mesmerizing, the characters are instantly compelling, and enough mystery is set up from the beginning that you'll want to stick around to see your questions answered.

Mar 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not easy to make a show that appeals to fans and non-fans alike when you're talking about a world as fleshed out as Shannara -- but I think this show has it's heart in the right place.

Jan 5, 2016 | Full Review…

The show is pretty good and despite the fact that it's intended audience is probably significantly younger than me... I enjoy the drama that unfolds in each episode.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Whatever visual beauty this pretender to Game of Thrones' high fantasy throne does possess is undone by wooden performances, formulaic execution and dialogue so howlingly bad it resembles subpar fan fiction.

Jan 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Fantasy stories tend to risk the ridiculous to achieve the sublime. But The Shannara Chronicles almost always lands on the wrong side of that divide.

Jan 4, 2016 | Full Review…

The world-building is imaginative and impressive, but the mythology is exhausting to keep up with, especially when the reward is basically a romance-novel version of The Lord of the Rings, complete with courtly hand-kissing and sexy elfin bubble baths.

Jan 4, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The truth is, genre-loving families and fantasy fans who want to travel to another world but don't want to fork over the admission to a multiplex (or a premium channel) could do worse than this.

Jan 4, 2016 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1

Jan 27, 2016

Utter garbage.



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