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The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2010)




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


Air date: Oct 31, 2010
Air date: Nov 7, 2010
Air date: Nov 14, 2010
Air date: Nov 21, 2010
Air date: Nov 28, 2010
Air date: Dec 5, 2010

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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, … More


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Jim R. Coleman
as Lam Kendal
Linds Edwards
as Leon Basser
Michael Rooker
as Merle Dixon
Keisha Tillis
as Morgan's Wife
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Noah Emmerich
as Dr. Jenner
Neil Brown, Jr.
as Guillermo
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Alexandra Breckenrid...
as Jessie Anderson
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney
as Beth Greene
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as Bob Stookey
Michael Cudlitz
as Abraham Ford
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

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

Full Review… | March 28, 2014

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.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013

We actually root for many of the people we find living among The Walking Dead, which packs a raw, emotional punch while delivering the creepy and queasy thrills all genre fans truly crave.

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
TV Guide

What makes The Walking Dead so much more than a horror show is that it plays with theatrical grandeur, on a canvas that feels real, looks cinematic and has an orchestral score to match.

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Can The Walking Dead beat the odds? Based on last night's pilot and next week's episode, I'd answer with a qualified yes.

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
Top Critic

In the first half of director-screenwriter Frank Darabont's impeccable pilot episode for AMC's new adaptation, you feel the weight of time passing in ways that Kirkman always struggles with.

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 1

four stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer


This adaptation of Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore's graphic novel supplies plenty of action, drama, peril & cliffhangers to drive audiences to tune in to the next episode(s). The Walking Dead Season 1 is complex and brilliant in displaying the zombie apocalypse. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


The introduction to this series is nearly flawless and very creepy. every episode is filled with Nods to classic zombie movies and is very cinematic. They even re-released it in black and white which makes it much more atmospheric and cold. There are only a couple hickups in the series like when they introduce a TV only hispanic gang bent on keeping a convalescent home safe from flesh eating zombies, even if it means stealing from you.

Vincent Tilghman

Super Reviewer

It's a good thing I started watching this at the start of season 2, because if I thought this was what was on offer, I wouldn't have kept going,
Whilst I?ll admit that season 1 was pretty decent, I was sort of expecting more.
Trying to latch a viewer whole heartedly in only 6 episodes is hard work, of course, but there still could probably have been more done. A little bit closer to the comics in some areas mightn?t have gone astray, and the entire last episode felt rather unpleasantly forced.
I can also appreciate that there needs to be a dynamic in the characters, you can?t like them all or the whole thing becomes unbelievable and boring. But when I found myself appreciating the red neck douchebag the most who?s only in the thing for one episode the most, maybe you have too many annoying characters.
I?ve already caught half of season 2, so I suppose in some ways I am comparing this to that, which is unfair, but I felt that the zombies later on give of this real sense of foreboding, that maybe everyone running around was actually afraid of them. Season 1 on the other hand, has a single jump scare where they kill off an abusive husband. Yeah, devastating, I really felt that loss AMC.
First seasons are usually not the best, and with only six episodes, it?s harder to split the differences and find a bunch of really great stuff. No actors, no characters, no storyline and no individual episode really jumped out at me and had serious staying power.
However, what The Walking Dead most certainly does have going for it from the starting line, is special effects. The zombies in this program are literally some of, if not the best, that I have ever seen. Legless-crawlin?-type-lady was particularly brilliant. It wasn?t enough to bring the show up to my echelon of favourites or anything, but goddamn do their makeup department ever deserve some props!

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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