The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1 (2016)

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The Shannara Chronicles

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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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Critic Ratings: 28

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Part 1 of 2. The premiere of the fantasy drama, which is set thousands of years after the fall of humankind, finds Four Lands threatened by a grave danger.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Conclusion. Four Lands is threatened by a grave danger.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2016

Wil and Amberle are kidnapped by Eretria and Cephalo; and Wil must learn how to use the Elfstones before a bloodthirsty Fury kills them all.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2016

Amberle attempts to prove her worth to the Ellcrys; and the Dagda Mor sends the Changeling, an ancient demon, to kill her.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2016

Amberle, Wil and Eretria must find common ground in order to survive the perils of their quest, which includes the nightmarish Reaper. In other events, at the palace, Ander tries to forge an unlikely alliance in order to find the Dagda Mor.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

Amberle, Wil and Eretria take shelter in Pykon, a snowy Elvin outpost with a grisly secret; and Ander and Slanter make a discovery about the Dagda Mor's forces.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2016

Amberle and Eretria run from elf hunters, who cut off elves' ears for fun, while an unexpected friend helps Wil searches for them.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2016

While Wil and Amberle search for her, Eretria stumbles upon a secret settlement of humans.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2016

Wil, Amberle and Eretria must cross ancient human ruins to reach the Bloodfire, but a nefarious evil tests their friendship.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, Wil and Amberle race to reach the Ellcrys while Allanon and Ander lead the Elvin army into battle against the Dagda Mor and his demon horde.

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Tv Season Info

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…
Top Critic

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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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…

The Shannara Chronicles can't help but show off how cool its various magical storylines are, and in doing so it shows off its shortcomings. Its characters are fairly weak, with the exception of Manu Bennet's Allanon, though its setting is gorgeous.

Dec 30, 2015 | Rating: 6.5/10 | Full Review…

Like watching someone else play a prepackaged Dungeons and Dragons campaign, only not as much fun.

Dec 29, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1

  • May 22, 2020
    Season 1 - First, I had never read the books, but was really enjoying the first season, until it was revealed that Amberle, one of two of my favorite characters, had to become the Ellcrys. Then I lost interest. I eventually managed to finish it, because I want to continue onward to season 2. I can forgive a lot, the fact that it is supposed to be set centuries after the fall of modern civilization and that things like weapons are still around. I can't forgive turning Amberle, into a tree. Other things that annoyed me and dropped the rate from a 4 to a 2 is the ending battle. The demons don't seem to be that formidable and the elf lack of tactics is dumbfounding. They exist the things call WALL that helped an army defend.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    They changed basically everything that happened in the books other than the characters names and invented others. It felt way to long and drawn out as well, even if it would have been something new for the shannara series idk if i could watch it.
  • Jan 24, 2020
    Excellent start to the series. Very engaging. Compelling characters. The remnance of human civilization doesn't make a lot of sense with how long it's supposedly been, how much some things have changed but others are preserved so well. I also fear they'll never explain many things but still a very enjoyable show.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    Forget the Game of Thrones stuff, this is more Tolkien. Never read the books but really enjoyed it. The only issue is it's a bit too teen soap with all the brooding and the soppy music. The story is the thing here and if you concentrate on that, then this ain't bad at all
  • Dec 21, 2019
    Fresh, exciting, bold, dreamy, adventurous. I just fell in love with it after a few minutes and I don't think there's saving me. The Shannara Chronicles, despite its being canceled is a show I always love coming back to and rewatching it.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    A decent adaptation of the renown fantasy novel. Several scenes are obviously too low budget to be taken entirely serious (or maybe its the MTV "tweens" influence, idk) but other senes look incredible. I'd say its a good watch for those looking for a lesser Game of Thrones.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Good idea but sadly underdeveloped and plagued by poor writing and editing decisions. Such a rich world is sloppily treated and the moments of "tension" do not feel like there is any risk to the characters and the villains are so powerful but ignore their powers that should have made them win easily within one or two episodes. It's still an OK story if you can avoid getting frustrated by the general incompetence of the characters.
  • May 27, 2019
    I loved it! It was great and fun to watch.I loved the fantasy in it.
  • Apr 23, 2019
    It's perfectly watchable with a well-chosen cast (for an MTV show - whose actors do very well with what they're given to work with) and can be taken as the light and fluffy fantasy series it is.
  • Jan 30, 2019
    A near success. A fascinating world and good visual effects however it kills off all main charachters before reaching popularity, making it difficult to become attached to the show.

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