The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010)


Season 1
The Walking Dead

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Blood-spattered, emotionally resonant, and white-knuckle intense, The Walking Dead puts an intelligent spin on the overcrowded zombie subgenre.

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Critic Ratings: 31

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User Ratings: 3448

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Air date: Oct 31, 2010

The survivors of a world overrun with zombies are followed in this horror series. In the first episode, a sheriff's deputy emerges from a coma to find few people but far too many flesh-eating "walkers" who have died and come back to life. The lawman encounters another member of the human race, who tells him there's a refugee center in Atlanta, so he heads there with hopes of finding his missing wife and son.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2010

Rick receives some surprise help escaping from a tank surrounded by walkers, and hooks up with a resourceful survivor who leads him to other humans holed up in a downtown department store. The group is none-too-pleased with Rick, whose gunshots have attracted a rapacious rabble of zombies, and he is forced to come up with a gutsy plan to get them out of the city.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2010

Against his better judgment, Rick heads back to Atlanta to recover his cache of guns and ammo and hopefully retrieve the redneck bully originally left behind. Meanwhile, Lori and Shane are shocked by the return of someone they feared was dead.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2010

Rick's mission to return to Atlanta may need to be aborted when he runs into some unforeseen problems. Meanwhile back at camp, Jim appears to be going off the deep end.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2010

After a zombie attack, Rick and the group set off for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, and Jim must face a life-or-death decision.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2010

In the Season 1 finale, a strange doctor allows Rick and the group access to the CDC, but things are not truly as they seem there.

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Adapted from a comic-book series, this horror drama follows the survivors of an apocalyptic holocaust who are searching for a safe haven while being tracked and menaced by zombies. In the first season, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) emerges from a coma to find few people but far too many flesh-eating "walkers" who have died and come back to life. A fellow survivor tells him there's a refugee center in Atlanta, so he heads there with hopes of finding his missing wife and son, eventually joining with others to fight off the walkers.

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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (20)

I'm totally psyched to watch the second episode and see what the sheriff will do now that he's barricaded himself in that army tank to escape the 200 or so zombies who devoured his horse.

Apr 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This first season is full of Darabontian glimpses shining briefly through an otherwise unforgivably dull patchwork quilt of ideas.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Fans of the comic book and first-rate psycho-horror may form a large enough audience to make this a hit. Those not in those groups may want to start by taking a deep breath.

Oct 31, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead is a good, old-fashioned horror-genre flick/series, without pretension or - for that matter - much of a message, either.

Oct 31, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The show takes full advantage of serial TV's ability to intimately explore interpersonal character dramas.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned lurchers, lots and lots of 'em, are the ticket on AMC's much-ballyhooed The Walking Dead, based on the long-running comic book of the same name.

Oct 31, 2010 | Full Review…

The show is so much better than any of the recent non-Romero zombie movies that it's among the leading exhibits in the case against the cineplex.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, The Walking Dead's first season is a collection of weak storylines... and action pieces, surrounded by poorly written expositions and reveals.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

It's a rotten show. Like zombie flesh, it reeks and festers, but not in a good way.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

[Frank] Darabont... has brought a sense of Hollywood scale and polish to the series, with locations, design and camerawork all distinguished by a quality and detail

Jul 18, 2018 | Full Review…

A lot of what makes The Walking Dead so striking a series is how visual it is. It's beautiful and foreboding all at once, with lots of scares too potent to spoil.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Since the first episode focuses mostly on Rick, you will get chills following him on his adventure through this new world, especially if you don't know what's coming up.

Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 1

  • May 31, 2021
    A zombie classic, a compelling and emotionally powerful first season that leaves the door open for future thrills...
  • May 11, 2021
    This season starts fast, with every event after event happening together. Starting one of the best stories out there. Group of survivors surviving a dangerous world that wherever you go, you are not safe. I don't think walkers being smart and run is a good idea for this show, but because how good this show is, this is not a problem. Any person should enjoy this season.
  • Apr 18, 2021
    One of the best seasons in any TV show. I've seen it about four times and will probably watch it again
  • Apr 14, 2021
    …if you like never-ending TV series, steadily but surely decreasing in quality overtime and that never, ever reach a satisfactory resolution, then that one is definitely for you! ….oh yes, there is also a lot of zombies and plenty of gore too! …enjoy the ride! (…yawn!!!)
  • Apr 09, 2021
    Walking Dead Season 1 Plot: Our Protagonist Rick Grimes is a Sheriff who has his world rocked when he is shot in the chest while on a call with his partner Shane. He wakes up from a coma days later and finds the world he knew is gone. Walkers aka zombies now roam the halls of this broken down hospital. Rick tries to piece together what happened meanwhile Shane is with a group of survivors and Rick's wife and son who Rick finds missing from their home. The group later meet Rick and go on a wild goose chase to get to the CDC to find out what happened and if their is way back from this. Season 1 consists of 6 episodes which I believe was a great length for it's first season. It had a beginning a middle and an end, No fillers, just straight up story telling from one episode to the next. Sadly the show goes up in down in quality throughout it's entire run. Season 1 remains one of my favorite seasons because of it's excellent pacing, fear, scary at times even years later still spooks me lol.
  • Apr 04, 2021
    With one of the best pilot episodes ever, TWD sets up an amazing television franchise with this first season! It's short and sweet, but has some problems that are sorted out in later seasons.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Incredible first entry.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Excellent horror show
  • Mar 30, 2021
    The best season in my opinion. Exquisite!
  • Mar 16, 2021
    You can't beat this series. The attention to detail and the carrying of the zombie franchise torch is second to none. The characters are unforgettable with legit character growth and plausible apocalyptic outcomes in this harsh, stinky, bloody world.

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